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The Evolution of Dementia Care

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Alkek Library Room 105 - 106

America is a youth-orientated country where elders and persons with dementia (PWD) are stigmatized and marginalized by the society and the healthcare industry. This talk will focus on how dementia care has evolved in America. The aging of America will see more than twice as many elders 80 or over in 2050 than now. A quarter to half of them will need assistance. Dementia care has evolved from caring for PWD in homes to accessing care from strangers representing a variety of “long term care services” (e.g. home health care, adult day or respite care, long term care facilities with special care units & hospices).

This seminar will look at the implications of a document called “Dementia Care: The Quality Chasm”--a document prepared by a Committee brought together by our Government as part of a 2013 Dementia Initiative. We will outline the social model of care which de-medicalizes dementia care in line with the international code of nursing ethics--empowering PWD. This workshop introduces person-centered care and activities which revolutionize dementia care, making life worth living while providing a lens for services which coincide with “dementia citizenship."

Dr. Christopher Johnson
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The Evolution of Dementia Care