GWL318 - Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia

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Subject Title
Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia

Subject Description
This subject explores the broad spectrum of neurocognitive and neurodegenerative disorders (NCDs & NDDs), formerly known as ?dementia?.  Students will learn how to assess for and identify a variety of types of these disorders based on organic brain indicators, symptomology, and behavioural observations.  Students will learn parts and functions of the brain and the difference between normal and abnormal brain function.  The causal origins of these NCDs/NDDs will be discussed, as well as, current preventative measures and pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to slow the disease process and manage the symptoms. The family/caregiver and social impact of the disease and the management of NCDs & NDDs will be explored through the 4 most popular modalities; Medical Model, Eden Alternative Philosophy, Gentle Care Model, and Montessori Model.  Students will learn about the family and professional caregiver resources and supports available. Alternative and experimental interventions used to optimize quality of life and slow the process of disease are investigated for individuals suffering from NCDs/NDDs. Students will apply targeted therapeutic programming and effective interventions for a variety of types of these disorders. In addition, specific issues affecting the primary caregivers who care for these seniors will be addressed including issues of; abuse, neglect, competency and substitute decision-making, ethical issues, anticipatory grief, and PTSD resulting from prolonged intensive caring and behavioural management, complexities of quarantines when working with this population, current pandemic protocols for protecting and managing the safety of this population in congregate spaces.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define a variety of types of Neurocognitive and Neurodegenerative Disorders related to aging and their etiologies through regular evaluations and online activities
  2. Identify at least 4 disease-specific behaviours, signs and symptoms of the most common forms of dementia through end-of-module quizzes and NCD/NDD research-based online activities
  3. Select for a variety of interventions using evidence-based treatment principles for dementia by creating an individualized care plan for a case profile assignment
  4. Identify family caregiver issues related to dementia using the individualized care planning, caregiver stress assessments, support and financial assessments, and apply these skills to the case profile assignment
  5. Research the current community formal and informal resources available for caring for those suffering NCDs/NDDs and barriers to support by acquiring skills in resource location, resource allocation, COVID and pandemic protocols, and service referrals practiced through online discussion boards and Case Study Profile assignment and online quizzes
  6. Apply at least 3 of the 4 different modalities learned to caring for these individuals through using the case profile assignment and quizzes
  7. Work in a group setting implementing a variety of programs designed for people with NCDs and NDDs in an adult day centre, long term care or memory unit, or 1:1 at home setting
  8. Design an appropriate and effective NCD/NDD program through development of a comprehensive case study and research on evidence-based therapeutic interventions in case studies and presentations online
  9. Assess for and address cultural and ethnic factors, gender and sexual identity factors, and social class issues from an anti-oppressive and inclusive framework through end-of-module quizzes, tests, and online activities

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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