How Lars Moring eliminates the fear of dementia

Lars Mohring from Potsdam has been on the road for the past 18 years as a lecturer in geriatric psychiatry and as a trainer in geriatric care. His career in the social and care sector began in the late 1980s before specializing in dementia in 2004. Among other things, the expert is one of the founders of the Brandenburg Alzheimer’s Association.

It is important for him not to view dementia as a disease, but as another form of life, to think about its complexity. “Living environment, biography, social influences, generation experiences, language, cultural influences, milieu, etc. can all lead to a different life. This really intrigued me,” said Lars Moring.

The fact that living conditions have an impact on dementia can also be seen by the increase in the number of young adults over 50 years of age who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia. Stress and confusion are often causes here, and women, such as academics in education or the health professions, are often affected, according to Lars Moring’s report.

Not every memory lost – especially in old age – can be equated with dementia. But when certain warning signals accumulate, attention is required. In addition to situational forgetfulness, the first important sign is confusion. Thoughts are repeated, words are forgotten, everyday situations are judged wrongly. The patient withdraws from social life, showing a general lack of motivation and frequent changes in mood and behaviour.

“Characteristics of behavior can sometimes develop into anomalies,” explains Lars Moring. He says: “We must not oppose this, ask anything, but we must accompany the” best friend “in this case, to become the only confidant. The principle applies: everything that the patient experiences, he reflects in his own way, wants to be confirmed in all his actions and not corrected.

Respect, serenity, acceptance, friendliness and humor are the guiding principles when dealing with a patient. The expert sums up the best way to interact is “with love”. “Even the employees have to be ‘lovers,'” he says. “Otherwise the business will not work.”

“The most important task – imparting loving support and accepting appreciation – succeeds only if employees and relatives are aware of their role and are at peace with themselves,” he says. “It shouldn’t be anything artificial,” Lars Moring explains. No sick person can be mocked with a service smile, he knows.

Lars Möhring is the right contact for staff in nursing and care, but also for those who want to expand their knowledge of dementia. In his seminars, he wants to get the participants excited about the topic, encourage them in their actions and show changes, but also limits and responsibilities.

Here are some of the dates:

Dementia Booster Course: 12/13 September 2022, 9am-4pm, Quartier Martha Peter – Training Room

16/17 January 2023, 9am-4pm, Quartier Clara Zetkin – Training Room

Geriatric Psychiatry Basic Course: 6-8 March 2023 (Part 1), 20-21 March 2023 (Part 2)

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Text/Photo: Antje Preuschoff

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