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This workshop provides caregivers with innovative, effective methods for connecting with and supporting loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The teaching is based on the work of Teepa Snow, one of America's leading experts. Her Positive Approach® to Care technique and training model is based on more than three decades of experience as an occupational therapist. The curriculum integrates facts about the brain with experiences and needs when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult due to dementia.

Workshop participants will learn step-by-step techniques to create an approach that can improve quality of life for everyone involved. Focus areas include how to respond instead of react, how to recognize issues in the environment that can be problematic, how to make changes when you need to, and how to address challenging situations. You will also learn about normal vs. non-normal aging.

NEXT SESSION:

Time and date: July 27, 2020 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(light refreshments provided)

Location: Warwick Forest Retirement Community,
Community Room, 1004 Old Denbigh Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602
Valet parking available.

Cost: $10, with scholarships available
(credit card payments accepted, with nominal handling fee)

This is the first workshop in Riverside’s Memory Care Learning Series.

Financial assistance

If paying for this course would be a hardship, financial assistance is available through the generosity of the Riverside Foundation. You may reach out to Jennifer Lupyon at 757-240-2464 or Jennifer.Lupyon@rivhs.com.

Need respite care in order to attend?

If you need guidance on respite care options available in your area, please reach out to Jennifer Lupyon at 757-240-2464 or Jennifer.Lupyon@rivhs.com.

About our instructors

Three certified Riverside instructors will facilitate this course:

Denise Butler

Denise ButlerDenise Butler, MS, is the Coordinator of the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health. She also counsels memory care patients and families through Riverside Neurology Specialists.

Denise earned her Master of Science in Counseling from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University. Denise is a Certified Senior Advisor and trained facilitator in Caring for You, Caring for Me, Dealing with Dementia, and Chronic Disease Self-Management.

Kim Kutner

Kim KutnerKim Kutner, MPH, LNHA, is the Care Coordination Manager for the Riverside Choose Home program and the Director of Community Ventures for the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health.

Kim earned a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Senior Advisor.

 

Terry Sweaney

Terry SweaneyTerry Sweaney, BA, LPN, is the Coordinator of Outpatient Dementia Care for Riverside Neurology Specialists. She is also a Benjamin Rose Institute Care Consultant.

Terry earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University in Washington, D.C. She also holds a graduate certificate in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida. Terry is a graduate of St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing. She is a Certified Senior Advisor, Certified Geriatric Care Manager, and Certified Alzheimer’s Educator.

More on Teepa Snow

Teepa Snow is one of America's leading educators on dementia. She developed the Positive Approach® to Care technique and training model based on more than three decades of experience as an occupational therapist. Her goal is to help families and professionals worldwide work or live more effectively with dementia and other brain changes.

Teepa is a graduate of Duke University. She received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has worked as the occupational therapy director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a restorative care coordinator for a long-term care facility.

Teepa's care techniques integrate facts about the brain with experiences and needs when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult due to dementia. She teaches about the value of connection when primary communication abilities are limited.

Visit the Positive Approach® website for more information.

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