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Dementia and Aging Seminar

Next Seminar Date:  No seminars are presently scheduled for the 2016 calendar year.

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All information listed below pertains to previous workshops from 2014-2015.

CEUs:  We have partnered with CHA Seminars to provide approved CEUs for:   

  •              Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) ~ NAB/NCERS Certified Sponsor
  •              Home Health Administrators ~ NAB/NCERS Certified Sponsor
  •              Assisted Living Directors/Managers ~ NAB/NCERS Certified Sponsor
  •              Licensed Social Workers (LSW) ~ TSBSWE CE Provider
  •              Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) ~ TSBSWE CE Provider
  •              Activity Directors ~ NAB/NCERS Certified Sponsor
  •              Nurses ~ provided by a third party vendor.

CEUs are included in the registration fee listed above and are available to those that are interested.  Please indicate on your registration form if you wish to receive CEUs and be sure to locate and complete the sign-in/sign-out sheets at the seminar so your hours can be properly calculated.

For more information about the CEUs, click the following link to CHA Seminars' webpage

CEU certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the conclusion of the workshop.     

Registration Refunds:  Requests must be submitted in writing to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.  Refund requests received by 5:00 pm on (Date TBA) will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee.  There are no refunds if you cancel your registration after (Date TBA).

Seminar Cancellations:  If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.


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April 17, 2015 Seminar Schedule and Speakers

Times Speaker Topic  
9:00 - 9:50 Dr. Michael Mileski, DC, MPH,
MSHEd, LNFA
Environmental Changes in the Facility to Ease the Dementia Caregiving Burden  
10:00 - 10:50 Carmen Westerberg, PhD The Role of Sleep in Memory Processes in Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Disease  
11:00 - 11:50 Kyong Hee Chee, PhD Family Caregiving of Frail Elders: A Cross-Cultural Perspective/ or Growing Older in the Context of Changing Families   
11:50 - 1:00 Lunch & Guest Speaker:  Dr. Dewayne Nash
1:00 - 1:50 Christopher Johnson, PhD Marriage and Dementia  
2:00 - 2:50 Roxann Johnson, PhD Supporting CNA’s Working with People with Dementia in Nursing Facilities  
3:00 - 3:50 Maureen Keeley-Vassberg, PhD Non-verbal Communication:  Is it a Magic Key for Deciphering, Connecting With and Comforting Individuals Afflicted with Dementia?   
4:00 - 4:50   Panel Discussion:  Q&A with the Audience  

Our Appreciation!

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following individuals and vendors for supporting our April 17th seminar!

     Ms. Missy Stagner and CHA Seminars (web link)

     Ms. Mary Noack and Elan Westpointe (web link)

     Ms. Barbara Conley and Arden Courts Memory Care Community (web link)

     Ms. Linda Sculley and Orchard Park Assisted Living and Memory Care (web link)

     Ms. Christine Hollan and Altus Hospice Care (web link)

     Ms. Michelle Dionne-Vahalik and the Texas Dept. of Aging and Disability Services (web link)

     Ms. Therese Pieniazek and CIMA Hospice (web link)



Our Appreciation!

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following vendors for supporting our January 30th seminar!

     Ms. Shelly Young and the Alzheimer's Association - North Central Texas Chapter

     Ms. Missy Stagner and CHA Seminars

     Mr. Michel Faligant and Institute Gineste-Marescotti

     Mr. David Stanley and Custom Caregivers

     Ms. Vangie Rosales and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services



Our Appreciation!

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following vendors for supporting our November 21st seminar!

     Ms. Regina Yockey and New Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care

     Mr. Mike LaFerrara and Interim Hospice

     Ms. Jessica Sauceda and Encompass Home Health

     Ms. Barbara Conley and Arden Courts Memory Care Community

     Ms. Vangie Rosales and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

     Mr. Christian Wells and the Alzheimers Association of Austin

     Mr. Mark Rushing, Mr. Shawn Corzine and Sodalis


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New Online Graduate Program: M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies

Beginning Fall 2014, the Department of Sociology at Texas State University is the first university in United States to offer a graduate degree in Dementia and Aging Studies. This 33-hour interdisciplinary, online Master’s degree will offer cutting-edge knowledge about the disease generally referred to as dementia, including evolving issues related to the care of persons with dementia, and other topics related to aging and the life course.  The degree, housed in the Department of Sociology, also includes courses from other Departments on campus.  Students can select one of three tracks: 1. Dementia and Long Term Care allies the Long Term Care certificate with core coursework from the Department of Sociology to provide a social model of care approach to students who want to work in extended living environments when they graduate.  The Practitioner track offers an in-depth education involving coursework from all participating departments and allowing students to work in any facility or organization whose concern is the health and well-being of the aged or disabled populations.  The Research track offers master’s-level research courses, as well as core coursework, to prepare students for doctoral programs in Gerontology, Sociology, Dementia Studies (offered in the United Kingdom and Australia), or related fields.

