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Designing Rehab Programmes with Dementia in Mind - a Person-Centred Approach in Acute Care

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that “over 55 million people are living with dementia globally, and this disease remains one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people.”(WHO, 2023). In fact, WHO “has mandated rehabilitation as a core recommendation in the global action plan on the public health response to dementia” (Gupta et al, 2023, p. 376).  Practically, this means that wherever you work in healthcare, be it in the community, long term care or acute care, chances are that you will end up working with a person living with diagnosed or undiagnosed dementia.  How confident do you feel when it comes to designing, implementing and evaluating rehabilitation programs for persons living with dementia?

This webinar is the first in a series of conversations exploring the improvement of the experiences for persons living with dementia across the continuum of care. We will examine the considerations that influence the design and implementation of rehabilitation programs for persons living with dementia.  We will introduce a few of the cognitive and functional losses associated with dementia, and highlight the importance of a person-centered approach to the selection and integration of strategies incorporated within each program.

This webinar will be presented twice on March 21st, providing you with the flexibility to choose a convenient time to participate based on your time zone.

Watch out for the full Dementia Care Webinar Series through 2024

March 21: Designing Rehab Programmes with Dementia in Mind - a Person-Centred Approach in Acute Care

April 23: A Safer and More Efficient Hygiene Care Flow in People Living with Dementia - A Person-Centred Approach


Gupta A, Prakash NB, Sannyasi G. Rehabilitation in Dementia. Indian J Psychol Med. 2021 Sep;43(5 Suppl):S37-S47. doi: 10.1177/02537176211033316. Epub 2021 Aug 31. PMID: 34732953; PMCID: PMC8543618.

World Health Organization (2023). Dementia: Key Facts. http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dementia - accessed 14.02.2024


Rosie Sears

Rosie Sears lives by the mantra “Live Limitlessly, Live Abundantly”. Always striving for excellence and best practice, Rosie is a Registered Physiotherapist, holds Masters Degrees in both Advanced Human Biodynamics and Social Work (convocation June 2024), and a post graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.Over the past two decades, Rosie has focused her sights, both personally and professionally on educating and supporting organizations, families and individuals around enhancing the experiences of those living with dementia. Along with her consultative practice, Rosie currently works as a Behavioural Specialist at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, Canada and is a certified Trainer in the Gentle Persuasive Approach and PIECES.Rosie is a leader in Behavioural Supports, and has taken and taught numerous workshops on Aging, Responsive Behaviours, and Behavioural Support Strategies, to complement her person-centered, holistic, functional and practical approach to dementia care.