Don't miss your last opportunity this year to learn the difference between Normal and Not Normal Aging or learn more about the GEMS model of working with loved ones with dementia.  See more information here.

The GEMS Workshop

The workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s Dementia Abilities Model, the GEMS™. The GEMS™ model compares different stages of dementia to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavior changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the progressive effects of dementia. Understanding the GEM™ levels will lead to an adjustment of expectations, communication and hands on care to better meet the ever-changing needs of these individuals. The GEMS™ advocate that people living with dementia, when given just the right care in the right setting can still shine.


Normal and Not Normal Aging Workshop

This 2 hour workshop will help Learners recognize and understand “normal" and “not normal” aging. The Learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. The Learner will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing and ability to connect with people living with Dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person living with Dementia’s needs and retained abilities. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur as dementia progresses and how to promote a sense of control and self-direction in the person living with Dementia.