Hillcrest Health Services’ Director of Education and Quality, Anna Fisher, Ph.D., co-authored an article titled “Best practices for engaging patients with dementia,” featured in the November issue of Nursing2014, one of the largest nursing journals in the world.  A certified dementia practitioner, Dr. Fisher is the president of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives, and is a subject matter expert in quality and nursing services education.

The article, co-authored with Jennifer Volland, vice president of program development at National Research Corporation in Lincoln, NE, addresses the enormous responsibility and often emotional and financial burden of caring for those with dementia and examines how the Montessori Method can be used to engage patients and their family members to provide better care.  The article also references the Montessori intergenerational program entering its fourth year at Hillcrest Mable Rose assisted living in Bellevue, NE, where students in grades 7 to 12 from the Montessori International School of the Plains in Omaha coach and engage residents using Montessori activities.  Nurses and healthcare professionals can read the article and obtain one continuing education credit online by going to http://journals.lww.com/nursing/toc/2014/11000.

Hillcrest Health Services offers the region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults.  For more information about Hillcrest Health Services, visit www.hillcresthealth.com.