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Music Therapy and its Impact on Dementia

Studies show that music significantly improves the quality of life for individuals with dementia. Learn what music therapy is, how it works, and why it benefits the brain so profoundly. We will discuss the impact of music on individuals with memory loss, and how music can be used to enhance the care provided to individuals with dementia.

At completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe why music enhances and optimizes the brain
2. Identify the benefits of music therapy for persons with dementia
3. Describe how music enhances the care provided to a person with dementia

  • Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | 11:30am-12:30pm PDT
  • Location: Webinar
  • Presenter: Karen Skipper, MT-BC
  • One (1) CE Credit Hour Offered: RCFE, NHAP, CAMFT/BBS & BRN
  • Fee: None

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Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Falls are preventable and not a normal part of aging, and yet they are a significant threat to an active, healthy and independent life for older adults. Learn how health conditions, medications, inactivity, and safety hazards in the home can contribute to risks for falling. Resources are provided for reducing fall risks, including self-assessments, suggestions for home modifications, and a review of evidence-based strength & balance exercise programs.

Wandering in Persons with Dementia

Learn why some individuals with dementia wander. We discuss techniques for preventing wandering, how to plan ahead for wandering, and how to safely respond to a person who wanders. Recommendations are offered for what to do when a person with dementia is missing, and various safety devices that prevent wandering are reviewed.

Grief Through the Stages of Dementia

Grief is a normal reaction to loss and a natural part of life, yet individuals with dementia and those who care for them often experience unique forms of grief throughout the stages of dementia. We discuss these forms of grief, how to support caregivers and persons with dementia who are grieving, and provide practical strategies for how to cope with these forms of loss.

The POLST Form: What It Is and How to Use It

The Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form serves to communicate a person’s wishes regarding their medical treatment preferences at end of life. Learn how the POLST form is different from other medical forms, how it is appropriately used, and how conversations about POLST can help with making informed choices and identifying treatment goals.

Urinary Incontinence: Causes, Treatments and Management Solutions

The prevalence of urinary incontinence increases with age and can significantly impact the quality of life for both the individuals affected and their caregivers. The good news is that some forms of urinary incontinence are reversible and there are many options for treating and managing this condition. We look at the various types of urinary incontinence, the risk factors and causes, treatment options, and management strategies.

Personal Care with Positivity: Assisting Persons with Dementia in Activities of Daily Living

Dementia can impact a person’s ability to complete both instrumental and basic activities of daily living (ADLs). We identify strategies and techniques for assisting individuals who have moderate and late-stage dementia with their ADLs using a positive approach which focuses on maximizing the person’s autonomy, dignity and engagement.

Behavior Expressions in Persons with Dementia

What are considered “challenging behaviors” in persons with dementia, may actually be their best effort to communicate an unmet need. Dementia can alter a person’s perceptions and their ability to communicate. Learn effective strategies for responding that reduce confusion and frustration and enhance compassionate and caring communication.

COPD: A Hidden Health Threat

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S., and yet half of those who have it don’t even know it! COPD is a persistent respiratory condition that restricts airflow from the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions. Join us as we learn all about COPD, including the causes, recognizing the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, treated, and tools for managing it.

Person-Centered Care at the End of Life

Although death is a natural and inevitable part of life, many are not prepared for the dying process and how to best meet an individual’s needs at the end of their life. Learn how a holistic, person-centered approach to care, delivered with dignity and respect, can maximize a person’s comfort and quality of life in their finals days and hours. We address common issues, including physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual concerns at the end of life.

When to Consider Memory Care

Should your client or loved one with cognitive impairment be in memory care? How do you know when home care or assisted living is not enough? Watch this webinar where we examine the signs of when a more specialized care is needed, and the factors involved in this decision. You’ll also learn about the benefits of specialized memory care, how to transition using a person-centered approach, what to consider in creating the best plan of care, and what to look for when selecting a memory care community.

Stroke! Facts and Prevention

What is a stroke, and why is it a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S.? Watch and learn about the different types of stroke, and the causes, symptoms, effects and treatments of stroke. Explore who is at greatest risk, how we can prevent a stroke and how to recognize the warning signs of a person having a stroke.

A Fresh Approach to Resistance to Care

Why would a person with dementia resist assistance from a care partner, and become agitated when we are there to help? We will explore this topic from the perspective of the person with dementia by looking at how dementia-related changes impact a person’s ability to express unmet needs, and how a caregiver’s response and approach can make a significant difference. Techniques will be provided for how caregivers can prevent escalating distress and how a proactive approach with dignity and patience results in positive outcomes.

Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Your Health

Sleep plays a significant role in maintaining good health. How much sleep are we getting and how much sleep do we need? Learn why sufficient sleep is vital for supporting good physical and cognitive health. You will also watch the reasons why many are not getting good quality sleep and how lack of sleep can result in serious health risks. Guidelines will be provided for good sleep habits and behavioral techniques that can improve sleep hygiene.

Keep Your Brain Healthy & Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline

Based on the latest research from the Cleveland Clinic, this course explores the six pillars of brain health and how lifestyle choices can significantly impact cognitive health. Learn about age-related changes in memory and learning, the possible risks and threats to brain health, and practical steps to protect the brain and lower the risk of cognitive decline.

Caring Communication Strategies in Dementia Care

Learn how dementia challenges a person’s ability to communicate and why a caregiver’s approach to interacting will make a difference. We will look at the various elements that can enhance or break down communication in dementia care, and examine effective strategies and techniques that reduce confusion and frustration and enhance more compassionate and caring communication and connection.

Grief in a Pandemic: Practical Tips for Caring for the Bereaved

Grief and loss, which are known to be difficult, are especially hard during times of uncertainty, anxiety, and isolation. In this presentation we will look at the nature of grief and its different types, and what to expect in the grieving process. Techniques are presented for coping strategies, receiving care from self and others, and how to focus on the positive consequences of negative events.

Driving and Aging: The Impact of Physical and Cognitive Changes

Age-related physical and cognitive impairments can make driving difficult and even dangerous. Learn the importance of driver safety for older adults, including the physical and cognitive variables that impact driving ability, how driving skills are assessed, how to talk with an older driver about driving concerns, and how to develop solutions for transportation alternatives.

Parkinson’s Disease and its Effect on Cognition

Learn how Parkinson’s disease is more than just a motor disease. We will discuss how people with Parkinson’s experience symptoms that affect their emotions as well as how they think and process information. Changes in thinking can be especially troublesome for people with Parkinson’s particularly in later stages of the disease. We will also address how the family is affected and the role they may play in managing Parkinson’s disease.

Depression and Dementia in Older Adults

Depression and dementia are commonly seen in older adults, and these conditions can occur separately or together. Although diagnosing can be difficult due to their similarities, it is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis to ensure that the treatment plan is appropriate and yields optimal outcomes. Learn about the similarities and differences between these two conditions, and the different approaches for treatment.

Supporting Socially Isolated Older Adults


Learn about the causes behind social isolation and loneliness for seniors, along with the related impacts it can have to their health. Strategies and promising practices are presented to help caregivers support their loved ones.

Sundowning Syndrome in Dementia

The term ‘sundowning’ refers to a set of behaviors seen in some individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia when they become confused, agitated or nervous later in the afternoon and into the night. Learn about the behaviors associated with this syndrome, along with the risk factors and triggers. Treatment options and suggestions for preventing behaviors associated with this syndrome will also be provided.

The Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Swallowing

Learn about the process of swallowing and health conditions that cause difficulties in swallowing (dysphagia), especially for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Treatments, strategies, and intervention techniques for dysphagia are presented, along with recommended oral care and an overview of tube feeding, comfort feeding and recognizing the decline in swallowing that occurs at end of life.

The Other Dementias: Frontotemporal, Lewy Body and Vascular Dementia

In this course we examine the four most common types of dementia: Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body, Frontotemporal, and Vascular dementia. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for these dementias, as well as how they are similar and different. Tips will be provided for working effectively and compassionately with individuals affected by these forms of dementia.

Resiliency and Coping Strategies for Dementia Caregivers

Develop a repertoire of skills for resiliency, self-care and coping when caring for someone with dementia. Learn how dementia caregiver stress can impact health and lead to depression and anxiety. Strategies will be introduced for building resiliency which helps preserve and restore emotional and physical health while navigating the uncertainty of dementia caregiving.

Legal & Financial Considerations in Dementia Care

When a person is diagnosed with dementia, it is important to plan for legal and financial considerations as soon as possible, while the person with dementia may still be capable of participating in the planning process. Learn about the steps involved in getting, legal, financial, and future care plans put in place.

