Tuesday, September 1st (Session C5) - Changing the Culturescape to Optimize Living Well with Dementia

Session C5

Dementia is one of the most misunderstood conditions in the developed world (2015). Care practices that focus on losses contribute to the erosion of well-being of individuals living with dementia. While person-centered practices are accepted globally as the gold standard, there is considerable imprecision surrounding these practices. The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) undertook a multi-year project in partnership with The Eden Alternative to establish a consensus-based conceptual framework and practice guidelines for person/relational-centered support and care.

1. Name at least 3 benefits of using relationship-based practices in dementia care.
2. Define culturescape and discuss how our current culturescape must change to support people living well with dementia.
3. List at least 3 ways to apply relationship-based practices in their own experiences.

Jan Bays

Physical Therapist, Jill’s House

Jan Bays started her culture change journey by connecting culture change and the rehabilitation community. While Vice President of Clinical Services of Creative Health Solutions (CHS), she became an Eden Associate and led CHS to become a Person Directed Therapy Company. After over 35 years as a clinician and manager in geriatric rehabilitation, Jan turned her efforts to advocacy for people living with dementia. She had the opportunity to partner with her daughter to develop a relationship-based intergenerational community consisting of assisted living with specialty in memory care, a preschool and a day visitor program that employs person-centered practices. Jan is a founding member of Dementia Friendly Bloomington which fosters innovative support for persons living with dementia in that community. She is an active supporter of service learning, which gives students opportunities to develop relationships with elders, at Indiana University. She is an active member of the Dementia Action Alliance, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Optimizing Well Being Workgroup and of the Brain Health Committee.

Paulan Gordon

Advisory Board Member, Dementia Action Alliance

Paulan Gordon is living well with Vascular Dementia. She lives resiliency and shares that attitude with others. She is committed and actively involved to creating a world where people can live well with dementia through example, advocacy and mentoring. She is a contributor and co-editor for Raising the Bar: Creating a Better Society in which to Live with Dementia.

Karen Love

Executive Director, Dementia Action Alliance

Karen Love is the Executive Director of the Dementia Action Alliance. She leads persons living with dementia, care partners and professional in advocacy, education, and support for living well with dementia. Karen is a leader in person-centered practices in dementia care who advocates for treating dementia as a disability and using compensatory strategies to accommodate for changing abilities as a right. She led the DAA project to develop Best Practices for Living Well with Dementia and then created the partnership with The Eden Alternative to create the Raising the Bar Practice Guidelines to direct care in the Assisted Living setting.  As a former long-term care (LTC) administrator, Karen has first-hand experience with person-centered care practices; she transformed several LTC communities to inculcating these principles and practices.  Karen served as co-investigator on seven research projects (funded by the National Institute on Aging, U.S. Administration on Aging, and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Research Award) to study and test person-centered practices.  She has numerous articles about person-centered dementia care published in peer-reviewed journals and wrote a manual about person-centered practices for the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators that is used to educate administrators. Since 2011, Karen has championed person- and relational-centered dementia care practices nationally through the Dementia Action Alliance.

Laurie Scherrer

Advisory Board Member, Dementia Action Alliance

Laurie Scherrer is on the Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Dementia Action Alliance. She lives well with dementia and shares that message with others. She is committed and actively involved to creating a world where people can live well with dementia through example, advocacy and mentoring. She is a contributor and co-editor for Raising the Bar: Creating a Better Society in which to Live with Dementia.

Laura Beck

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2 Questions Please give us your feedback. Objectives: Name at least 3 benefits of using relationship-based practices in dementia care. Define culturescape and discuss how our current culturescape must change to support people living well with dementia. List at least 3 ways to apply relationship-based practices in their own experiences.
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