United Methodist Retirement Community Foundation Welcomes Renowned Dementia Expert





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The United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation will host three days of dementia trainings by nationally recognized clinician and author, Teepa Snow, OTR/L, founder of the Positive Approach™ to Care. These complimentary events will take place May 15, 16, and 17, 2018 at the W.J. Maher campus of Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan. The Positive Approach™ is an innovative, medically-proven, care-giving program, designed to improve quality of life and reduce stress for those with dementia and their care partners.

Snow’s Positive Approach™ training incorporates the latest medical research with practical, evidence-based techniques for care-giving and communication to help people provide better support for those living with dementia.

These presentations are made possible by a two-year grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, with additional support from the UMRC Foundation.



“I am thrilled that the UMRC Foundation has the opportunity to welcome back Teepa Snow this year and to offer her training in other communities,” said Wendy Brightman, UMRC Foundation President. “Over 600 UMRC staff, area healthcare partners, and community members learned about Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ when we hosted her in Chelsea last year. This truly is an investment in our community, our residents, their families and care-givers.”

“Dementia affects us all on some level, whether personally or professionally,” adds Kim Thompson, UMRC Vice President of Operations. “Teepa Snow is one of America’s leading educators on dementia and will share care techniques and training models used worldwide by families and professionals. Her hands-on teaching style and her passion and humor will keep you riveted.”

Teepa Snow will offer the following workshops at Jackson College’s W.J. Maher campus, located at 3000 Blake Road, Jackson, MI 49201:

May 15:  The Journey of Dementia:  Understanding Progression and How to Modify

Support, Care, and Environments (2 sessions)

Morning Session:  8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Session:  12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

May 16:  Improving Care in Crisis and Transitions (2 sessions)

Morning Session:  8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Sessions:  1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

May 17:  Making Visits Valuable (1 session)

Morning Session:  8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Eating and Nutritional Issues in Dementia Care (1 session)

Afternoon Session:  12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Morning sessions offer a complimentary continental breakfast; afternoon sessions include a complimentary boxed lunch.  Please check in 30 minutes prior to the session you wish to attend.

Admission to each of these training sessions is free; however, seating is limited.  For more information, call Rebecca Weil at (734) 433-1000 ext. 7424 or rweil@umrc.com.

TO REGISTER, VISIT:  UMRCTeepaSnow.eventbrite.com

TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER: http://umrc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/180319-Teepa-Snow-Flyer-May-Event-Jackson-Community-College.pdf

Additional Teepa Snow trainings will take place on August 6 and 7 at Cleary College in Howell, Michigan, and on November 5 and 6 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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