Southeast Community College and the Alzheimer's Association
Great Plains Chapter are partnering to provide a workshop on the
treatment of dementia.
" 'Best Friends' Approach to Dementia Care" is the title of the
workshop that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday,
Aug. 13 at SCC's Continuing Education Center, 301 S.
68th St. Place, Lincoln. The cost for professionals
is $75 (lunch included), while caregivers will be admitted for $30
(lunch included). Six contact hours will be awarded to nurses.
Other health care professionals are asked to check with their
licensing agencies to verify that this workshop will count as
continuing education in their field. Participants must attend the
entire workshop to receive credit.
There are several ways in which to register. Go to www.southeast.edu and
click on the WebAdvisor icon on the right side of the page. Then
click on Continuing Education, then Register and Pay for Continuing
Education Classes. Enter the word "Friends" in the keyword search
box. Persons also can call 402-437-2700.
The "Best Friends" approach has transformed dementia care for
families and professionals around the world. Co-creator David
Troxel will update participants on the latest in dementia care
research and treatment while teaching how person-centered care can
transform communication and activities while reducing behaviors
that are challenging. He will teach the "knack" of quality dementia
care defined as the "art of doing difficult things with ease" in a
presentation that incorporates storytelling, humor and his own
journey as professional, and caregiver for his mother, Dorothy.
Participants will be able to:
- Define the word "dementia"
- Name three warning signs of Alzheimer's disease
- Describe and define person-centered care
- Name three key elements of the "Best Friends" philosophy to
- Describe three techniques to enhance communication
- Describe three ways to effectively redirect a person with
- Name three dementia care activities that reflect the "Best
- Describe three ways to enhance staff training and
Troxel has become nationally and internationally known for his
writing and teaching in the
fields of Alzheimer's disease and long-term care. He has
co-authored five influential books most notably "The Best Friends
Approach to Alzheimer's Care" on Alzheimer's care and numerous
articles relating to dementia care and staff development and
training. He is a past executive board member of the American
Public Health Association and past member of the National
Alzheimer's Association Ethics Advisory Board.
He most recently served as the executive director of the Santa
Barbara, Calif., Alzheimer's Association (1994-2004). Today he
works as a writer, speaker and long-term care consultant. He has
spoken at more than 300 conferences, including keynote
presentations at various U.S., Canada and international
conferences. His areas of expertise include best-care practices for
persons with dementia, caregiver support, staff training, and
long-term care program development. Together with his colleague
Virginia Bell, Troxel published one of the first books on the
culture change movement in long-term care to create more home-like
environments for frail seniors.