Dementia workshop for health professionals to be offered

Penn State Shenango will offer a continuing education workshop for health professionals titled “Dealing with Behaviors and Modifications for the Dementia Patient” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Shenango campus in downtown Sharon, Pa. The fee for the five-hour course is $50.

The workshop will include a general outline of dementia and offer insights into why dementia patients exhibit behaviors. The instructor will present ideas on how health professionals can deal with these behaviors appropriately and how they can modify activities, treatments and the environment to accommodate this population. The presentation will include treatment ideas for different settings and instruct therapists on how to provide education to family and other staff members.

The course is designed for occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, and licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to define dementia and express insight into observable behaviors; discuss interventions and modifications used to address typical behaviors; and discuss ways to provide education to family and other staff members.

Penn State is approved for OT and PT continuing education requirements. A certificate of attendance will be awarded. This course is approved by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Board for five contact hours of OT continuing education credit. This course is also pending approval from the Ohio Physical Therapy Board.

For more information or to register, call 724-983-2890. Registration must be completed by Jan. 13.

Last Updated December 16, 2013