Working with people who have an intellectual disability and dementia

Working with people who have an intellectual disability and dementia

This workshop is designed to assist staff working in the disability or aged care fields to recognise the possible development of dementia in a person with an intellectual disability and to gain an understanding of the changes that occur as the dementia progresses

This course is available in:
ACT, NSW, VIC
Course duration:
6 hours
Suitable for:
Staff, coordinators, or volunteers who work with persons who have an intellectual disability and are aging, or have been diagnosed with dementia

Course description

As people with an intellectual disability age they are at higher risk of developing dementia than others in the population.

This workshop is designed to assist staff working in the disability or aged care fields to recognise the possible development of dementia in a person with an intellectual disability and to gain an understanding of the changes that occur as the dementia progresses.

This full day workshop will cover:
the major causes, signs and symptoms of dementia, particularly how these present in someone who has an intellectual disability
the difficulty in gaining a diagnosis and practices which assist in overcoming these difficulties
the impact of dementia on communication and strategies that support independence and engagement
an understanding of the behaviour changes associated with dementia and how these changes are impacted by biological, psychological, social and environmental factors
using the understanding of these factors to develop processes and strategies to respond in a way which meets the needs of the person living with dementia, and supports others affected by these changes

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To register your interest or enquire about this workshop please call 02 8875 4682 or email nsw.education@dementia.org.au
To register your interest or enquire about this workshop please call 03 9816 5708 or email Donna.Mercier@dementia.org.au
To register your interest or to enquire about the next available session call 02 6255 0722 or email Karen.Cmiel@dementia.org.au
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