The focus of all tracks in this degree is an emphasis on the social model of care (as opposed to the medical model of care).  Medical sociologists and gerontologists have examined the effects of medicalization on the scientific enterprise and have contributed significantly to the development of the knowledge base in aging, the status and work of the professions, policy, and public perception.  While the medical model (biomedical) emphasizes absence of disease and the maintenance of physical and mental functioning as the keys to aging successfully, sociological (and socio-psychological) models of care emphasize life satisfaction, social participation and functioning, and psychological resources, including personal growth.  This philosophy is attached to dementia care by the movements in Europe, primarily out of sociology departments, offering M.S. degrees in Dementia Studies.  Our program will provide learners with the opportunity to engage with the very latest research about dementia and aging, the implications of the growing numbers of families who are affected by dementia, and the impact of the graying of society.  The goal of the Department of Sociology faculty and M.S. degree program is to become the first provider in higher education of research and education for person centered dementia care in Texas and the United States.  Successful, healthy aging will be addressed both within and outside of the context of dementia.  Employers and providers of dementia and aging services, as well as long-term care providers, will benefit from a curriculum similar to a growing number of European Universities.  Assessment of the curriculum will be sought from persons in the long term care industry and service providers in the aging field to ensure we continue to provide our students with the experience that employers value, particularly after they see the differences this education offers.

For more information about the new online graduate program, please contact Dr. Patti Giuffre, in the Department of Sociology, at 512-245-8983 or by email at pg07@txstate.edu

April 2015 Topics and Objectives

Dr. Michael Mileski, DC, MPH, MSHEd, LNFA:

Topic:   Environmental Changes in the Facility to Ease the Dementia Caregiving Burden

Objectives:

  • Discussion of environment and how it can impact dementia patients
  • Discussion of environmental changes to assist with the care of dementia patients
  • Discussion of impacts for dementia patients with changes to environment
  • Discussion of research proof for environmental changes
  • Discussion of benefits to practitioners for working to make appropriate changes to their facilities

Bio: Dr. Mileski received his Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, his Masters of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology and his Masters of Science in Higher Education both from Kaplan University in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Mileski has nearly twenty years of healthcare administrative experience.  Not only has he worked in and out of nursing homes and healthcare facilities across the United States, but he has provided consulting services, litigation support, new construction and remodeling supervision, and a myriad of other support services to healthcare over the years.  He has served as an Administrator, Regional Director of Operations, Vice President, Regional Director of Finance, Consultant, Troubleshooter, and various other positions in healthcare.

Currently, Dr. Mileski serves as an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the Healthcare Administration and Long Term Care Administration programs.  

 

Carmen Westerberg, PhD:

Topic Title:   The Role of Sleep in Memory Processes in Healthy Aging and Alzheimer ’s Disease.            

Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of how sleep contributes to long-term memory
  • Identify how sleep changes with age and age-related disease
  • Specify the impact disrupted sleep may have on the formation and maintenance of long-term memory
  • List strategies that may help improve aspects of sleep that are important for memory

Bio: Dr. Carmen Westerberg has been an assistant professor of psychology at Texas State University since 2011. She received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Her research investigates how sleep contributes to memory failures in young adults, older adults, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Her influential work in this area has been published in many prestigious journals, including Science, Neuropsychologia, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders. She is a member of the Memory Disorders Research Society, an exclusive group of approximately 100 of the world’s most noted memory researchers, as well as the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Sleep Research Society.

 

Kyong Chee, PhD:

Topic Title: Family Caregiving of Frail Elders: A Cross-Cultural Perspective/ or Growing Older in the Context of Changing Families 

Objectives:

  •  Gain an increased understanding of cross-cultural variations in family eldercare
  •  Become familiar with family eldercare strategies used by racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.

Bio:  Dr. Kyong Hee Chee is an associate professor of sociology at Texas State University, where she teaches courses on the sociology of aging, the life course, and the family.  She is a faculty member for the M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies Program at Texas State.  Her research interests include aging, life-course, and gender issues within family and community contexts, and her recent work appears in The Gerontologist and the International Journal of Sociology and the Family.  In 2006, she received the Sociological Spectrum Article of the Year Award, and in 2008 the Gerontological Society of America awarded her its Civic Engagement in an Older America Project Senior Scholar Award.  Her current research focus is on long-term care issues in South Korea.

