Webinar Offering: Palliative Care in Dementia Care

Are you interested in dementia and Alzheimer’s care?

Kath is offering a webinar with Janice Robinson entitled “The Best of Both Worlds – A Palliative Approach to Dementia Care” on Nov 28, 2012 | 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST

In this webinar, Kath and Janice will talk about how they developed and implemented a residential care staff education program for supporting individuals dying with dementia. This includes discussing the original education initiative, the evidence they uncovered during its inception and the learnings generated through on-going practice and research.

Webinar participants will be provided with best practice strategies to support people living and dying with dementia and their family members.

If you would like to attend this webinar, you will need to:

  1. Create an account with CDRAKE (Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange). Do this fairly soon as you need to be on their newsletter distribution list in order to sign up for the webinar.
  2. Registration for this webinar will be published in the newsletter from CDRAKE and is usually published 3 weeks prior to the webinar.
  3. Register for the webinar using the link in their newsletter. They will send the webinar information and link to you at your email address.



Loss Grief and Dying with Dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are by their diagnosis terminal illnesses. Over the past few years dementia care and hospice palliative care have turned their lens to quality care for people with late stage dementia. Integrating a palliative approach in dementia care can make the world of difference to the experience of those living with dementia and their caregivers.  In a webinar  on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST (offered by CDRAKE),  Janice Robinson and I will share our experiences collaboratively and individually in their development of an education program for residential care staff to support people dying with dementia. We will speak briefly about this education initiative , the evidence uncovered during its inception  and the learnings generated through on-going practice and research. Participants will be provided with best practice strategies to support people living-dying with dementia and their family members.

*In the coming months we are thrilled to offer a few education opportunities addressing the needs of people dying with dementia, or the needs of their caregivers.

Stay tuned for some education glimpses from the online course “Loss Grief and Dying with Dementia” starting in October with Deb Ribeyre.

Loss Grief and Dying with Dementia

Grief is a constant yet hidden companion of dementia – grief experienced by the person living and dying with dementia and grief experience by the caregivers, family and friends.

These ongoing losses, some of which are rather ambiguous, may not be recognized or understood by the persons experiencing the many losses or by their community of support.  When loss is not understood, the associated grief is often not understood or sanctioned and the griever is usually not supported. People may think that persons with dementia will not know what they are losing and may not grieve the losses.

Persons with early stage dementia may be well aware of the losses and the pending losses.  Later in disease the person may have feelings of loss but be less able to identify the loss or the grief.

Acknowledging and validating the loss can help the person to grieve and adapt to their new world. When a person expresses anger, anxiety, or other grief behaviour do not dismiss the possibility that the person is experiencing grief.

Ideas to communicate support include: acknowledge losses, provide empathetic support and a caring presence, and reassure and remind the person of continued relationships.

What ideas, suggestions do you have for supporting a person with dementia who is grieving their losses?

Join Deb Ribeyre to further your learning with the online course Loss Grief and Dying with Dementia starting on November 6th.