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Three Interactive Multimedia Workshops            with Jim Vanden Bosch

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  • More Than Words!  Finding New Avenue of Expression for Persons Living with Dementia  (Reframing Perceptions of Dementia)

  • Thoughts and Reflections on the Time I Spent Living as a “Resident” in a Dementia Unit

  • Exploring the Nursing Home of the Future


More Than Words!  Finding New Avenues of Expression for Person Living with Dementia (Reframing Perceptions of Dementia)

The Presentation

Using evocative scenes from over 15 videos, this workshop compares how we used to think about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to how we are learning to see them today – and the extreme difference this new awareness makes in the lives of those who have a dementia disability, and for those who care for them.

This dynamic presentation will reach your audience at an emotive level, both challenging and changing their perceptions of dementia – and of what persons with dementia are able to be and do if given the right atmosphere and the right tools of expression.

Central to this presentation is the concept of “belonging” – being connected – which is crucial both to one’s understanding of dementia, and to preserving the well-being of persons who are living with it.

The presentation uses several video clips to show firsthand how thinking differently about dementia will lead to new ways of enriching the lives of those who have a dementia disability.  Mr. Vanden Bosch uses examples of music, painting, dance, and theatre to show how anyone can create new avenues for persons with dementia to communicate and remain connected with others, their environment, and themselves.

Participants Comments:

“Inspiring! Cutting Edge! Wow! Best presentation ever! I could have listened all day. My programs will always use music after that! He was wonderful!”

“The videos were excellent, and how the speaker put is presentation and videos together was fantastic!  At points, in some of the clips, I found myself in tears!”
-Comments from the Illinois Activity Professionals Association Conference

“It was one of the most insightful, moving, person-centered keynotes I have heard in a long time. Jim really gets it when it comes to caring for elders.”
– Deb Greiner, DeKalb, IL


Thoughts and Reflections on the Time I Spent Living as a “Resident” in a Dementia Unit

The Presentation

This presentation explores how our deeply ingrained and commonly accepted notions of “caregiving” can affect the quality of living for persons who need daily support in a long term care setting.  Changing our perceptions of caregiving might then also help us change the care setting from a work place to a living place, and shift us away from the idea of doing for and move us toward the deeper and richer work of enabling the individual who needs our assistance.

As part of this exploration, Jim shares his thoughts and reflections on the time he spent living as a “resident” in a dementia unit, and how this experience helped him understand in a deeper way what is needed to carry out living-centered support for persons who are living with a cognitive disability.  Short video clips also help illustrate the core issues involved in providing this kind of support.



Exploring The Nursing Home of the Future

The Presentation

Ask anyone about being placed in a nursing home and they will most likely shudder and say, “I really don’t want to end up there.”  In spite of this widespread aversion, most skilled care facilities have continued to be designed and run in the same manner for over 50 years!  Through the use of several video clips, this workshop takes a look at what is now finally being done to change the core of long-term care culture


Who will benefit from these presentations?

  • All long-term care staff – including administrators, marketers, social workers, direct care staff, nurses, and activity professionals
  • Family caregivers
  • Medical office staff and physicians
  • Occupational, physical, and speech therapists
  • Medical students of all types
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about dementia


Where this presentation has been given:

  • June 26, 2017 Re-imagine Life with Dementia Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • October 27, 2106  LeadingAge Illinois Workshop, Naperville, IL
  • September 26, 2016 Iowa Health Care Association Annual Convention, Des Moines, IA
  • June 3, 2016 Keynote presentation at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside Aging Conference
  • April 20, 2016 Plenary workshop at the Illiana Regional Azlheimer’s Conference
  • October 29, 2015 Keynote presentation at the Illinois Pioneer Coalition Summit, Springfield, IL
  • October 20, 2015 LeadingAge Illinois Workshop, Naperville, IL
  • October 8, 2015 Keynote presentation at the Annual REACH Conference, East Texas Council of Governments
  • October 7, 2015 Presentation at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
  • August 3-5, 2015 Pioneer Network National Conference (culture change in long term care), Chicago, IL
  • May 5, 2015 Keynote presentation CCP Supervisor’s Conference, Springfield, IL
  • April 17, 2015 Keynote presentation at the Southern Gerontological Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA
  • March 31, 2015 BrightStar© Care and Home Health United, Baraboo, WI
  • January 27, 2015 Presentation North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL
  • December 12, 2014 Workshop presentation for the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Aging
  • October 18, 2014 Keynote presentation at the Illinois Care Coordination Conference
  • October 9, 2014 Keynote presentation at the annual REACH Conference, East Texas Council of Governments
  • September 29, 2014 Iowa Health Care Association Annual Convention
  • September 23, 2014 Leading Age workshop
  • August 8, 2014 Texas Medical Directors Association Annual Conference
  • April 2, 2014 Trinity Christian College