Uncharted Waters: Caring for Hospice Patients and Families in the Face of

Dr. Bill Hoy addresses the frustrations and challenges faced when caring for dying patients and their families in the uncharted waters of COVID-19. Family or professional caregivers who are not allowed physical access to patients must get by with virtual interactions at best. Patients are frightened about how they will be cared for and families are frustrated by the hospice experience being far less than promised; the true cost of these measures will not be known for a very long time. Frontline caregivers are left to grapple with the pain—their own, their patients’, and their patient families.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease in Persons with Down Syndrome

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among people with Down syndrome is much higher than it is for the general population and for those with developmental and other intellectual disabilities. Learn about the unique warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome, how this disease can impact the role of both facility staff and caregivers, and when families might consider placement outside of the home

A Look at Senior Care Options

Explore options available to older adults on various levels of care and the financial costs associated with them. The types of care discussed include in-home care, adult day care, residential care and skilled nursing. Learn about the costs of these senior care options and what is covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal.

Assisting with Activities of Daily Living in Dementia Care

Learn about six activities of daily living (ADLs) which become challenging as individuals with dementia progressively lose function and ability to carry out these tasks. Participants will learn how dementia impacts ability to complete ADLs and how to best assist with these tasks while maximizing the person’s autonomy wherever possible.

Enhancing Everyday Activities in Dementia Care

Learn about dementia-related changes that can result in difficulties in behaviors and connecting with others. Strategies on how to successfully engage persons with dementia will be introduced, including the ‘person-centered’ approach, ‘contented involvement’, the ‘best friends approach’ and the ‘Montessori Method for Adults’ to connect with individuals with dementia at various stages of memory loss.

Managing Dementia-Related Changes in Behavior

Learn how to identify personality and behavior changes among individuals with dementia, especially those which may be particularly stressful or challenging for both the person with dementia and their caregiver. Discover how to manage these behavior changes and how the clinically-informed, three-step approach called the ‘IDEA!’ model will help caregivers adapt circumstances to reduce or prevent behavior changes before they occur.

The Cultural Diversity of Grief and Loss

How to Demonstrate Cultural Competence –As our world grows smaller, we are more frequently confronted with death and bereavement beliefs and customs that are different than our own. This webinar  won’t just present a list of cultural stereotype characteristics (“Latinos do this, African Americans do that, and Muslims do this over here”). Instead, attendees will develop cultural competence by encountering a diversity of beliefs from key people groups and learn skills for assessing and intervening more effectively with families from groups unlike their own.

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

How Hearing Loss Affects the Brain –Hearing loss can disrupt the normal relationship between your ears and your brain. Learn about the different effects of untreated hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falling, mental health issues and tinnitus. An overview is provided of the types of dementia, statistics of hearing loss, and the role of the audiologist in treating patients with cognitive decline.

Wandering Behavior in Dementia Care

Understanding Wandering – Learn about the reasons for wandering behaviors among people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Topics include techniques for preventing wandering, how to take precautions and plan ahead for wandering behaviors, and what to do if a person with dementia is missing. Recommendations are provided for preventing wandering behaviors, and various devices that prevent wandering are reviewed.

Adapting to Vision Loss Later in Life

Living Well with Vision Loss – For individuals who experience visual impairment, vision loss or blindness, navigating the world and performing activities of daily living can be challenging. Learn about effective lifestyle changes, adaptive devices and assistance options that help people with vision loss and blindness lead enriched and fulfilling lives. Administrators who have residents with vision loss in their care will learn about tips and techniques in their facilities that are also extremely helpful.

Understanding Hoarding Behaviors

Hoarding Behaviors: Insights and Innovations – Hoarding behavior can diminish the quality of life and jeopardize a senior’s health and safety. Learn about hoarding behaviors, how to identify risk factors and symptoms of hoarding, interventions, and treatments that can help individuals, family members, and communities, as well as recent research and innovations using technology.

Connecting and Communicating in Dementia Care

Communicating and Connecting With Individuals Who Have Dementia –This course teaches practical skills for communicating and connecting with individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These diseases cause changes in the brain that impair verbal communication skills, and practical techniques are provided that can enhance communication. Learn why social connections are beneficial for individuals with memory loss and how to effectively facilitate social engagement and personal connections.

Understanding the POLST Form

This course is designed to provide a better understanding of the Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and how it serves to communicate a person’s wishes regarding their medical treatment preferences at end of life. Learn about the appropriate use of the POLST form, how to plan a thoughtful, facilitated conversation about POLST with residents and families, and who can help complete the POLST form.

Brain Health as You Age: The Benefits of Brain Health for Older Adults

The Benefits of Brain Health for Older Adults – Begin the New Year by learning how to adopt small lifestyle changes that can result in big impacts in improving brain health. Course covers age-related changes in memory and learning, understanding the possible risks and threats to brain health, and the importance of knowing how older adults can protect their brains from cognitive decline.

