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Annual Dementia Symposium
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
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Annual Dementia Symposium
Three Key Areas in Dementia Training

Thursday, June 15, 2023
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Held at LeadingAge Connecticut, 110 Barnes Road, Wallingford, CT 

Presented by National Dementia Expert:
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA,
Positive Approach to Care


Program Topics:
Using What is Preserved to Compensate and Optimize Performance
This session is designed to provide learners with a more in-depth understanding of the progression of dementia and will emphasize the need to use observational skills, hands-on skills, self-awareness and environmental supports and modifications to optimize care for the person with dementia. The session will be very interactive with the goal of providing knowledge, skills and attitudes that will change daily outcomes of care.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the typical progression of the disease of dementia as it relates to behavior and lost skills, and also remaining abilities, strengths, and interests
  • Discuss interaction skills and supports that would be matched to changes in abilities to provide care that works
  • Recognize the role the physical environment plays in increasing or reducing stress and distress

Creating a Safe and Friendly Environment: How it Affects Abilities and Behaviors
Our physical and social environment impacts every aspect of our behavior, and it has an even stronger influence on a person living with dementia. This session will explore the role that the environment has on the person’s ability to participate actively in life as well as its impact on challenging situations. Emphasis will be placed on helping care partners recognize the role that visual, auditory, tactile, and temperature cues play in triggering both positive and less positive interactions. Modifying the physical environment for improved function, familiarity, and flexibility will be discussed.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the key components in the physical environment for someone living with dementia
  • Recognize the importance of the social environment in care outcomes for someone living with dementia
  • Describe supportive aspects of the physical environment throughout the disease process of dementia
  • Compare traditional physical and social environmental set-ups with supportive set-ups for people with dementia

Working with Lewy Body and Frontotemporal Dementias
This session is designed to help care providers recognize and appreciate the unique features of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). The goal of this session is to help care partners better understand the condition so that care can be provided that is better matched to the person and their unique needs and challenges.

By the end of the session learners will be able to:

  • Describe the most common symptoms that are associated with LBD and FTD
  • Compare and contrast Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Vascular, LBD and FTD
  • Discuss current recommendations for treatment and care of individual’s with LBD and FTD based on the unique challenges these conditions present.

Who is Teepa Snow?
Teepa Snow is one of America's leading educators on dementia and her teaching style is extraordinarily unique in that she is able to accurately demonstrate and model for her audience the struggle and challenges dementia creates for all parties involved. 

LeadingAge Connecticut is proud to bring such a high quality educator to Connecticut. Teepa has presented for LeadingAge Connecticut in the past and received rave reviews.

LeadingAge Connecticut members and subscribers $150
Non-members $225

Registration is a commitment to pay in full and the deadline to register is the June 8, 2023. 

5.0 CT NHA CEUs will be issued to attendees post event

Please contact LeadingAge Connecticut at 203-678-4477 or [email protected] with any questions.