Professional Education Programs
Understanding Dementia and Complementary Therapies & Integrative Practices
Across the United States, as many as 5.3 million people are living with advanced dementia. More than 120,000 people in Massachusetts have been diagnosed with advanced dementia. Currently there are half a million people, under the age of 65, with this diagnosis. Every 71 seconds someone develops advanced dementia. Mental health professionals are increasingly integrating Complementary Therapies including Emotion-oriented Therapies and Sensory Stimulation Therapies into their practices. The benefits from these therapies can include positive emotional responses, reduction in agitation, greater social engagement and interaction, enhancement of memory and retrieval, functional improvements, and elevated quality of life. This one day workshop combines
a presentation and an interactive session. The presentation discusses the stages of dementia, alternate therapies, complementary therapies, and integrative practices. During the interactive session, the participants will experience simulated presence therapy, humor therapy, aromatherapy, guided meditation, and the Scudder Technique.
They will emerge with a greater understanding of how non-pharmacologic treatments and interventions play a significant role in the quality of life for people with dementia.
November 5, 2014 //9:00-4:00 // 6 CECs // $110.00
Cynthia Adams, LICSW, ACHP: Director of Social Work & Hospice Program
Sherrill House, Inc.
Stephanie Recchia, LICSW, Long Term Care Consultant, Faculty Advisor BUSSW