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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. What’s more, researchers predict that during the next decade the largest population in our nation’s history will be dealing with age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Take advantage of the dementia care training and education we offer to the Fort Worth community.

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Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

The Dementia Friendly Fort Worth initiative is part of Dementia Friendly America, a national movement to support and serve those living with dementia, as well as their family, friends, and care partners. By engaging and educating businesses and individuals across all sectors, we strive to foster dementia friendly environments throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Contact: Gail Snider | gsnider@dementiafriendlyfw.org | 817-332-6266

Teepa Snow: Until there’s a cure, there’s care.

Understanding that dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life — and that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia — we bring you this layered series of presentations to prepare you for the exciting September 7, 2018 live presentation by renowned international expert in dementia care: Teepa Snow.

What is the Dementia Friendly Fort Worth initiative?

The Dementia Friendly Fort Worth initiative is part of Dementia Friendly America, a national movement to support and serve those living with dementia, as well as their family, friends, and care partners. By engaging and educating businesses and individuals across all sectors, we strive to foster dementia friendly environments throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

What can communities do to help?

Dementia Friendly America is a nationwide initiative that encourages and assists an all-sectors approach.

By taking an all-sectors approach to build engagement across America’s communities, the Dementia Friendly America initiative offers a national collaborative of more than 35 leading organizations to catalyze this movement and best practices to foster “dementia friendly” communities across the United States.

Dementia Friendly America provides resources and actions that all sectors of the community can take. We need people to help organize each of 10 dementia friendly initiative sectors, including:

  • Business
  • Community-based services and supports
  • Faith communities
  • Banks and financial services
  • Health care through the continuum
  • Legal and advanced planning services
  • Libraries
  • Local government
  • Residential and specialty care
  • Neighborhood and community members
Will you get involved? Will you help organize? Will you get educated and become dementia friendly?

The time is now to begin sector-based training and adoption of dementia friendly practices in our Greater Fort Worth community.

Contact: Linda Abel | lindaabel@charter.net

Who is Teepa Snow?

One of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow offers families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes a new source of hope. Integrating what is now known about brain function and changes that happen with dementing conditions with her special therapeutic approaches, Teepa calls upon  30 years of work as a Registered Occupational Therapist, current medical research, and firsthand caregiving interactions to bring her Positive Approach® to Care techniques and training models to audiences throughout the world. With a teaching style that is extraordinarily unique, Teepa accurately demonstrates and models the struggles and challenges dementia creates for all parties involved. With her enlightening, witty, entertaining, and energetic delivery of this vital approach to dementia care, Teepa is a sought-after speaker by agencies and organizations across the U.S. and Canada.

What is PAC?

Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) emphasizes the value of connection when primary verbal communication and interaction abilities are altered. Teepa’s personal mission is to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to live with the challenges and changes that accompany various forms of dementia. The result? Life lived fully and well at each stage.

What’s different about it?

Rather than focusing on a person’s loss when there is brain change, Teepa teaches how to see individuals as precious, unique, and capable — and how to encourage a caring partnership and supportive setting that allows everyone, including care providers, to use what they have to be their best. PAC teaches HOW to live in relationship with a changing brain. Teepa’s relational approach and hands-on skill techniques offer the interpersonal skills needed to improve quality of life for everyone involved.

What will I learn?

Recognizing the dynamic nature of the human brain and its abilities, Teepa Snow’s GEMS® model equates each stage of dementia with a specific gemstone. Acknowledging that everyone’s abilities can change in a moment, the GEMS model will help you learn how to modify environments, situations, interactions, and expectations to create supportive positive opportunities for care and interaction.

Why attend all these sessions?

This series of presentations of Teepa’s PAC, funded by a special bequest, brings Teepa’s unique approach to dementia care training and education to the Fort Worth community, with First United Methodist Church at its center. This layered series of presentations will include:

  • Basic information related to dementia: what it is, what it is not, and what happens when someone is living with it
  • More in-depth knowledge and exposure to a variety of skills, expectations, and environmental support modifications
  • Experiential training with feedback to help create new habits and practices in care partnering
  • How to respond to a person’s change in cognition and abilities in a way that is not hurtful or offensive
  • GEMS to help match the functional ability of the person living with dementia with supportive responses

Armed with this new understanding, you’ll be fully ready to take advantage of Teepa’s live presentation on September 7, 2018.

Where can I learn more?

In addition to this layered learning series, Teepa’s training is available through video, online education, and information at teepasnow.com, as well as in-person training and consulting. Contact the FUMCFW Library for access to Teepa’s 14 DVDs, newsletter, and available support materials.

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