These Four Walls: Using the environment to support persons with dementia

Course: #7089 Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour 71 Reviews

Older adults and people with dementia experience a variety of sensory changes that affect their ability to communicate and function independently. Communication and swallowing dysfunction that results from aging or dementia can be exacerbated by environmental barriers such as inadequate lighting, noisy conditions, poor or absent environmental cues, and visual clutter. Speech-language pathologists will learn how to address these environmental barriers as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dementia. Examples for research on the physical and social environment will be shared.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify the normal changes in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch that are part of the aging process.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the sensory changes that are part of dementia.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to explain how to incorporate the physical environment into the dysphagia assessment.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able identify aspects of the environment that can be modified to support functioning during meals.

Agenda

0-20 Minutes Understanding changes in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch as part of the aging process
20-35 Minutes Recognizing sensory changes as part of dementia
35-50 Minutes Assessing the physical environment as part of the communication and dysphagia assessment
50-85 Minutes Using the physical and social environment to increase functioning and communication
85-90 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

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