Continuing Education Series
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The Art of the Approach: Real Alternatives to Medications for Challenging Behaviors
March7, 2014 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
BGSU at Levis Commons, 1655 N. Wilkinson Way, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Paula Taliaferro, MGS, LSW
Description: As modern science has presented more psychotropic medications to the market, it has become increasingly common to treat residents who have agitation or disruptive behaviors with them. Unfortunately, some of these medications are also quite sedative, habit forming and may have other undesirable side effects for those with dementia symptoms. As such, it is becoming more and more important to move away from these medications as a first line treatment. This workshop presents a range of alternative approaches to medication for residents with agitation or disruptive behaviors. It draws upon recent research into sensory sensation in those with the various forms of dementia.
Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• Describe the sensory elements that can lead to agitation and provide alternative ideas to create an environment that does not lead to agitation.
• Describe 7 elements of physical approach that should be practiced by all staff members who interact with residents who have dementia.
• Describe 4 elements of verbal interaction which can calm agitation.
• Identify 4 approaches to daily activities which can decrease the need to use medications in residents with dementia symptoms.
Paula Taliaferro, MGS, LSW is an Educational Consultant who has presented over 300 workshops related to aging issues in the past decade. Until 1998, she was the Director of Training and Education at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. Topics she has developed training around include “Sensitivity of Aging,” “Communication with Older Adults,” “Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security,” “Caregiving Issues,” and “Older Women’s Issues.” She holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and a License in Social Work in the State of Ohio. She is Project Developer for the “DRIVE Training” Curriculum which is required of all drivers in the Ohio Dept. of Aging and Ohio Dept. of Transportation systems in the State of Ohio.
3.0 hours are approved for social workers (RSX108808), counselors (RCX020601), and Ohio Nursing Home Administrators (002-C-14).
$55 For BGSU Alum Cost: $50
Substitutions are preferred. You may send someone to attend the workshop in your place if you notify our registration team 24 hours in advance. You may also substitute programs 24 hours in advance if you are unable to attend the workshop registered for and you wish to transfer your registration to another workshop.
Levis Commons is conveniently located at Exit 2 off I-475 and St Rt 25 in Perrysburg. Upon entering Levis Commons you will be on Levis Commons Boulevard. Continue on Levis Commons Boulevard until you reach the roundabout leading to the Hilton Hotel. Turn right at the first street on this roundabout and BGSU at Levis Commons will be on the right and behind the Hilton.
Beverages will be provided at the workshops. For any full day programs or programs that cross over the lunch hour, lunch will be on your own. You are welcome to bring a lunch or snack. A refrigerator and microwave is available for your convenience. Water fountains and vending machines are available on site. Levis Commons has many dining locations available that include sit down restaurants as well as fast food.
To register for the program, please call 419-372-8181. For questions regarding program content or ceu status, please contact Jennifer Wagner at 419-372-7773 or firstname.lastname@example.org