GWL318 - Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia

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Subject Title
Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia

Subject Description
This subject explores the broad spectrum of dementias.  Students will identify a variety of types of dementia based on organic brain indicators, symptomology, and behavioural observations.  The causal origins of these dementias will be discussed, as well as, current preventative measures.  The family and social impact of the disease and the management of the disease will be explored through 4 modalities; Medical Model, Eden Alternative, Gentle Care Model, Montessori Model.  Focus on family and formal caregiver interventions used to optimize quality of life and slow the process of disease is investigated for individuals suffering from dementia.  Developing programming and effective interventions for a variety of types of dementia will be investigated.  In addition, specific issues affecting the caregivers who care for these seniors will be addressed.

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 dementia and their etiologies through regular evaluations and in-class activities
  2. Identify at least 4 disease-specific behaviours, signs and symptoms of a variety of types of dementia by completing quizzes and Midterm test
  3. Identify and apply 4 current interventions and treatment principles for dementia by creating an individualized care plan for a case study portfolio
  4. Demonstrate understanding of family caregiver issues related to dementia by creating an individualized care plan for a case study portfolio
  5. Recognize the current resources available for caring for those suffering dementia and barriers to support by creating referral resource activities and connecting to placement practice through networking and small group discussions
  6. Apply at least 3 different philosophies of care and approaches used in dementia treatment through in class activity development and plans for differing disease types, abilities, cultures, genders from a holitistic inclusive approach
  7. Provide critical thinking to existing dementia programs through analysis of current programs in experienced in placement and discussions in class
  8. Demonstrate ability to design a model dementia program through development of a case portfolio for a case study

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