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The Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model: Intervention in Dementia, Part 1

June 15, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

download 2This presentation will provide participants a theoretical and an evidenced-based understanding of the history, development and use of the Cognitive Disabilities Model (CDM) in dementia care. The (CDM) is used by healthcare professionals, caregivers, researchers, and organizations to understand and support people living with dementia, with the emphasis on how global cognitive changes impact behavior and function. Levels of ability and limitations are identified while the person’s capacity to perform routine tasks and adapt to novel situations are recognized. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical tenets of the CDM in the context of understanding how underlying cognitive processes, task analysis, personal factors, and sensory cues are utilized in functional contexts at each stage of dementia and in mild cognitive impairment. The 6 cognitive levels utilized with the CDM will be presented. Finally, the use of assessments within the CDM, skilled observations and interpretation in directing care and predicting outcomes will be discussed.


  • Discuss the history, development and use of the Cognitive Disabilities Model in dementia care.
  • Describe the 6 cognitive levels used in the Cognitive Disabilities Model and the association with dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
  • Identify assessments and skilled observations used to determine each of the 6 cognitive levels.


June 15, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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