Caring for the Caregiver: Ethical Issues Managing Dementia


Laura Wayman
Author, A Loving Approach to Dementia Care

Laura Wayman, The Dementia Whisperer, is an accomplished keynote speaker, international best selling author, trainer, consultant and a dedicated Gerontologist with an A.A. degree in gerontology and a Social Services Designee Certification. She has presented keynote speeches, workshops, in-services, classes, trainings and seminars across the U.S. on the significant subject of Dementia Care, continuing to share her essential message of “raising dementia-awareness” worldwide.

Her audiences have often given her the highest evaluations, singing her praises months and even years after her compassionate presentations. Each presentation is a representation of how much Ms. Wayman enjoys her work. She is confident with every opportunity that she is “living her vision” of changing the dementia caregiving focus, one person, one family, one organization at a time. Ms. Wayman grabs her audiences’ full attention in the first few minutes, and holds it throughout, with interesting stories, humor and relevant details that support and reinforce the message being delivered.

Her material will provide the opportunity for audience members to feel a full range of emotion, from tears to laughter, and comfortably relate to sometimes serious and disturbing information, leaving with a new sense of confidence, purpose and direction.



Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are not just a major health issue for the patient. Because dementia involves relentless cognitive deterioration, family caregivers have to manage changing demands and unexpected problematic behaviors. Caregivers often sacrifice their own needs and well-being to provide care for their loved one. Case managers must help families make difficult decisions across every stage of this disease. Often these decisions must balance the needs of the patient and the caregiver. This webinar will explore the common ethical issues that case managers face when treating the family suffering from dementia.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common ethical challenges that arise for caregivers of people with dementia.
  • Describe ethically-reasoned approaches for handling decisions that most commonly arise among family members who are caring for a loved one with dementia.
  • Evaluate a case that can be experienced as ethically troubling by the case manager.