Teepa Snow

Best Practices in Dementia Care

Teepa Snow

Best Practices in Dementia Care

Best Practices in Dementia Care with
Teepa Snow

Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8 AM – 4 PM

Busch Student Center- 20 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis 63103

Presented by Memory Care Home Solutions and
Gateway Geriatric Education Center

Continuing Education Units

Memory Care Home Solutions & Gateway Geriatric Education Center are proud to host Teepa Snow MS, OTR/L, FAOTA in Saint Louis! During this all-day continuing education event, dementia expert Teepa Snow will teach strategies for supporting people living with dementia during regular interactions, care delivery, & daily engagement. Through her engaging instruction, Teepa will emphasize how creating a positive and caring environment rather than ‘dealing with the behavior’ after it is established is the most effective caregiving model!

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with clients with dementia – including OT, PT, SW, RN, Nursing Home Administrators, Activity Professionals, Missouri Board of Pharmacy. Attendees will earn 6 hours of continuing education credit. This course has been submitted for approval from the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Missouri State Committee for Social Workers, and the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association. Family, friends, and non-professionals are also welcome to register.

Registration details

This event will sell-out! Early registration is recommended. Early bird registration: $149/person by February 1st; Regular registration: $169/person after February 1st. Group, student and family care partner reduced registration rates are also available. Contact Amy Sobrino at 314-645-6247 or [email protected] for more information. Register Now


Parking provided at the Laclede Garage at the corner of Laclede and Grand Blvd. & Olive/Compton Garage at the corner of Compton and Olive Blvd. on Saint Louis University’s campus.


Light morning refreshments and lunch provided. Please email [email protected] with any dietary restrictions.

Course description

This in-depth intensive workshop will help learners use effective strategies for helping people with dementia during interactions, care delivery, and daily engagement. The goal is to help reduce resistance to care and foster participation and use of preserved skills. To do this, the workshop will guide learners to help them develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. It will emphasize the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. Modifying the task demands, the environment, the care partner’s approach are three key elements to improving the situation. These three elements combined with knowledge of the individual’s background and life story, medical, psychological, and sensory conditions, and level of cognitive function will form the base for problem-solving and personalized care planning.

Course objectives

  1. Learners will describe the six key components that contribute to the behaviors seen throughout the progression of dementia.
  2. Learners will compare and contrast cues that people with dementia provide that indicate the most common 10 unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors as the disease progresses.
  3. Learners will describe effective combinations of multi-modal helping techniques when presented with someone with dementia at various levels of impairment, emphasizing use of their abilities that are preserved.
  4. Learners will recognize the value of consistent positive reinforcement and active programming to promote well-being in reducing challenging behaviors throughout the disease process.
  5. Learners will use a structured and organized approach to recognizing and coping with challenging behaviors by meeting needs and intervening early and often with at-risk individuals on a regular basis.

About Teepa

As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow has developed a dementia care philosophy reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. She is a graduate of Duke University and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an Occupational Therapist with over 38 years of experience in geriatrics, she has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long-term care facility. Her hands-on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long-term care, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa also served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC’s School of Medicine, Program on Aging.

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