 

Lunch Break Guest Speaker:  Dr. Dewayne Nash
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Dewayne Nash, a family physician who was diagnosed with early mild cognitive impairment (MCI) amnestic type on December 21, 2010 - a precursor to Alzheimer’s Disease, will give a presentation during the lunch break discussing his experiences living with MCI.

 

Christopher Johnson, PhD:

Topic Title: Marriage and Dementia

Objectives:

  • Know demographic data in the U.S. and its impact on couples who have a partner with dementia
  • Identify the various impact issues on the lives of married couples
  • Specify the key issues couples experience prior to and after diagnosis with dementia
  • Describe the impact of dementia and reduced shared activities upon the intimate life and stress levels of couples
  • Identify the role losses couples experience with early versus late dementia
  • Be able to list eight coping strategies need in order to maintain high levels of marital satisfaction
  • Specify key fundamental ideas about dementia and marriage that long term care administrators, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals need to know

Bio:  Dr. Christopher J. Johnson, Gerontologist, Clinical Professor of Sociology at Texas State, developed the nation’s first M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies Program at Texas State University, Visiting Professor in Dementia Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland, Internationally known expert in Dementia Care and Aging, Served on the U.S. National Alzheimer’s and Related Disorder Nursing Home Board, highly published in dementia, aging and end of life care issues. Co-authored the book, How different religions view death and afterlife.

 

Roxann  Johnson, PhD:

Topic Title: Supporting CNAs working with People with Dementia in Nursing Facilities

Abstract: Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) provide the majority of hands-on-care for residents in nursing facilities, yet are the lowest paid health care workers. CNAs with family caregiving obligations, especially those with young children often experience additional pressures on the job. To add to the existing stress, the current resident population has higher cognitive and physical care needs as residents frequently delay admission to nursing facilities due to stigmatazation. This presentation will outline many of the stressors for CNAs while identifying appropriate interventions aimed to support both their work and family responsibilities. Factors related to understanding high CNA turnover and the significance this has on person-centered resident care as well as cost for the nursing home industry are highlighted.

Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  •  Identify at least three stress-causing factors related to the work experience of CNAs.
  •  Outline at least three stress-causing factors unrelated to the work experience of CNAs.
  •  Describe an intervention that offers support structures for CNAs working in nursing homes.
  • To provide examples of how turnover negatively impacts the nursing home residents.

Bio:  Dr. Roxann H. Johnson, Gerontologist, Recreation Therapist and has a PhD in Dementia Studies from the University of Stirling in Scotland. Roxann is an internationally known expert on nurse aides, dementia care, activities for persons with dementia and environments for dementia care. She won first place in the U.S. in Design 99 Magazine for her consultancy on a Geriatric Dementia Day Care.

 

Maureen Keeley-Vassberg, PhD

Topic Title: Nonverbal Communication:  Is it a Magic Key for Deciphering, Connecting With and                           Comforting Individuals Afflicted with Dementia?

Objectives:

  • Identify and understand what nonverbal communication is and what is its importance for communicating with individuals with dementia?
  • Understand the role of NVC as a tool to decipher:  What are the NVC codes for gaining information

                  Kinesics

                  Vocalics

                  Artifacts and Environment

                  Chronemics

                  Haptics

  • Understand the role of NVC as a tool for comforting and connecting.
  • Learn what is Immediacy? How is it communicated? Explain why it is important.
  • Learn what is Expressiveness? How is it communicated? Explain why it is important.
  • Learn what is Altercentrism? How is it communicated? Explain why it is important.
  •  Learn what is Smooth Interaction Management? How is it communicated? Explain why it is important.
  • Learn what is Composure?  How is it communicated? Explain why it is important.
  • Learn what is Positive Affect?  How is it communicated? Explain why it is important.

Question and Answer Period regarding challenges, concerns, etc.

Bio:  Dr. Maureen Keeley earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1994.  She has been teaching at Texas State University for the past 20 years. As a scholar and teacher, Dr. Keeley works in various ways to describe, explain, and understand the communication that occurs within close relationships, especially during a health crisis to reveal the verbal and nonverbal messages that help people to connect more fully with one another in the midst of strong emotions and life changes. Her program of research for the past decade has focused on communication that occurs at the end of life.  Her newest area of research focuses on Family Communication, Dementia, and the Caregiver. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including: Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Family Communication, and Relational Communication.  She has published numerous articles in International and National Academic Journals such as Health Communication, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, Death Studies, Journal of Loss and Trauma, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, etc., as well as book chapters in top edited volumes, in the areas of relational, health, and nonverbal communication. Dr. Keeley and Julie Yingling’s popular press book "Final Conversations: Helping the Living and the Dying Talk to Each Other" (VanderWyk & Burnham, Publisher, 2007) was a three-time award winner, (Book of the Year, American Journal of Nursing, in Consumer Health; Silver Award winner, Foreword Magazine Self-Help Book; and from Independent Publishing (IPPY) the BRONZE in Aging/Death & Dying).

