Are we Confusing Life Enrichment with Activities in Dementia Care?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 3, 2018 9:00:25 AM

What exactly is the meaning of Life Enrichment?  

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, memories, dementia, Hospital Professionals, activities, life enrichment, Person centered care, Joy, Flashback Reminiscence Training

Why Touch is Good Medicine in Caring for Persons with Dementia

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 22, 2018 12:35:33 PM

"Touching as a therapeutic event is not as simple as a mechanical procedure or a drug, because is, above all, an act of communication...the use of touch and physical closeness may be the most important way to communicate to acutely ill (and aged) persons that they are important as human beings..." - Ashley Montagu

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Memory Care, compassionate touch, Hospital Professionals, Psychotropic drugs, Ground Breaking

Communicating with Terms of Endearment - A Big NO NO

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 21, 2018 12:21:37 PM

Dear, Honey, Hun, Sweetie, Buddy, Chief, That’s a good boy, Let's go potty now.  No, I am not talking to my 18-month-old, I am repeating terms of endearment and phrases I hear in memory care and assisted living every day. There is so much research behind the use of this type of language researchers refer to it as elderspeak. I know I am guilty of using terms like these and I know you are too but explore the impact it may be having on our residents.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Senior Care, dementia, Caregiver, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, eldercare

Why Competency-Based Training Improves Dementia Care

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 20, 2018 12:50:14 PM

There is an urgent need to equip caregivers to better respond to and care for persons living with dementia.  Traditional training models have focused on the number of classroom hours an individual must spend in training, assuming that a person who completes the required training hours is ready to work successfully with people living with dementia.  The shift to competency-based training improves dementia care by focusing on mastery of tasks and tools that are learned.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, care staff, dementia, caregivers, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, dementia training, staff

Award Wages for Aged Care Workers in Australia

Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 7, 2017 10:16:19 AM

Having just returned from Australia,  I'll be devoting several upcoming blogs to my research and fact finding with how Australia is advancing in aging and dementia care, as well as dementia and age friendly best practices.  I found their award wages for aged care workers to be one significant difference from the US and worthy of discussion.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Senior Care, dementia, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, Australia, award wages, Aged care workers

Shifting Gears...What Might Happen if We Try Something New!

Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 10, 2017 9:30:28 AM

I have always been a proponent that if something is just not working well, shifting gears may be a solution.  Let's face it - everything is changing fast these days, so much so that it seems as if technology  leads the pack in shifting gears at every juncture of our daily lives.

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Topics: dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, caregivers, leadership, Faith Community, elder care, AGE-u-cate Training Instite

The Art of Being an Effective Dementia Care Detective

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 18, 2017 7:36:34 AM

Responding to challenging behavior for people living with dementia is often the greatest triggers of stress,  helplessness and frustration for professional and family caregivers.  Learning to be an effective dementia care detective incorporates knowledge of behavioral expression and having effective tools to respond, reassure and comfort.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, Care Partners, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Caregiver Training, Dementia Detective, Family Education, Dementia Live Training, Behavioral Expression

Empathy Training for Dementia Care - A Strong Foundation Tool

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jul 21, 2017 1:04:59 PM

Neurological research substantiates that human beings appear to be "wired" to be empathetic.  In other words, we all have an innate ability to be empathetic.   Would empathy training in dementia care  provide a strong foundation tool for front line staff to help improve the quality of life for those living with dementia?

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Dementia Live, leadership, Empathy Training

Back to Basics in Dementia Care - Are We Making it too Complicated?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jul 14, 2017 3:09:27 PM

The number of older adults with dementia is forecast to more than double in the next 40 years.  Training people to care for these individuals - both professionals and families is paramount in improving the quality of life for the caregiver as well as the care receiver.  Is it time to get back to basics in our approach to education and training?

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership

Caregiver Burnout: What to Look for and How to Help

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jul 11, 2017 7:42:20 AM

Losing sleep, poor eating habits, irritability or short tempered - these symptoms may start small and snowball quickly into what is referred to as caregiver burnout.   Professionals and families need to know what to look for and how to help caregivers.  It's a serious matter and growing, as more families are caring for their loved ones at home with little or no help.

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Topics: The Faith Community, AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Senior Care, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, Stress, Burnout, Alzheimer's Association, elder care, education, resources, dementia training, Area Agencies on Aging

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