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Saturday, March 24 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
SA12 | Why is Mom Dying? A Communication Method for Helping Families and Nursing Home Staff Cope with Natural Dying Process of Dementia Diagnoses

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In this session, participants will learn a practical approach to addressing the concerns that arise for families and staff members when a person with a dementia diagnoses stops eating or develops dysphagia. The presentation emphasizes an approach that alleviates guilt and grief of the caretakers, makes sense of the natural process occurring and allows informed decision making on options of alternate nutrition.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Review the science of aging/dementia and anorexia.
(2) List the stepwise progression of anorexia that occurs in dementia diagnoses in a manner that makes sense.
(3) Use communication techniques that alleviates guilt of caregivers.
(4) Allow informed decision making in regards to potential alternate nutritional methods.

avatar for Lauren Templeton, DO

Lauren Templeton, DO

Lauren Templeton, DO, is a full-time medical director for Hendrick Hospice in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Templeton is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She serves as a member of the ethics committee at Hendrick Medical... Read More →
avatar for Tommie Farrell, MD, HMDC

Tommie Farrell, MD, HMDC

Tommie Farrell, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC, has practiced in the field of hospice and palliative medicine full time for the past 15 years.  His passion is the care of patients and families at end of life.  He participates at the State and National level in the field as Board Member of the... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Texas 1-2
  Clinical Medicine