Cognitive and Sensory Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain
1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern
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Part Three of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance

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There is significant evidence that cognitive decline can be delayed and quality of life improved by engaging older adults with dementia in activities that continue to exercise mental faculties. Cognitive interventions are easy to learn and don’t cause adverse effects, which are often associated with medications. This webinar covers activities designed to help individuals with retention and improvement of cognitive and sensory abilities throughout the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Methods include general use of cognitive games and puzzles, passive sensory stimulation, and direct cognitive training. This session will also present various cognitive and sensory strategies that can be implemented by general care providers or staff who work regularly with clients with dementia.

 Participants in this web seminar will:

  • Learn about the effects of dementia on a person’s life.
  • Understand the importance of continued cognitive exercise and list strategies for cognitively enriching daily activities and routines.
  • Better comprehend sensory issues of clients with dementia and describe strategies for sensory stimulation.
  • Earn one hour of  *free* continuing education credit by attending the event and completing a CEU survey


Dr. Aaron Powell is the Manager of Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology for Dementia Therapeutics. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and has more than 20 years of experience in curriculum and instruction.

Katherine Hickok is a Research Associate with Dementia Therapeutics. She graduated with distinction in 2008 with an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and with honors in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Northridge.  During her time in university, she focused her research on psychopathology and the special needs population.

Dr. Samuel Gontkovsky is the Director of Neuropsychology and Dementia Therapeutics. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in clinical practice, research, teaching, and administration. Dr. Gontkovsky has published more than 50 professional articles, books, book chapters, and book reviews and has given more than 100 presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for numerous journals and professional organizations in the areas of psychology, neuropsychology, medicine, health, and rehabilitation.