It feels like during the winter all we want to do is stay cozy in our houses and hibernate. But how can you tell if a loved one is exhibiting normal winter sloth or if there is something more occurring inside? And if something more is occurring, what can you do to help them as they begin to enter a new stage of life. Our February workshops will teach you what warning signs you should be on the lookout for, and what behaviors might be abnormal. Read more about them below. 

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Normal and Not Normal Aging Workshop Feruary 8th, 8:45am to 11:45am

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.


The GEMS Workshop February 22, 1:45pm to 4:45pm

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.