Fifth annual geriatric teaming seminar focuses on care for the elderly and includes session for family caregivers

Focus of the presentation by Teepa Snow is care for people with delirium, depression or dementia | February 7, 2013

Creating a team approach to improve care for elderly people with delirium, depression or dementia is the focus of a seminar by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist with nearly 30 years of experience in geriatrics. Snow’s presentation, Teaming for Clients With One of the Three Ds: Delirium, Depression, Dementia, is being offered on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center on campus.

More than 250 students and 50 professional caregivers are attending to learn how to communicate and collaborate as a health care team. Registration is open through Friday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $25.

The program, now in its fifth year, helps professionals recognize the value of forming teams that reach across established service delivery systems, disciplines and past practices to provide optimal care for elders living with dementia, delirium or depression and their family members. Evidence-based information highlights the value of information gathering on a broad scope to form an accurate and complete picture of the each individual’s situation. An inter-professional team can boost outcomes and reduce negative occurrences. The importance of team interactions and team building is explored as a feature that can foster this expanded community model in an effective manner.

Snow also is presenting Caregiving After a Diagnosis of Dementia: Living and Loving for the community from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center on the same day. Registration is required. Tickets are $5.

The session encourages those with dementia and their care partners to learn more about themselves. The session explores personality traits, environmental and activity preferences, planning, organizational needs, preferred routines and habit patterns. Understanding each other can form the basis for practical changes to benefit an individual with dementia and allow the caretaker to enjoy time spent in daily routines and activities. One point of emphasis will be on the importance of helping the care partner and the person with dementia reach out to others for support. Ideas from this session can be implemented to increase satisfaction with daily activities.

Snow is a specialist in dementia care and education. She has served as the education director and lead trainer for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and as a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine's Program on Aging. She has clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Snow has presented for Xavier’s inter-professional program for the past four years and is popular due to her exceptional presentation style.