Management of Dementia Tips for Caregivers Presentation

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Required textbook: Moody, Harry R. Aging: Concepts and Controversies (9th Ed). Thousand Oaks, California.

I wanted to make this last assignment different and maybe even a little fun. Imagine that you have been asked to educate your peers or co-workers on a topic related to Gerontology. Perhaps you are a physical therapist doing an in-service training for clinic staff, a speech therapist training new students, a member of a fraternity or sorority doing a service learning project, a business major who has been asked to share with students economic issues facing the elderly, an exercise physiologist discussing ways to healthy aging, etc. Your assignment is to put together your training materials using the template that I have provided. Pick any topic we have discussed in class- and craft your three learning points, and accompanying discussion topics. I will be looking for content directly from the course textbook or any of the supplemental materials. Do not lift material from the Moody and Sasser power points- I will know, and you will get a zero grade.

I have included a sample for you to use as a guide. You are not expected to actually deliver your training to anyone- all I am looking for is the power point presentation. You should download the power point template, save it, and submit your completed project via the assignment link. Let me know if you don't have access to power point, and we will figure out something else.

You have plenty of time to complete this, so please let me know if you have questions sooner than later.

GRADING GUIDELINES: Assignment worth 30 points.

A = PPT is well organized. The three learning points flow well and the discussion topics relate well to the learning point. Materials are from class content, and contains no inaccuracies or errors. Excellent effort is obvious.

B= PPT is well organized, but the learning points could flow better with the discussion points. Few inaccuracies or errors. Good effort put into project.

C= PPT lacks some organization, learning points are mostly connected to discussion topics but could be more refined and focused. Contains some inaccurate information or information that is not relevant to the learning points. Presentation looks like it was "thrown together quickly."

D= PPT is not well organized. Learning points and discussion topics don't flow. Many inaccuracies and errors. Evident that no time was spent on project.

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Title: Presented by Introduction ⚫ The goal of this presentation is: Training Point 1: ⚫ Four discussion points: Training Point 2: ⚫ Four discussion points: Training Point 3: ⚫ Four discussion points: Conclusion Involving our Elderly Patients in the Process of Care: Practical Tips for Nurses Presented by Julie Boggess Introduction ⚫ The goal of this presentation is to provide information that addresses the myth that elders lack intelligence, and are therefore unable to participate in their care. ⚫ This is important for nurses to understand so that we can interact with our patients in the most respectful and caring way possible. Training Point 1: All elderly patients do not have severe cognitive loss ⚫ Four discussion points: ➢ There seems to be a societal impression that most elderly people end up with Alzheimer’s Disease. While it is true that the risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease increases after the age of 80, it is estimated that 1/12 people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s. ➢ Getting Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. ➢ Be aware that there are conditions that could make it appear as if a patient has Alzheimer’s disease such as slowed speech, hearing loss or depression. It is important that we understand all issues going on with our elderly patients. ➢ Therefore, most elderly people are capable of thinking, learning, contributing and participating in their care. Training Point 2: Elder persons are intelligent, but they may learn new things at a slower pace ⚫ Three discussion points: ➢ Elders have accumulated intelligence, called “crystalized intelligence.” This type of intelligence reflects accumulated past experiences, and signifies the acquisition of practical expertise in everyday life- in other words “wisdom.” ➢ Fluid intelligence is applied to new tasks and represents the ability to come up with novel or creative solutions to problems. Fluid intelligence may be more challenging for an elderly person. ➢ It is widely agreed that elders take longer to learn new things, and their fluid intelligence may be affected by slower cognitive processing, vision loss, hearing loss and even depression. That doesn’t mean we can’t tap into their wisdom- and build on their experience, “crystalized intelligence.” Training Point 3: Tips on how to adapt our working approach with elderly patients/clients ⚫ Five tips: ➢ Don’t expect your elderly patient to “catch on” to new information quickly. Remain patient, explain new information slowly and in small bites. Provide the information verbally and in writing if needed. ➢ Tap into your patient’s abilities, and call on their wisdom. “You’ve lived with arthritis for many years- which exercise seems to help you the most?” ➢ Give your patient options whenever possible. “Do you prefer to go to physical therapy later this morning, or early this afternoon?” ➢ When sharing new information, ask your patient to repeat it back. For example: ✓ “Mrs. Murphy, could we review once again the new medication that your physician has prescribed. Would you please explain to me what it is for? ➢ Never talk at your patient, above your patient, or to someone else about your patient as if he/she wasn’t in the room. Conclusion ⚫ ⚫ ⚫ ⚫ As nurses, we need to help bust the myth that elderly patients are incapable of participating in their care and learning new things. Never assume that they don’t understand what is going on. Our elderly patients may take more time, and need us to be patient with them. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, just like any other patient.
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Management of Dementia:
Tips for caregivers
Presented by

Introduction
• The goal of this presentation is to provide tips and
critical information to the caregivers who deal with
Dementia patients on how to handle the condition and
this will enable the patients to receive the best care.

• This is quite important to the caregivers and will lead to
maximum interaction with the patient in better and
caring manner.

Training Point 1:The dementia care journey

• Four discussion ...


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