Dementia: Using Assistive Technology to Improve Functional Performance

presented by Carrie Ciro

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In this course, participants will be introduced to different types of technology or environmental modifications that support function in people with dementia. As many older adults suffer from issues related to vision, Dr. Carrie Ciro outlines the most common low vision diagnoses, presentation and supports for improving function. In a section focused on activities of daily living, participants will explore a variety of low and high tech options that can be incorporated into task-oriented training. Specific to memory support, a variety of stationary and mobile devices to support function are highlighted. Finally, Dr. Ciro provides a framework for training people with dementia how to use assistive technology within a task-oriented program using motor learning structure.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Dr. Carrie Ciro is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health and hospital care. Additionally, she has 18 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level and post-professional curriculum to occupational and physical therapists. Her current research focuses on examining an intervention to improve activities of daily living for people with dementia called Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice, or STOMP. Dr. Ciro received her PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Preventative Medicine and Community Health. She has presented at international and national conferences and published 25 peer-reviewed publications on topics such as activities of daily living, dementia and inter-professional education.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Devices for People that have Low Vision

    1. Devices for People that have Low Vision

    In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Carrie Ciro introduces assistive technology and its application to older adults. She demonstrates how to recognize low vision diagnoses and impact on function. Participants will review select examples of low and high-tech devices that can be incorporated into treatment sessions.

  2. Assistive Technology for ADL Performance

    2. Assistive Technology for ADL Performance

    Dr. Carrie Ciro classifies low and high-tech assistive technology that can support activities of daily living for people with dementia. Participants will learn to differentiate appropriate equipment recommendations based on patient strengths and impairments.

  3. Assistive Technology to Enhance Memory

    3. Assistive Technology to Enhance Memory

    This chapter describes the differences between stationary aids and mobile memory aids, as well as the pros and cons for each. Participants will learn to identify appropriate adaptations for priority goals such as scheduling and finding lost items.

  4. Training Strategies

    4. Training Strategies

    The final chapter of this course names barriers to using assistive technology and provides suggestions for overcoming barriers to assistive technology. Participants will learn to employ training strategies for teaching people with dementia how to incorporate assistive technology into daily activities.