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April 2
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Hilton Garden Inn
8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131 United States
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Teepa Talk: Iowa Assisted Living Association, Des Moines, IA

Agenda for Spring Conference with Teepa Snow:

8:00 – 8:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 Session 1
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 12:00 Session 2
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:30 Session 3
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 4:30 Session 4
4:30 Event concludes


8:30 AM – 10:00 Session 1         

Understanding the Different Dementias

In recent years, significant progress has been made in differential diagnoses and in tailoring treatments and interventions to different types of dementia. Current understanding is that labeling someone as simply having “dementia” in the early stages of the condition is inadequate for best quality care management. This session is designed to provide information about the various forms of dementia. It highlights the importance of noticing early signs of changes in cognition and behavior that are not consistent with normal aging. Depression, delirium, and dementia are discussed, and differences and connections are presented. The session provides specific and distinguishing characteristics of some of the more common forms of dementia including Alzheimers disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementias. Part of the session also focuses on how care and expectations may need to be changed for each condition as well as for those individuals with mixed picture dementia. Finally, the session will provide support for those providing care to be better advocates and partners for those living with dementia.

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between normal and abnormal changes in brain functions associated with the aging process
  2. Describe similarities and differences among dementia, delirium, and depression
  3. Compare various dementias regarding initial symptoms, progression patterns, and management and treatment strategies
  4. Discuss the importance of the role of the care partner in helping to effectively manage the care plan and treatment of individuals living with various dementias


10:15 – 12:00    Session 2

“Managing Behavior: Start with Yourself”

This session helps learners recognize and appreciate the role that their behaviors, words, actions, and reactions play in the behaviors that typically seen in people living with dementia. Emphasis will be placed on providing learners with alternative approaches and responses that are effective in promoting more positive interactions and outcomes. The goal is to help learners manage their own behaviors to change patterns rather than focusing trying the get the person with dementia to “behave themselves.”

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the role that your words and actions play in the behavior and responses of people with dementia
  2. Discuss some of the critical factors for optimizing positive interactions
  3. Identify techniques that improve the potential for successful communication
  4. Demonstrate use of positive communication strategies in an interaction


1:00 PM – 2:30  Session 3

 “Sorting out the Three D’s: Delirium, Depression and Dementia

As people age, their brains become more vulnerable to chemical changes, damage, and disease. Recognizing the differences among changes that signal an acute illness or medical emergency, symptoms of a mood or emotional condition, or a chronic, progressive, and terminal condition that will eventually rob a person of their cognitive abilities is vital in providing the best possible care and responding effectively when changes are noted. Each of the three ‘D’s’ of dementia, delirium, and depression/anxiety has a unique onset, duration, impact on alertness and arousal, possible causes, and treatment recommendations. This session will help providers recognize and respond more accurately to reduce ‘non-helpful’ hospitalizations, delays in medical attention for acute illness, non-treatment of treatable conditions, and premature discharge of residents who might be able to stay in the community.

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the value and importance of obtaining the correct diagnosis for an individual
  2. Compare and contrast among the conditions of delirium, depression/anxiety, and dementia
  3. Describe simple screening and assessment strategies that may be used to identify the conditions


2:45 PM-4:30 Session 4

How to care and live life in early & mid stages of Dementia

This session is designed to help learners better understand and then help a person with early or mid-stage dementia. The focus is on guiding the learner in how to identify and use the person’s retained skills while acknowledging lost abilities for best quality interactions and care decisions. This session will emphasize the value of using respected ‘authority figures’ to help with difficult discussions and choices, especially during the early stages of dementia.  Also discussed will be the concept of connecting previous interests and preferences to present circumstances and realities to give the person with dementia opportunities to contribute, feel competent, and stay involved. The value of having care partners provide the ‘just right’ cueing and guidance to help the person be successful will be explored. Finally, the importance of forming new partnerships and relationships that help the person enjoy and sustain mental, physical, and emotional well-being will be highlighted.

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe commonly retained and preserved abilities that can be used to maintain or regain mental, emotional, and physical fitness in early stages of dementia
  2. Match methods of cueing and guiding to current abilities and level of performance to create successful engagement and help with discontinuation of ‘risky’ activities
  3. Discuss the value of using authority figures, previous interests, supportive communication and empathy to sustain abilities by modifying and creating new opportunities for the person who is learning to live with their dementia