Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) is committed to helping family, friends, and professional caregivers provide better care and support for those living with dementia. Founded by Teepa Snow in 2005, PAC offers education and training to family and professional caregivers all over the world through video, online, and in-person trainings and consulting. Teepa 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 the challenges and changes that accompany various forms of the condition so that life can be lived fully and well.
PAC is now offering the Care Partner Support Series - Five Sessions to Change, to educate and connect caregivers of a person living with dementia (PLWD) through a webinar format. Led by Positive Approach® Certified Consultants and Trainers, the series will run for five consecutive 90-minute weekly sessions. These sessions will provide a foundation of knowledge about the brain change that is dementia, and offer better care techniques to connect with the PLWD and to improve the quality of life for both the PLWD and the caregiver. The series also works to connect those caring for a loved one living with dementia through meeting with a consistent, small group of people on a weekly basis, thus helping to fight the social isolation that so often is felt by caregivers.
Teepa Snow videos, filmed at the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, will be viewed in each session to generate awareness, provide knowledge, and stimulate discussion. The series is progressive and includes such topics as Facing Dementia, Skills and Coping, The Long Haul, Taking Stock – Taking Care of You, and Putting it All Together.
The Care Partner Support Series began as a two day, in-person educational program, and then shifted to an online series in 2016 with the goal of reaching a wider audience. In this way, caregivers can tune in from anywhere in the world to participate, and the cost of operation is significantly reduced. The only requirements are that participants commit to attending all five sessions, have access to a quiet environment, and have available a computer, laptop, or mobile device with a microphone and camera, internet access, and an email account. The series is conducted using a virtual meeting room; we will be able to see and talk with each other – almost like being in person, but you get to keep your slippers on if you’d like!
The Care Partner Support Series is now being evolved to reach an even wider audience, and we are thinking of ways we can address issues of accessibility. We would now like to be able to offer the sessions from a centralized location, such as a community organization or a care facility, where groups of people can gather to attend the sessions. This would be helpful for those who may not have access to the necessary technology to attend the sessions on their own. Additionally, this format would increase the potential of caregiver support networks, through putting caregivers in contact with other caregivers living in their community.