Spring Team-Based Care Meetings Address Interventions for Dementia and Behavioral Strategies to Improve Sleep

  • 11 May 2023

Our monthly Best Practices in Team-Based Care Meeting continues to highlight best practices from across the state. In April, CareLink presented on non-pharmacological interventions for dementia. Robyn Earley, MA, CCC-SLP, CDP, CMDCP and Kelley Hurley, BS, PTA of CareLink covered a variety of non-pharmacological treatment options for dementia, underlining repeatedly their central message: dementia is treatable. In particular, the presentation highlighted the Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative Grant, and CareLink’s Skills2Care program, an evidence-based program for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). Through cognitive stimulation therapy, caregiver education, and environmental strategies, the program seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals living with ADRD and their families. The presentation concluded with referral information and several inspiring case studies. Resources from April's Non-pharmacological Interventions for Dementia Presentation: Recording and PPT. Flyers and resources for CareLink and Skills2Care: Rack Card and One PagerApplication for CME credit for this program has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

In March, our Best Practices in Team-Based Care group was invited to join URI’s Geriatric Education Center for a program on Aging and Sleep. Attendees were able to learn about the impact of aging on sleep and basic behavioral strategies to improve sleep. The recording and materials from this session, as well as CEU information, can be found on The Geriatric Education Center website.