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Using A Positive Approach to Dementia Care

July 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware is proud to partner with LeadingAge Kentucky Foundation for:

Using A Positive Approach to Dementia Care 

Program Description:

Coping With Challenging Situations in Dementia Care
The session is designed to help care partners better under-stand why the person they are trying to help may at times exhibit ‘challenging behaviors.’ It will focus on looking be-yond the disease to recognize other possible factors. This problem-solving approach will be presented to help reduce the intensity, frequency, or occurrence of challenges. This will also help develop better communication skills when working with people living with dementia by emphasizing the value of empathetic and supportive communication. The overall goal is to reduce or minimize unproductive conversa-tions and resistive behaviors by using effective verbal and physical skills. It will also focus on helping develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. The session will empha-size the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. Grading and providing helping behaviors based on the person’s abilities and needs will assist in fos-tering positive interactions during care activities rather than struggles.

This session will include:

1. List of six factors that may be used to determine what may be contributing to ‘challenging behaviors’
2. Discuss the value of knowing the person and their histo-ry in effective communication efforts.
3. Describe & use empathetic & supportive communication techniques when interacting with a person living with Dementia.
4. Identify the degree of involvement the person with de-mentia is experiencing
5. Discriminate between helping at the ‘just right’ level and neglect or ‘taking over’


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Registration/Dial In ………………… 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Program ……………………………… 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch ……………………………….. 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM

Program ……………………………… 12:40 PM – 3:30 PM

Teepa Snow
Positive Approach to Care

Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia.  Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advo-cacy efforts led her to the develop-ment of the GEMS dementia classi-fication model and the Positive Approach to Care training strategies. Teepa is an occupation-al therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and ac-ademic experience. She presents with extraordinary exper-tise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Her user-friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices.

Continuing Education:

This session has been approved for Continuing Education for 6 total participant hours from NAB.
You must attend entireprogram and complete a speaker/seminar evaluation form to receive a contact hours certificate.

For more information:

Emilie Beck
Membership & Events Associate LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware

Phone: 609-452-1161

Email: ebeck@leadingagenjde.org


July 21
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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