UCONN: “Fighting for Dignity” Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia, screening and discussion with Dr. Eilon Caspi, 2/22 @ 3 PM

Please join us for a conversation about Eilon Caspi’s new book and screen the documentary film, “Fighting for Dignity.”

February 22, 2022

3:00 – 4:00

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About this event

This event is sponsored by InCHIP’s Aging Research Interest Group, with support from the Human Rights Institute. The phenomenon of resident-to-resident incidents in nursing homes is prevalent and harmful but it remains underrecognized, untracked, understudied, and largely unaddressed. During this session, Dr. Caspi will give an overview of this phenomenon in the specific context of individuals with dementia including its common causes and consequences. He will describe high-level organizational strategies and persisting barriers for reducing these incidents and keeping vulnerable residents safe (such as the longstanding dangerous normalization of this phenomenon and why our society would not remain indifferent to it in childcare settings). We will start the session with screening and discussion of the 20-minutes documentary film Fighting for Dignity (Terra Nova Films) which focuses on the emotional trauma experienced by families of elders seriously harmed during these episodes. We will conclude the session with a brief overview of my new book on the prevention of these incidents (Health Professions Press). Book: Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia (Health Professions Press, 2022): https://www.healthpropress.com/product/understanding-and-preventing-harmful-interactions-between-residents-with-dementia/ Documentary Film Fighting for Dignity (Terra Nova Films, 2020): https://terranova.org/film-catalog/fighting-for-dignity-a-film-on-injurious-and-fatal-resident-to-resident-incidents-in-long-term-care-homes/ Eilon Caspi is an Assistant Research Professor at the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy at University of Connecticut. His applied research and data-driven advocacy focus on improving understanding and the prevention of various forms of elder mistreatment (such as neglect, abuse, financial exploitation, theft of opioid pain medications, and resident-to-resident incidents) in nursing homes and assisted living residences.