Wednesday, September 2nd (Session F2) - Turning Dementia from Stigma into Esteem


Session F2

When an older person becomes increasingly confused, disoriented and memory impaired, they are branded with the word DEMENTIA.  But we know, rather than becoming "mindless" as that word denotes, new and unrealized parts of their brains are unveiled.  Mental and emotional shackles are shed, memories are awakened, and unseen personality traits are revealed.  Some people see troubling "behaviors;" validation practitioners perceive pent up emotions and unrecognized needs.  Attendees will recognize common words that stigmatize dementia, realize the Culture Change-friendly principles and practices of the Validation Method, and examine new goals and approaches that are more effective for communication and exercise programming.

1. Recognize that common words, phrases, sayings, and beliefs stigmatize persons living with dementia.
2. Apply several Culture Change-friendly principles and practices of the Validation method for use with and about older people living with dementia.
3. Recommend 3 new goals and 3 new approaches for exercise and movement that are inviting, engaging, and satisfying for elders living with dementia.

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Kim Eichinger

Executive Director of Fitness, Country Meadows Retirement Communities

Kim Eichinger is the Executive Director of Dynamic Living:  Fitness and Life Enrichment for Country Meadows Retirement Communities, based in Hershey, PA.  Starting out as a personal trainer and gym owner, she knows the crucial role of individual attention, encouragement, and adaptability in building strength, balance, and stamina for everyday living.  She develops and guides the fitness instructors at  12 senior living campuses, and often steps in to provide extra assistance and new ideas.  Kim is ACE certified and has an AA degree in Gerontology.

Stephen Klotz

Executive Director of Validation Education, Country Meadows Retirement Communities

Steve Klotz is the Executive Director of Validation Education and a Certified Validation Master Educator with Country Meadows Retirement Communities, based in Hershey PA.  From childhood on, Steve has been under the influence of older adults.   As a pastor and then senior care chaplain for 23 years, he worked alongside many older people.  In 1999, Steve began intensive studies of the Validation Method, which focuses on empathy and respect to build trusting relationships with elders living with dementia.  As a certified Validation Master Educator, he teaches this person-centered approach to all co-workers at most of the 12 Country Meadows campuses.  He has led elder-affirming workshops on Validation and aging topics across the country.  In recent years, he taught multi-session certification courses in Fairfield CA and Sheridan WY.  Steve is also an adjunct professor at York College of PA, teaching a two-semester Validation Worker certification course, plus “Ethical Aspects of Human Services Professions” and “Social Aspects of Aging” courses.

Maureen Sirianni

Memory Care Outreach Specialist, Country Meadows Retirement Community of South Hills

Maureen Sirianni is a motivated, compassionate care provider and educator. Maureen has worked for Country Meadows Retirement Community in Bridgeville, PA for the past 24 years. She has worked hands-on, providing guidance and support to families and their loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease. She has provided not only personal care, but also social, emotional, cognitive, and purposeful enrichment as the Memory Support Program Manager. Her goals are to mentor, teach, and lead by example those who care for seniors living with memory impairment. Maureen believes that Validation Method can reopen a world of possibilities where relationships can be dignified, maintained, deepened and ongoing even in this most fragile phase of life. With patience, compassion, and a willingness to listen without judgment, Maureen is able to not only build trust and rapport enabling her to be that safety net for those she cares for; she is able to teach others how to see beyond the illness and truly see the emotions of those living with Alzheimer's disease.

Margie McLaughlin

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10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
F2: Turning Dementia from Stigma into Esteem
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2 Questions Please give us your feedback. Objectives: Recognize that common words, phrases, sayings, and beliefs stigmatize persons living with dementia. Apply several Culture Change-friendly principles and practices of the Validation method for use with and about older people living with dementia. Recommend 3 new goals and 3 new approaches for exercise and movement that are inviting, engaging, and satisfying for elders living with dementia.
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