Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can a Comedy Class Improve Your Dementia Care?

Rachel Reeves

"Yes and..." Two essential words in improv. Two life-changing words for a resident living with dementia.

NCAL Day at the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo offers an interactive workshop, “IMPROV and Dementia: Learning to Say 'Yes and' When Interacting with Residents with Dementia​.” Join us Sunday, October 7 at the San Diego Convention Center for this fun, eye-opening experience.

Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene, or story are made up in the moment. The lessons from improv can be applied to dementia care, as staff should get into the residents’ world rather than try to force the residents into theirs.

This train-the-trainer program will give you vital tools to teach caregivers how to use improv theater skills in their interactions with residents with dementia. Learn how to use “yes and” as a positive way to respond to residents and how to be in the moment with them.


Presenter: Laura Nolan
Specialist for Wisconsin CBRF Training Registry, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Laura has 23 years of experience in long term care, including as an assisted living provider and developing assisted living curriculum. She is an active member of the Purple Angel Dementia Friendly Communities for Green Bay, Wisconsin, which trains businesses on how to be dementia-friendly. 

Give your residents with dementia one of the greatest gifts - a sense of purpose and acceptance.

Improv is the language staff can use to accomplish this.

Learn more about what NCAL Day at Convention has to offer.

NCAL Day is a separate ticketed event and must be purchased in addition to any convention registration package. 

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