Teaching Empathy and Conflict Resolution to People with Dementia : A Guide for Person-Centered Practice
The way in which dementia is understood and treated is changing, with a growing focus on the individual's experience and person-centred approaches to care.
Introducing a new model of dementia care that reflects on the role of a person with dementia within a community and their relationships, this guide for professional and family caregivers demonstrates how to facilitate positive relationships for peaceful living.
By understanding the cognitive and physical challenges that older adults with dementia face, caregivers can practice emphatic care that affords people with dementia increased freedom of expression and independence.
Included here are techniques for conflict resolution that enable people with dementia to be active and self-initiating in times of distress and disruption. Looking at the basics of respect, empathy, and mindfulness, this book also provides hands-on training for employing these virtues in practice with a number of exercises to help achieve the goal of peaceful independent living.
available in eBook
A therapy technique for improving memory: Spaced retrieval
Spaced retrieval is...
Throughout the development of spaced retrieval they have found that people using this technique with dementia are able to recall the information weeks even months later.
The technique has been successful in helping dementia patients remembering particular objects names, daily tasks, name face association, information about themselves, and many other facts and behaviours. Sufficient test evidence shows that spaced retrieval is valuable in learning new information and recalling information from the past.
Small combines the works and findings of quite a few scientists to come up with five reasons why spaced retrieval works: it helps show the relationship of routine memories, it shows the benefits of learning things with an expansion of time, it helps the patient with Alzheimer's dementia keeps their brain active, it has a high success level with little to no errors, and the technique is meaningful for the patient to do and remember more things. Joltin et al. (2003), had a caregiver train a woman with Alzheimer's by giving her the name of her grandchild over the phone while asking her to associate with the picture of the grandchild posted on the refrigerator. After training, the woman was able to recall the name of her grandchild five days later.
by Adena Joltin, Cameron J. Camp, Beverly H. Noble, Vincent M. Antennucci
Spaced retrieval step by step : an evidence-based memory intervention
With proper supports in place, people with memory loss can be taught to remember information and even learn tasks that will promote their independence. Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention describes a simple, effective process that can significantly improve people’s daily performance, safety, and confidence.
This practical guide takes a fresh approach to Spaced Retrieval, teaching this innovative process step by step so you can better assist people in learning important actions and information, such as when to take medications or how to use a walker. With this proven memory-training strategy, you help people learn and store specific information that, with practice, can be easily accessed and retrieved.
Filled with practical insights and advice for care partners, this book also provides:
•screening and program forms (also available as downloadable PDF files)
•an easy-to-follow protocol for practicing Spaced Retrieval
•advice and tools for developing visual cuing
Speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, and home care professionals at all levels, as well as family members, can use Spaced Retrieval to positively impact the lives of people with memory loss.
“As a Montessorian focused on care for the aging, this is a must read. Spaced Retrieval Step by Step has been needed for a long time, and I celebrate its arrival. The ability to change lives by improving quality of life for persons living with dementia and their caregivers is within the pages of this fabulous book. With a technique that is easy for anybody to learn and with the potential to achieve amazing outcomes, this is one of the most powerful books ever written to help people living with dementia do so with dignity, respect, and independence.”
—Anne Kelly, Managing Director
Montessori Ageing Support Services
The brain-stimulating approach known as Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming (TTAP) has a proven record of improving the lives of people with dementia by increasing their engagement and functioning. Activities using the TTAP method can provide significant stimulation and integration of multiple brain regions; enjoyment, engagement, creativity, relaxation, and a sense of purpose for people with even advanced dementia. It has anan easy-to-follow framework that allows infinite variations on themes and personal interests; complete documentation for tracking and evaluation; opportunities for one-on-one or group programming...
- tips, techniques and advice from a seasoned caregiving expert
-the difference between simple entertainment and engaging projects that stimulate brain activity
- how to create engaging and affordable activities to give back moments of joy and happiness to patients with special challenges, such as those with younger onset, tendencies for elopement, falls, and more
- how to build care partner skills
- how to create an inviting & safe environment
- which key activities to consider at different disease stages