Strategies for Managing Sexually Related Stress Reactions

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 8, 2024 11:00:00 AM

Caring for individuals living with dementia can be challenging, particularly when their reactions become physically and/or verbally sexual in nature. Care Partners play a crucial role in creating a supportive environment that addresses the unique needs of the person living with dementia while maintaining dignity and safety for all involved. Here are some helpful tips and tools for care partners to keep in their tool box while helping people with sexually related stress reactions.  

Identify Potential Triggers

Identify potential triggers for sexual reactions, such as unmet needs, providing care, or environmental factors. Keep a record of when these reactions occur to recognize patterns and address them.  

Questions to ask: 

  • What do you know about this person in your care? Is there a pattern of this type of reaction or is this the first time observed? 
  • If there is a pattern, does it seem to be with the same care partner or with any care partner? 
  • Observe what is happening in the moment? Even asking someone to get undressed may be misinterpreted.
  • Are there visual or auditory cues in the environment such as a picture or something on the television that might trigger this type of reaction? 
  • Are movies or music being played that might invoke memories or sexual thoughts? 

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Topics: #stress reactions

Addressing the Healthcare Worker Shortage: How Service Learning Can Encourage Students to Choose Careers in Elder Care

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 1, 2024 10:52:40 AM


The United States is currently facing a severe shortage of healthcare workers who are equipped and prepared to care for the aging population. This shortage is only expected to increase in the coming years, which will ultimately put a tremendous burden on the healthcare service delivery system. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, approximately 40 million people in the U.S. were aged 65 or older in 2009, and this number is expected to reach at least 72 million by 2030. The majority of healthcare services are focused on older adults, making it crucial to have a sufficient elder care workforce.

One approach to addressing this shortage is to encourage college students to choose careers in elder care. However, there are several barriers in place that make this a challenging goal. Social phenomena such as ageism, lack of awareness of the need for workers, and a general lack of interest in and contact with older adults have been identified as factors that steer students away from working with seniors.

 So, how can we motivate students to enter the elder care workforce? One promising solution is service learning.

This educational approach involves combining classroom instruction with community service projects that enrich students' learning experiences and promote civic engagement. Service learning has been shown to positively impact students' career choices and improve their attitudes towards working with older adults.

 

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Why Universities are Preparing Students as Dementia-Ready Professionals

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 25, 2024 11:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Workforce Development, #DementiaReadyPros, #HealthcareEmpathy

Unsilencing the Dementia Crisis: Bold Initiatives for Communities of Color

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 19, 2024 11:30:00 AM

The alarming statistics surrounding Alzheimer's and dementia in communities of color cannot be ignored. Black Americans are twice as likely as older Whites to have Alzheimer's or another dementia, and Latinos are 1.5 times as likely, according to the Alzheimer's Association. While higher rates of cardiovascular disease may play a role, some studies suggest that these differences disappear after accounting for overall health and socioeconomic status. Regardless of the cause, the prevalence of dementia in Black and Brown communities is a public health crisis that demands immediate attention.

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia friendly community, Dementia Awareness, Dementia Empathy Training

The Why and How of Getting Back to Basics in Dementia Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 11, 2024 11:00:00 AM

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Direct Care Workforce Training, Communication Skills Training, Family Caregiver Education

Empowering Well-Being in 2024: Resources for People with Dementia on the Pathway to Wellness

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 4, 2024 12:30:00 PM

 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Well-Being, dementia education

Decoding Dementia Training: Analyzing Impact and Effectiveness

Posted by Pam Brandon on Dec 22, 2023 11:23:41 AM

 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Communication Skills Training, Dementia Empathy Training

Dementia Care 2024: Navigating Federal and State Initiatives for Quality Support

Posted by Pam Brandon on Dec 7, 2023 11:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia Care Outreach Education, Family Caregiver Education

Rediscovering the Heart in Dementia Care: Prioritizing the Human Touch

Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 23, 2023 10:54:04 AM

 

 

In the hustle of healthcare advancements, the essence of caregiving often gets overshadowed. Nowhere is this truer than in dementia care, where the personal and emotional aspects of caregiving are frequently sidelined by clinical approaches. Let's delve into why returning to the human side of dementia care is not just essential but transformative.

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Topics: compassionate touch, Dementia Live®Training, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, human connection, education and training

Building Retention Through a Culture that Inspires Empathy, Generosity and Happiness

Posted by Julie Boggess on Nov 16, 2023 10:52:00 AM

In the dynamic and challenging field of aging services, fostering a workplace culture that prioritizes empathy, generosity, and happiness can significantly impact employee retention. As professionals navigate the complexities of providing care and support to older adults, the emotional well-being of employees becomes a crucial factor in ensuring both quality service delivery and sustained job satisfaction.

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Topics: compassionate touch, dementia training, caregiver education, employee retention, cultivating empathy, compassion culture, Dementia Empathy Training

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