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Promoting Function & Maintaining Independence in the Face of Dementia
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Sooner or later, it will touch us all: our patients, family members or someone else close to us is diagnosed with dementia. With our population aging, we are continually being swept into a flurry of daunting tasks to teach the demented patient skills that are hard to come by, including; locking wheelchair brakes for safety; drinking liquid to prevent dehydration; increase functional independence in toileting, and most importantly, assisting with training the caregiver. As we enter the world of dementia and see the paradigm of service delivery shift to the caregiver, it is increasingly important to increase our knowledge and skill levels, not only for our patients but also for our ability to train caregivers and family members.

Knowing how the diseases of dementia unfold is an invaluable tool for success. Knowing how, when, and what to do for the patient depends on understanding that our professional, and ethical, responsibility is to assist the patient to achieve and maintain their highest level of functioning; therefore, we must know what they need – and this knowing begins with the ability to accurately “stage” a patient’s dementia. Once a patient is staged, the needs of the patient can be more easily seen.

This innovative recording presents staging tools that clearly outline, at each distinct stage, the patient’s remaining abilities and the patient’s lost abilities; this is the insight that drives intervention. Discuss and demonstrate the top evidence-based communication techniques in the field for dementia via role play. Complete this dynamic and collaborative recording with the confidence and skills to develop structured, systematic, and highly individualized therapy programs, and with the abilities to justify their practice.

Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Jane Yakel, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed (VA #2202005215) Speech- Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience in the care of persons suffering from neuropathology disorders. Jane is currently a private contractor and consultant in Virginia and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, hospitals and schools. She has taught at the University of Wyoming, Utah State University and DeVry University (Phoenix). She has been a regional clinical specialist and a national trainer for rehabilitation program directors and has served as a director of a community re-entry program for traumatic brain injury survivors. She has shared her expertise as an author and presenter at national and state board continuing education courses on various topics including, Prospective Payment System; Medicare Documentation; Ethics and Professionalism; Comprehensive Assessment of the Adult Patient; Quality Indicators: QA / QI; Customer Service; Nursing Documentation; Managing Dysphagia as well as Cognitive Communication Disorders in the Neurological Impaired; Cognitive Rehabilitation and Dementia.

Jane is the author of two comprehensive manuals and informative guides in the field of Dysphagia and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Jane’s book on Dementia: Interventions for Severe Cognitive Impairments gives detailed intervention strategies for professionals working with patients who suffer from significantly decrease cognitive status. The book is tailored for multiple disciplines within the healthcare field as well as caregivers.

Jane is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, served as a representative for the People to People Ambassador Program for America Speech and Hearing Association and is a prior member of the Wyoming Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Wyoming, specializing in neuropathology. Jane currently owns ProStar Communications, LLC, a professional communications company, and Yakel Educations, LLC, a professional publishing company.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jane Yakel is the owner of ProStar Communications, LLC and Yakel Educations, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jane Yakel is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.



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