Mercy Medical to host renowned Alzheimer’s and dementia trainer
February 19, 2007
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Dementia Care & Training Specialist
Mercy Medical has invited North Carolina resident and nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s speaker, Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Dementia Care & Training Specialist, to south Alabama on March 12 and 13, to observe and train the staff of its John McClure Snook Regional Center in Daphne. The Snook Center is a residential community for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Snow will also present two, three-hour community education programs, one each in Baldwin and Mobile counties, for those in the area who may be caring for loved ones or others with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Her presentation, titled, “The Essentials of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Recognizing and Understanding Symptoms and How to Provide Care that Works,” will be offered at no charge, with contact hours available for nurses (3.6), social workers (3), nursing home and assisted living administrators (3). Donations to Mercy Medical will be greatly appreciated.
An occupational therapist, Snow has over 26 years of experience in geriatrics. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, while also serving as Director of Training for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. During the past year, Snow presented over 350 programs throughout the United States and has received numerous awards for her clinical and teaching skills from a wide variety of organizations.
By the end of the programs, attendees will be able to recognize selected key differences between different types of dementia and forgetfulness and will be able to describe common brain changes and behaviors that are indicators of dementia in the areas of memory, understanding, language use, movement and sensation, and impulse control. They will recognize effective versus common caregiver responses to typical behaviors and will be able to discuss the critical elements needed to provide high quality programs for people living with dementia.
Snow’s training sessions are described by groups to whom she has spoken as “dynamic and fun, a rewarding experience and immediately useful. Her years of experience as clinician and trainer, her creative, research-based techniques, and her sensitivity to the human elements of caregiving are blended to make time spent with her an unforgettable experience. Those engaged in the care of others with dementia are sure to gain new ideas during these sessions.” Snow has also published many articles and developed several dementia education and training videos.
Snow’s first presentation will be held Monday evening, March 12, in the Giddens Conference Center at the new Fairhope Public Library, located at 501 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 5:30. On Tuesday morning, March 13, the program will be held in Mobile in the Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin Street. Registration will be held at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30. Light refreshments will be served. Early registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited for both presentations.
To make a reservation call 251.621.4225.