Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NCTRC Job Analysis Code: FKW, ASP, IMP
Fees: $175/PRPS Member $200/Non-Member

Statistics prove that nearly 50% of the residents in long-term care have been diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. This number will continue to grow! Upon completion of the seminar, students will have the opportunity to apply to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) at a discounted rate of $35! Details will be provided during the seminar.

Seminar Outline

• Introduction to Dementia: Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment

• Communication and Feelings

• Depression and Repetitive Behaviors

• Delusions, Hallucinations, Hoarding and Wandering

• Aggressive Behaviors, Catastrophic Reactions, Intimacy and Sexuality

• Personal Care: Pain, Nutrition, Bathing, Dressing, Toileting, Falls and Sleep Disturbances

• Activities and Recreation

• Environment

• Staff and Family Support, Abuse and Neglect Prevention

• Diversity and Cultural Competence

• Spiritual Care and End of Life Issues

Learning Outcomes

• Have an understanding of dementia

• Identify common causes of repetitive and sundowning behaviors in adults

• Describe interventions that may be used to prevent or reduce difficult care situations.

• Describe challenges related to caregiver stress and utilize stress reduction techniques

• Learn alternative interventions that are success oriented and failure free

• Receive certificate of attendance in seminar

• Learn how to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner by attending this seminar!

Carrie Chiusano has thirty plus years of long-term care experience with Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Most of those years were spent helping to shape and implement the internationally renowned Woodside Place philosophy of specialty care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Carrie has championed the Person Centered Care initiative as well as the Dementia Care Specialty initiative for Presbyterian SeniorCare Network to become CARF accredited. Carrie served nine years on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society. This knowledge and experience led her to become a mentor, motivator and dynamic catalyst to lead Presbyterian SeniorCare Network’s Dementia Care Center of Excellence.

Nature Explorer Workshop hosted by Get Outdoors PA

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Fees: $35/One Workshop (PRPS Member) or $60/Two Workshops (PRPS Member)
          $45/One Workshop (Non-member) or $70/Two Workshops (Non-member)

Start your 2019 Conference experience with these engaging, inspiring, research-based Nature Explore Workshops that support comprehensive learning with nature. Educator Workshops are designed to support adults who work with children in schools, early childhood, park and recreation, and environmental education programs. Program is held in an outdoor environment, so please dress for the weather conditions. Lunch and CEUs are included in the fee. 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Using Your Outdoor Classroom:  Experience innovative techniques for using outdoor classrooms as an integral part of children’s daily learning.

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 pm - Moving to Learn Workshop: Discover effective techniques for providing indoor and outdoor movement activities that help children develop body control, gain knowledge about the world and enjoy an outlet for emotional expression.

Green Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

This half-day track is designed to bring together municipal officials, recreation and park staff, and other interested stakeholders, to explore the use of parks, trails and other public amenities as green infrastructure (GI) to reduce water flow, water pollution and sediment pollution.

This track will introduce participants to the concept of using parks and other amenities for GI, the regulatory drivers facing local governments, the challenges facing park systems, discuss case studies, and explore a range of pertinent issues such as potential sources of funding for GI, best practices for instructing and incorporating GI into parks, and the management and maintenance of GI features once they are in place.

Rich Dolesh, Vice-President of the National Recreation and Parks Association, will serve as keynote speaker and actively participate throughout the session.