Xavier University Seminars on Dementia for Professionals and for Caregivers

| February 6, 2012

For the fourth year, Xavier University’s College of Social Sciences, Health and Education will offer Inter-Professional Teaming for Clients with Dementia. Nationally-recognized speaker Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, 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.
In addition to the event for students and professionals, an evening community service event for family and caregivers of those with dementia will occur.

Both sessions will be at Schiff Conference Center at Xavier’s Cintas Center. Free parking is available in the Cintas Center Lots (entrance off Herald Avenue).

Seminar for Professionals: Dementia 360
Thursday, March 15 1 – 2:40 p.m. $25 per person. 1.5 CEU for counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, and social workers. This session will provide a wide variety of perspectives on DEMENTIA. It will provide an ‘insider’s guide’ to typical changes that happen when someone develops dementia. It will address the impact this disease may have on family relationships and roles, professional care providers, rehabilitation professionals, medical providers, social supports and settings, and care and housing options. The session will emphasize the need and value of using a TEAM approach to cope with the challenges of providing the best quality care, using resources wisely, and communicating effectively with various players. Registration is required at www.theCEUplace.com by March 9.

Presentation for Caregivers & Family Members: Improving Hands-On Skills for Providing Care
Wednesday, March 14 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. $5 per person/maximum of $10 per family (cash or check only). This presentation is designed to assist caregivers and family members in learning effective strategies to provide care for a person with dementia. The behavior of persons living with dementia can change from one moment to the next. Experience and research have shown that active engagement in functional tasks can be enhanced through appropriate support from caregivers. By changing ways of communicating, sensory input, and timing of activities caregivers can improve the way in which daily tasks are completed by the person with dementia. The goal of the session is to help caregivers learn practical strategies to assist a person with dementia. Register by March 9 at www.xavier.edu/csshe/teaming & select “Community Presentation.”

Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with over 28 years of geriatric experience and a specialist 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.