The Erickson School at UMBC has launched its first-ever online dementia care course: Dementia Care 101.
Led by Loren Shook of Silverado Senior Living, Dementia Care 101 will take place over a period of four weeks in April and May, providing eight hours of introductory content on state of the art approaches to dementia care for residents that are in our care.
The eight-hour course will focus on managing dementia in long-term care settings. Alzheimer’s futurists Shook and Steve Winner will present their central tenet of care, which focuses on “normalizing” people with dementia and encourages them to continue to make choices and express themselves. They and guest lecturers such as Beth Burbage, Sue Kruse, Betsy Brawley, and Anne Ellett will discuss behavior interventions in daily care and activities, helpful design elements of lighting and outdoor space, and intergenerational programming.
The course will also include a look at medical data from outcome evaluations conducted at Silverado on their successful fall prevention program and share stories of working with residents to help them regain function despite skepticism about their prospects.
The course will take place on April 19 (2 hours), April 26 (2 hours), May 3 (2 hours), and May 10 (2 hours), from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST each session.