Communicating with older adults can be difficult, but communicating with those who have even mild cognitive impairment can be overwhelming. The 2018 Cognitive Care Conference includes a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals, students, family care providers, and caregivers of loved ones living with cognitive impairments to all learn from experts in the fields of memory loss and dementia. The speakers and trainers are geriatric specialists from the University of Utah, State Office of Aging and Adult Services, the Alzheimer’s Association, Health Insight, and Intermountain Healthcare.
Professionals in the field of aging including primary care physicians, residents in all medical disciplines, APRN’s, RN’s, PA’s, specialty practice doctors who care for older adults; assisted living, rehab and skilled nursing employees, social workers, psychologists, home health staff, palliative and hospice care personnel, and any other area who provides services for older adults.
This track will focus on cognitive assessments and interventions including training to administer and interpret the Mini-COG. Participants will learn more about the ongoing role that providers must take in the care for their patients with dementia. Several relevant case studies will also be discussed.
Non-professionals including family members, friends, and neighbors who care for older adults with cognitive impairment or dementia.
This track will help identify the risk factors as well as signs and symptoms of dementia. There will be an emphasis on early detection and diagnosis. You will learn skills to improve your communication with individuals with dementia, and gain empowerment as part of a care team knowing how to find the appropriate resources, and finally learning how to care for yourself to avoid caregiver burnout.
All attendees of the Cognitive Care Conference will be treated to a special performance of Portrait of a Caregiver, an “ethnodrama,” using the documented conversations of real family caregivers as the script for this powerful one-act play. The conversations were recorded in a series of caregiver support groups with the permission of the participants. Support groups provide a space for family caregivers to discuss many facets of the their life experience: frustration, exhaustion, loss of personal identity, humor and heartbreak. This performance allows the real words and feelings of family members who care for elder relatives to be shared with the audience in an authentic way.