Rachelle Norman, MMT, MT-BC: Caring for the Caregivers of People with Dementia

Abstract:
The symptoms that come with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias put a considerable strain on relationships between people with dementia and their caregivers. This can cause complications for the person with dementia, as well as secondary health concerns for family caregivers and considerable burnout and turnover among hired caregivers. How can music therapists help? In this presentation, learn about about the challenges faced by caregivers of people with dementia and explore various models for serving these people through music.

Learner Objectives:

– Participants will identify three challenges encountered by family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

– Participants will describe challenges faced by professional caregivers for people with dementia.

– Participants will identify three ways to address caregiver needs in music therapy sessions

– Participants will identify three alternative ways to support caregivers musically, besides music therapy sessions

About Presenter:
Rachelle Norman has been a board-certified music therapist, working with older adults and in end-of-life care since 2004. She is the founder of Soundscaping Source, which empowers music therapists and other eldercare professionals to use music to serve people with dementia and their caregivers.

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