Leslie Fuller, MA in Social Welfare and
Certified Dementia Care Trainer
Wednesday, June 9, 2021,
an ASA Zoom Webinar*
In this lecture Leslie Fuller shares her experience working with seniors. She explains the typical age-related memory and cognition changes that occur as people age. She will address how symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias differ and point out the top warning signs. She also discusses the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis.
Early detection requires being honest about early concerns and seeking medical advice on the symptoms that are noticed. Symptoms of dementia can be caused by many other conditions, including vitamin deficiency, infections, depression, stroke, and thyroid issues, among others. If symptoms are addressed early, then a full assessment can be made to determine the cause and create an appropriate treatment plan. It is important not to ignore symptoms. In this context Leslie will provide guidance for approaching someone about memory concerns. She offers suggestions on how to decide who is best to have the discussion with someone whom you are concerned about by looking at the dynamics of relationships.
After Leslie earned her Masters in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas with a specialty in gerontology in 2008, she began her career at Brookdale Senior Living, where her assignments included orienting new residents, serving as safety director, and running support groups for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Following stints as an Executive Director of a memory care community with 55 residents and a Divisional Dementia Care Manager traveling the country to provide training and coaching to memory care staff in 13 states, she founded her own consulting and training practice, Inspired Dementia Care, in Las Vegas.
Written by Maria Dobozy, Academy Village Volunteer
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