US dementia expert to hold training workshop in Sleaford for professionals and carers

Dementia is one of the most pressing challenges for health and social care services.
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It is estimated that over 11,000 people in Lincolnshire aged 65+ live with dementia according to a Lincolnshire health survey.

America’s leading dementia educator and trainer, Teepa Snow will visit Sleaford on Wednesday to deliver two workshops for healthcare professionals.

Her philosophy of ‘Positive Approach’ to care techniques and training models are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia throughout the world. It is based on Teepa’s 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist, current research and first-hand caregiving interactions.

Her teaching style has won her fervent admirers in the caregiver community in US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

Teepa will be in Sleaford on Wednesday November 23 to provide training for professionals, students, volunteers and carers of people living with dementia following an invitation from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Lincoln.

Carol Duff, Consultant Occupational Therapist at Sleaford-based Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln said: “Teepa is a sought after speaker for professional organisations across the world so we are extremely privileged to be able to have her teaching our staff and students about caring for people living with dementia, building on the experience they gain during their training. She is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenging and life changing condition.

She says: “Dementia is one of the most severe and devastating illnesses we can face. Besides the impact on those who live with the condition, it can have a profound effect on family members. During her training, Teepa teaches professionals that it all starts with our approach – the more we know what’s happening in the patient’s mind, the easier it will be to empathise with them and offer real assistance.”

Teepa’s session will examine what dementia is and how health professionals can support people with the condition while working with their families and carers. She uses interaction, roleplay and humour to explain her methods, moving away from more traditional medical-based teaching.

Teepa said: “I am passionate about supporting dementia caregivers and people living with the condition. During my workshops I help people go from what they think they know about dementia to greater awareness. At the moment, there’s no cure for dementia so we need to learn how to provide the best care possible.”