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WHCA Webinar: Put Down the Drugs! Strategies to Reduce Adverse Dementia Sequelae | AL/ESF/SNF

Thursday, October 12, 2023


We continue to learn and develop in the arena of dementia management, and up until now, we have applied the progression of dementia as well as the need for person-centered care. The participant will gain knowledge to distinguish that specific diagnoses of dementia have unique characteristics. We must gain understanding of the most common diagnoses of dementia and what to anticipate with the progression of the disease to reduce unwanted sequelae.

In this session, understanding that “dementia” is just an umbrella term for many specific types of dementia with distinct differences in their traits and presentation, will prove a powerful tool to reduce adverse reactions and eliminate the quick turn to medication as a solution. Case examples and comparisons will be made between Frontotemporal, Reversable dementias like Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Vascular, Alzheimer’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

As a result of attending this session, the participant will:

  • Describe ways to differentiate needs anticipated at various stages and types of dementia
  • List ideas to contribute to care that are person-centered, meaningful and functional
  • Describe examples of communication, environmental changes and equipment modification, and activities that reduce depression, learned helplessness, outbursts, or unwanted behaviors
  • Apply strategies that determine the interests of those they serve into ways to engage and satisfy to avoid unwanted actions


 Attend this webinar entitled Put Down the Drugs! Strategies to Reduce Adverse Dementia Sequelae, to gain knowledge of the most common forms of dementia and compare the characteristics including the distinct differences that healthcare workers must consider. Avoid unwanted behaviors and responses to interactions by learning strategies to keep your clients with dementia engaged, content and contributing to a life with quality. Reduce the use of pharmaceuticals to manage outbursts and unwanted reactions.


$39 per facility              WHCA Member Rate

$78 per facility              Non-WHCA Member Rate

You may have as many people join in as you would like—one phone/computer may log in per registration! Please register only one person for the webinar unless a second individual plans to log in from a separate location.

Login and dialing instructions will be emailed on the day prior to the webinar.

Two CEUs will be granted to each individual who completes the live webinar presentation.


Kari K. Brizendine, PT, CWS, CDP, CADDCT, CMDCP

Education Specialist, Select Rehabilitation, Inc.

Kari, a Physical Therapist, is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. An Education Specialist for Select Rehab, one of our nation’s largest long-term care rehab providers, Kari has spent over 39 years working with the geriatric population in a multitude of clinical settings where she has been responsible for patient care, clinical programming, education, and staff development. She chaired and developed a wound team at a state facility for individuals with developmental disabilities and has provided wound care in a multitude of clinical settings including acute and long-term care. Her most recent interest has been working with Artificial Intelligence as it relates to fall prevention and reduction. She is a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional and she is LSVT Big Certified. Her predominant interest has been in serving those with dementia, their caregivers, healthcare providers and families, with the message that each person with dementia continues to have a life that matters, and that quality is possible if we all join that person using his or her personal interests, residual skills and memories in what she calls “My Way”. She is the co-author of My Past is Now My Future: A Practical Guide to Dementia Possible Care and author of Though You Do Not Know My Name I Know You Love Me Just the Same.