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This session is designed to help care partners better understand why people living with dementia may sometimes say or do things that are unexpected and/or challenging. It will focus on understanding the many changes that occur in the brain during the progression of the disease. It will also emphasize the role that the reactions and responses of care partners play in interactions with those living with dementia. This session will help learners develop better communication skills when working with people living with dementia by emphasizing the value of empathetic and supportive communication. Overall, it will help learners understand the factors that contribute to interactions in dementia, and learn ways to improve these interactions using effective verbal and physical skills.
Teepa believes that “Rewiring our own perceptions, attitudes, communication strategies, actions, and responses, provides the shift that promotes change for the others around us.”
Originally from West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, Teepa now lives outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Zoology. She received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has a wealth of clinical, teaching, and research experiences that have informed and influenced her philosophy, approach, and practice. Teepa has worked as part of Duke University Medical Center’s Neuro-Rehabilitation Team, at UNC-CH’s Geriatric Clinic, as an OT director in a head injury facility, as a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and as a therapist and restorative care coordinator for long term care facilities. Her hands-on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in community and wellness centers, day programming sites, home care settings, assisted living and CCRC communities, long term care facilities, out-patient clinics, hospitals, hospice, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa currently has a clinical appointment with Duke University’s School of Nursing. She has held a clinical appointment with both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine for over 20 years. Previously, she served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as the Program Director of Durham Technical Community College’s OTA program.
If you are wondering why Teepa is such a great trainer. Perhaps it is because, when it comes to learning styles and activity preferences, Teepa is a combination of doer, watcher, and talker. She likes almost all forms of crafts and arts, although she is only good at some. She also enjoys time outdoors and various forms of activity, such as hiking, running, climbing, biking, canoeing, and exploring. When stressed she cleans and cooks. When relaxing she cooks, reads, walks, sews, knits, builds, creates, and gets into home or yard alteration or renovation projects.
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