About the course
This two day course combines practical, evidence-based and theoretical approaches to produce a course suitable for practitioners such as psychologists or occupational therapists. The course is ideal for those who may already be working in the rehabilitation of older adults with acquired cognitive impairments (e.g. dementia, stroke), but wish to consolidate, update or extend their knowledge. It is also appropriate for those at earlier stages of their careers who wish to specialise in this area of rehabilitation.
The workshops focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to clinical rehabilitative practice. They are led by experienced practitioners and researchers.
- Workshop 1
Ageing, Dementia, Rehabilitation & Management: From concern to rehabilitation and coping
i) What is “normal” ageing? (ii) Contributors to healthy cognition (iii) When changing cognition becomes a real concern (iv) Dementias – the key facts (v) Risk factors and prevention (vi) Presentation of dementias and complications: diagnoses, key features. Examples, case studies, confusions between dementias.
Cognitive stimulation: Interactive practical session
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Managing behaviours in dementias (not frontal).
Dementia Care Mapping (DCM): A person centred approach.
- Workshop 2
Introduction to an understanding & management of Frontal lobe impairment: Working with patients with frontal lobe damage or frontal dementias
Introduction: (i) Overview of brain structures (ii) Frontal Lobe structure & normal function (iii)
Frontal lobe disorders and dysfunctions, and how they present: Presentation, Case histories
Executive dysfunction: case presentation and management strategies.