Dementia Reconsidered

Thank you to all who participated in Session 4: Using Medications Wisely!

If you did not receive your certificate of attendance and you would like one, please email Cammy Samuelson at csamuelson1@une.edu.

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Dementia Reconsidered is a unique approach to teaching interdisciplinary, person directed support for, and care of, persons living with dementia. Dementia Reconsidered sessions are designed individually and we encourage you to attend any or all depending upon your interest.

Sessions 1 and 2 introduce attendees to core concepts and to approaches for addressing unique conditions brought on by the pandemic; both include an open Q&A with Dr. Wehry via Zoom. In Session 3, Compassion, Not Control, Dr. Wehry makes the case for a client-centered approach to shared and supported decision making that optimizes the client’s (and family’s) abilities and improves quality of life outcomes for persons living with disabilities, including dementia. Session 4, Using Medications Wisely, featured Sydney Springer PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCGP. Drs Wehry and Springer review current pharmacologic approaches to the care of persons with dementia, with a special focus on the use and misuse of antipsychotic medications. The session includes a review of successful non-pharmacologic approaches to distress-signal behaviors and a discussion of why reducing antipsychotic prescribing to people with dementia remains so important. If you’d like to view session 1, 2, 3, or 4*, and access all of the supporting curricula, fill out our brief survey to get the link to the training.

*Note that the recording for Session 4 has not yet been posted. Please check back.

Dementia Reconsidered

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