Exploring Strategies and Techniques

In July 2015 the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) and the Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives (NEIL) programme in Trinity College Dublin hosted a seminar exploring the strategies and techniques used in cognitive rehabilitation (CR) for people living with cognitive impairment and/or dementia.

Cognitive Rehabilitation can be used to assist people with memory problems in optimising the management of their daily lives.

The seminar was aimed at clinicians and practitioners working in the area and included presentations from a range of speakers on successful CR approaches (available below). The seminar was also an opportunity to disseminate and raise awareness of our recently published CR manual – available here.

The following presentations are now available with kind permission from the speakers.

Cognitive Rehabilitation: A fascinating journey from common sense to clinical summersaults. Dr Simone Carton, Principal Neuropsychologist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital

Cognitive Rehabilitation: The ManualDr Michelle Kelly, Lecturer in Psychology, NUI Maynooth 

Cognitive Rehabilitation in Practice: Reversing the symptoms of dementia. Jackie Pool, OT and Expert in Specialist Dementia Care Practice  

About the Speakers

Simone Carton is the Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin and lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology.  She works with patients who have an acquired brain injury (ABI) typically following stroke, trauma and or other neurological disease.  Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and management of the cognitive, mood and behaviour changes that are commonly experienced following ABI. 

Michelle Kelly has worked with both the ASI and NEIL on the research and development of evidence-based interventions for older adults and those with early-stage dementia. She is one of the authors of the cognitive rehabilitation manual for healthcare professionals working with individuals with cognitive impairment.

Jackie Pool has over 30 years’ specialist dementia care experience as an occupational therapist. She is the author of the Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument: a reliable and valid assessment and care planning tool that is recognised by NICE for use with people who are living with dementia. She currently works for UK-based Affinity Training Ltd.

Helen Rochford Brennan, from Tubercurry, Co Sligo is the Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group and Vice-Chair of the European Working Group for People with Dementia. Helen has also devoted tireless years to community activism, working at board level in several organisations. In July 2012, Helen was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

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