Dementia Reconsidered

Creating Conditions for Compassion

Tuesday, April 12, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

For our final Dementia Reconsidered session of this grant year, Dr. Wehry talked with residents of long term care who are living with dementia about what they would like caregivers to know about how to better care for them.  Their advice? “A little kindness goes a long way”.  In this session, Susan will discuss the art and science of compassion, address the question “is compassion innate?”, and explain why she (and others) think the term “compassion fatigue” is a misnomer. Importantly, she will offer some pragmatic suggestions for creating the conditions in your life —and in your facility—that allow compassion to emerge and a sense of well-being to flourish.  She hopes to be joined by individuals with lived experience as “givers” and “receivers” of compassionate care.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

                                                                Dalai Lama

Recommended Audience: All Health Professionals involved in care of persons with Dementia in the Long Term Care setting. May also be of interest to people living with Dementia and those who love and care for them.

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Past Sessions

Advance Care Planning for People Living with Dementia

Session 5 of the Dementia Reconsidered Series presented by Susan Wehry, MD will feature discussions with Palliative Care and Dementia Specialist Ann Wyatt as well as members of Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and a representative of the DAA End of Life Planning Committee. The session concludes with a panel on Palliative Care in Long Term Care followed by a Q & A.

Dementia Action Alliance Members

Janice Bays is Board Chair, Dementia Action Alliance and Chair, End of Life Planning Committee

Barney Nelson is from Portland, OR and spent two decades working for a global tech company, then became an entrepreneur and ran a very successful business. In 2018, he noticed he was beginning to feel overwhelmed. It was more difficult to multitask and keep up with the pace of his business. He also started to experience tremors and hallucinations, leading to a Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) diagnosis in early 2019. He is now a Dementia Advocate and serves on the Dementia Action Alliance Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Speakers Bureau and is a PAC Core Team Member with Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care Organization.

Jacquelyn Pogue is a retired psychotherapist, university teacher and organizational consultant. She has given workshops on death/dying and led Richmond’s “Quality End of Life Care in Virginia”. She was a caregiver for her husband with dementia for 14 years. She is the series creator/consulting producer, currently working on the 4th documentary for the PBS series on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias. The first three films can be viewed at: vpm.org/dementia-series


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.

Recordings:

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. Session 1 is available through the training site (see below).

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. Go to AgingME Trainings to see the recording.

Session 4, Using Medications Wisely, features 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. Go to AgingME Trainings to see the recording.

Session 5, Advance Care Planning for People Living With Dementia, featured discussions with Palliative Care and Dementia Specialist Ann Wyatt as well as Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) members Janice Bays, Barney Nelson, and Jacquelyn Pogue. The session concluded with a panel on Palliative Care in Long Term Care followed by a Q & A. Recording forthcoming.

Click here to access the Dementia Reconsidered supporting curricula