Coping with Behavior Change in Dementia

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

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) 

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

This web seminar will explore ways of responding to behavior changes that frequently occur with progressive dementias. The presenters will discuss how our language and personal values can affect the ways we interpret and respond to behavior change, conduct an effective assessment, and our approach to problem-solving challenging behaviors. We will examine two behaviors in-depth: agitation and bathing.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Develop an awareness of how personal values and language can influence our understanding of behavior change and our attitude and interactions with people with dementia;
  • Define common behavioral challenges in progressive dementia and identify common triggers for these behaviors; and,
  • Describe effective and evidence-based problem solving approaches for challenging behaviors.


Beth Spencer is a clinical social worker, lecturer and author in gerontology, specializing in dementia care. She has served as a director of adult day memory programs, been a social worker in a cognitive disorders clinic and counseled individuals with memory loss and their caregivers.  With Laurie White, Beth is co-author of a recent publication, Coping with Behavior Change in Dementia: A Family Caregiver’s Guide. 
Laurie White is a dementia specialist in private practice in Santa Rosa, California. She has worked in a variety of settings including as director of the Alzheimer’s Association, program director for Memory Care Communities, and in adult day programs.