Sponsored by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
The NTG has organized a special Webinar series within the general topical area of intellectual and developmental disabilities and dementia. Below is the schedule for the first phase, scheduled for March 2013. Other Webinars are in development for May and that schedule will be posted shortly.
Register Now: http://aadmd.org/NTG/marchseries/register
The cost is $30 to attend all four live webinars. Webinars will be archived for those unable to view them live or for those joining mid series.
March 5, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST
This Webinar will include will include an overview of the demographic basis for the growth in the numbers of people affected by dementia, some diagnostic challenges that are specific to adults with I/DD, as well as some emerging community program options. The Webinar will also present personal stories from the perspective of family and staff caregivers and some of the challenges they face inproviding long-term supports and care for adults with I/DD affected by dementia.
March 12, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST:
This session will focus on the importance of early detection and intervention, especially for adults with IDD as diagnostic overshadowing and lack of understanding of the symptoms for dementia in adults with pre-existing cognitive impairments are challenges in caregiving. That NTG on Dementia and IDD sub-committee on screening, chaired by Dr. Esralew, has developed a tool for early detection. This tool will be presented along with the findings from the first pilot of this tool.
March 19, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST:
The Developmental Disabilities System has traditionally focused on children and young adults. Research and program adaptations for older adults has lagged behind the increasing numbers of older adults requiring services to meet changing needs, including the onset of loss due to dementia. Family, staff, and community health care providers have not traditionally been trained in this area so few resources exist to meet these new challenges. Additionally, it is essential that a person centered approach be used to make sure that a quality of life and care continues to be available for each individual adult with IDD and dementia. These issues will be discussed in this session.
March 26, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST
Often the intersection of the aging networks with the IDD service network is through the caregivers who provide about 85% of the care for adults with IDD. However, older caregivers are experiencing the same rate of loss due to dementia as in the general older population. It is essential that the networks of resources and research are working together to solve this growing incidence of dementia in caregivers and adults with IDD. The existing gaps in services as well as possible points of duplication will be discussed as well as recommendations provided past on past experiences of networking and collaboration by the presenters.