Presentations to the general public (awareness raising, reduction of fear, stigma, and misconceptions about people living with dementia. Most importantly, instilling hope in people with dementia and their care partners that it is possible to live life to the fullest despite substantial cognitive disabilities).
Presentations at local, state, national, and international professional and scientific conferences as well as at Alzheimer’s Association’s educational events, VA long-term care settings, continuing education events, and support groups. Delivers keynote presentations at conferences and other educational events.
Guiding people living with dementia in finding hope, meaning, and purpose despite cognitive disabilities and equipping them with evidence-based dementia-friendly services, approaches, and strategies aimed at optimizing their psychological and social well-being and quality of life.
Guiding family care partners throughout the dementia journey (including understanding what it means to live with dementia, evidence-based dementia-specific approaches and communication techniques, engagement of their loved ones in personally meaningful activities, and safety issues). Consultations can take place where the person with dementia lives or at any other location most convenient to family members. Phone and online video consultations are also provided to help bridge geographical distance to the person with dementia and her/his close family members and friends.
Delivery of evidence-based training programs for direct care partners, interdisciplinary teams, and managers in the community and long-term care homes on prevention of various forms of behavioral expressions and improvement of quality of care. For example, prevention of distressing and harmful resident-to-resident interactions in dementia in long-term care homes (please see a description of my training program on this prevalent behavioral phenomenon on the left-hand side menu).
Assisting CMS-certified nursing homes in meeting the new staff training requirements now mandated for “dementia care” and “abuse prevention” in Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; Interpretive Guidelines for inclusion in each nurse aide’s annual training program; these ACA training requirements went into affect on November 28, 2016) and the new “dementia management and abuse prevention” requirements in the new Federal nursing home regulations (CFR 483.95).
Program evaluation and implementation of research into practice. Such as with long-term care homes, adult day health centers, and home health agencies ready and committed to transforming the culture of care to person-directed care.
Referral of family and paid care partners to useful evidence-based educational materials as well as resources in the community such as programs, services, and specialists.
Conducting and collaborating on research studies (idea conception, data collection, analysis, write-up, and publication in peer-reviewed journals). My expertise is in qualitative research methods but I can also contribute substantially to the success of quantitative research projects.
Consultation on research studies and grant proposals aimed at prevention of various forms of behavioral expressions and improvement in quality of care. Serving as a mentor on masters and doctoral dissertation committees.
Qualitative Research Methods. Delivering training sessions and workshops to individuals and groups on how to conduct qualitative research studies (including data collection, how to conduct qualitative interviews (such as semi-structured interviews) and direct observations, and data analysis.
Teaching undergraduate and graduate levels courses (such as my course Psychology of Older Adults with Dementia at University of Massachusetts Boston). Syllabus can be seen by clicking on the tab Course Taught at University on the left-hand side menu of the website. The course can be adapted to the specific learning needs of your students or care organization.
Consultation on development of innovative programs and services aimed at improving the quality of care and life of people living with dementia and supporting and educating their care partners (examples include Care Farms for people with dementia and Day Programs for people with Young-onset dementia).
Consultation on initiatives and projects aimed at preventing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with dementia in the community and long-term care homes (these individuals are known to be at high risk of being abused, neglected, and exploited by others). I also assist various stakeholders in their efforts to address the prevalent problem of self-neglect in these individuals.
Expert witness on injurious and fatal resident-to-resident incidents in dementia in long-term care homes such as nursing homes and assisted living residences. Provides consultations on this complex and harmful phenomenon to litigation attorneys, care advocacy organizations, family members, and residents.
Training Police Officers and Medical Emergency Personnel in understanding what it means to live with dementia, how to approach and communicate with people with dementia effectively, and keep these individuals and those around them safe. This, both in the community and in long-term care homes.
Consultations to litigation attorneys such as in situations where a resident has been physically injured or died as a result of an altercation with another resident (resident-to-resident incidents especially in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia) in long-term care homes such as nursing homes and assisted living residences. These incidents are often labeled as “resident-to-resident aggression” / “abuse” & “violence.”
Assistance with and collaboration on advocacy efforts aimed at promotion and implementation of dementia-specific person-directed care approaches, practices, programs, and policies.
Responses to newspaper articles focusing on various issues pertaining to people living with dementia and their family and professional care partners. For example, see my response to a Washington Post article by Fredrick Kunkle on May 27 2015 reporting on restrictions imposed on Michael Ellenbogen as an advocate: Response to Washington Post article The restrictions were lifted several month afterwards.
Publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals and dissemination of high-quality reports on pressing issues related to the quality of care and life of people living with dementia and those who care for them.
Review and feedback on proposed books and review of published books. For example, see my review of Michael Ellenbogen’s book From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s (after logging on, scroll down a bit until you see the book cover): Review of Ellenbogen’s book
Another example is my review of Dr. Ethelle Lord’s 2016 book: Alzheimer and Dementia Coaching: Taking Systems Approach To Creating an Alzheimer’s-Friendly Healthcare Workforce: http://tinyurl.com/htmm2fs
Most recently, I review this fabulous book:
Naymark, R. (2016). Alzheimer’s Gifts: How Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Brought Unexpected Blessings (2016). Gentili Press.
Consultation to government, aging and dementia-related agencies, and Alzheimer’s associations on initiatives and reports focusing on various care-related issues pertaining to this population. For example, I currently provide consulting services for the Alzheimer Society of Canada on developing an educational resource on prevention of distressing and harmful resident-to-resident interactions in dementia in long-term care homes.
Translation of professional material (articles, books, presentations, webinars, and films) from English to Hebrew. For example, I assisted ESHEL (Israel) in the process of translating to Hebrew the film: Introduction to Validation: Communicating with Very Old People Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type Dementia.
Consulting organizations and high-tech companies on efforts to develop assistive technologies designed to enhance the independence, function, and safety of people with dementia at home and long-term care homes (such as nursing homes and assisted living residences). For example, I am currently collaborating with Steve Orfield (Orfield Labs Inc.) on development of an assistive technology designed to assist direct care staff in prevention of harmful resident-to-resident interactions in dementia in long-term care homes.
Hand-made educational woodcarvings related to people with dementia (examples include brain hemispheres and relief signs with educational messages such as SEE MEE Not My Dementia). For selected images of these woodcarved pieces, click on “Woodcarving” in the navigation menu on the left-hand side.
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Looking forward to collaborating with you on improving the quality of care and life of people living with dementia and their family and professional care partners.
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