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The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) can provide education in a variety of formats:

  • Key note lectures
  • In-services (approximately 1 hour)
  • Interactive workshops (2 – 4 hours)
  • Full day experiential sessions (6 hours)
  • Train-the-trainer

Education sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the following groups:

  • Persons with Dementia
  • Family Partners in Care
  • Professionals working with Persons with Dementia
  • General community
  • Combination of each of the four groups

Workshop descriptions


1.0. Pathways of Dementia (Basic Overview of Dementia)

Target Audience: Professionals in Community-based or Long Term Care (LTC) settings, Family Partners in Care, Persons with dementia, and the general community

Participants will:

  • Understand what dementia is and various reversible and irreversible causes of dementia
  • Understand the differences between dementia, depression, and delirium
  • Understand the different brain changes as a result of dementia and common behaviours associated with these brain changes
  • Have some strategies to implement to support persons with dementia

2.0. Transition into Long-Term Care (LTC)

Target Audience: Professionals (in LTC and Community-based settings) that work with persons with dementia and families, Partners in Care.

Participants will:

  • Understand the four periods associated with moving a loved one into long term care
  • Identify the factors and principles that can help to ease the transition for families and persons with dementia
  • Opportunity to reflect on steps that individuals can take to promote a positive transition into long term care and be more supportive for persons with dementia and their family members

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3.0. Understanding and Accommodating Responsive Behaviours

Target Audience: Professionals working with persons with dementia in a variety of settings (LTC & Community-based settings)

Participants will:

  • Understand  the concept of responsive behaviours as a form of communication within the context of dementia
  • Identify potential causes of responsive behaviours and general strategies using the P.I.E.C.E.S. approach
  • Understand the most common persons expressions exhibit by persons with dementia, possible causes, and practical strategies to implement through the use of video clips and case studies

4.0. The Experience of Living with Dementia: ‘I’m Still Here’

Target Audience: Professionals (Community based or LTC), Partners in Care, Persons with Dementia, general community

Participants will:

  • Watch the DVD “I’m Still Here’ a power research based play about the journey of dementia from the perspective of persons with dementia and their family partners in care
  • Share in discussion & dialogue with the facilitator about the main themes of the play using reflective practice

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5.0. Coping with change on the care partner journey

Target Audience: Family Partners in Care

Participants will:

  • Identify personal signs of stress related to supporting their loved one with dementia along their caregiver journey
  • Identify personal coping strategies, both positive and negative coping strategies related to their journey of caring for a loved one with dementia
  • An opportunity for family members to share and learn from each other coping strategies related to caregiving
  • Identify and develop goals around personal coping strategies best suited for their individual circumstances

6.0 Enhancing communication in dementia care

Target Audience: Front-line staff in LTC or Community based settings, Family Partners in Care

Participants will:

  • Understand the variety of communication changes that occur with dementia
  • Understand the goal of communication when with a persons with dementia
  • Have practical strategies to implement to enhance communication with persons with dementia
  • understand how meaningful activity can enhance communication and improve visiting a loved one in LTC

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7.0 Mobilizing authentic partnerships in dementia care

Target Audience:  Persons with Dementia, Partners in Care, Professionals

Participants will:

  • Understand the key principles and enabling factors required for creating partnerships in dementia
  • Identify the challenges and possible strategies to overcome these challenges of implementing a true partnership approach
  • Allow the opportunity to apply the principles and enabling factors, identify supports, and reflect on the steps to take to build stronger partnerships and in turn provide quality care for persons with dementia and their families

8.0 A Changing Melody toolkit workshop

Target Audience: Persons with Dementia, Partners in Care, Professionals

Participants will:

  • Understand the key planning principles guiding A Changing Melody
  • Understand the key principles required for creating partnerships in dementia & have practical strategies for enabling strong partnerships
  • Recognize the challenges of a partnership approach and identify practical solutions to those challenges
  • Be prepared to plan and implement A Changing Melody forums and other partnerships projects in your own community

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9.0. Are you Ready? Creating change in dementia care (ADRD Framework)

Target Audience: Professionals working in community-based or LTC settings in the health sector, municipal planners

Participants will: 

  • Understand the implications for future dementia projections in Canada
  • Introduce the Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) framework and resource for using the framework
  • Allow opportunities to apply the framework, identify supports, and reflect on the steps individuals, organizations, and communities can take to build healthy, more supportive communities for all its citizens

10.0 Full dementia education series (approximately 4-6, 2 hour sessions)

Target Audience: professionals in Assisted Living, Retirement, LTC or Community-based settings

MAREP Dementia Education Series-Level I: Introduction to Dementia and Dementia Care 

  1. Overview of Dementia
  2. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  3. Caregiving Techniques and Creative Interventions
  4. Understanding the Family
  5. Ethics of Dementia Care
  6. Commitment to Quality Care

MAREP Dementia Education Series-Level II: Issues Faced in Dementia Care 

  1. Confidentiality, Appropriate Conversations and Decision-Making
  2. Assessment in Gero-psychiatry
  3. Managing Inappropriate Social Behaviours
  4. The Role of the Interdisciplinary Care Team: Housekeeping, Dietary Maintenance and Recreation 
  5. The Observation and Assessment of Pain in Residents with Dementia
  6. Recognizing and Relieving Stress for Caregivers

MAREP Dementia Education Series-Level III: Putting Person-Centred Care Into Practice 

  1. Person-Centred Care - Developing a Personal History of Residents
  2. Developing an Understanding for Dementia Care - Creating a Resident Care Profile
  3. Quality Environments - Creating the Perfect Place
  4. Problem Solving - Putting the "P.I.E.C.E.S." Together
  5. Celebrating Staff Success - Quality Care Contributions

MAREP Dementia Education Series-Level IV: Understanding and Accommodating Responsive Behaviours

  1. What are Responsive Behaviours and Responsive Behaviour Models
  2. Why are Responsive Behaviours Considered Challenging and Associated Triggers
  3. Interventions for Responsive Behaviours
  4. Interventions for Responsive Behaviours Continued
  5. Celebrating Staff Success - Incorporation of Interventions into Everyday Practice

Note: This dementia education series can be tailored to any care environment.

Sample - 5 days educational workshop

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Pathways to Dementia (overview)

The experience of living with dementia

Relationship centred care

Ethics of Dementia care

Communications in dementia care

Understanding and managing responsive behaviours

Transitioning to LTC

Creating meaningful experiences/ opportunities in LTC (recreational programs/ activities)

Analyzing readiness for social change

"I'm Still Here"

Summary/ "Wrap Up" 

Workshop cost

Costing of educational workshops, training and associated session materials are developed based on a cost-recovery format. MAREP’s research projects are funded by research grants and all its knowledge translation activities are funded actively through donations and charitable gifts from individuals and groups. Please contact Lisa Loiselle to discuss pricing.

MAREP will work with all organizations to ensure educational training is cost effective for all parties involved.

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