Bachelor's degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Techniques (to qualify as a psychiatric rehabilitation expert)(Rovereto)

Rehabilitation in old age psychiatry - METODI E TECNICHE RIABILITATIVE IN ETA' GERIATRICA

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Name of lecturer
Marco Fragomeni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
TERP 2A1S dal Oct 7, 2019 al Dec 6, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will know the essential characteristics of the elderly (habits, fragilty, death theme, elasticity, plasticity and resilience), the ICF model, its implication on taking care of the elderly person, the distinctive traits of a institution and an institutionalized elderly (institutional neurosis).
He will learn to recognize the different types of dementia and the related BPSD (Behavioral and Psycological Symptoms of Dementia).
He will learn the characteristics of taking care of the person with dementia (relationship, language, orientation, etc.) and of his rehabilitation.
He will be able to recognize the main assessments that are given in the social and health care to the person with dementia and its caregiver / s: MMSE, Barthel Index, Mini Nutritional, NPI, GDS, Tinetti Scale, Comorbidity Index (CIRS), Caregiver Burden Inventory.
He will discriminate the concepts of "model", "method" and "technique" and will know the most known non-pharmacological interventions for the person with dementia: Vigorelli's capacitative approach, Validation Method, Reminiscence Therapy, Re-motivation Therapy, formal and informal ROT, Music Therapy, Aromatherapy, Doll Therapy.
He will learn the characteristics of the "Gentlecare" model and the environment impact in the life of an elder.


Who is the elder? (ageism, demographic analysis, ICF, patient-centered model, frail elderly, comorbid pathologies, resilience, the 3 phases of the elderly, anhedonia)
The theme of death: mourning and its elaboration, The Theory of mourning (Bowlby, 1982), the concept of Elasticity, Plasticity, Resilience, The suffering of the caring staff in geriatrics (Ploton, "The elderly person")
The institutionalized elderly (habits, disorientation, autonomy, sense of constraint, etc.), additional deterioration (man vs environment)
Aging in the elderly with psychiatric disorder
References to Dementia and BPSD
Rehabilitation of the person with dementia (relationship, language, therapeutic agents, autonomy etc.)
Caregivers: who they are and what they expect from rehabilitation (family, carers, operators and the concept of bornout)
Socialization in the elderly
Assessments used in elderly and / or dementia patients: MMSE, Barthel Index, Mini Nutritional, NPI, GDS, Scala Tinetti, Co-morbidity Index (CIRS), Caregiver Burden Inventory.
Difference between "Model", "Method2 and "Technique"
Methods and techniques of rehabilitation in the elderly with dementia: Vigorelli's capacitative approach, Validation Method, Reminiscence Therapy, Re-motivation Therapy, Formal and Informal ROT, Music Therapy, Aromatherapy, Doll Therapy
Importance of the environment, Model Gentlecare, "APSS Care Hospital"
Clinical cases

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Julie Cunnigham Piergrossi Essere nel fare. Introduzione alla terapia occupazionale (Edizione 3) Franco Angeli 2006
Elena Bortolomiol,Laura Lionetti,Enzo Angiolini Gentlecare: cronache di assistenza Erickson 2015
Barbara Asprea, Giovanni Del Zanna, Andrea Fabbo Guida all'Alzheimer e alle altre demenze Tecniche nuove 2018
Flavio Pagano Infinito presente (Edizione 1) Sperling & Kupfer 2017 9788820062736
Ploton L. La persona anziana Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2003
Pietro Vigorelli L' approccio capacitante. Come prendersi cura degli anziani fragili e delle persone malate di Alzheimer Franco Angeli 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of two tests: a first written test (multiple choice) and a following oral exam; the exam will be done together with the one in the "Psychogeriatrics" course.

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