ProD Series: September 16 – Dementia in Cross-Cultural Context: Interpreting for people with dementia and their informal care partners



This presentation will assist interpreters who need to navigate the difficult terrain of dementia and its related impact on communication, clarity, and family dynamics.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sharon Koehn | Medical Anthropologist, Social Gerontologist, Senior Lecturer at Simon Fraser University

Qualifies for 1 PDU/CEU with agencies and professional memberships across Canada. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

4:30 – 5:30pm PST

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to symptoms expressed by people who have experienced cognitive impairment. The causes are diverse, and the expression of different types of dementia can vary too.

Most types of dementia nonetheless have a progressive effect on the person’s mental and physical functioning, and this can make communication extremely challenging.

Culture can influence how people understand the illness and the dynamics between the person with dementia and their representative.

Language incongruence with formal care providers can further complicate timely access to appropriate care. This presentation will assist interpreters who need to navigate this difficult terrain.

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