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Support Groups for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: Focusing on Vitality and Capability

Speaker(s): Robyn Yale, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

This seminar addresses the unique challenges faced by individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their family members. Alzheimer’s expert Robyn Yale introduces participants to the issues surrounding early-stage AD and challenges existing stereotypes about people with early dementia.
In addition, the seminar will provide step-by-step clinical and administrative guidelines for implementing support groups for people with early-stage AD and their family members. Topics covered include selecting appropriate participants, anticipating group topics and interactions, managing unique group dynamics, applying specific facilitation techniques, and transitioning people out of the program as they become more impaired.
Through lecture, discussion, and role-playing, participants will

  • Explore the issues that are unique to individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their family members
  • Understand the need for and benefits of support groups for the person with the disease, and guidelines to implement them
  • Identify and capitalize on the strengths and capabilities of people with AD
  • Recognize and implement needed changes in an organization’s culture to better care for people with early-stage AD
  • Gain the motivation and skills to expand programs and policies related to early AD in their own workplaces and communities

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Related book: Developing Support Groups for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

Seminar length:  45-90 minutes for a conference presentation; ½ day for an overview; 1-2 days for an overview plus in-depth skills training

Number of participants: unlimited

Who will benefit from this seminar:  social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals working with older adults; staff at adult day centers and assisted living communities; and staff of Alzheimer’s organizations and caregiver support agencies

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