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Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia

Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP |  Peter R. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP |  Jennifer A Brush MA, CCC-SLP |  Margaret P Calkins PH.D. |  Cameron J Camp PH.D. |  Lynette Carl PHARMD, BCPS |  Natalie F Douglas PH.D., CCC-SLP
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Oct 20, 2016
Northern Speech Services
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This book was written for SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Psych Therapists because of considerable uncertainty "out in the field" regarding how to evaluate and treat persons with dementia. Therapeutic techniques selected often do not take the person's diagnosis and staging into mind. Subsequently, this can lead to pessimism regarding the efficacy of doing therapy with persons with dementia.

In order to extensively address evaluation and therapeutic questions, several experts in the field of dementia were invited to submit chapters to allow for in-depth discussions. Topics include: types & stages of dementia, assessment & evaluations, pharmacology, therapeutic interventions including everyday routines and care partners, direct cognitive therapy techniques, and best practices. The structure of this book consists of three parts:

  • Part I is foundational and addresses items such as obtaining the exact diagnosis, staging the person, and considering the various memory systems all in the context of appropriate treatment planning.
  • Part II focuses on evaluation techniques. Test instruments and evaluation techniques specific to identifying frontal lobe disorders and the specific stage of the dementia are reviewed. Included in this discussion are the Global Deterioration Scale and the Allen Cognitive Levels and how these two cognitive tools can assist in managing clients with dementia and how they help in matching specific treatments with specific stages of deterioration. In addition, there is discussion of medications and how each specifically affects cognitive behavior.
  • Part III discusses evidence-based interventions including use of routines, environmental adaptations, utilizing preserved procedural memory abilities, behavioral memory techniques like spaced retrieval and errorless learning, Montessori-based dementia training and program implementation strategies. Throughout this text the authors stress the importance of using evidence-based interventions and how doing this can lead to predictable and positive outcomes.



Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP's Profile

Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP Related seminars and products

Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. In that capacity, he teaches coursework in neuroanatomy, dysphagia, aphasia, acquired cognitive disorders, and counseling. Dr. Hoepner received his MS from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Communication Sciences and Disorders. His current research examines the role of partners in supporting the success of everyday interactions of individuals with traumatic brain injury, aphasia and dementias. A second line of research examines teaching pedagogies and learner responses. Clinically, Dr. Hoepner specializes in the use of routines to reduce demands on working memory and executive functions. He co-facilitates Aphasia Camp and the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Jerry Hoepner is an assistant professor and researcher at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jerry Hoepner is on the board of directors for the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group.

Peter R. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP Related seminars and products

Peter R. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, earned his MS and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive Graduate Degree in Healthcare Financial Management from Ohio State University. As a healthcare consultant , Dr. Johnson develops continuing education programs, coaches one-on-one mentoring, and assists in the development of memory units. His previous experience includes working in acute care, home care, outpatient clinics and long-term care.

Dr. Johnson served as a Column Editor for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (SID 13) Dysphagia Newsletter and the (SID 11) Administration and Supervision Newsletter. He is a four-time recipient of the President's Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is the Chair of the Florida Department of Health State Licensing Board for Speech- Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Dr. Johnson has co-authored several books including Business Matters: A Guide for the Speech-Language Pathologist; Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Can Affect Eating and Swallowing and Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy and the newest book, A Clinician’s Guide to the Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia, published in 2016.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Peter Johnson maintains a private practice.  Dr. Johnson receives royalties as an author for Pro-Ed and Human Kinetics. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Peter Johnson is Chair of the Florida Department of Health/Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Jennifer A Brush MA, CCC-SLP Related seminars and products

Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.

Margaret P Calkins PH.D. Related seminars and products

Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D, is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of environments for elderly, especially those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. After completing an A.B. in psychology at Kenyon College, she received her Masters and Ph.D. of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Calkins has spent many years exploring the therapeutic potential of the environment—social and organizational as well as physical—particularly as it relates to frail and impaired older adults. A member of several national organizations and panels which focus on issues of care for cognitively impaired older Americans, she speaks frequently at conferences both here in the US and abroad. She has recently served on several design juries, which seek to identify state of the art facilities in both health care and long term care. She has published extensively, and her book Design for Dementia: Planning Environments for the Elderly and the Confused was the first comprehensive design guide for special care units. Most recently she developed a four-volume book set titled Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings (see product page for information). Dr. Calkins has served as Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health. She is also Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Institute on Aging and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cameron J Camp PH.D. Related seminars and products

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist and international lecturer specializing in applied research in gerontology and applied cognitive aging. Dr. Camp is Director of Research and Product Development for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care in Woburn, MA. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Camp has published over 80 articles in journals such as the Journal of Gerontology, The Gerontologist, Experimental Aging Research, Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders, Clinical Gerontologist, Psychology and Aging, The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, and the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. His research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Alzheimer's Association.

Lynette Carl PHARMD, BCPS Related seminars and products

Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS, has practiced as a Consultant and Clinical Pharmacist in pharmacies providing patient care in the settings of hospital, psychiatric, hospice care, home infusion care, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical practice experience includes infectious disease, critical care, nutrition support, geriatrics, internal medicine, anti-coagulation, cardiology and pain management. She is co-author of the text Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing.

Natalie F Douglas PH.D., CCC-SLP Related seminars and products

Natalie F. Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. She completed her B.S. and M.A. degrees at Ohio University and her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida (USF). At USF she investigated adult neurogenic disorders and the implementation of evidence-based practices in services for individuals with dementia. Her research aims to advance implementation science, communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, and life participation approaches to the treatment of aphasia. She is actively involved with the Global Implementation Initiative and serves on an international committee charged with consolidating tools to drive both organizational and individual change as it relates to evidence-based practice implementation.


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