Early Detection Screen for Dementia Training

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
1:00 pm5:00 pm
Arc of King County 233 6th Ave N Seattle WA 98109

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY IN CARE: A workshop using the NTGEDSD as a shared decision-making tool to screen and define care of aging adults with intellectual disability and cognitive impairment/ dementia NTG-EDSD (Early Detection Screen for Dementia) is a rating tool that captures observations of change in behavior and functioning likely to be associated with dementia. The presenter, Dr. Lucy Esralew, will review the use of the NTG-EDSD within the context of the assessment process for cognitive impairment and dementia which begins with screening and assessment, and leads to obtaining a diagnosis. This 4-hour workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a practical screening tool to rate the functioning of individuals whom they support. This information can be used in shared decision making by medical and nonmedical members within the valued team to promote important care conversations and design supports for individuals to age-in-place. Participants will have an opportunity to rate individuals based on presented scenarios. The presenter will utilize structured exercises and interactive review of case scenarios to demonstrate how findings from the NTG-EDSD can be used to stimulate dialogue with health care providers and promote planning for services that support aging in place.


(2.0 hr) Overview of potential sources of change in cognitive and adaptive functioning for adults with IDD as they age, covering: depression/anxiety in aging adults with ID, delirium, and dementia

(1.5 hr.) Practice rating of the NTG-EDSD based upon provided scenarios
Case studies demonstrating the NTG-EDSD as a basis for:
• Communicating with health care professionals based on information gathered from the tool, and
• Planning services and supports based on information gathered from the tool

(.0.5 hr) Next Steps and Discussion

Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1. Relate the steps taken within the diagnostic process and identify key aspects of screening and recording everyday behavior useful in obtaining a diagnosis
2. Use the NTG-EDSD in manner that translates behavior into actionable information for further assessment and diagnosis
3. Demonstrate ability to interpret behavioral patterns and present proposals for behavioral interventions and care management

Lucy Esralew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Redwood Coast Regional Center in Ukiah, California. Previously she was the clinical administrator for two statewide crisis response/clinical follow-up programs. She is Editor of the NADD Bulletin. She serves on the steering committee of National Task Group in Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices. She is a certified dementia practitioner (CDP) and trainer through the National Council for Certified Dementia Practitioners. She is a Master trainer of the NTG Dementia Capable Caregiving curriculum and she is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 4 contact hours.