Understanding Intimacy and Dementia
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FREE Social Work CEUs available.
t is important to understand that older adults continue to be sexual beings with the need for love and affection. When mind and behavior are altered by dementia, and normal abilities decline, sexual desire, the need for intimacy, and the need for companionship may exist well after the loss of normal abilities. This presentation will also focus on both the reasons and possible triggers for “sexually inappropriate behaviors” in persons with dementia and on effective caregiver interventions.
- To increase participants’ understanding of the impact of the need for intimacy when an individual has a dementia-related illness.
- To briefly explore aging and the continued need for intimacy.
- To discuss and define: dementia, sexuality, intimacy, and companionship.
- To discuss multiple considerations relating to intimacy, sexuality, and dementia, such as: ethics, informed consent, personal history, and dementia-related behaviors.
- To identify what behaviors are “inappropriate, and those that may be “acceptable”.
- To identify and discuss what are potential “inappropriate” behavior’ triggers.
- To identify and discuss caregiver interventions.
Alexis Doumbouya is currently a training facilitator & curriculum developer (Temple Univ, Cheyney Univ & School District of Philadelphia) and Current Director of Operations (Customer Service, Quality & Retention) in Philadelphia. She has 13 years of training, communication & business management experience with onsite and virtual trainings on such topics relating to communicating and engaging aging adults.
Alexis has developed & designed various training & workshop curriculums, workbooks, Stand Operating Procedure manuals, Digital Marketing Plans, Coaching process flow and tools. Also, she has ensured operational compliance with Federal regulations i.e., Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HIPPA, HITECH. She is also knowledgeable about health care reform and The Affordable Care Act.
Alexis is working with PennCares in developing trainings encompassing older adults and issues surrounding behavioral health aspects, especially within the topic of dementia. She provides expert trainings to direct care staff with a focus on practical interventions strategies and reducing frustration or fatigue in caregiver rolls. She is certified in Mental Health Awareness and is presently working on her master’s degree with Trident University.