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National speaker to lead local workshops on dementia

WILLMAR—Dementia expert Teepa Snow will be in Montevideo and Willmar for three days in September to provide information and training for professionals, family caregivers and the general public.

On the first day, Snow will lead an all-day session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Topics to be covered include the different forms of dementia and best practices in dementia care and communication.

On Sept. 27 she will give an all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Willmar Assembly of God on coping with challenging behaviors, dealing with distress and pain, and enhancing mobility and reducing the risk for falls.

A third all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Willmar Assembly of God will cover quality-of-life strategies for the middle stages of dementia and quality care in the late stages of the disease.

Snow also will present a free session for the community from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Assembly of God. She will speak on "Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver: What Do You Need to Keep Going?" as well as discuss the decision-making process for when it's time for someone with dementia to stop driving.

Snow is nationally known as an advocate for persons living with dementia and caregivers seeking to improve their skills. She has more than 30 years of experience in geriatrics.

Tickets for the three all-day sessions are $15 per day, including a noon lunch, and $60 per day for continuing education credit and lunch. A two-day pass is $28 for general admission and $110 for those seeking continuing education credit. A three-day pass is $39 for general admission and $150 for continuing education credit. Participants can earn up to six credits per day.

To order tickets or for more information, contact Lori Petersen, 10017 Highway 7 S.E., Clara City, MN 56222,, 320-226-2343.

The registration deadline is Sept. 19.

The event is sponsored by the Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network and the West Central Dementia Awareness Network. It is made possible in part by a Minnesota Board on Aging dementia grant.

Anne Polta

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