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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Communicating with Patients who have Dementia

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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Communicating with Patients who have Dementia

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Jake Harwood, PhD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
POGOe Id: 
21327
Date Posted: 
10/29/2019
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
03/06/2018
Abstract: 

Communicating with Patients who have Dementia is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. List 3 verbal strategies that can improve communication with patients who have dementia
  2. List 3 non-verbal strategies that can improve communication with patients who have dementia
  3. List 3 things to avoid when talking to patients who have dementia
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Dr. Jake Harwood. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Communicating with Patients who have Dementia. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21327