Dementia Care Soup Series: Now with Person-Centeredness! Part 1

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Sonya Barsness, MSG, Sonya Barsness Consulting

Karen Stobbe, In The Moment


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Dementia Care Soup Series: Now with Person-Centeredness!

A two-part webinar series, after which you will be able to create your own recipe for person-centered dementia care with your team, and get cooking on creating experiences of meaning and purpose for people living with dementia and those who work with them. Are you ready to look at what you know and challenge yourself with new ideas that perhaps you have not thought about? Then join us for some time well spent!

WARNING: These are not your normal webinars. We will give you concrete ideas and practical solutions but we want YOU to think out of the traditional stockpot, so we will present in that same fashion. We invite and highly encourage you to organize a discussion group afterward. We will supply the questions.


Dementia Care Soup Recipe: The Stock

The nationally known dementia care experts presenting these webinars have been asked many times for the recipe for good person-centered dementia care — and they are about to give it to you. In Part One of this two-part series, they will give you the recipe for the foundation of person-centered dementia care, or, in cooking terms — the stock. You NEED this base. The base is the ESSENCE of the soup. The principle of deeply knowing people — those living with a diagnosis of dementia and those who support them, is the essence of good person-centered dementia care. In this webinar, the presenters/cooks will explore how you and your team can develop a savory stock by learning and valuing the uniqueness of each person and their relationships with each other, while building a culture of “rampant normalcy” that seeks to restore a normal flow of life that is meaningful to all of us (this is an everyday soup, after all, not a fancy bisque).

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify foundational components of person-centered dementia care.
  • Review the importance of knowing who residents are and a process for achieving deep knowing about each resident
  • List some questions for self-introspection as a dementia care provider
  • Discuss with their team how to build a culture of person-centered dementia care


Sonya Barsness is a Masters-prepared Gerontologist with nearly 20 years of experience in aging, primarily in dementia care and long-term care. Sonya has served elders and their care partners in assisted living, nursing homes, and in home and community-based settings. Her additional experience is in education, programming, policy, and research related to long-term care, dementia care, and person-centered care. Sonya’s work is grounded in a person-centered philosophy that honors the unique needs, preferences, and goals of elders through core values of choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living. Sonya was a co-developer with Karen Stobbe of CMS’ Hand in Hand Training Program which was distributed to every nursing home in the country. She is also adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology. Sonya’s passion and vocation is changing the culture of aging, to include promoting personhood in dementia care.


Karen Stobbe was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work. Karen wrote and performs in a two-person performance (with her husband, Mondy) entitled Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh, which takes you on a fast-paced journey through the world of caregiving; the laughter and the tears. She has also written a book by the same name, which is in its third printing. Karen has developed a 6-week training program called In the Moment, which uses creativity, improvisation and theatre as training tools. She was formerly the Director of Education and Outreach for Pioneer Network and was a co-developer with Sonya Barsness of CMS’ Hand in Hand Training Program. Karen has performed over 600 trainings in storytelling, improvisation, caring for persons with dementia and the importance of laughter. Karen’s Mom, Virginia, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a year after her Dad passed away, lives with Karen, her husband, Mondy, daughter Grace in Black Mountain, North Carolina along with their pets, Ginger, Gus, Pickle and Kiwi.


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