Meaning in the Time of COVID-19: Providing Meaningful Engagements for People Living with Dementia while Isolation, Quarantine and Fear Abound


Meaning in the Time of COVID-19: Providing Meaningful Engagements for People Living with Dementia while Isolation, Quarantine and Fear Abound

COVID-19DementiaQuality of Life

Live Webinar: Tuesday, April 28th, from 1pm – 2pm ET

The featured speakers for this discussion will be Dawn Worsley, President of NCCAP and Anne Ellett, N.P., M.S.N, Founder and Director of Memory Care Support. This webinar acknowledges the extraordinary time we are living in, while striving to continue to provide quality of care and engagement for people living with dementia (PLWD). The safety of residents and staff must be the priority, but it is still possible to offer meaningful engagements in a personalized way to PLWD. Thoughtful strategies for pausing and looking at quality over quantity of experiences will be discussed. To decrease risk of spreading infection, group activities are not allowed, but examples will be given of one-on-one engagements or activities allowing for social distancing.

At the completion of this session, participants will be able to:

• Identify techniques for assessing individual interests and strengths of each PLWD
• Describe the benefits that PLWD may receive from personalized engagements
• Develop strategies for small group activities will maintaining safe social distance to decrease risk of contagion


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Dawn Worsley, ADC/EDU/MC, MDEC

Dawn Worsley

Dawn Worsley is the owner of Dawn on the Horizon, LLC in Baltimore, MD and she serves on a variety of boards including her current position as the President of the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Dawn is Activity Director Certified (ADC) with a specialization in Memory Care and Education, a Certified Eden Alternative Associate as well as Montessori Dementia Engagement Certified. She is also an authorized certification instructor with NCCAP.

In addition to serving as an Activity Director, Corporate Program Development Consultant, Admissions and Marketing Director of Alzheimer’s and Gero-Psych units, she is also a Regional Clinical Specialist. She has a vast knowledge base in many facets of long-term care and community services and is considered a pioneer in her field regarding resident rights and culture change. She is also a national speaker on a variety of topics for health care workers and has published both in print and video, having worked in collaboration with The University of Maryland Video Press.

Anne Ellett, M.S.N, N.P.
Founder/ Director
Memory Care Support

Anne Ellett

Anne Ellett is a certified Nurse Practitioner (NP) and recognized national leader in the field of aging and dementia care.  With more than 20 years of experience in senior living and memory care, Anne’s record includes success in development of innovative practices in memory care, development of clinical roles and training, and customized memory care programs to bring dignity and life to residents affected by dementia.

In 2009, Anne was recognized for her unique role in advancing the standards for dementia care and was awarded the prize for innovative dementia care from the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL).

Anne is owner/CEO of Memory Care Support, LLC, a consulting agency working with Senior Housing professionals as they develop state-of-the-art care programs that can provide the best quality of life for residents and enhance efficiencies and ROI for the Operator.  Memory Care Support, LLC is also a certified provider of continuing education programs for nurses.

Anne is a sought-after speaker on subjects ranging from how to age successfully to caring with dignity for persons living with dementia.  She frequently presents at national nursing and senior housing conferences as well as teaches classes to Senior Housing professionals and nurses on how to best care for older adults.

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