Studies indicate that 28 percent to 34 percent of people with dementia are socially isolated and live alone. With no one else living in the home to observe changes in the individual’s cognitive and functional abilities, the progressive decline associated with dementia may go unnoticed until an emergency occurs. In addition, some studies have found that people with dementia who live alone may not manage their daily activities as well or at all when they feel lonely. This web seminar will focus on strategies programs can use to address social isolation and loneliness among people with dementia who live alone. Presenters for this webinar include representatives from two programs that focus on identifying and providing services to people with dementia who live alone, including the Model for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Services (MAS) in Fort Worth, Texas, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Care Ecosystem in San Francisco, California.
Participants in this web seminar will be able to:
- List five increased risk factors for people living alone with dementia;
- List six of the most needed services for people living alone with dementia;
- List six barriers to serving people living alone with dementia (only if needed);
- Identify three strategies for optimizing care delivery for persons who live alone with dementia; and,
- Describe at least two approaches to advance care planning with persons who live alone with dementia.