Community Dementia Collaborative

Community Dementia Collaborative

Mission: “Support and care until there is a cure.”

Palliative Care: This is a special type of care for persons with dementia; the care is focused on relief of symptoms, comfort, communication, and quality of life rather than seeking a cure.

Four Most Common Symptoms of Dementia


  • Short term loss of memory; Long term memory is strength and assists the person with dementia to engage with others in a meaningful way for them and their caregivers.


  • The person with dementia has one or both types of communication challenges. First is expressive aphasia; a person with aphasia has increasing difficulty communicating. Second is receptive aphasia; understand little or only part of what is said. Both expressive and receptive aphasia happens when different parts of brain are damage. Expressive aphasia is usually noticed first. My favorite example for receptive aphasia is the daughter who calls to her mother, “Come and get your breakfast before it gets cold.” All the mother hears is “I'm serving you a cold breakfast!”


  • Earlier motor skills are lost such as brushing teeth or dressing; we might need for them to shadow our behavior. One caregiver served her husband with dementia a glass of tea and a sandwich on the living room coffee table. He picked up the glass of tea and dropped it. His hand did not receive the signals to hold the glass.


  • Agnosia relates to interpreting information from our five senses. With dementia, familiar people and things are often not recognized. Sometimes a person with dementia can see a door but cannot tell that a toilet is beyond the door. Full bladders and chest pain are often not recognized.

Types of Dementia

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Lewy Body disease
  • FTD disease (Pick's disease)
  • Vascular disorders, strokes in the brain.

For more information, read about the 10 Signs of Dementia.

Catastrophic Event: Stress goes up all day; behaviors change; 90% linked to caregivers; 10% to environmental changes.

Upcoming Events

Dementia and Caregiver Stress Strategies Continuing Education

Starting October 1 – November 29, 2018
9 weeks class Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.
One Wednesday class October 4
No class on Thanksgiving

Purpose: Learn about dementia and stress strategies for caregiving in an interactive environment.  Who should attend? Anyone who works with persons with dementia or those who want a better understanding of dementia and its effects on Caregivers.  The classes use Academic speed dating, person centered care, and numerous stress strategies, i.e., journaling, art, music, and guided imagery.

Virtual Dementia Tour-Simulation Experience as part of Level I nursing student

November 27, 2018
Harvin Center
1-5 p.m.

Learn what it feels like to have dementia and how we can improve quality of care and quality of life, for persons with dementia. Please visit the Second Wind Dreams website for more information or call (361) 698-2864 for appointment.

Face to Face, LPC

Nestor H. Praderio, M.D.
Doctors Regional Hospital in Conference Building behind Emergency Room.
4th Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Light meal usually served. RSVP
Nursing Students sign up for professional points under People/Groups/Dr Praderio
Not available in November and December

Alzheimer's Association
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Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend
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Nursing Faculty

Dr. Donna Huddleston, RN, is an associate professor who oversees the Dementia Collaborative and CareHouse at Del Mar College, Department of Nurse Education, located in HS1 113 on the West Campus. Dr. Huddleston is nationally certified as a hospice and palliative nurse. She is nationally and locally recognized by her peers as a dementia care expert.

Floyd Green, MSN, RN, is full-time nursing faculty. He is an expert in neurological cognitive impairment and longterm care.

Page last updated September 24, 2018.