Xavier offers seminars on dementia care for professionals and caregivers as well as families

Professional speaker and occupational therapist Teepa Snow leads the discussions on campus on Thursday, March 24 | March 16, 2011

Xavier’s College of Social Sciences, Health and Education is sponsoring a day of information for professionals and caregivers devoted to improving care for people with dementia. Nationally recognized speaker Teepa Snow leads the discussions on Thursday, March 24, in the Schiff Conference Center at the Cintas Center on campus.

This is the third year Xavier has sponsored Snow’s appearance for students and professionals and the first time it is including an evening presentation for family members. Snow will educate caregivers, professionals and students on care for persons with dementia. Alzheimer’s is the best-known type of dementia, but many people deal with other forms of the disease. Approximately 200 students and professionals have participated in each of the previous years’ seminars.

Registration is required to attend and is available at the Occupational Therapy website by March 18. Free parking is available in the Cintas Center C1-C5 lots off Herald Avenue. The seminars are free of charge for Xavier University faculty, staff and students, but registration is still required. Others pay a nominal fee to attend. Please e-mail tunningleyj@xavier.edu with questions.

The Seminar for Professionals: Teaming for Success for Clients with Dementia is at 1:00 p.m.–2:40 p.m. and costs $20 per person. It provides 1.5 CEUs for counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.

The seminar focuses on care for people with dementia. Skilled clinicians can now recognize and diagnose over 50 forms or causes of dementia. Each has identifying characteristics. Some are reversible or can be stabilized, whereas others are irreversible, progressive and terminal. Early detection has significant benefits. Multiple disciplines of professionals offer services for clients with dementia and their families or caregivers. Combining efforts can provide optimal services and support to such clients. This seminar examines the nature of dementia and the role of inter-professional teaming in helping individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

A Presentation for Caregivers & Family Members: Understand the Symptoms & Make Good Choices is from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and costs $5 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. This session helps care providers and family members understand how their actions and responses influence the composure and independence of a person with dementia. The behavior of persons living with dementia can change from one moment to the next and can be different with each person. These variations make it seem like the person with dementia is deliberately choosing his or her behavior. This session helps caregivers understand how a different approach can lead to more positive outcomes and interactions with the dementia patient.

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist with more than 28 years of geriatric experience. She specializes in dementia care and education. She has clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Snow is widely known for her exceptional teaching and presentation style.

Xavier team members for these events include: Raymond Losey, Counseling; Edmond Hooker, Health Services Administration; Barbara Harland and Margaret King, Nursing; Renee’ Zucchero, Psychology; Carol Scheerer and Joan Tunningley, Occupational Therapy; and Shelagh Larkin, Social Work.