Normal vs. Not Normal Aging and Keys to Connecting with Someone Living with Dementia
DATE: Friday, July 10, 2020
TIME: 12 p.m. CDT
PRESENTERS: Scott Hughes, Shelly Edwards
This session helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cuing, and ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The session emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction.
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.