|Snow explaining unmet needs at MAIA 2017.|
For the past year, I have been teaching gerontology classes part time in the College of Nursing and Heath Professions at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.
Each August, the university hosts an aging conference sponsored by local agencies and businesses that support healthy aging.
Read more about the Mid-American Institute on Aging & Wellness (MAIA) here.
The two-day conference is packed with speakers covering an array of topics about healthy aging and elder care.
The pre-conference workshop, however, has a tighter focus.
Teepa Snow is a nationally recognized dementia educator who describes her philosophy as the Positive Approach® to Care (PAC).
|Snow's GEMS™ model.|
In order to improve the care partner dynamic, it's vital that the caregivers change how they interact with people who have dementia in a way that deescalates conflict--or better yet--avoids conflict in caregiving situations in the first place.
Underpinning the examples are various models. One of the most extensive models is Snow's GEMS™ model, which is a stage model for the progression of dementia that focuses on retained abilities while also recognizing changes to the brain, to behavior, and to relationships.
|From the handouts.|
Snow conveyed a lot of information in a manner that was warm, humorous, and engaging. I highly recommend her as a dementia educator. If you don't have the opportunity to meet her in person, consider reading some of her books or watching some of her videos.
Below please find a video that captures part of today's training.
We learned about the importance of saying, "I'm sorry" when a person living with dementia perceives our help as bossy, intrusive, or threatening:
The video above hints at Snow's dynamic presentation style and the workshop's interactive nature. It was great connecting with various people at my table and gaining insights based on their personal and professional experience.
Even though I have had some experience in dementia care, I found today's workshop informative and invigorating.
Books about Dementia
Care Partner: An Emerging Term
Films about Dementia