teepa-snowHickory – Teepa Snow, one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for dementia, will be presenting two sessions at Trinity Village (1265 21st Street NE, Hickory) on Thursday, January 12.

The morning session (8:30-11:30 am) is geared toward professionals who work in the field of dementia, and the afternoon session (12:30-3:30 pm) is designed for families and caregivers.  Proceeds from the $5 per session fee, payable at the door by cash or check, will provide support for the High Country  Caregiver Foundation.  With a student ID, students may attend at no cost.  Nurses and social workers may receive three CEU’s.

Seating is limited, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  To pre-register for one or both sessions, please contact Sara Coley at scoley@msa-corp.com or 828-263-7717.  For more information about the program, please call 828-265-3926 or visit http://www.msa-corp.com/events.aspx.

The morning session (8:30-11:30am), “Dementia 360:  Seeing It from All Directions,” is designed for professionals working with persons who have dementia.  The session will provide attendees with a wide variety of perspectives on dementia; help with programming and services that meet the needs of those affected by dementia; and address dementia-related issues from the point of view of the individuals with dementia, individuals without dementia, family members, caregiving staff, etc.  By the end of the session, attendees will be able to discuss the impact of dementia on each of the “players,” describe some of the key strategies to meet the needs each has, and begin to develop programming and services that have a high probability of making a positive difference in the lives of all concerned.

The afternoon session, “How to Communicate with Someone Living with Dementia,” is designed specifically for families and caregivers.  The session will help attendees develop better interaction skills for working with people with dementia, emphasize the value of empathetic communication in combination with redirection and distraction, and improve attendees’ non-verbal strategies, enhancing understanding and responsiveness.  The goal of the afternoon session is to help family members and other caregivers reduce or minimize unproductive conversations and resistive behaviors by using effective verbal and non-verbal skills.

Teepa Snow is internationally recognized for her unique method of interacting with and caring for dementia patients, and for the practical skills and strategies she teaches those who provide care for persons living with dementia.  Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences, and her teaching style demonstrates and models for her students and audiences the struggle and challenges dementia creates for all parties involved.  Currently, she has an independent practice as well as clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and UNC-CH School of Medicine.

In addition to presentations in Hickory, Teepa will be presenting at Boone United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 11, an all-day event.  No registration is required for the Boone program.  First come, first served.  For more information about the Boone presentation, please call 828-265-3926.  To register, contact Sara Coley at scoley@msa-corp.com or 828-263-7717.

Photo: Teepa Snow