Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 60-80 percent of all cases of dementia. There are about 47.5 million people worldwide who suffer from dementia, with the number expected to continue to rise in the coming years.

Imagine a speaker so talented that she can speak for two hours to a mostly senior citizen-aged audience of 300 about a subject as depressing as dementia and keep them laughing most of the time, and at all times fully engaged in her message.

Teepa Snow was invited by Park Ridge Health and Mountain Home Care to do just that in two presentations at the Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, “Learning the Difference Between Confrontational and Supportive Communication,” and “Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver: What Do You Need to Keep Going?”

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Happy New Year!  Often times when visiting our aging loved ones over the holidays we find that something seems to have changed.  Maybe they aren't getting around quite as easily as before, or maybe we notice that dad has lost quite a bit of weight.  Our Normal and Not Normal Aging seminar is a great way to

If a loved one has dementia you might be worried about how they’ll cope during the festive season. Read our simple guide to help you make Christmas as enjoyable as possible – for everyone.

1. Have a plan
Taking a, ‘let’s see what happens’ approach

Don't miss your last opportunity this year to learn the difference between Normal and Not Normal Aging or learn more about the GEMS model of working with loved ones with dementia.  See more information here.

The GEMS Workshop

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.


Normal and Not Normal Aging Workshop

This 2 hour workshop will help Learners recognize and understand “normal" and “not normal” aging. The Learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. 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. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur as dementia progresses and how to promote a sense of control and self-direction in the person living with Dementia.