Tuesday Dementia Training With Christina Macauley, MS-CCC, SLP, CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner

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Tuesday Dementia Training With Christina Macauley, MS-CCC, SLP, CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner

How SLP help improve the quality of life for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients?

Christina Macauley gives out 3 essential and helpful tips from a speech therapist’s plan of care.

In this episode:
02:10 – What SLPs can do with Dementia?
02:50 – Introduction of Christina Macauley.
04:00 – How can speech therapists help improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients?
05:15 – What are the tests conducted to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients?
06:20 – Christina explains SLUMS and MoCA tests (Cognitive tests).
09:30 – Christina shares 3 essential tips on taking care of our loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
09:45 – TIP #1 Maintain a steady routine and keep clear expectations for them.
10:00 – TIP #2 Provide a lot of visual support.
10:45 – TIP #3 Making a memory book.
13:30 – Question: How do you deter someone who wants to go on car rides for several hours 3x a day?
17:30 – Repeat key information to help them stay focused.
17:40 – Speak slowly and clearly to them.
18:00 – Give choices and not just open-ended questions.
19:45 – Give reminders.
20:00 – Be receptive and give them the best and happiest attitude.
21:00 – Active listening.
23:30 – Change your approach and behavior towards taking care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
27:55 – Your words are powerful for your loved ones.
28:25 – Recognition memory is better preserved than the recall memory.
31:15 – Always remember the word, FAST.

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About the author 

Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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