Steven Atkinson presented a very informative program on the challenging behaviors care givers might experience when caring for elders living with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia. You will find his presentation worth viewing if you are struggling with caring for a loved one or would like a deeper understanding of cognitively impaired individuals.
Elders, care partners and family members gathered together this past Tuesday in the Rolling Fields Kallimos café to celebrate the Christmas season and spread some holiday cheer. Each elder and care partner had a secret Santa which led to some wide-eyed wonder as the gifts were distributed.
Please make sure to go to our Facebook Page "Rolling Fields Elder Care Community", click on the picture and "like" us! We are trying to win breakfast compliments of Southern Care Hospice and Juniper Village. Actually we just want the title! Thanks for your support. Go Rolling Fields Team!
On October 28th Rolling Fields opened their doors for the annual Halloween Trick or Treat. This year over 800 trick or treaters wandered through the decorated hallways and gardens. Their candy bags were overflowing by the time they left and the elders thoroughly enjoyed passing candy along the treat trail. Special thanks to Fred Fiedler from USI Insurance who graciously sponsored the 48000 pieces of candy that was handed out.
Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Join Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS nationally-known expert, author and speaker on geriatrics for a high-energy, dynamic 2 hour seminar filled with interesting case studies, insightful discussions and interactive learning. You will leave this program with practical techniques that you can immediately apply!
Steven is a board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He has been an educator at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine for nearly 22 years. He has been involved in Geriatric Internal medicine for the last decade and is frequently asked to medically manage the most difficult patients with dementia-related behaviors. He has published and spoken nationally in the area of dementia and related foci for various audiences. He has also been graciously recognized for his compassionate and dedicated service in Geriatric Medicine by those communities he serves. We are so excited to have this opportunity and for Steven to share his wealth of knowledge.
You will learn strategies to manage behaviors such as:
Normal Aging, Dementia, Depression or Delirium
Behavioral issues of early diagnosis
Reasons why individuals wander
Managing physical aggression, sundowning and behavioral problems in the evening
Refusing to eat
Environmental interventions to decrease behaviors
Physical, psychological and emotional stress
Develop strategies to manage difficult behaviors in seniors who have an altered perception of reality.
Identify the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Discuss current research on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lifestyle factors to slow the disease progression.
Summarize the safety issues associated with geriatric patients who drive and identify individuals who pose a safety threat.
Explain why wandering occurs in individuals with genitive impairment and develop strategies to minimize or redirect this behavior.
Describe the environmental and behavioral causes of agitation.
Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors in individuals with dementia.
Distinguish between normal sleeping patterns and bedtime issues which could lead to increased health problems.
Analyze the physical and psychological changes that affect an elder’s desire and ability to eat including the changes in nutritional requirements.
Identify the signs of caregiver stress and develop intervention strategies to prevent burnout.
Come and gain valuable insights into the causes of challenging elder behaviors and learn innovative and practical intervention strategies to improve the care you provide.
Our families have planned their Fireside Gatherings. It is a time for the Care Partners, Elders and everyone's families to celebrate Christmas together. The day and times of the gatherings are listed below, please check with your street for the location.
Ash Street- December 17th, 5:00 p.m.
Birch Street - December 15th, 2:00 p.m.
Cherry Street - December 16th, 2:30 p.m.
Dogwood Street - December 18th, 2:00 p.m.
Elm Street- December 18th, 2:00 p.m.
Fig Street - December 17th, 3:00 p.m.