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June 2020 SPIN Meeting -  Cultural Competency in Dementia Care

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Christy Turner's Presentation

Date: June 22, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Online Meeting

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Topic: Cultural Competency in Dementia Care

Cultural competency is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. It is more than awareness and tolerance of other cultures. Cultural competency includes:

  • Awareness of your own worldview

  • Developing and expressing positive attitudes towards cultural differences

  • Gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews

  • Listening

  • Developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures

  • Sharing learned knowledge and skills with others

Why is cultural competency important in dementia care? The primary core competency in dementia care is the ability to step into the person's reality. And among adults 65 or better living with a dementia diagnosis, nearly 44% are people of color. Additionally, 47% of the direct care workforce are Black/African American or Latinx.

In this talk, we'll cover:

  • The steps necessary to achieving cultural competency for individuals and organizations

  • How cultural competency directly affects dementia care

  • And provide additional resources for those interested in increasing their organization's cultural competency


Christy Turner’s experience working with people living with dementia started when she was 8 years old and her mom took her to work with her.

Christy later became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Certified Dementia Care Unit Manager (CDCM), and Cognitive Stimulation Instructor (CCSI). She has run award-winning memory care communities in assisted living and skilled nursing.

Now known as The Dementia Sherpa, Christy is the host of The Alzheimer’s Podcast and creator of the online programs Memory Care at Home and The Dementia Sherpa’s Guide to Moving into Memory Care. She’s enjoyed the privilege of working with over 1,500 people living with dementia and their families so far...including multiple experiences in her own family.

Virtual Host: Meredith Williamson NW Estate Law, LLC is the virtual host for this Zoom presentation of the Senior Provider Information Network (SPIN). Thank you Meredith!

Important information about CEU Credits: Oregon Health Authority no longer pre-approves CEU’s. Go to to determine if this presentation will count towards annual CEU requirement for Nursing and Residential Care administrators.

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