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Education Topics

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region provides many opportunities to learn more about dementia and related issues. We offer educational sessions available to many different groups, including service clubs, businesses, rest & retirement homes, community organizations, schools, colleges and universities. Please note we require a minimum group size of 8. We will customize our presentation based on the needs and/or interests of the group.

Topics that may be combined in a presentation include: 

Overview of Dementia
  • Types of dementia
  • How our brain functions
  • Normal aging
  • Treatment options
  • Diagnostic process
  • How memory works
  • Nutritional issues

System Navigation
  • Community Resources
  • Role of the partners; staff, family, organization
  • Identifying supports

Communication
  • Communication changes in the person with dementia
  • Effective communication techniques
  • Alternate methods of communication

Challenging Behaviours
  • Types of behaviours
  • Causes of behaviours
  • How to respond to behaviours
  • Approach and problem solving

Downs Syndrome and Alzheimer's disease
  • Difficulty in diagnosis
  • Losses of dementia
  • Management strategies

Elder Abuse Awareness
  • Who are the abusers
  • Who are the abused
  • Risk factors and implications
  • When and how to report abuse

Intimacy, Sexuality and Dementia
  • Attitudes towards sexuality and aging
  • Recognizing the basic needs

Meaningful Activities
  • What is meaningful
  • Understanding the remaining abilities
  • Planning activities

Understanding Family Issues
  • Family Dynamics
  • Caregiver burden
  • Grief and loss

Last Updated: 09/07/17
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