Syllabus: Psychology of Older Adults with Memory-Loss, Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
19/04/2012, 10:23 AM
During Spring 2012 I taught an upper level undergraduate course at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The title of the course is: Psychology of Older Adults with Memory-Loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Dementias. In light of the paucity of courses in this area, I share my Syllabus on CDRAKE in hope that it will assist those who will be interested in developing similar courses in the future.
The course includes the following classes: 1. Stigmas and myths about old age and memory-loss; 2. Background on memory-loss, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; 3. Theoretical models; 4. The perspective of the person with memory-loss; 5. Knowing the life-history of the person with dementia; 6. Informal (family) and formal (paid) caregivers; 7. The role of language and words during interactions with persons with memory-loss; 8. Communication techniques with persons with dementia; 9. Responsive behaviors and their prevention; 10. The physical environment and its impact on the person; 11. Meaningful activities; 12. Culture change in long-term care residences.
The objectives of the course were: 1. Challenge the prevalently held assumptions related to dementia; 2. Raise awareness to the cognitive, psychological, and behavioral challenges experienced by older adults with varying degrees of memory-loss; 3. Identify the ways in which various interrelated factors in the older person's social and physical environment can enhance or hinder the person's psychological well-being; 4. Demonstrate the ways in which the current state of knowledge could be applied in care delivery settings in the community and long-term care residences.
For more information about the course, feel free to contact Eilon Caspi Ph.D. at eiloncaspi [at] yahoo [dot] com