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The Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model: Intervention in Dementia, Part 2

June 22, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

download 2This presentation will provide a description of the Cognitive Disabilities Model (CDM) with an emphasis on evidenced-based practice and intervention strategies utilized in dementia care. The benefits of using the CDM in clinical practice and organizational programming will be explored. Topics include: preventing and managing challenging behaviors, predicting performance in daily functional tasks, understanding the risk for falls, and improving safety. Selecting and designing activities that work with each cognitive level and the importance of the role of the caregiver will be discussed.


  • Describe basic intervention strategies related to the 6 cognitive disabilities levels as related to dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
  • Provide supporting evidence for intervention with the cognitive disabilities model as it applies to dementia.
  • Explain the role and at least two benefits of caregiver training in planning effective interventions for individuals living with dementia.

Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Cornille, OTD, has over 30 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist and is a passionate expert in understanding the connection of the brain and everyday behavior. She is the founder and clinical director of Vita Cura Services (https://vitacuraservices.com) and the President of the Global Action Coalition for Dementia, Mental Health and Cognitive Disability. Both organizations provide high-quality services for individuals living with or at risk for living with dementia. Dr. Cornille is also the past President of the Allen Cognitive Network. She has trained and mentored thousands of healthcare professionals, students, and caregivers on the use of the cognitive disabilities model (CDM) nationally and internationally. She has worked extensively with the author of the CDM, Claudia K. Allen, and used the model in clinical research, program development and in education in a variety of settings. Dr. Cornille received her doctorate at Creighton University where she focused on dementia care and lifestyle medicine and studied occupational science at the Karolinska Institute. She is a graduate of the Brain Longevity® Therapy Training Program through the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and is a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional (CMCDP).


June 22, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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