The Association for Professionals in Aging is excited to sponsor this fun and information-filled educational workshop in partnership with the Giving Voice Foundation.
Join us at the Colerain Senior Center for a full-day of speakers discussing how to incorporate creativity into caring for a loved one with dementia. With such a great line-up of instructors, this workshop will provide helpful tools for you to use. And if you need CEs, this full day workshop provides 6 CEs.
This program is intended for social workers, nurses, activity directors, local musicians, movement instructors, and the general community!
Lunch is not included. Please bring your own lunch.
Approved for 6 CEs for Ohio social workers and counselors.
Nurses will be issued a certificate that can be presented to your board.
8:30 to 9:00 am – Registration and networking
9:00 to 11:00 am – Shannon Braun, LISW-S (Director of Memory Support & Inclusion for Episcopal Retirement Services).
Understanding Dementia: Basics, Challenges & Strategies for Communication. This presentation will discuss the definition of dementia, the diseases that contribute to it, and the stages of cognitive decline. It will also review how communication is impacted by dementia, and how changes in language and sequencing can impact a person’s ability to communicate as dementia progresses. Strategies will be offered that can be employed to improve communication with those who have dementia and facilitate a more positive interaction.
11:00 to 11:30 am – Mike Gelfgot, (Physical Trainer & COO of Activate Brain & Body).
The 4 Steps to Avoid Falling. This presentation is a practical guide designed to help people, including those with dementia, stay safe and prevent falls. You'll learn about how to assess fall risk and three strategies on how to minimize falls. We'll explore simple steps to reduce the risk of falling, which will include exercises to improve balance. By following these steps, you can increase your stability and independence, ensuring a safer and healthier life, even for those dealing with dementia.
11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Nora Dashley, (Community Transformation Director of Senior Services for YMCA).
Getting to the Core with Nora. This session focuses on strengthening the hip, knee and ankle joint to encourage core/strength in a seated position.
12:00 to 1:00 pm -– BROWN BAG LUNCH. Bring your own lunch.
1:00 to 2:00 pm – Sylvia Dwertman, (Certified Laughter Yoga Leader/Marketing Liaison for Visiting Angels - Cincinnati West).
Laughter Yoga. This session will use laughter exercises interspersed with deep yogic breathing and gentle stretches, resulting in physiological and psychological health benefits.
2:00 to 4:00 pm - Jude Jones, CBMT, M.Ed, (Music Therapist).
In Tune with Dementia: Enriching Lives Through Music, Movement, and Improvisation. This session will provide an overview of the power of music and the rationale for using this art form in working with clients with dementia. Musical entrainment will be defined as well as a demonstration of possible interventions for engaging and empowering clients with dementia through creative singing, movement, and improvisation.
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