Past Offerings Designed for Family Members and Caregivers
Normal Vs. Not Normal Aging
What is normal and when should we be concerned?
If thinking and memory problems arise, can it be something reversible? YES!
Learn about the causes of these symptoms, what you can do to improve them, and how to know if it’s something more serious.
Relationship Changes & Dementia
Relationships inevitably change as dementia progresses.
This can be devastating and challenging as you roll through the stages of grief.
Let’s talk about the changing relationships,
what is normal, and what can be better.
Communication Strategies for Success
Caring for a person with dementia is not a “common sense” task.
When a person with dementia says, “I don’t know you,” it may seem natural to explain who you are. But this often makes the situation worse. Why?
Let’s talk about different communication strategies we can practice to help the person with dementia experience the best emotions possible in every situation.
Challenging Conversations with Someone with Brain Changes
My loved one is making decisions that worry me but when I try to talk to them, it goes all wrong.
Discussing complex topics with someone experiencing brain changes can prove to be very challenging.
Learn some techniques to help smooth these rough patches.
Using a Positive Approach
People with dementia experience the world around them differently than we do. Understanding their experience and allowing that to guide our approach can make all the difference when caring for a person with dementia. This series is guided by Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care.
Walk away with tools to aid your caregiving journey for your loved one with dementia.
Dementia Gems & Stages
What can dementia look like in the beginning?
How do the symptoms change as the disease progresses?
How can I best support someone who is experiencing changes in their cognition and memory?
Learn more about these topics in this one hour presentation.
My Family is in a Facility. Now What?
You’ve worked hard to care for your loved one for so long.
You’ve made the tough decision to move them to a facility.
You may ask yourself, “What is my role now?”
What can I expect from the facility?
Let’s talk about these and other questions that come up when we make this life changing transition.
Grief and Ambiguous Loss in Caregiving
The loss of a loved one has many faces.
Whether it is an unexpected sudden death or a slow progression towards end of life, the grieving process can look different for every individual.
When there is lack of closure or resolution accompanying a loss, it complicates the grieving process.
Let’s explore the experience of ambiguous loss in general as well as for care partners of people with dementia.
Designed with Professional Caregivers in Mind
Curiosity and Approach Guide: Quality Dementia Care
Caring for a person with dementia is not a “common sense” task and those privileged to care for this vulnerable population walk away with increased knowledge of dementia and concrete tools to use to support the residents throughout the disease.
This workshop is offered using the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle so attendees not only learn the material but they process what they learned, make connections to their real life experience and leave prepared to apply these skills. Attendees learn how a person with dementia is experiencing a situation and what to look for in their body language, tone of voice, and actions to better understand what is being communicated.
A step-by-step positive approach is provided and practiced in this interactive workshop inspired by Teepa Snow and her Positive Approach to Care model.
Dementia Care Champion Courses
These highly interactive classes are two hours each, and can be taken in any order.
Champion Course 1 Includes:
- Hands-on skill building for immediate application in daily care or therapeutic practices
- Learning how different cues can increase productivity and reduce challenging situations
- Modifications that can help improve outcomes for both people living with dementia and providers
Champion Course 2 Includes:
- Adapt your Positive Physical Approach™ to more situations
- Learn and practice the Hand-under-Hand® guidance and support method
- Gain greater awareness and knowledge about how to support the person living with dementia
Champion Course 3 Includes:
- A greater awareness and knowledge of the different GEMS® states
- Assessing and adapting to continue to build relationships and achieve positive outcomes
- Gaining a sense of control and self-direction through matching cues and support for each of the six GEMS® states
Champion Course 4 Includes:
- Developing the ability to observe and recognize a person’s GEMS® state
- Focusing on the Positive Physical Approach™ as a dynamic assessment of an individual
- Identifying the characteristics and what it means to be living in the world with changes in abilities
These are examples of past conferences, lectures, trainings, and events I have presented at.
Contact me if you are interested in learning more or setting up a presentation.
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Disclaimer: I am certified to implement the teachings and trainings about dementia of Teepa Snow and the Positive Approach to Care® (PAC). While based on the educational content from Teepa, and inspired by my Certification, views or opinions expressed, and additional content offered here, are representative of me, independent of the PAC organization.