Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of Dementia
Effective interventions to improve quality of life and achieve functional
goals through all stages of dementia
Presented by Toni Patt, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS
An Interactive 6-Hour CE Credit Course
Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Baxter Regional Medical Center Lagerborg Dining Room
- 7:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
- 8:00 a.m. - Workshop: Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment of Dementia.
Lunch and snacks provided.
- 3:30 p.m. - Workshop Adjourns
It is estimated that 50% of all adults aged 85 years and older have some
form of dementia and each year 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed. As
our population ages, these numbers will continue to increase. The one-year
total cost for treating Alzheimer’s dementia is $277 billion with
$102 billion paid out of pocket. Dementia is also the 6th leading cause
of death in the United States. As the disease progresses, it creates functional
and cognitive deficits and puts caregivers under emotional and financial
stress. It is essential these patients receive adequate treatment and
caregivers receive proper training in management of dementia to keep these
patients at home as long as possible. As unwanted behaviors develop, motor
control deteriorates and the ability to interact with the environment
is lost, effective treatments need to match the level of cognition. As
memory and cognition decline, the ability to participate in therapy declines.
It is critical that therapists are equipped to treat these medically complex
patients to prolong a decline in functional motor control, ADLs, and cognition.
This interactive one-day course will improve the participants' knowledge
of treatment for cognition and memory. It includes a review of the stages
of dementia with appropriate intervention strategies for each stage. The
role of behaviors and use of redirection with be discussed with examples
provided. Participants will use case studies to apply these principles
to develop a plan of care for each stage of dementia. Participants will
gain beneficial exercise strategies, activities and other rehab interventions
to improve overall quality of life and functional goals.
About Your Instructor
Toni Patt, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS has been practicing physical therapy for more
than 30 years. She has worked in almost every setting and now divides
her time between a skilled nursing facility and home health. Dr. Patt
has devoted her extensive career to focus geriatric patients. Her current
practice is nearly 100% geriatric.
She has earned APTA specialist certifications in geriatrics and neurology.
She is a member of the APTA and is a member of the geriatric, neurologic
and home health sections. Dr. Patt earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical
Therapy from St. Louis University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy
from A.T. Still University. She spends her spare time working with her
three horses: Noah, Flame and Jimmy.
- Identify the stages of dementia and provide two treatment strategies for each.
- Recognize cognition, declarative memory, and procedural memory and relate
them to functional levels.
- Outline the neuro-anatomical changes that occur with dementia, the different
forms of dementia and correlate this information to patient presentation.
- Describe causes of unwanted behavior such as wandering and provide three
alternatives for redirection.
- Explain the causes of decreased initiation and 2 methods of compensation.
- Utilize the role of exercise in treatment and prevention of decline with dementia.
I. Dementia’s Impact on Physical and Cognitive Function
- Anatomy and physiology
- Types of dementia (Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body)
- Progression of the disease
- Short term
II. Recognizing and Treating Each Stage of Dementia
- Descriptions of stages
- Expectations based on stages
- Treatment examples for each stage
III. Interventions to Overcome Difficult Behaviors to
- Improve Compliance
IV. Early Predictors and Risk Factors of Dementia
V. Setting Realistic Goals Based on Physical and
- Cognitive Abilities
- Identify the stage and ability to participate
- Complete functional assessment
- Identify lifestyle and personality elements
VI. Exercise Programs, Interventions and Activities for Effective Management,
Maintenance, and Rehabilitation
- Exercise as a part of daily lifestyle
- Personality and personal history
- Household activities, career and hobbies
- Incorporation into daily routine
Download event and CE information.
Enroll online to register, or call Aleta Newberry at (870) 508-1766. BRMC employees
can register in TLC.