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Toward Better Behavior: Yours, Mine, and Everyone Else's

Recorded On: 03/06/2019

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As the long-term care demographics continue to shift and diversify, the greater the need to understand people as individuals. Achieving such understanding presents new challenges and considerations in assessment and care planning. While long-term care facilities once cared almost exclusively for the frail elderly, many of whom had also been diagnosed with dementia, today’s populations are far more varied in age, disability, and psychosocial circumstances. That makes understanding “what makes someone tick” more complicated, at best. This session provides professional caregivers a framework for developing an assessment process that results in a deeper understanding of what motivates someone to do what they do. With greater understanding comes a more focused, personalized plan to accommodate the complicated needs of every individual.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the concept of culture change and the expectations of regulators and consumers with regard to applying these principles;
2. Develop a keener insight into human behavior and be able to apply that knowledge in creating an environment in which everyone thrives;
3. Create person-centered, innovative interventions as alternatives to pharmacologic remedies in response to the behavioral health needs of residents with dementia;

Speaker: Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

Barbara Speedling (Moderator)

Quality of Life Specialist

Barbara Speedling Personally dedicated to the creation of meaningful, satisfying lives for all those who rely on another’s care

An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care. 

An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well.

Working from a core belief in the dignity and individuality of all people, Barbara has helped countless adult care communities implement her unique training and education programs that:


  • Improve the quality of care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Bring better quality of life to such residents, as well as to those who live with disease-related dementia, a mental illness, or a brain injury
  • Encourage staffers to use newly developed cultural empathy to form better relationships with those in their care
  • Offer new strategies for promoting harmony among increasingly diverse, younger and assertive populations
  • Open new pathways to maintaining regulatory compliance 
  • Support leadership and organizational development

In addition to her degree in healthcare administration, Barbara is an accomplished musician and artist.  She uses those talents to develop new and creative ways of reaching out to those who are cognitively diminished.  She was also certified in 2015 by Dr. Susan Wehry as a Master Trainer for the OASIS education program for improved care of residents with dementia.


The author of two books devoted to common sense advice for meeting the holistic needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging community, both Why is Grandma Screaming and Toward Better Behavior:  Yours Mine & Everyone Else’s are now widely distributed to staff members at community, residential and long-term care facilities across the country and in Canada.


Blessed with boundless energy and tireless enthusiasm, Barbara also volunteers in her free time to offer caregiver education and support to families who need it most.  Through her affiliations with local artists and musicians in her native New York City, she also arranges therapeutic music, dance and wellness programming that improves the quality of life for local seniors.


03/06/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
03/06/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes