Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging



This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences between “normal” and “not normal”  aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioural challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviours to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction.  The workshop will also address typical issues that occur from the early stages of the condition, through mid disease, and into the final care concerns that are part of the progression. 

Workshop Objectives: 

  • Compare and contrast “normal” aging versus “not normal” aging related to various cognitive functions. 
  • Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision,  and the major differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.
  • Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.

Methods of teaching: 

The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role-play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, PowerPoint presentation, and role-playing may be used throughout the session. The workshop facilitator is a Certified Positive Approach to Care Trainer and is qualified to facilitate workshops and train others in the PAC philosophy.