Understanding Dementia
& Responding to Behaviors



In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous family’s right here in our community. This course will provide a general overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease; and help participants learn to decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond.

Learning objectives:

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia:
*Explore the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
*Examine what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s.
*Detail the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease.
*Identify FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms.

Effective Communication Strategies:
*Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
*Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
*Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior:
*Identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia.
*Explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors.
*List strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors.

About the Presenter:

Rose A. Beeson, PhD, RN, CNS

Dr. Beeson is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Akron, Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. She earned her PhD from Rush University, College of Nursing, MSN, Geriatric Nursing and Geriatric Mental Health, from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, BSN from Ursuline College, and a BS in Education from The Ohio State University. She is a published author and has been a presenter on the topics of Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving since 1990.


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Understanding Dementia and Responding to Behaviors


Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (PM Session)
Presenter: Rose A. Beeson, PhD, RN, CNS
Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

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