DEMENTIA IMMERSION TRAINING
UNDERSTAND DEMENTIA MORE HOLISTICALLY
Living in the Moment® Dementia Immersion Training
FEATURING MICHELLE DHANAK MD
We offer hands-on training for those who face these issues—for loved ones, caregivers or medical professionals.
Our four-hour program provides a variety of presentations, exercises and discussions. You’ll learn the basics of this disease, exercises to help you understand the experience of elders with dementia, and best practices in managing the challenges.
This event changed everything for us. I didn’t understand the complexity of what I was up against and was therefore ineffective. Until now.
BASICS OF DEMENTIA
Learn the symptoms, causes and stages of dementia. Gain an understanding of best practices in managing the disease.
Dementia Behaviors Workshop
We’ll demonstrate common difficult behaviors, and follow with an interactive discussion on how to handle these situations.
Medications and Dementia
Many medicines may be inappropriate for elders with dementia. Dr. Dhanak will describe the common pitfalls and a framework for appropriate prescribing. In many cases, elders simply take too many medications, or continue taking things that are no longer needed. She will also discuss how to address pain and how to better understand the role of psychoactive medications in treating dementia.
Living in the Moment® Dementia Simulation Experience
“Suit up” to experience changes in dementia. We’ll provide various props that will help you to understand your elder’s experience; to have your senses dulled, how it affects how you navigate the world. What would it feel like to be lost and confused all the time?
This exercise will help you to empathize with your elder. Participants often find this a profound, and emotional, experience.
Upon completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Attendance and all the handouts used during workshops and exercises.
live training featured physician
Michelle Dhanak MD
Michelle Dhanak, MD has been in clinical practice for almost 25 years. She attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her medical residency in internal medicine at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. For the last nine years she has practiced in New Zealand as a geriatrician, caring for frail elders at home. She has extensive experience caring for people with dementia. She believes in a holistic approach and the importance of partnering with patients and their families. Dr Dhanak is passionate about promoting dignity, respect, autonomy and self-efficacy for older people. She has a particular interest in utilizing physical activity to maintain physical and cognitive health. Dr Dhanak is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Royal Australian College of Physicians.