January 2015 Topics and Objectives

Lyda Arevalo-Flechas, PhD:

Topic Title: Cultural Implications in the Delivery of Services to Latino Older Adults

Objectives:

  • Name 5 values central to Latino culture that impact service utilization and programs aiming to support Latino older adults and their caregivers.
  •  Discuss how Hispanic cultural values influence the health care decision making process of older Hispanic adults.
  •  List culturally appropriate interventions to reduce Latino caregiver stress .

 

Ms. Amber McIlwain

Topic Title: Person Centered Environments for Dementia Neighborhoods in Long Term Care

Objectives:

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the physical, cognitive, and psychological characteristics of
    dementia and how they relate to the physical environment;
  • Discuss the importance, meaning, and attachment of the physical
    environment for older adults with dementia;
  • Explain the ways in which various interrelated factors in the older
    person’s social and physical environment can enhance or hinder life
    quality and wellbeing;
  • Develop an appropriate place-based therapeutic intervention for
    dementia patients.

 

 Roxann Johnson, PhD:

Topic Title: Supporting CNA’s Working with Frail Elders in Long Term Care

Certified Nurse Aides provide the majority of hands-on-care for residents in nursing homes, yet are the lowest paid health care workers (Dill et al. 2013). CNAs with family caregiving obligations, especially those with young children often experience additional pressures on the job. To add to the existing stress, current residents are delaying admission to nursing homes resulting in a resident population with higher cognitive and physical care needs. This presentation will outline many of the stressors for CNAs while identifying appropriate interventions aimed to support both their work and family responsibilities. Factors related to understanding high CNA turnover and the significance this has on resident care as well as cost for the nursing home industry are highlighted.

Objectives:

By the end of this presentation the participants will be able to:

  •  Identify at least three stress causing factors related to the work experience of CNAs.
  •  Outline at least three stress causing factors unrelated to the work experience of CNAs.
  • Describe an intervention that offers support structures for CNAs working in nursing homes.
  •  To provide examples of how turnover negatively impacts the nursing home residents.

 

Deborah Harris, PhD:

Topic Title:  Nutritional Issues among Frail Elders: A Sociological Perspective

Objectives:

  • Review some of the main nutritional issues affecting frail elders,
     particularly those living in institutional settings
  • Discuss the sociological underpinnings of these problems
  •  Provide examples of innovative practices being used to address these issues

 

Amanda Sokan, MHA PhD:

Topic Title: Frail Elders, and invisible mistreatment and abuse: What the Professional should Know

PRÉCIS:

Frailty and vulnerability increase an individual’s potential to be a victim of elder abuse or mistreatment.  Professionals who come into contact with older adults, are in a vantage position to be extra “sets of eyes and ears” in identifying and addressing abuse or mistreatment as they engage in various forms of service delivery to frail elders.  This seminar reviews pertinent issues about elder abuse/mistreatment, and provides the professional or practitioner with important insights and tools for improving response in practice or service delivery settings.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the nexus of frailty, vulnerability  and elder abuse /mistreatment
  • Identify subtle, less visible forms of elder abuse/mistreatment during service delivery
  • Recognize risk and protective factors of elder abuse/mistreatment and how to identify them
  • Examine the influence of personal experience, knowledge and awareness, on individual response to and conceptions of elder abuse/mistreatment
  • Discuss best practices and evidence-based model for enhancing practitioner or professional response to elder abuse/mistreatment detection and prevention.

 

Christopher Johnson, PhD:

Topic Title: Person Centered Care at End of Life

Objectives:

  • Outline of the rights of the dying elder
  • Discuss the features of a maximum therapeutic environment which should
    surround the dying elder
  • Outline the reasons for maximizing the continuation of important
    relationships with family and friends
  • Delineate the features of person centered practices and approaches at
    the end of life
  • Identify methods we use for person centered practice to create a
    person centered culture within our team

November 2014 Topics and Objectives

Christopher Johnson, PhD:

Topic Title: Dementia and Citizenship

Objectives:

  • Outline the historical development of rights and citizenship for persons with dementia in the UK
  • Analyze the how persons with dementia are marginalized in industrialized countries
  • Discuss the process of stigma, social identity and citizenship
  • Discuss the historical development of personhood with persons with dementia
  • Identify aspects of movement from personhood to dementia citizenship 
  • Identify a more inclusive lens for dementia practice and research in the U.S.
  • Outline how sociological theory is brought into this lens.
     

