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Dementia Knowledge, Attitudes and Training Needs Webinar
25 November, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm€4
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities. Our colleague Ms. Nicola Montesin has very kindly offered to share her research findings with us. SLPs can assist individuals with dementia from beginning to end stages and at various levels of its progression. Whilst increasing our knowledge in this area we can support our colleague and get to know more about this condition.
Description: Due to dementia-related communication difficulties, speech–language pathologists (SLPs) play a significant role in supporting individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Nevertheless, SLP practitioners may not have received adequate dementia training during their undergraduate programme and skills updating post-qualification. Investigating the knowledge, attitudes and training needs of SLP students and practitioners would provide evidence on the need of enhancing training in dementia care and management at both the undergraduate level and through continuous professional development programmes. Although SLPs have an important role to play in the management and care of individuals with dementia, the findings of this study indicated a shortage of in-depth knowledge in this area of practice. This continues to highlight the need of enhancing dementia training programmes through undergraduate curriculum development and continuous professional programmes for skills updating.
Presenter: Ms. Nicola Montesin B.Sc (Hons) Communication Therapy, MA Ageing and Dementia Studies