Hope Hospice continues Living with Dementia series this weekend

Topic of session is 'Understanding Behavior as Communication'

Hope Hospice is holding a class this weekend as part of its Living with Dementia series entitled "Understanding Behavior as Communication," a session geared toward promoting meaningful connections between people with dementia and their care providers.

"Since dementia changes the ways individuals think, perceive and use language, it is important to understand that those with dementia frequently communicate their wants and needs through their behaviors," Hope Hospice officials said.

The Saturday morning presentation will be led by the nonprofit's director of volunteers Jill Smith and community health educator Debbie Emerson -- both certified dementia care specialists. They will demonstrate ways in which behaviors can be assessed, interpreted and responded to in a manner that can help to manage cognitive deficits and improve the quality of life for all involved.

The free event will run from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Hope Hospice headquarters at 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, in Dublin. Register online at


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