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Dementia Webinar Series


Recent research has shown that 7 out of 10 residents in residential care are cognitively impaired. Of the 522,990 individuals in this study, 28% were cognitively normal, 29% were mildly impaired, 23% moderately impaired, and 19% severely impaired. Similarly, 64% of Medicare beneficiaries living in a skilled nursing facility are cognitively impaired.

LeadingAge Washington, LeadingAge Oregon and LeadingAge California have partnered with Dr. Cordula Dick‐Muehlke, a leading expert on Dementia, to offer a 6–part webinar series on…

“Diversity and Dementia Care”

Six webinars that address how to provide care that recognizes, values, and is responsive to diversity – in culture, sexual orientation, family support, and more – among people with dementia. You will learn about key factors to consider in meeting the needs of older adults with dementia – who are not just increasing a number but also in diversity. Taught by Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, this webinar series promises to empower you with the knowledge to achieve person-centered dementia care that effectively responds to under-addressed aspects of diversity in those you serve.

Each webinar will be 90 minutes, one hour presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

Registration Dementia Webinar Series 2017-2018  Coming soon! 

October 12, 2017 – When It’s Not Alzheimer’s Disease: How Other Dementia’s Impact Care

It’s not enough to know just that a resident has dementia – the type makes a difference! In this webinar, attendees will learn how the symptoms, treatment, and care for individuals affected by dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) or the behavioral variant of fronto-temporal (bvFTD) dementia vary from those experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease. Attendees will 3eceive practical tips addressing the unique behavioral changes and care challenges in residents with DLB or bvFTD.

November 9, 2017 – Exploring the Impact of Cultural Perspectives on Dementia Care

Given the increasing diversity in California, Oregon, and Washington, this webinar explores the impact on how dementia is understood and care in provided across the five largest minority groups in the region: Blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese. Attendees will learn about the key components of culturally sensitive care as well as similarities and differences among the five groups in their views of dementia, cultural values/beliefs, family functioning, caregiving, decision-making, help-seeking, and communication.

January 11, 2018 –  Meeting the Dementia Care Needs of the LGBT Community

Behavioral expressions are unique to the individual and influenced by many factors, including ethnicity. Attendees will learn what research has shown about how behaviors differ among persons with dementia who are Black, Hispanic, Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese, as well as the unique factors (e.g., war, trauma, history of discrimination, and differences in nonverbal communication) that may contribute to behavioral expressions. In particular, the webinar will explore how important understanding differences in nonverbal communication is in the care of ethnically diverse persons with advanced dementia.

February 8, 2018 – Person-Centered Approaches to Sexual Expression in Memory Care

A key element of person-centered dementia care involves recognizing each resident as an individual, unique in background, interests, and preferences.  Sexual orientation and gender identify are significant features of individual uniqueness.  Senior living and long-term care services are ill-prepared to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults, overall, and even more so of those with dementia.  This webinar starts with reviewing the LGBT language, followed by a statistical description of the LGBT community as a whole in the U.S. and LGBT older adults specifically.  Attendees then learn about the key challenges of LGBT elders, including barriers in senior living and long-term care services.  After a “big picture” look at LGBT and aging, the webinar focuses on the needs of LGBT individuals with dementia, identifies a series of unique considerations for senior living and long-term care services, and provides recommendations for organizations that want to build their capacity to serve the growing number of LGBT older adults in the U.S.  This webinar is in line with new requirements for senior living providers to receive LGBT training. Finally, this is the fourth in a series of six webinars on diversity and dementia care, which addresses how to provide care that recognizes, values, and is responsive to differences –based on type of dementia, culture, sexual identity, family support, and more – among people with dementia.

March 8, 2018 –  Spouse, Adult Child, or Other: Caregiver Relationship Makes a Difference

Positive, collaborative relationships with families are key to the success of long-term care.  Who the caregiver is – spouse/life partner, adult child, or another close family member or friend – makes a difference in how that individual reacts to and copes with dementia.  Understanding these differences – as explored in this webinar – will help you better relate to and support the families of the residents you serve.

April 12, 2018 – Don’t Forget About the Impact of Your Residents’ Spiritual Traditions on Care

Spiritual needs of the resident with dementia are often under-addressed as the care team strives to manage the multiple cognitive, health, behavioral, and emotional issues affecting the individual. Yet, maintaining a spiritual connection may be the most important factor in the individual’s well-being, and, when addressed, support other care goals. This webinar will explore spirituality in dementia, review features of common faith traditions, and offer suggestions to support spiritual well-being.

About the Presenter: Cordula Dick‐Muehlke, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience in working with older adults. She is currently the Director of Education at the University of California Irvine, Institute for Memory Impairments & Neurological Disorders (UCI‐MIND).

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1 hour presentation; 30 minutes open discussion)
CEUs: 1 DSHS Credit, per webinar
Questions: For registration information contact Cassi Meritt, registrar, LeadingAge Washington cmeritt@LeadingAgeWa.org
Note: This webinar series will not be recorded for future reference

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Last updated: January 16th

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