Person-Centered Care Approaches for Adults At-Risk for Dementia  

Presented by Dr. Alyssa Lanzi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 


Course description 


As the number of individuals living with dementia from Alzheimer’s disease continues to increase, there is a need for lifestyle approaches that are focused on prevention and wellness in older adults at-risk for dementia. This presentation will provide an overview of counseling+ activities that can be delivered by speech-language pathologists to support older adults at-risk for dementia. Counseling+ activities go beyond traditional assessment and treatment approaches and focus on counseling, collaboration, prevention, and wellness. This presentation will provide hands-on free resources that can be used by clinicians to support their delivery of counseling+ activities alongside assessment and treatment approaches. This presentation will also discuss a novel assessment tool, the Functional External Memory Aid Tool that can be used to support person-centered treatment planning.  


Learning Outcomes 


  • Describe differences between mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease  

  • Summarize counseling+ techniques that can be incorporated into memory testing  

  • Describe person-centered assessment approaches for compensatory treatment planning  










Registration is required. There is no cost to attend.  

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8:30- 9:00 Check-in 

9:00-10:00- Counseling+ for those at risk for Dementia 

  •    Understanding terminology - Clinical Syndrome (e.g, MCI) vs. Medical Diagnosis (e.g., AD) 

  •    Understanding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias  

  •    Resources to share with patients, families, and providers  

  •    Providing counseling to help reduce to risk of dementia through modifiable risk factors  

10:00-10:15 break  

10:15-11:45- Rethinking our "memory" screening  

  • What is the purpose of the memory screening?  

  • Tips and trick for enhancing your memory screening  

  • Discovering mild deficits  

  • Role of PROMs  

  • Appling Principles of Encoding--> Storage --> Retrieval to Improve Your Cognitive Assessment  

  • Sharing news with patients, families, and providers  

11:45-12:45pm Lunch                            

12:45-2:15- Functional External Memory Aid Tool  

  • Learn how to administer the FEMAT  

  • Learn how to interpret the FEMAT  

2:15-2:30pm Break                  


2:30-4:00 Compensatory Cognitive Rehabilitation  

  • Starting with goals to drive behavior change 

  • Why compensation can be used to support iADLs at home and at work  

  • Why do we need systematic and structured approaches?  

4:00-4:15 Q&A, Final Survey  





Financial Disclosures 


Salary from the University of Delaware; PI of a grant from the National Institute on Aging: 

NIH/NIA 1K23AG070185-01, Promoting Independence with Compensatory Cognitive 

Rehabilitation: A Pilot Clinical Trial for Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease; PI of grants from the National Institute on Aging  related to DementiaBank  


Non-Financial Disclosures 


Executive Committee Member of the Delaware Center for Cognitive Aging (DECCAR) 

Governing Board member of TalkBank