Happy New Year!  Often times when visiting our aging loved ones over the holidays we find that something seems to have changed.  Maybe they aren't getting around quite as easily as before, or maybe we notice that dad has lost quite a bit of weight.  Our Normal and Not Normal Aging seminar is a great way to

have a professional give you some examples to help you determine the differences between normal healthy aging and areas where your loved one may need assistance.  The GEMS workshop is geared toward those who are working with loved ones with dementia. 

The GEMS Workshop  January 17th, 8:45am to 11:45am

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   January 18th, 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.