Dementia Care Soup Series: Now with Person-Centeredness! Part 2

$59.00 $25.00


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 Ingredients

Part Two of the series builds upon the stock or base we created in our recipe for good person-centered dementia care. When we think of cooking our dementia soup, what do we add after we have our stock made? The ingredients. The presenters/cooks will give you ingredients to create your own unique “soup” to support each individual and each community. Certain ingredients are essential, such as empathy, perspective, purpose, and presence. It is up to you to decide the proportions of these ingredients and what additional ingredients you may want or need. Just as every family has their own special recipes you will be creating a unique concoction of person-centered dementia soup to support the individuals living with dementia that you work with. The presenters/cooks will walk you through how to come up with your own ingredients to give it your own twist and create your own dementia care family recipe.


Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify components of person-centered dementia care that build upon a solid foundation of honoring and understanding each individual
  • Review how essential practices of empathy, perspective, purpose and presence create a culture that creates good lives for people with dementia and caregivers
  • Evaluate how a person-centered culture supports people with dementia by responding to their expressions of need and lessening the use of unnecessary antipsychotics


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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