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October 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Mental Health Monday
“Why They Do What They Do:
Understanding Behaviors of People Living with Dementia”
Featured Speaker: Karen Walker
If you can’t join us in person, we will have a ZOOM connection set up.
Click here – https://zoom.us/j/9321075157.
The meeting ID is 932 107 5157.
In the upcoming interactive lecture, Karen will share an overview of the behaviors that come with dementia and lay out methods of putting together pieces of the dementia puzzle to help understand why people living with dementia do what they do. Some examples of these behaviors are wandering, swearing, mood swings, irritability, word salad, taking things, flirting and “making up stories”. There are often hidden needs that are behind these behaviors and if we can decipher and satisfy these hidden needs, the behavior will often change. Please feel free to bring specific questions for specific situations and we can use these as examples.
Karen Walker worked as a life enrichment director in a skilled nursing community and director of an adult day center for people living with dementia. She became a Certified Dementia Care Consultant and a Certified Dementia Engagement Leader through training with renowned dementia educators, Teepa Snow and Melanie Bunn in Raleigh, North Carolina. Karen also completed the implementation of Culture Change in Long Term Care transformation which focuses on Person-Centered Care and turning “facility” into “home” while especially focusing on creating environments that support the needs of people living with dementia. The information that she shares with the Sedona community is a combination of experience, training and her background in theater. She currently offers Dementia Care Consultations and works as an assistant fiduciary for seniors. Karen’s website is www.karenwalkercare.com and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented free and open to the public by Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley in partnership with OLLI, Yavapai College and sponsored by Spectrum Healthcare Group. For more info, 649-0135 or email@example.com.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The Mental Health Coalition presents a FREE program the last Monday of the month. The program is open to the public and we have a speaker or panel who discuss a specific area of mental illness.