August 21, 2020 - Tools for Connecting with People Living with Dementia when Behaviors are Challenging
By Scott Hughes
DATE: Friday, August 21, 2020
TIME: 12 p.m. CDT
PRESENTERS: Scott Hughes, Shelly Edwards
In this session we will introduce Teepa Snow’s GEMS dementia classification model to guide communication and effective engagement to better connect with the person living with dementia. Our goal is to help facilitate positive, supportive communication between the caregiver and the person being cared for. We will also demonstrate and describe verbal and physical techniques to increase the probability of positive interactions. The overall goal of the session is to reduce or minimize unproductive conversations and resistive behaviors by using effective verbal and physical skills.
Shelly Edwards is a Positive Approach certified trainer and consultant who has specialized in dementia caregiver support for thirteen years. She is the Development Coordinator for Positive Approach, which is the organization headed by Teepa Snow, who is regarded as the leading dementia trainer and consultant around the world. She has been a trainer for Oregon Care Partners since its inception in 2014, providing classes about dementia, challenging behaviors, and communication skills for care partners of all types. Shelly is a member of Portland First United Methodist Church.
Scott Hughes is the Executive Director of Congregational Vitality & Intentional Discipleship, Elder in the North Georgia Conference, M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary, D. Min. Southern Methodist University, co-host of the Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way podcast, creator of the Courageous Conversations project, and facilitator of the How to Start Small Groups teaching series.