Virtual Caregiver Conference: Understanding Your Needs as a Caregiver

Virtual Caregiver Conference: Understanding Your Needs as a Caregiver

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 24 | 9:00a - 12:00p & 1:00p - 4:00p

Presenter: Teepa Snow

Catalog #: 47-520-405

Class #: 65817

Mode: Online Live via Zoom


NOTE: This class section is for family caregivers and/or those who do not need Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Click here for the professional development/CEU course details.

Description: The 2021-2022 Virtual Caregiver Conference series kicks off with the theme “Understanding Your Needs as a Caregiver.” This online live/webinar event features 6 sessions presented by nationally known dementia care and training specialist, Teepa Snow.

This webinar is available live or via recorded video link for 7 days following the live event (Oct. 1 - 8). 

Sessions Include: 

  • Why Do They Do That? Understanding Symptoms and Behaviors in Dementia
    • This session is designed to help care partners better understand why people living with dementia may sometimes say or do things that are unexpected and/or challenging. It will focus on understanding the many changes that occur in the brain during the progression of the disease. It will also emphasize the role that the reactions and responses of care partners play in interactions with those living with dementia. This session will help learners develop better communication skills when working with people living with dementia by emphasizing the value of empathetic and supportive communication. Overall, it will help learners understand the factors that contribute to interactions in dementia, and learn ways to improve these interactions using effective verbal and physical skills.
  • Understanding the Different Dementias
    • In recent years, significant progress has been made in differential diagnoses and in tailoring treatments and interventions to different types of dementia. Current understanding is that labeling someone as simply having “dementia” in the early stages of the condition is inadequate for best quality care management. This session is designed to provide information about the various forms of dementia. It highlights the importance of noticing early signs of changes in cognition and behavior that are not consistent with normal aging. Depression, delirium, and dementia are discussed, and differences and connections are presented. The session provides specific and distinguishing characteristics of some of the more common forms of dementia including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and fronto-temporal dementias. Part of the session also focuses on how care and expectations may need to be changed for each condition as well as for those individuals with mixed picture dementia. Finally, the session will provide support for those providing care to be better advocates and partners for those living with dementia.
  • Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver and What You Need
    • This session is designed to help caregivers recognize and appreciate their role, as well as understanding what is needed for them to maintain this role. Emphasis will be placed on developing an awareness of the importance the caregiver’s attitude and behavior play in determining the reactions and behaviors of the person for whom they are providing care. Self-awareness and self-assessment will be used to help caregivers acknowledge their own status and emotional state. There will also be a discussion of the importance of recognizing ‘burn out’ and stress to determine if the caregiver is able, at this time, to find or create moments of joy or may need respite and time away or additional assistance and support to re-establish relationships. Techniques for stress reduction for caregivers will also be discussed.
  • Pain and Dementia: How to Recognize and Intervene When Pain is a Possibility
    • This session is designed to help professionals provide more effective and accurate assessments of pain status and possible medical emergencies when dementia is present. It is well known that people with dementia have difficulty communicating their needs and distress in a clear and understandable way as the disease progresses. The focus of this session will be to help professionals use preserved abilities, observable behaviors and signs, and their knowledge of what is ‘usual’ and ‘normal’ for the individual to help screen for changes that should be investigated. Emphasis will be placed on distinguishing among changes that typically signal a worsening of dementia, an acute medical condition or emergency, medication side-effects that are significant, a ‘bad day,’ depression, and pain or discomfort that deserves attention and intervention.
  • Learning the Art of Being an Advocate and Partner
    • This session will help learners better understand what is happening when someone has dementia, including important changes in abilities the progression of the condition. It will also focus on how the condition changes relationships and interactions. This session will highlight the importance of maintaining a balance of engagement activities for the person with dementia and also for the care partner in order to make the journey possible and less stressful for both. It will emphasize the value of knowing the person and their level of dementia in creating daily schedules and programming that meet their needs and encourages interaction. The session will also address the most effective methods for advocating for the person living with dementia and what is best for them. The goal for the session is to help learners recognize the need to change expectations, care, and plans as the condition progresses without becoming a negative or hopeless entity.
  • Learning the Difference Between Letting Go and Giving Up!
    • This session is designed to help caregivers and family members develop the knowledge and skills they will need to be effective and ‘on target’ when providing help to someone living with some form of dementia. Emphasis will be on providing attendees with strategies and techniques that are effective in responding to typical symptoms and behaviors of people with dementia as the disease progresses. The session will also focus on how to learn to recognize and accept the changes that are part of this disease’s progression without losing control, giving up on the person or on care provision, or becoming overwhelmed.



Fee breakdown:

  • Wisconsin-Minnesota resident, under age 62: $30.65
  • Wisconsin-Minnesota resident, age 62+: $9.50
  • Non-resident (outside WI-MN), under age 62: $41.23

  • Non-resident (outside WI-MN), age 62+: $20.08

Pre-registration required; deadline to register is Monday, September 20th

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Register by Phone:

Ashland | 715.682.4591 ext. 3050

New Richmond | 715.246.6561 ext. 4145

Rice Lake | 715.234.7082 ext. 5045

Superior | 715.394.6677 ext. 6050

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NOTE: This class section is for family caregivers and/or those who do not need Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Click here for the professional development/CEU course details.


Teepa Snow Headshot

Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change. Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she also helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Her user[1]friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices in care. Teepa’s company, Positive Approach to Care (PAC), was founded in 2006 and is now collaborating to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain change.

Teepa presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Please join in her mission to improve the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time.

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