According to research, communication is not accomplished exclusively through words; in fact, most of our communication is carried out through body language and tone of voice. Words make up the smallest portion of the overall message. Instead, it is our actions, gestures, and reactions that mainly express to others what we are thinking, feeling, and/or experiencing. The personal expressions, actions, and reactions of people living with dementia may not be easy to understand at times especially if verbal communication is limited. However, if we open ourselves up to all the possibilities and think outside of the box, we will be able to comprehend what people are trying to convey. We just need to find new ways of understanding and ‘listening.’
By the end of this session learners will have:
a) Established a good understanding of the term ‘personal expressions,’
b) Explored the possible causes of personal expressions and all the factors that impact a person living with dementia, and
c) Discussed the steps to identifying, understanding, and creating support strategies that can be used during daily interactions with people living with dementia.
This webinar will be presented by Lisa Loiselle, Associate Director of Research at the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program, in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo.
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