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CURRICULUM       

MODULE 1: TAP OVERVIEW
TAP is designed to help persons living with dementia re-engage in daily life and by doing so prevent, reduce, and manage behavioral symptoms and functional dependence that are the hallmark of dementia.
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   

MODULE 2: THE ASSESSMENT PHASE
Assessment is the integral first step in evaluating the person with dementia, caregiver, and environment so that meaningful tailored activities can be developed. Over the course of this module, we’ll introduce you to a variety of tools and measures you can use to start evaluating the person living with dementia, and their caregive
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MODULE 3: BRAINSTORMING & ACTIVITY PLANNING
Learn "Brainstorming," a key component of developing tailored activities. This module will provide some background on best methods and tips for brainstorming and provide several examples and opportunities to try brainstorming yourself.

MODULE 4: INTRODUCING AND IMPLEMENTING ACTIVITY PRESCRIPTIONS
Use TAP principles to develop activity prescriptions for the caregiver and the person with dementia and how to implement an activity prescription effectively. This module will continue to focus on ways to gain buy-in from caregivers, demonstrate activities to caregivers, and provide strategies for responding to feedback from the person with dementia as they engage (or don’t engage) in activities.

MODULE 5: GENERALIZATION
Learn how to teach the caregiver how to modify activity prescriptions as the disease progresses and how to apply the principles learned to problem solve additional care challenges, even after they’ve completed TAP.

MODULE 6: TYING IT TOGETHER
In this final module, best practices, and tips are provided and specific challenges of implementing the program are reviewed.

TRAINING FORMAT
  • Six 50-minute online learning modules
  • Reading materials (manuals, select articles)
  • A 2-hour (virtual) webinar training
  • Up to three coaching calls
  • Review of assessment reports and activity prescriptions for up to three cases
  • Access to manuals, forms, and chat rooms to share cases
  • Improve quality of life of persons living with dementia
  • Reduce behavioral symptoms
  • Reduce caregiver time providing care
  • Improve caregiver engagement and sense of efficacy and overall wellbeing
PROGRAM OUTCOMES

ABOUT THE PROGRAM       

This individualized, family-centric program provides people living with dementia with activities that are tailored to their abilities and interests and trains caregivers (formal and informal) in use of activities as part of daily care routines. The program is currently in use throughout the United States and in other countries including Brazil, Scotland, England, Australia, Hong Kong, and Chile.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?        

Occupational Therapists (OTs) and other health professionals (who work closely with or are supervised by OTs) working with clients, such as community-based programs, home health care agencies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day services. 

INTRODUCED BY:
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

Dean and Distinguished Professor
Drexel University

[New Ways for Better Days] is an amazing program on our hospital unit. It changes and expands the role of occupational therapists to include behavioral management. It opened up new opportunities – more time with patients, more time with caregivers, and more time billed.
 
 
Occupational Therapist & Clinical Supervisor 
 

[New Ways for Better Days] has been extremely helpful in dealing with my mother and [the OT] has been very instrumental in providing both my mother and myself with many different ways to make our everyday routines much less stressful and more enjoyable.
 
 
Family Caregiver 
 

NEW WAYS FOR BETTER DAYS

TAILORING ACTIVITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA AND CAREGIVERS

NEW WAYS FOR BETTER DAYS

TAILORING ACTIVITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA AND CAREGIVERS