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WOTA Webinar: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior & Effective Communication Strategies
Saturday, April 02, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
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Join us for this two hour webinar! Webinars are free for WOTA Members.
Alzheimer's Association - Wisconsin Chapter presents: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior & Effective Communication Strategies

Earn 1 AOTA CEU per session attended, 2 for the entire program. The series provides practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers and professionals recognize behaviors and identify how best to respond. Understand communication changes and determine ways to best connect to the individual with dementia at each stage of the disease.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Objectives
  1. Identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia.
  2. Explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors.
  3. List strategies to address common dementia-related behaviors.

Effective Communication Strategies

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

Objectives
  1.  Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
  2. Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
  3. Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Bio

Courtney Nennig, OTS

Courtney Nennig, OTS, is a third-year Occupational Therapy doctoral student at Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently an intern at The Alzheimer’s Association- Wisconsin Chapter, completing her residency project. She had prior experience caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia while at a skilled-nursing facility fieldwork placement in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Courtney was born and raised in Wisconsin. During her free time, she can be found cheering for Wisconsin sports teams and traveling around the state to enjoy the outdoors.

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