presented by Ellen Hickey
Financial: Ellen Hickey receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Ellen Hickey has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Ellen Hickey, PhD, CCC-SLP
Ellen Hickey is an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She received her doctorate in speech language pathology from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 2000. Dr. Hickey's teaching focuses on motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and the treatment of cognitive and language disorders in adults. Dr. Hickey's…Read full bio
1. Principles of Intervention
The first chapter of this course establishes and describes the key principles of intervention for persons experiencing dementia. These key goals include maintaining independent functioning for as long as possible, maintaining quality of life, and the emphasis of personal relevance and contextual training.
2. Maintaining Participation in Meaningful Activities and Social Roles
Maintaining meaningful participation and familiar roles in the community are essential parts of maintaining quality of life for persons with dementia. This chapter describes specific techniques for modifying activities, establishing peer groups, and role maintenance approaches to extend and enhance participation.
3. Maintaining Quality of Life
The final chapter of this course details practical techniques for maintaining quality of life for persons experiencing dementia by modifying their environment. Techniques discussed include music and art therapies, pet and simulated presence therapies, and maintenance of spiritual practices and other activities that reflect the values of the client.