Team Care for Elders with One of the Three Ds: Delirium, Depression, Dementia

Education targeted to professionals during the day and families at night | January 18, 2013

Xavier University offers events for professionals and caregivers of persons with dementia.

Daytime Presentation for Professionals
On Thursday, Feb. 14 from 1:00-2:45 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center on Xavier’s campus, Why do we need a team? Caring for clients involving the three Ds, will be presented by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist with more than 28 years of experience in geriatrics. CEUs will be offered for counselors, nurses, occupational therapists and social workers. The cost is $25/person and should be mailed via money order, purchase order, credit card or check payable to: CSSHE/IPT, Attn: Ms. Tina Forschler, Xavier University Occupational Therapy, 3800 Victory Parkway, ML 7341, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Registration must be received by Friday, February 8, 2013.\
This presentation helps professionals recognize the value of forming teams that cross 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 will highlight the value of information gathering on a broad scope to form an accurate and complete picture of the situation. An inter-professional team can boost outcomes and reduce negative occurrences. The importance of team interactions and team building will be explored as a feature that can foster this expanded community model in an effective manner.
Snow is a specialist in dementia care and education. She has served as the education director and lead trainer for the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and as a clinical associate professor at UNC’s School of Medicine, Program on Aging. She has clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing and UNC-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.

Evening Presentation for Caregivers
That same night from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center, Snow will present a caregiver presentation for the community, Caregiving after a diagnosis of dementia: Don’t stop living. Registration is required and the fee is $5 per person.
This session will encourage both those with dementia and their care partners to learn more about themselves so each day is a loving gift. The session will explore 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 the care taker 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.