Interventions to Enhance Participation and Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia: Modifying Daily Activities

presented by Ellen Hickey

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How can speech language pathologists promote and maintain quality of life for patients entering the late stages of dementia? This course, with Dr. Ellen Hickey, describes principles of intervention as well as specific intervention strategies for improving quality of life via modification of daily activities. The interventions include methods for promoting community roles and meaningful activities. After viewing this course, participants will be able to suggest activities based on the values of the individual client, and create outcomes goals for that client based on their situation and functional abilities.

Meet Your Instructor

  • 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 research focuses on topics in aphasia, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and communication and participation after brain trauma. She is a member of several ASHA special interest groups including Neurogenics and Neurophysiology, Gerontology, and Global Issues in Communication Disorders and Sciences.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Principles of Intervention

    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

    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

    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.