2017 AHC/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo

Still a Person - Dementia's Impact on Quality of Life

Wednesday, October 18
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Mandalay Bay Ballroom C
CE: Nurses: 1.5 | NAB: 1.5

We each have a unique set of circumstances that determine our quality of life (QOL). These can include environmental factors, health and well-being, socioeconomic status, and more. For the more than five million Americans who live with dementia, QOL is influenced by a completely different set of circumstances.
Dementia is often seriously misunderstood due to a lack of common language and stigma, which has a negative impact on individuals, their families and caregivers, and their QOL. This can lead to misdiagnosis, under/over treatment, and rejection.
This discussion and presentation will share the results and recommendations as a result of a roundtable dialogue on the topic hosted in 2016 by the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life and Planetree, where experts from academia, civil society, and business gathered to share their views, knowledge and experience. The presentation will explain the challenges of and recommendations for handling dementia from the perspectives of people living with dementia, their relatives, and their caregivers. Recommendations include treating people living with dementia as just that—people, and striving to support an appropriate level of autonomy.

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Lori Stevic-Rust

Health Psychologist/Health Consultant
Sodexo Seniors

Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust is a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist who holds a doctoral degree in psychology and earned a Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She completed an internship at Henry Ford Hospital with specialty training in geriatrics, cardiac care and integrative medicine.
She has written four books on topics ranging from depression, heart disease and wellness and most recently completed a personal memoir on the art of aging with gratitude, Greedy for Life . She is a sought after national speaker on clinical topics and a frequent speaker on topics of aging with purpose, caregiver stress and living with gratitude. Her infectious enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge, engaging style and warm sense of humor have afforded her the title of “best speaker” by many organizations.
Dr. Stevic-Rust consults nationally to hospitals, post-acute care facilities and assisted living facilities on clinical issues of senior care including anxiety/depression, caregiver stress and the creation of innovative programs for the care of those with dementia.
Over the past twenty years, she has been a regular on air media consultant and regular contributor on psychological topics to Fox 8 news, WKYC channel 3, NewsChannel 5, Cleveland Magazine, Women’s World and Fitness Magazine. She writes a monthly column for Cleveland Business Connects magazine and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

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