Presented by Maxwell Perkins, MS, OTR/L
Clients who have cognitive/memory impairment present a challenge to therapists who are often at a loss as to how to provide “appropriate” intervention. Therapy often involves not only dealing with the client but also with their family, who is struggling to understand the cognitive/behavioral changes they are seeing in their loved one. This evidence based course is for anyone who wants to develop a better understanding of cognitive/memory impairments associated with the aging process. You will earn about normal versus abnormal cognitive/memory deficits as humans age, and the factors that both contribute to and prevent cognitive/memory decline. Content will cover the spectrum of age related cognitive/memory decline from normal memory loss to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to end stage Alzheimer’s and the behavioral characteristics of each. Emphasis will be on MCI through moderate Alzheimer’s and the role of executive functions related to impairment. The most up to date information on brain plasticity, cognitive reserve and intervention strategies will be presented. This course includes extensive resource information and group breakout activities as part of the overall presentation. The course is designed to provide clinicians with assessment/intervention strategies that can immediately be implemented.
Participants will develop an understanding of:
- Cognitive/memory deficit classifications and characteristics
- Cognitive/memory decline progression associated with the aging process
- Evidence based information on computer based intervention programs
- Contributing factors to cognitive/memory impairment
- Common cognitive assessments
- Allen Cognitive Level Screen
- Prevention strategies for cognitive/memory decline including: Role of exercise, diet and cognitive activities as intervention strategies
- Concepts of: Cognitive Reserve; brain plasticity and dual taking
- Treatment intervention strategies and resources available
Maxwell Perkins MS, OTR/L earned his BS in occupational therapy 1984 from the Medical College of Georgia. He obtained an MS in Health Care Policy and Administration from Mercer University in 1994 and has worked in a variety of clinical settings (acute/inpatient, outpatient and SNF).
Max has extensive experience with interdisciplinary clinical management focusing on a geriatric population. He co-authored the article: Interdisciplinary Team Approach in the Rehabilitation of Hip/Knee Arthroplasties which was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
His most recent clinical positions have been serving as the Rehab Education Director for two large health care organizations, where he completed extensive training on this subject. In addition, Max has presented workshops at both the local, regional and state level. Max is a guest lecturer in occupational therapy at Pacific University in Forrest Grove Oregon and in physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington.
- Providence/Swedish Employees- $100
- Non-Providence/Swedish Employees- $200
- February 6, 2016
- 8 Contact Hours
- Appropriate Audience: PT, OT, ST and assistants