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Sensory Modulation in Dementia Care


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Introduction. 1. Aging and Dementia. 1.1. Types of Dementia. 1.2. Stages of Dementia. 1.3. Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia. 1.4. The Stress Response. 1.5. Working with People with Dementia. 1.6. Restraint and Seclusion Reduction. 1.7. Trauma Informed Care. 1.8. International Initiatives in Dementia Care. 2. Aging and Sensory Processing. 2.1. Sensory Systems and Aging. 2.2. Sensory Integration and Processing. 2.3. Sensory Processing Umbrella. 2.4. Evidence-based Practice: Sensory-based Interventions. 3. The Sensory Modulation Program. 3.1. Introduction to the Sensory Modulation Program. 3.2. Sensory Modulation Program Components. 3.3. Sensory Modulation Program Goals. 3.4. Sensory Modulation Program Implementation: Individual & Programmatic Applications. 4. Assessment and Safety Considerations. 4.1. Safety Considerations and Trauma History. 4.2. Sensory-based Assessment and Screening. 4.3. Dementia, Cognitive and Other Assessments. 5. Sensorimotor Activities and Sensory-based Modalities. 5.1. Calming and Alerting Strategies. 5.2. Sensory Strategies Organized by Sensory Systems. 5.3. Safety Considerations. 6. Sensory Diets. 6.1. Sensory Diet: Supporting Safety, Comfort, and Participation. 6.2. Supporting Safety and Relaxation. 6.3. Supporting Self-care Participation. 6.4. Supporting Rest and Sleep. 6.5. Supporting Roles and Social Participation. 6.6. Supporting Fitness and Leisure Participation. 6.7. Individual and Programmatic Applications. 6.8. Sensory Diet Communication. 7. Environmental Modifications and Enhancements. 7.1. Enabling and Empowering Environments. 7.2. Homelike Environment. 7.3. Sensory Rooms. 7.4. Sensory Carts. 7.5. Sensory Kits. 7.6. Sensory Gardens. Resources. Appendix. References.

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How to adapt and use sensory modulation-based approaches with older adults with dementia

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Tina Champagne is an international consultant, writer and occupational therapist who developed the Sensory Modulation Program. She lives in Massachusetts, USA.


A comprehensive, compassionate guide to helping those with memory loss. Warm, wise and well-researched, it offers essential insights, practical strategies, and sensory-smart solutions that can help our parents, grandparents, and clients feel safe and secure and engage optimally in tasks and activities that give lives meaning and purpose. -- Lindsay Biel, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Co-author, Raising a Sensory Smart Child
Dr. Champagne presents an innovative and compelling application of sensory integration theory and principles to a growing elderly population. Use of this adaptation of the Sensory Modulation Program provides effective tools to support the daily life functioning and quality of life of adults with dementia. -- Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director, Spiral Foundation

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