Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: A Contextual Model for Promoting Quality of Life in Elderly Persons With Dementia
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W184d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jane E. Fisher, Ph.D.
JANE E. FISHER (University of Nevada, Reno), CYNDY SOTO (University of Nevada, Reno), ALEXANDROS MARAGAKIS (University of Nevada, Reno), OLGA CIRLUGEA (University of Nevada, Reno), SUSAN LONGCHAMP (University of Nevada, Reno)
Description: Cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia produce devastating losses to the behavioral repertoires of older adults. Older adults with dementia are frequently under the care of family members, including spouses and adult children. Family caregivers of persons with dementia are faced with significant and frequent caregiving challenges as a result of the changes to the older adult's behavioral repertoire. This presentation will describe a contextual model for promoting the behavioral health and quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Presenters will describe the application of behavior analysis strategies useful for working with elderly persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Recent research on factors that contribute to excess disability in older adults with dementia and strategies for detecting and preventing behavioral and cognitive decline due to reversible adverse events in older adults with dementia will be reviewed. The workshop will include videotaped examples to illustrate material. This will include examples of typical behaviors, possible caregiver responses, and demonstration of effective techniques.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) articulate current issues in the treatment of persons with dementia; (2) cite empirical evidence from pharmacological and psychosocial research supporting a restraint-free model of care;(3) identify assessment and treatment strategies consistent with a restraint-free, contextual model of care; and (4) describe the relevance of the contextual model for the use of psychotropic drugs in persons with dementia.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of lecture, video observation, and group discussion.
Audience: This workshop will appeal to a broad audience. Attendance will be appropriate for BACB certificants, licensed psychologists, and others who wish to gain exposure to the application of behavioral principles to the care of elderly persons with dementia.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Behavioral Monitoring, Caregiving, Dementia



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