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Virtual Private Webinar Life Circles – March 2 and 16, 2021 12:30 pm – 3:00pm ET
March 2nd 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Changing Skills Across the Progression of Dementia: How OUR Communication and Care Can Change
The day’s activities will provide learners with a deep-dive into not only the progression of dementia- the retained skills across the progression of the disease- but specifically the different ways in which individuals retain skills at different levels of functioning across the individual’s senses, through the progression of the disease. While Teepa Snow’s GEMS® State of dementia will serve as the basis of the talk, we will practice ways to assess, engage, and work with different functioning levels.
In this session, we will 1) learn about what it means to be living in the world with each GEMS’ cognitive and physical abilities, 2) learn how each of us can have a different GEMS State (skill level) in one sense than others, and 3) learn how to use this tool as a basis to provide supportive and adaptive communication to change the way we help people living with dementia (PLwD). Infused throughout these objectives will be the concept that choosing a relationship-first approach (verses a task-based approach) can affect not only the outcome of the care interaction, but also the time it takes to achieve our objectives.
March 16th 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Changing Challenging Situations In Care: Whose Problem is it Anyway?
In this two and a half hour program, provided three times over three days, LifeCircles staff build on the previous session covering the GEMS State Model progression of dementia can be used to identify signs of distress in ourselves, and practice three methods of de-escalation for challenging care partner situations.
In this session, we will first learn how to conduct a dynamic assessment of others and ourselves using visual, verbal, touch, and pace GEMS States of dementia. Using role playing and breakout sessions, teams will demonstration the traditional verses the dynamic approach to identify what causes distress in ourselves and how we can respond or react. Next, we will examine the role of the amygdala in de-escalation and how frequency, intensity, and volume are affected in escalated situations. Learners will practice reflective listening as a substitution of our traditional fight, flight, hide, or seek reactions. Finally, participants will practice the use of the three zones of human awareness and how these zones can affect the amygdala in ourselves and others. Specific attention will be paid to tying in infection control practices. Infused throughout these objectives will be the concept that choosing a relationship-first approach (verses a task-based approach) to provide us a better understanding of what is and is not working for us and for the person living with brain change.
As with all PAC sessions, this session is highly interactive and will provide learners with hands-on skills to help them understand what is happening for those people living with dementia, and a plan to help them meet the changing needs. We believe all individuals, whatever their state of being, in the right setting and with the right care, can shine like a GEM®!