St. Louis – Jolene Brackey presents Enhanced Moments! 3 Topics: Creating Moments of Joy, It’s Saturday Night!, and Memory Enhanced Activities

Date(s) - 06/27/2018
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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CNAs, Activity Staff, CMTs, and Nursing Students attend for $25!

Target Audience: NHA, RN, LPN, AD, DM, RD/DTR, SW CE Approved: NHA (5 hours; 3 Patient Care and 2 Administrative)

Program: Registration 8:30 a.m., program 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lunch 12 – 1 p.m.

Session 1: Creating Moments of Joy (2 administrative hours)

Purpose: Share the vision! A vision that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and focus more of our energy of creating moments of joy. When the person has shortterm
memory loss their life is made up of moments. We cannot create a perfectly wonderful day, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment. When we go where the person is living in their mind, we will create smiles by triggering memories that are engrained in them. Focusing on the abilities they have left instead of their losses may have the possibility of reviving their spirit and ours. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger. As will the feeling the speaker leaves the audience as they laugh, cry and are inspired to create moments of joy.

1. Identify the losses that people with dementia experience as the brain dies and how we can assist in compensating for these losses.
2. Share many practical verbal and nonverbal communication skills which help the person feel heard and supported.
3. Analyze how to creatively and effectively turn challenging situations into moments of joy.

Session 2: It’s Saturday Night! (1.5 patient care hours)

Purpose: People with dementia have genuine, valid reasons for disliking the bathing process, we will explore those fears and hesitations together. We will then brainstorm in search of a
new understanding, and uncover ways to approach the bathing process to make it a better experience. Answering the questions of when, where, and how the person has always taken a bath will help offer more familiarity during the bathing process. Lastly, the audience will receive a variety of practical tidbits that have worked for other care providers to decrease incontinence. “I gotta go see a man about a horse.”

1. Discuss the fear people with dementia have with bathing.
2. Explore habits of a lifetime and how to incorporate into the bathing process.
3. Obtain many practical solutions that will reduce the stress of bathing.
4. Decrease incontinence by creating wayfinding clues to the bathroom and using familiar terminology.

Session 3: Memory Enhanced Activities (1.5 patient care hours)

Purpose: When trying to figure out what works and doesn’t work, their face is your teacher. Every person is unique so there can be no rules when figuring out how to tap into the person’s identity. Avoid playing out in your head whether something will work or not. Try anything and everything, and the experience will teach you. Remember they usually do not understand the words coming out of your mouth, but they are more likely to understand what they see, touch, smell and hear. So…put “stuff” back in their hands and see if it triggers a response. It’s not about the big things we do; you’ll see that it’s about the simple pleasures, example: a smile. Whenever anyone finds something that causes a positive reaction…tell everyone. So…we ALL can create a better day.

1. Discover the treasures in each individual and how to incorporate these treasures into a memory enhanced program.
2. Figure out the person’s development level and understand what abilities the person has left, then simplify, until there is success.
3. Recognize when they do something that causes a positive reaction.
4. Realize when the person with dementia gets a better day, they too, get a better day.

Speaker: Jolene Brackey, BA, Owner, Enhanced Moments, Polson, Montana. Founder of Enhanced Moments and author of the book, Creating Moments of Joy. Jolene Brackey is a celebrated
nationwide speaker in Alzheimer’s education. She has a B.A. from Iowa State University and extensive experience with people who have Alzheimer’s. Jolene has been a keynote speaker at many conferences where family members, CNAs, and professionals share what works and doesn’t work. Therefore; the greatest education is being with and having loved someone with Alzheimer’s.


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