Beyond Medications: Managing Dementia-Related Behaviors with Therapeutic Activities

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Mental Healthcare and Aging Network (MHAN)

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Includes complimentary CEUs

This web seminar is based on the 2016 Aging in America Conference workshop, “Beyond Medications: Managing Dementia-Related Behaviors With Therapeutic Activities.”

People who work with the aging population and loved ones caring for older adults often struggle with dementia-related behaviors. Through our work at the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) senior housing facility we have been able to implement various therapeutic activities that have proven successful in minimizing aggressive outbursts and behaviors of residents with dementia. This web seminar will focus on our work with residents who have dementia and activities that have had a positive impact on such residents.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe when and how to use three person–specific activity interventions appropriate for a person with dementia-related behaviors, and how to develop activity based interventions appropriate for individuals in their care;
  • List three methods of incorporating music therapy in the care of the person with dementia; and,
  • Describe ways they can implement some of the activities in their settings, and committees that have benefited our agency when rolling out new strategies, including core staff necessary for implementing therapeutic activities.


Linda Healy, FNP, is director of Geriatric Services and Palliative Care at MPTF, and a family nurse practitioner certified in geriatrics and palliative care.

Jessica Caughey, LCSW, is director of Social Services at MPTF.