Family Webinar: Preparing for the Holidays

Make this holiday season a peaceful affair. The holidays can be difficult for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us from the comfort of your own home for a special Family Webinar “Preparing for the Holidays” and learn how to keep things smooth during what can be a very hectic time of year.

Coping with Anticipated Grief

Anticipatory Grief – Learn about past and current models of grief, actions for coping with grief, the concepts of ‘anticipatory grief’, and core processes in managing grief. An overview of how beliefs and practices impact the process of grieving and a model of the bereavement process is presented for assisting individuals who are coping with anticipatory grief.

Oral Hygiene to Decrease Risk of Infection in Older Adults

Oral Hygiene to Decrease Risk of Infection in Older Adults: Gain a better Learn the importance of maintaining oral hygiene for older adults, and how poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of infections and disease. Participants will learn about the anatomy of the mouth, the risks, and benefits of good oral hygiene, the barriers to providing good oral care, and techniques for successfully achieving good oral hygiene.

Transgender -Affirming Practices: Meeting the Needs of Gender-Diverse People

Transgender-Affirming Practices: Meeting the Needs of Gender-Diverse People: Gain a better
understanding of people who are transgender and their unique needs as older adults accessing senior care
and services. Learn how to create a respectful and inclusive environment, and to avoid common unintended
discriminatory behaviors that create a barrier to obtaining services.

Creating A Safe Environment: Safety Adaptations for People with Dementia

Safety Adaptations for Persons with Dementia: For a person with memory loss, changes in perception, behavior, and abilities can lead to safety issues. Learn how each room in a home or care community can pose unique hazards, and how to create a calm and safe environment for the person with memory loss, including the use of adaptive equipment. An overview of the changes in abilities that affect daily living (ADLs), and recommendations that help caregivers succeed in various scenarios will also be covered.

Successful Mealtime Strategies for Dementia -Caregivers

Successful Mealtimes for People with Dementia: Learn how the symptoms of dementia can impact the ability to eat, drink and maintain previous mealtime habits. The consequences of inadequate intake of nutrition and hydration for people with dementia will be addressed. Techniques will be provided for how caregivers can help improve mealtimes, overcome eating difficulties, and promote independence and dignity for individuals with dementia.

Clarifying the Myths of Hospice Care

Myths of Hospice: Learn about the concept of hospice care and its positive impacts on the terminally ill and their caregivers. This course will clarify common myths and misconceptions surrounding hospice care and explain the benefits of palliative interventions.

Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse: Why People with Dementia are Vulnerable

Dementia – Risk for Financial Abuse: Individuals with dementia are especially vulnerable to elder abuse and are at a very high risk for financial exploitation. Learn about elder abuse and its various forms, mandated reporting laws, and how to recognize warning signs of abuse and financial exploitation of older adults.

Reducing the Risk of Falls for Older Adults

Fall Risk Reduction: Learn about the causes and risk factors for falls among older adults, which is the leading cause of death and injury for the elderly. Also covered are guidelines for how to prevent falls, techniques for how to safely transfer, and how to safely get up after a fall has occurred.

Keeping Older Drivers Safe

Keeping Older Drivers Safe: Many aging drivers feel that driving is their lifeline – but how do we know when an older driver is no longer safe on the road? Driving accidents cause injury and death, with the risks increasing with age, especially for those over 75. Learn about the many variables that impact driving ability, how driving skills are assessed, how to talk with an older driver about driving concerns, and how to develop solutions for transportation alternatives.

Caring for Yourself While Helping Others

Caring for yourself is vital when helping others, yet the physical and emotional demands of caregiving can make it seem impossible. Learn how to recognize the symptoms associated with different forms of stress, fatigue, and burnout – and the resulting damage it can cause. Various strategies are provided for how to reduce the negative impacts of caregiver stress and how to develop positive approaches to caring for one-self, including the development of a personalized self-care plan.

Dementia-friendly Holidays

For persons with dementia, the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays can be overstimulating and overwhelming, which can result in their discomfort and difficult situations. Learn how to make the holidays simple, yet special and appropriate for individuals with dementia. Modifying holiday traditions and managing unrealistic expectations also reduces stress for dementia caregivers as well.

Managing Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Few periods are as difficult for those who are grieving than during the holidays. In this course participants will learn about the causes of grief and loss, the physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms of grief, spiritual aspects of grief and the behaviors that are associated with grief. Methods for coping with grief during the holidays are provided, with an emphasis on survival and growth.