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Solve Challenging Dementia Behaviors
Digital Seminar
$219.99 USD
$109.99 USD
Product Details
Digital Seminar
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI HealthCare
CE Available:
No, CE credit is not available
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  1. Differentiate Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia using a strengths-based, functional abilities model.
  2. Demonstrate mindfulness interventions and techniques to use for people living with dementia.
  3. Analyze attachment theory as it relates to people living with dementia, including attachment loss, separation distress, and challenging behaviors.
  4. Evaluate the 5 Love Language framework as a “toolkit” to build the emotional love connection with those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  5. Choose non-medication-based strategies to manage challenging behavioral expressions in people living with dementia.
  6. Determine new frustration-ending alternatives to manage agitation, aggression, and other challenging behaviors.
When the Medical Model Doesn’t Work
  • The medical model reimagined focusing on abilities, strengths, and resilience rather than disabilities, weaknesses, and neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • 5 cognitive functions (attention/concentration, memory, executive function, language, visuospatial function)
  • Personality
  • Mood
  • Orientation
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Transform how you think about and problem-solve common challenges in Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementia types
Mindfulness & Dementia
  • Mindfulness reimagined in the setting of dementia
  • How mindfulness affects the autonomic nervous system
  • Associative vs. dissociative experiences through the lens of mindfulness
  • Embodied, sensory-based mindfulness strategies to use with people living with dementia
Attachment Theory & Dementia
  • Attachment theory reimagined in the setting of older adults
  • Dementia as the ultimate attachment loss
  • Separation distress responses in the person with dementia
    • The seeking response: Agitation, aggression, “going home,” wandering, resisting care
    • The withdrawing response: Depression, apathy, anhedonia
  • Affirm, acknowledge, redirect: A simple, powerful attachment-based approach for challenging behavioral expressions of dementia
Strengthening Relationships: The 5 Love Languages and Dementia
  • Love reimagined in the context of dementia
  • 5 Love Languages in practice – physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and gifts
  • Dementia as an erosion of the “emotional glue” that bonds people together
  • Skills to foster emotional love connections and attachment bonds


Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA, is dually trained as a physician and mental health counselor. He was the primary care partner for his late wife, Rebecca, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2008 at age 53 and died in 2016 after a 9-year journey.

Following training at the Mayo Clinic, Ed was a practicing academic radiation oncologist for 23 years, at Mayo then Wake Forest School of Medicine. In 2010, inspired by Rebecca’s journey, his medical interest shifted to dementia diagnosis and treatment, and with his additional training in mental health counseling, he founded the Memory Counseling Program in 2011, part of the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and the Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program serves individuals, couples, and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.

Along with coauthors Dr. Gary Chapman and Deborah Barr, in 2016 Ed wrote Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey, which describes his moving personal story of caring for Rebecca coupled with an innovative use of the five love languages in dementia counseling. His newest books, The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook and A Leader’s Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups, were released in June 2019.

Ed speaks locally, regionally, and nationally to audiences of dementia-focused healthcare professionals and care partners on the dementia journey. His dynamic, interactive speaking style and expertise as doctor, counselor, and caregiver resonate with those he shares with.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Edward Shaw is the founder of the Memory Counseling Program. He is an author for Companion Press and receives royalties. Dr. Shaw receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Edward Shaw has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits
CE Credit is not available for this product.
  • This seminar benefits multidisciplinary professionals who care for persons living with dementia and their family care partners. This includes:
    • Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Social Workers
    • Licensed Professional Counselors
    • Psychologists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Speech-Language Therapists
    • Recreational Therapists
    • Nursing Home/Senior Living Administrators
    • Activity Directors
    • Physician Assistants
    • Certified Nursing Assistants
    • Anyone desiring next-level skills to proactively assess and intervene as challenging behaviors present