Recreational and Social Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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

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This webinar covers activities that provide a sense of purpose and enjoyment along with emotional support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Research suggests that physically and socially stimulating recreational activities can decrease problem behaviors, increase overall functioning, and slow the progression of cognitive decline; likewise, lack of pleasurable activities may further exacerbate the impairment associated with dementia. This webinar aims to improve attitude, mood, and quality of life for clients who have dementia, as well as provide for more meaningful engagement in life and a strengthened sense of dignity. It is crucial to avoid treating dementia clients as children; rather, we should listen to and respect them, and conversational stimulation can be part of all interactions you have with a client.

 Participants in this web seminar will:

  • Understand the effects of dementia on a person’s life, and the importance of recreational and social activities.
  • Learn about recreational activities that are active, interactive, and engaging. 
  • Receive strategies for making routine activities recreational, and strategize ways of socially engaging clients.
  • Earn one hour of  *free* continuing education credit by attending the event and completing a CEU survey


Kelly McCormick is a Research Associate with Dementia Therapeutics. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2011. During her studies, her research focused on neuropsychology and psychopathology.

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.

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.