I'm Still Here is a powerful research-based play that captures important aspects of, and deepens understanding about, the dementia journey from the perspective of persons living with dementia and their family partners in care. A DVD copy of the performance and an accompanying Learning Guide are available to order.
The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) in partnership with the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants of Central South Ontario produced a video vignette series (available in both DVD) and accompanying resource guide to illustrate ten of the most common personal expressions (or behaviours) experienced by those living with dementia in long-term care homes. The videos provide formal care providers with practical strategies and interventions for managing those expressions.
Personal expressions can be defined as a response to something negative, frustrating, or confusing in the individual’s environment. Expressions are often in response to something in the social or physical environment, so by finding out the cause, triggers can be addressed and changed.
The video series highlights the following expressions: pacing and wandering, general restlessness and agitation, trying to get to a different place, grabbing onto people, constant requests for attention and help, complaining and whining, repetitive sentences and questions, cursing and verbal aggression, making strange noises, and screaming.
Additionally, the video series features a segment where experts discuss various topics related to dementia care practices, including: person-centred care, creativity and flexibility, family and meaningful relationships, leadership, communication, person-centred approach to validation therapy and reality orientation, care environment, assessment, planning intervention and evaluation, creative interventions, and non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions.
The accompanying resource guide leads care providers through a series of exercises to enhance their understanding of expressions. This education tool is geared towards educating those who provide direct support to individuals living with dementia and can be delivered as a facilitated session or as a self-study tool.
The video series DVD and hard copy resource guide can be purchased ($34.50 CDN) online through the University of Waterloo Book Store.
Date created: 2006