Lee McCuistion, MSW and Sara Taylor:

Topic Title: End Stage Dementia and Hospice

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the disease progression of Dementia
  • Explore Hospice services
  • Identify the criteria for Dementia admission to Hospice

 

Sally Hill Jones, PhD, LCSW:

Topic Title:  Self-Care for Dementia Care Workers

Objectives:  By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify risks and protective factors related to burnout and compassion fatigue for dementia care workers as described in the literature.
  • Compare literature findings with their experiences working with dementia patients
  • Develop self-care strategies to prevent and ameliorate burnout and compassionate fatigue and maximize rewards for working with dementia patients

 

Valarie Fleming, PhD:

Topic Title:  Communication and Dementia: Challenges and Solutions for Caregivers

The number of older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are expected
to increase drastically over the next several years. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older
with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million — a 40 percent increase from the 5 million ages 65 and older currently affected (Hebert, Weuve, Scherr, & Evans, 2013). One of the most distressing situations often encountered by caregivers of those with dementia is an inability to have meaningful communication. This presentation will address demographic, cognitive, and linguistic changes experienced by individuals with dementia as well as strategies to increase meaningful communicative interactions with caregivers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to describe demographic, cognitive, and linguistic characteristics of individuals with dementia.
  • Participants will be able to employ strategies that will help improve meaningful communication between caregivers and individuals with dementia.

 

Denise Gobert, PhD:

Topic Title: Decreasing Falls Risk in Persons with Dementia

Objectives: This presentation will cover the problem of increased falls risk associated with persons with dementia.  In addition, there will be a review of evidence-based, rehab strategies used to decrease falls risk in this special patient population and the complex role of the caregiver in setting up safety measures during activities of daily living.

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Name 3 primary factors which increase falls risks in persons with dementia
  • Know the A.B.C.’s  that describe the relationship between cognition and successful body balance
  • Name how cognition integrates with the body’s 3 sensory feedback systems for successful balance
  • Name 3 different evidence-based rehab strategies used to decrease falls risk in persons with dementia
  • Name 3 different evidence-based rehab strategies used to educate caregivers to decrease falls risk in persons with dementia.

 

Oren Renick, JD, MPH, FACHE:

Topic Title: Transition Leadership: Patient Centered Care, the Affordable Care Act, & Volunteer Caregiving

Objectives:

  • To present a leadership model for healthcare administrators charged with directing an organization’s response to the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act’s mandate for patient centered care;
  • To identify & describe positive change opportunities for patient centered care through merging mainstream healthcare delivery with volunteer caregiving organizations; &
  • To provide examples of communities where healthcare & volunteer caregiving organizations are partnering to improve patient care coordination, continuity, & quality outcomes.  

 

Lyn Litchke, PhD:

Topic Topic:   The Meaning of Personalized “Now” Moments of Engagement in Yoga for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Families, and Caregivers.

Description:  This Multisensory yoga research program was specifically designed to explore the experience of persons with AD, their families, and caregivers. The findings and theoretical model generated will be reviewed along with hands-on participant engagement in the yoga poses.

Needs Identification: There is a need to develop alternative and complementary interventions for persons living with AD, their families, and caregivers. The present findings may facilitate a re-evaluation of the current theories and models of treatment for persons with AD and offer therapists a conceptual framework to facilitate working with them, their families, and caregivers.

Program Learning Outcomes: Participants will:

  • Identify the various instruction strategies used in relationship to the stage of AD
  • Imitate Multisensory aspects of various yoga poses
  • Describe the benefits of Multisensory yoga for persons with AD, the family members, and caregivers
  • Discuss the Theoretical Model and implications for practice

Vendor / Exhibitor Options and Registration

A limited number of vendor / exhibitor tables will be available. 

All vendors that purchase a table will be recognized in the program guide and on this seminar series' webpage.  Spaces are limited so please consider registering as early as possible.

Upcoming Seminars

April 2015 in San Antonio, Texas
 

Workshop Information and Assistance:

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Dr. Christopher Johnson in the Texas State University Department of Sociology.

For questions and assistance with the registration and payment processes, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at 800-511-8656.