1-5 Still Someone: Organizing Older Adults with Memory Loss

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:45am to 12:15pm
Specific Needs Clients


Control and dignity are complex issues for older adult clients, but for the client with memory loss, the need for control and dignity is greater. How do you maximize the individual's sense of control, as well as their dignity? This session describes a platform for understanding the impact of aging on memory, and provides concrete skills organizers can use to increase success with elderly clients, while maximizing the client's dignity and sense of control.


  • Understand that working with older adults includes working with individuals with memory loss, and that this requires a special skill set
  • Learn how emotions, grief, fatigue, medications and other factors impact memory
  • Explore the difference between memory loss and dementia
  • Understand the goals of communication are to maximize independence and self esteem
  • Discover techniques and best practices for communicating with people who have memory loss