Finding joy in an Alzheimer’s reality
As people live into advanced age, their risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias increases. With no current cure, we are faced with one solution, and that is to provide the best care that we can for people living with this condition. Meeting the persons’ daily, physical needs in only passable; we can set the bar higher. This talk invites you to consider how empathy, patience, and basic aspects of human interaction can maximize the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Beth (Elizabeth) Fauth received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Syracuse University and her Masters and PhD in Human Development at Penn State University. She is currently an associate professor in the Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University. Beth teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in gerontology, and is the coordinator of the gerontology certificate program at USU. She conducts research on the integration between well-being and social support and the transition into needing assistance in late life. She also conducts research on stress and well-being in family caregivers of persons with dementia, evaluates psychoeducational interventions for dementia caregivers, and has an ongoing study of staff interactions, emotions, and activities in dementia care settings. Beth has received awards for excellence in teaching and research, such as the Researcher of the Year Award in her department and the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award. Beth integrates human connection not only in work, but in her hobbies: socializing, cooking, dinner parties, book clubs, and a love for human interest stories are just a few of her favorite pursuits. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking and experiencing the outdoors with her family.