Jane Mullins’ Innovative Approach to Dementia Communication

By Marianne Sciucco, New York, US

Understanding the emotions and behaviors displayed by individuals with dementia is vital for providing adequate care and support. Empathy and trust are key elements of effective communication, helping caregivers engage with their loved ones even when speech or cognitive function may be compromised. Recognizing the importance of these factors allows both professional and family caregivers to approach dementia care with a holistic perspective, focusing on enhancing the quality of life for those living with dementia.

Jane Mullins, Ph.D. is a dedicated professional with a 30-year background in dementia care. As a trained nurse, Jane has worked in various roles, including managing care homes and supporting people with dementia in memory clinics. Her empathetic approach focuses on enhancing communication and understanding between individuals with dementia and their families. Jane’s groundbreaking multisensory reminiscence technique has been a game-changer for couples impacted by dementia, encouraging connection and rekindling memories. Her book, “Finding the Light in Dementia Care,” showcases her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those living with cognitive impairment. She recently transformed the lessons in her book into an online course, available to anyone,

In this episode, you will learn:

  • how to enhance dementia caregiving communication by utilizing sensory props and crafting a secure atmosphere
  • ways to streamline the learning process for caregivers with easy-to-understand, engaging, and compact educational material
  • the crucial role of advanced care strategies and transparent dialogues in dementia care
  • how to access the Duet Caregiving Training approach, embracing Dignity, Understanding, Empathy, and Training principles

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About Jane Mullins, Ph. D

Photo of Jane Mullins, PhD, author of Finding the Light in Dementia CareDr. Jane M. Mullins is a dementia nurse consultant who has devoted over 25 years to the study and practice of dementia care. Through listening to and supporting people and their families during their diagnosis in memory clinics, caring for them in hospital and in care homes, she has helped throughout all of the stages of their condition.

Jane has uncovered certain common features that may help caregivers and the people they care for find better ways of coping. Her practice experience is backed up by expert knowledge gained from attending conferences, continuing education, lecturing and keeping up to date with research, as well as studying for her Ph.D. which explores multisensory ways of communicating and connecting.

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About the Podcast

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