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Teepa Snow to discuss dementia and how to deal with it

Dementia care and education specialist Teepa Snow discusses dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and how to handle having it or caring for someone who does.

About Teepa Snow

Snow has an independent practice with clinical appointments with Duke University School of Nursing and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. She is a master’s prepared occupational therapist and has worked in a variety of settings.

For nine years, she was the education director and lead trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Snow is training, consulting and providing support across the United States and Canada approximately 300 days per year and offers more than 350 programs each year.

“I was one of my grandma’s care providers and part of what I do now is because of her and what I have learned,” Snow said.

Originally published: Feb. 21, 2013
Last modified: Feb. 21, 2013

Heather Samudio

Experiencing dementia or caring for someone who is can be extremely stressful, but Forest Ridge Assisted Living is sponsoring a program that will offer information and advice on dealing with the various forms of dementia.

Dementia Care and Education Specialist, Teepa Snow, will be in Ashe County at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, to present “Why I do what I do. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.”

Snow will bring more than 33 years of clinical and teaching experience to Friday’s presentation.

“I have taken care of family members with various dementias … and worked with elders in a wide variety of settings who have been living with dementia over 30 years,” Snow said. “I have worked in head injury for three years which deepened my appreciation of how the brain works or does not work after trauma and recovery.”

Those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, the caregivers of those individuals as well as anyone who deals with seniors can learn more about the disease and how to handle what is happening. Snow expects attendees to leave the session feeling empowered and refreshed.

The event will be especially beneficial to “anyone who is experiencing stress in trying to help someone in their life,” suffering from dementia, Snow said.

Caregivers will learn about taking care of themselves, how to be willing to change, building a team, taking time outs, recognizing when they need some support, what is happening now and what comes next.

Snow said the event will also be helpful to those suffering from dementia.

They can “better appreciate what is happening to them and why they are having such a hard time,” she said. “They are either on target with what is happening or they may acknowledge it is more serious than they thought or they need to manage their stress better.”

Throughout the day, Snow will discuss what dementia is, how it is related to Alzheimer’s Disease, what early warning signs are and why it is important to get any changes looked at carefully.

Attendees will also partner up and interact, practicing some of what they have learned.

“My goal for each person is to have them learn new skills and apply that knowledge in their interactions with those in their care,” Snow said. “I make sure we practice and rehearse skills before leaving the session.

“Attendees universally report that they have so many ‘ah ha’ moments as we go through content and appreciate why things are happening as they are and what we can do to make it go better,” she continued.

Over the past seven years, Snow has presented more than 350 programs. In that time she has heard from dementia patients’ family members that had attended the program, reporting that they had changed their care provision completely which allowed them to care for and love their person so much better.

Snow will also respond to questions throughout the day.

The program will be held at West Jefferson United Methodist Church in Hensley Hall. The cost is $39 and individuals can reserve their seat by calling (336) 846-1008.

For more information, visit http://www.ridgecare.com/communities/forest-ridge-assisted-living.

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