Certified Trainer, Coach and Consultant

Positive Approach to Care
Developed and Certified by: Teepa Snow

Normal Aging / Not Normal Aging


This workshop will help learners recognize and understand“normal”and “not normal”aging.  Understanding normal helps us to match helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction.  The workshop addresses typical issues that occur from early stages of the dementia, through mid-disease, and into the final care concerns that are part of the progression.

You will:

‧Be able to compare and contrast “normal aging” vs “not normal aging” related to various cognitive functions.


‧Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant roles of vision, and the major differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.


‧Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.

Effective Care Partnering Techniques

Positive Physcical Approach

Hand Under Hand

Workshop Objectives:

By the completion of this workshop learners will be able to:

1. Describe changes in visual processing that impact a person’s ability to initiate interactions and respond to efforts to communicate and interact that are initiated by others, when dementia is present

2. Compare and contrast unintentional and traditional social greeting and communication efforts with PPA structured interactions as it relates to reactions and responses from the person living with dementia.

3. Discuss the rationale that supports each step of the PPA process.

4. Demonstrate PPA in simulated situations, using at least 75% of all steps with coaching support.

5. Demonstrate hand-under-hand technique in at least four out of seven possible applications (greeting, comforting, attention, mobility, task initiation, tool/utensil use, and participation in tasks & activities)

6. Discuss purpose and value of using hand-under-hand technique with people living with dementia

7. Discuss reasons for and steps in modifying PPA for specific ‘special cases’ (blindness, deafness, sleeping, mental health issue, stroke, etc.)


Seeing More than Just Loss

Workshop Objectives:

By the completion of this workshop learners will be able to:


1. Describe 3 number-based systems that are used to ‘label’ stages/progression of dementia


2. Discuss the value and importance of seeing people living with dementia as having retained abilities, value, and benefiting from the right support and care to optimize performance and quality of life


3. Identify six GEMS – highlighting ‘gem characteristics’


4. Compare and contrast 6 states of cognitive function and ability as GEMS


5. Use structured table to correctly identify GEM states in shared scenarios through behaviors, abilities and sensory processing examples

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