Dementia consistently gives rise to many fears and to much controversy. We see just how important this problem is, and this is why dementia will play the leading role in the International Long-Term Care Conference, which, for the 22nd time, will take place in Toruń. We will present many inspiring examples as well as tried and tested solutions from all over the world.
What should be done to better understand the behavior of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia? How can their environment be adjusted? In what way can the negative symptoms of this condition be minimized? How can the quality of life of a person with dementia be improved? – These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed by the specialists participating in the conference. Close to 1000 directors of European care facilities and long-term care specialists will debate the topic of improving quality of life for those living with various forms of dementia.
The International Long-Term Care Conference is a global event that not only allows participants to engage in networking and exchanging ideas – it serves, above all, as an excellent source of inspiration to take action and offers a prime integration opportunity for the care community. Each year during the conference we show each other just how much connects us. In all of Europe and across the globe we face the same challenges: personnel shortages and a growing population of seniors. These are problems that we must resolve, and I am convinced that we can resolve them only by acting together – Markus Leser from the Old Age Department of CURAVIVA in Switzerland stated at the 2017 conference.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the program of the 22nd conference. We’ll be waiting for you in Toruń.
Teepa Snow is phenomenal. A therapist with no equals and a brilliant educator as well – a teacher of carers. Nobody explains complicated issues connected with dementia as simply and effectively as her. For years she has traveled throughout (mainly) the United States conducting training seminars for professional caregivers as well as for informal carers who do not posses so much medical knowledge. As in the theatre, she reenacts behaviors typical of those under her care, she explains the causes thereof, and shows how to manage with such problematic behaviors. She explains the complicated changes that occur in the brain of a person with dementia in the clearest possible way, she repeats out loud the most important rules for her seminar participants such that they walk away having mastered the material. Teepa Snow records her training seminars and makes them available in the form of films. She works with institutions of higher learning and with professors, though she herself is an excellent practitioner who finds practical solutions in difficult care-giving situations.
The Laurentius Foundation in Olsztyn heard about Teepa Snowa almost three years ago thanks to its work with probably the only certified Positive Approach to Care trainer in Poland. Since that time, the staff of LAURENTIUS Care Facilities have participated in these training seminars multiple times. It rarely happens that employees decline to participate. After such training, many of those who participate feel the need to come to me and to share their impressions and enthusiasm – they finally understand why our residents with dementia behave as they do, everything begins to make sense! With such knowledge they are more understanding and patient with our residents, and they are able to avoid their own improper behaviors and reactions.
There is yet another interesting aspect to Teepa Snow’s work, namely her collaboration with associations of persons (not families) living with various forms of dementia. In the United States, such conditions are diagnosed faster than in Poland, and therefore there are many people who are aware of their worsening state of health, people who are still active in both their professions and their daily lives. Some have found a calling in teaching society about dementia. They travel the country telling others about their experiences and feelings. Sometimes they travel with Teepa Snow, being another authentic source of knowledge for her as to what people living with dementia feel and experience.
Every individual who works professionally with persons living with dementia should learn about these things. Now we have the incredible opportunity to hear from Teepa Snow herself.
Director of LAURENTIUS – The Laurentius Foundation in Olsztyn