Workshop A - Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging
This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction, and addresses typical issues that occur throughout the progression of dementia.
Workshop B - Positive Physical Approach (PPA) and Hand under Hand (HUH)
This workshop focuses on Positive Approach to Care™ “care partnering” techniques, including Positive Physical Approach (PPA) and Hand under Hand (HUH). The Learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when vision changes occur with dementia. The Learner will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing and ability to connect with people living with dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person living with Dementia’s needs and retained abilities.
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Workshop C - Teepa’s GEMS; Using Skills that Make a Difference
The workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s Dementia Abilities Model, the GEMS™. The GEMS™ model compares different stages of dementia to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavior changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the progressive effects of dementia. Understanding the GEM™ levels will lead to an adjustment of expectations, communication and hands on care to better meet the ever-changing needs of these individuals. The GEMS™ advocate that people living with dementia, when given just the right care in the right setting can still shine.