Geriatrics expert Teepa Snow presents lectures on dementia care for professionals and family caregivers

Snow's presentations take place over two days at the Schiff Conference Center at Cintas | March 14, 2012

Nationally-recognized dementia expert Teepa Snow is offering presentations for caregivers, professionals and students about caring for people with dementia in two sessions taking place today, Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15.

Alzheimer’s is the best known type of dementia, but many people deal with other forms of the disease. Snow is presenting “Improving Hands-On Skills for Providing Care” for family and caregivers of those with dementia today, March 14 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Conference Center at the Cintas Center. Cost is $5 per person. Registration deadline was March 9, but limited registrations are being taken at the door. Learn more at the registration website.

The presentation is designed to help caregivers and family members learn 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. Changing ways of communicating, sensory input and timing of activities by caregivers can improve the way in which daily tasks are completed by the person with dementia.

Snow is also presenting a seminar designed for professionals as part of the Fourth Annual Inter-Professional Teaming for Clients with Dementia, presented by the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. Her keynote lecture, “Dementia 360: A Compass for the Journey – It Takes a Village,” is on Thursday, March 15, from 1:00 p.m-2:40 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center. The seminar offers 1.5 CEU for counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers. Cost is $25 per person. Registration is required.

The session provides a wide variety of perspectives on dementia for people who work in the health care field, offering an insider’s guide to typical changes that happen when a person develops dementia. Snow addresses the impact the 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 emphasizes the 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.

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist with more than 28 years of geriatric experience. She is a specialist in dementia care and education and has held 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.