Clinical and lived experiences facilitate problem-based learning approaches while fostering collaboration, and, above all, an understanding of the lived experience of people with dementia, their care partners, and clinicians. This core experiential learning creates opportunities to experience first-hand how health care professionals diagnose brain-related conditions, how researchers develop tools to investigate questions surrounding brain function, and how community interventions impact patient and family outcomes.
Throughout the year, Atlantic Fellows have opportunities to observe in a number of clinical and community-based settings. These observations help them to develop a better understanding of clinical practice and dementia care, and gain an appreciation and understanding of the lived experience of people with dementia and their families. These learnings are strengthened by case-based learning and practice training sessions.