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Nine Dementias and Five Questions to Understanding Dementias, Falls and UTIs
Knowing about the nine most common forms of dementia allows families to talk to a doctor in order to get a specific diagnosis. Tam will answer talk about the symptoms of the most common dementias, and answer questions such as: Why does my loved one fall? Why are UTIs present? How does guilt play a role in caregiving? **Sponsored by VITAS Healthcare**
Tam Cummings, PhD
As a gerontologist Tam provides private consultation and education services to families extensive education courses for nurses social workers administrators and activity directors keynote addresses and breakout sessions on dementia or the aging process for national state or regional conferences and individualized programming for dementia and memory care communities. Tam has worked in dementia communities for more than two decades giving her firsthand experience with persons with dementia their struggles and behaviors and the frustration families and professionals face daily. She has used that experience to develop her stages of dementia tool. She is dedicated and passionate about helping care partners learn the skills needed to provide for care. Tam has been the director of social work for a skilled nursing facility the program director for memory care communities and a geriatric case manager for persons with dementia. She has been in private practice for more than four years.