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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dementia Care Conference

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Helping Throughout the Journey of Dementia:

Understanding Progression and How to Provide the Right Care and Support at the Right Time for Best Interactions and Outcomes

Date & Time:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

08:30 AM to 3:30 PM


South Central Community College, North Mankato

Directions: MAP

Registration Information:

$100 if registered by Sept. 14th

$125 at the door

$150 vendors

$50.00 for seniors and students

Lunch is provided


Teepa Snow Teepa Snow

Today’s Voice for Dementia, Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia.

Teepa’s 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® dementia classification model and the Positive Approach® to Care training strategies.

An Occupational Therapist by trade, she graduated from Duke University and has an MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Teepa has over 35 years of clinical experience in the field of geriatrics and dementia care, as well as having provided care to family members with dementing illnesses. Currently, she has an independent practice as well as a clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing & UNC-CH School of Medicine. She provides interactive and creative educational and practical hands-on training sessions to organizations and providers throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. She has been actively involved in teaching and clinical research projects throughout her practice career. Teepa has impacted hundreds of organizations worldwide with her education, now sold in over 30 countries

Teepa’s personal mission is to help others better understand how it feels to be living with dementia. She utilizes her gifts of role play to demonstrate behavioral states and stages of dementia. This results in greater understanding for her audiences.

Her company, Positive Approach, LLC, was founded in 2006 and offers person centered training opportunities in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. If you visit, you’ll find educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, newsletter subscriptions, and onsite training. And you can sign up for the free Dementia Journal which goes out every month.

Program Description

This session is designed to provide learners with a more in depth understanding of the progression of dementia and behaviors that affect caregiving and daily programming throughout the disease. The session will use the concept of gemstones to help caregivers appreciate the value and uniqueness of each stage in progression of the condition. The session will emphasize the need to use observational skills, hands-on skills, self-awareness and environmental supports and modifications to optimize care for the person with dementia. Learners will gain experience in using empathy, redirection, and distraction to help a person who is distressed. Learners will also gain knowledge about environmental factors that affect behavior and responses as the condition changes and how to use this information to create environmental supports that positively influence outcomes and interactions. The session will be very interactive with the goal of providing knowledge, skills and attitudes that will change daily outcomes of care.


By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the typical progression of the disease as it relates to behavior, abilities and lost skills.
  2. Discuss interaction skills and supports that would be matched to changes in abilities to provide care that works.
  3. Recognize the role the physical environment plays in increasing or reducing stress and distress.

Sponsors: Chesley Center on Aging at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato

Questions: If you have questions about the training or how to register, contact Continuing & Professional Education at 507-389-1094, or 1-800-311-3142, or