Practical Approaches with Dementia: Preventing Catastrophic Reactions, 4/15/2024

About the Course:
A high percentage of people living with a neurocognitive disorder such as dementia will experience what some professionals refer to as Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) to include agitation and aggression. This can lead to catastrophic reactions, placing the patient and those around him or her in danger. The results of such high levels of agitation can lead to accelerated disease progression, increased mortality, and increased caregiver stress and costs. This course equips all healthcare professionals and team members with practical information and strategies including understanding the causes and triggers of catastrophic reactions and sharing practical strategies to effectively reduce or prevent such reactions. Following the course, attendees will be immediately equipped with techniques useful in their daily practice to optimally provide care and support of elders living with dementia.

Course Objectives:
  1. Select examples of catastrophic reactions.
  2. Identify the common triggers leading to agitation and catastrophic reactions.
  3. Recognize the neurophysiological changes that lead to Sundowner's Syndrome.
  4. Identify the factors to be assessed in people living with dementia, to prevent their potential catastrophic reactions.
  5. Recognize the consequences of specific medication classes being prescribed for people with dementia.
  6. Identify how observation and tracking plans can result in prevention of future aggression and catastrophic reactions.
  7. Identify at least 5 strategies to implement for prevention of catastrophic reactions.
  8. Recognize the recommended protocols to address aggression when it’s already • happening.
About the Author:
Lisa Young Milliken, MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP, CDP has served as a practitioner, regional manager, vice president, consultant, compliance director and education specialist. She has lectured at the state and national level with over 300 professional education courses on topics of importance to the healthcare professional. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has mentored team members in senior retirement communities for their development of effective non-pharmacological strategies and dementia program management. She also volunteers with community programs in the Houston area to support caregivers of family members living with multiple disorders. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she currently serves as a State Advocate for Medicare Policy for Texas. She is Vice President of Professional Services for the Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association and also serves on the Financial Advisory Committee and the Publications Board of this organization. She is a Distinguished Fellow of Public Policy for the National Academies of Practice where she serves as the Co-Chair of the Forum Planning Committee and is a prior board president of the Louisiana Speech-Language and Hearing Association and an alumnus of the Council of State Association Presidents. Finally, she is a member of the Kingwood-Humble Aggie Mom Board and lives in Houston, Texas.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diag