This session will introduce participants to evidence-based, non-pharmacologic interventions that will expand knowledge and competence regarding strategies to address behavioral symptoms in persons with dementia and improve quality of life. Through three presentations, the interactive session will highlight non-pharmacologic interventions appropriate for the LTC setting with specific strategies for implementation of one, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), into the residential environment. The first presentation focuses on the evidence and options for inter-professional non-pharmacologic interventions with specific attention being devoted to Reminiscence Therapy, Validation Therapy, and Reality Orientation. The second and third presentations will focus on a well-researched non-pharmacologic intervention, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) which can be delivered by residential staff at multiple levels of clinical training to address behavioral symptoms and issues in persons with dementia.
Discuss the evidence for non-pharmacologic interventions for persons with dementia.
Describe criteria for appropriateness to receive non-pharmacologic interventions for persons with dementia.
Apply knowledge and skills gained to introduce Cognitive Stimulation Therapy within the residential care setting.
Implement strategies for integration and evaluation of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.