Dementia Training Session Open to Public: June 27, 2017 from 2-4pm at Cambrian Senior Living in South Lyon, MI


Dementia is a progressive brain disease that is projected to affect 13.5 million Americans and 1.2 million Canadians by mid–‐century. Today, over 5 million Americans are living with the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 2000,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Characterized by memory loss and a cognitive decline that interferes with the daily life, dementia progressively weakens a person’s thought processing ability ultimately causing drastic changes in mood, memory and behavior. Family members caring for a spouse, parent, or other loved one with dementia, are at high risk for depression and anxiety making it difficult or impossible to care for the person affected by dementia.

You know the diagnosis, now what do you do? Nationally recognized dementia educator and trainer, Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA has helped thousands of people by sharing her dementia care philosophy and caregiving techniques. Her training program and book are reflective of her education, work experiences, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. In addition to her work as an Occupational Therapist and 30 years of experience in Geriatrics, Teepa served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a Clinical Associate Professor at UNC’s School of Medicine-Program on Aging. She is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and change. Teepa’s teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes difficult. Her teaching style is unique, entertaining, and energetic. She is a sought after speaker or professional organizations across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Mandy Otto, Life Enrichment Director at Cambrian Senior Living in Michigan has earned her Teepa Snow Certification as Trainer for the Positive Approach to Care™ (PAC). She has demonstrated the ability to train others in this PAC philosophy…teaching, awareness, knowledge, and skill development in a classroom, community, or support group setting. Cambrian staff pictured here with Teepa Snow-from left: Mandy Otto, Teepa Snow, Megan Porter, Monica Dewey.

The experiential and interactive course provided Mandy with dementia related awareness and knowledge, an in-depth look into various learning styles, and the facilitation of techniques that engage learners. Certification requirements included 6 hours of online training, an 8 hour classroom training, and post training follow up. Teepa’s PAC philosophy and care partnering techniques serve as the foundation for all PAC Dementia Certifications. Each certification category includes instruction in PAC philosophy, foundational knowledge and basic care partnering skills including Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand Under Hand™.

Join us on June 27th from 2-4pm to learn more about communicating with someone living with dementia!  The session will be held at Cambrian Senior Living, 52365 Ten Mile Road, South Lyon, MI. 48178.  Call 248-344-0001 with questions.  The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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This post was written by Denise Zebley

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