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Olds: Workshop with Teepa Snow – Positive Approach in Dementia Care

July 29, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 4:30 pm

Teepa Snow will be in Olds, Alberta to present her Positive Approach® in Dementia Care Workshop Series. Today’s Voice for Dementia, Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia. Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® dementia classification model and the Positive Approach® to Care training strategies. Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. She presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. http://www.TeepaSnow.com

People who will benefit from attending:

Caregivers, Family Members, Friends and Advocates for any persons living with dementia

First Responders (EMS, Police, Firefighters, etc.)


Those employed in, or students of: Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Recreation Therapy; Speech Therapy; Nutritional Services; Laboratory; Diagnostic Imaging; Social Work; Counselling; Pastoral Care; Mental Health; Reception; Maintenance; Environmental Services; or Healthcare Management and Programming

Those employed in seniors housing, seniors’ services and seniors’ support organizations/societies

Anyone who works with the general public

Anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia or dementia care

This Dementia Care Workshop Series is hosted by Greenwood Neighbourhood Place Society (GNP), supported by Sundre Palliative Care Association

COST (per day) – Register Early to Save & Avoid Missing Out!

Register before February 1, 2019: $130

Register after February 1, 2019: $150

Online registration will close Friday, July 26 at 5:00 PM or at sell-out

DAY 1 – JULY 29, 2019
Dementia 360: Seeing It from All Directions

Registration: 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

Workshop: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

This session will provide you with a wide variety of perspectives on dementia. It will help you develop programming and services that meet the needs or all those affected by the disease. It will address dementia-related issues from the point of view of the individuals with dementia, individuals without dementia, family members, caregiving staff, food service and housekeeping staff, maintenance and reception staff, as well as friends and visitors, regulators, and marketing. By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss the impact of dementia on each of these ‘players’, describe some of the key strategies to meet the needs each has, and begin to develop programming and services that have a high probability of making a positive difference in the lives of all concerned.

Lunch 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Recognizing & Assessing Medical Emergencies When Dementia is Part of the Picture

Workshop: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

This session is designed to help professional caregivers provide more effective and accurate assessments of pain status and possible medical emergencies when dementia is present. It is well known that people with dementia have difficulty communicating their needs and distress in a clear and understandable way as the disease progresses. The focus of this session will be to help caregivers use preserved abilities, observable behaviors and signs, and their knowledge of what is ‘usual’ and ‘normal’ for the individual to help screen for changes that should be investigated. Emphasis will be placed on distinguishing among changes that typically signal a worsening of dementia, an acute medical condition or emergency, medication side-effects that are significant, ‘a bad day’, depression, and pain or discomfort that deserves attention and intervention.

DAY 2 – JULY 30, 2019
Why Do They Do That AND How Should I Help?

Registration: 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

Workshop: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

This session is designed to provide learners strategies and methods of providing help to people with dementia that recognizes losses and uses retained abilities to promote optimal care and positive outcomes in interactions. Emphasis will be placed on helping learners to approach people with dementia safely and consistently, provide verbal support and responses that reduce distress and improve social engagement, as well as develop, behaviors and habits that promote well-being and reduce the risk of negative interactions with people who have a dementing illness. The session will be very interactive with the goal of providing knowledge, skills and attitudes that will change daily outcomes of care.

Lunch 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Humour and Caregiving – Learning How to Laugh!!

Workshop: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The purpose of this session is to help everyone involved in the caregiving situation recognize and use humor to create a more positive and effective partnership and connection. The session will distinguish between humor that is negative or destructive to a relationship or individual and humor that is healthy and energizing. Evidence about the value of humor in staying or getting healthy will be shared. Additional evidence will be discussed related to the value of humor in developing and maintaining healthy attitudes and behaviors in caregiving relationships. Finally specific examples and strategies for introducing humor into caregiving situations and relationships will be provided and demonstrated.


Contact Olds College Campus Housing (www.choc.ca) to reserve a single or double occupancy room with a special rate. (Please see your confirmation email for the double occupancy discount code.)


Lunch & Light refreshments will be provided.


Please park in Olds College Parking Lot D or DD.


Olds College Campus Map https://www.oldscollege.ca/about/campus/campus-map/index.html
The Alumni Centre is located in Building 17 (Bell e-Learning Centre)


No handouts will be provided at the event.
No ticket refunds will be provided. If a registrant is unable to attend, then please advise the check-in desk of any substitutions.

Greenwood Neighbourhood Place Society supports a nurturing, thriving, empowered and connected healthy community. Our goal is to provide a safe and caring resource center for all people in Sundre and surrounding communities by listening, supporting, connecting, communicating, and offering encouragement in a professional non-judgmental environment. We are a non-profit and registered CRA charity (CRA Charity #: 866369374RR0001). http://www.mygnp.org


July 29, 2019
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Olds College Alumni Centre
4500 50 St
Olds, Alberta Canada
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