Dementia-Informed Positive Approach to Care

Major changes in the brain significantly impact how a person with dementia responds to their surroundings. Using a positive approach that includes the understanding of the reasons for these changes and communication methods that calm the person with dementia can be beneficial. Gain evidence-based information and practical methods putting this approach into action.

At a glance

What: Dementia-Informed Positive Approach to Care

When: Last offered Nov 17, 2017. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $150

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs)


Registration closed

For additional information, contact SUZANNA WATERS CASTILLO, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174

Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more


  • Intermediate

Learning objectives

  • Discuss how executive function changes in dementia
  • Articulate how the amygdala functions when a person with dementia is under stress
  • Explain the meaning of “lose it on the left and retain it on the right”
  • Understand how vision changes in people with dementia
  • Know what “VVT” refers to in this population
  • Demonstrate a positive greeting approach
  • Apply the “hand under hand” method and explain why it is a positive approach for people with dementia
  • Describe key behaviors for caregivers to exhibit when a person with dementia is under stress