Annual Education Conference

APRIL 19, 2023

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


4278 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Teepa Snow

Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change.

Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she also helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Her user-friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices in care.

Teepa’s company, Positive Approach to Care (PAC), was founded in 2006 and is now collaborating to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain change. Please visit for educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, virtual and onsite trainings, or to subscribe to a free monthly newsletter.

Teepa presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Please join in her mission to improve the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time.


  • care strategies and techniques look at what is known about brain function and changes that happen with various conditions and integrates that information with therapeutic approaches
  • fosters positive outcomes
  • encourages alteration of in task expectations
  • creates supportive environments
  • teaches about the value of connection when primary verbal communication and interaction abilities are altered


Understanding the Different Dementias

In recent years, significant progress has been made in differential diagnoses and in tailoring treatments and interventions to different types of dementia. Current understanding is that labeling someone as simply having ‘dementia’ in the early stages of the condition is inadequate for best quality care management. This session is designed to provide information about the various forms of dementia. It highlights the importance of noticing early signs of changes in cognition and behavior that are not consistent with normal aging, and addresses the benefits of seeking an accurate diagnosis, when possible. The session also provides specific and distinguishing characteristics of some of the more common forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, Frontotemporal dementias, and mixed dementia.


Sorting Out the Three D’s: Delirium, Depression, and Dementia

As people age, their brains become more vulnerable to chemical changes, damage, and disease. Recognizing the differences among changes that signal an acute illness or medical emergency, symptoms of a mood or emotional condition, or a chronic, progressive, and terminal condition is vital in providing the best possible care and responding effectively when changes are noted. Each of the three ‘D’s’ of dementia, delirium, and depression/anxiety has a unique onset, duration, impact on alertness and arousal, possible causes, and treatment recommendations. This session will help learners recognize and respond more accurately to reduce ‘non-helpful’ hospitalizations, delays in medical attention for acute illness, non-treatment of treatable conditions, and premature discharge of residents who might be able to stay in the community.


Learning the Difference Between Supportive and Confrontational Communication

This session will help learners develop better interaction skills when interacting with people living with dementia. It will emphasize the value of empathetic communication in combination with redirection and distraction. This approach is used to cope with distress and promote the use of ‘go with the flow’ and improved non-verbal strategies to enhance comprehension and responses. The goal of the session is to reduce or minimize unproductive conversations and distress by using effective verbal and nonverbal skills.


Creative and Practical Tips for Getting Through the Day

This session will help learners understand the importance of knowing themselves and those living with dementia that they are supporting to promote positive interactions. The concepts of personality traits, personal preferences, and stress indicators for individuals will be explored, and the ways to use this knowledge and awareness to create more successful care interactions. The value of daily routines for those living with dementia will also be addressed. In addition, this session will help learners recognize and use humor to create a more positive and effective partnership and connection, and evidence about the value of humor in staying healthy will be shared. Specific strategies for stress reduction will also be provided.



Intermittent breaks will occur throughout the day for attendees to visit exhibitor booths. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Family Caregivers/General Public – $50 ($75 at the door)


Professional Caregivers (includes CEU’s) – $150 ($175 at the door)

CEU’s have been requested from the licensing boards of the following disciplines: Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Nursing Facility Administrators, Licensed Professional Counselors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Activity Therapists. Approval of and number of hours approved will be posted here as approval is received. Healthcare disciplines not mentioned above may request a certificate of attendance after the conference by email to Ann at

CEU’s Approved:

  • Social Workers:  For Social Workers (LCSW/LMSW/CSW/RSW), an application has been made to Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits.   A total of 6.0 clinical hours have been approved.
  • Registered NursesFor Registered Nurses (RN), an application was made to Our Lady of the Lake Provider Unit 1020 as an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  A total of 6.0 hours of continuing credit have been approved.
  • Nursing Facility Administrators:  For Nursing Facility Administrators (NFA), an application was made with the State of Louisiana Board of Examiners of Nursing Facility Administrators (LABENFA) for continuing education credits.  6 hours of continuing education have been approved.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors:  For Licensed Professional Counselors, an application was made to the LA Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners (LCA).  A total of 6 clock hours (including 1.5 hours Diagnosis for Session #2) have been approved.
  • Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists:   For Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologists, an application was made to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology (LBESPA).   A total of 4.5 hours of Indirect continuing education and 1.5 hours of Direct continuing education have been approved.
  • Occupational Therapists:  For Occupational Therapists, an application was made to the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiner (LOTA) s for continuing education credits for Occupational Therapy.  A total of 6.0 hours have been approved.
  • Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants:  For Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants an application has been made with the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board (LAPT), 6 hours of continuing education have been approved.
  • Activity Professionals:  For Activity Professionals, an application was made to the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) for continuing education credits.  A total of 6 hours of continuing education have been approved.   NCCAP:  #5028756-24


Brochures mail out on March 6. Online registration ends April 14. Registration at the door will be available.

For more information or further assistance contact Ann at or 225-334-7494.

The Crowne Plaza has a block of rooms set aside until March 19 for out of town Education Conference attendees to reserve. Please call The Crowne Plaza at (225) 925-2244 to make a room reservation, if needed.








Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area
Always Best Care
Ascension Council on Aging
At Home Care of Louisiana
Audubon Hospice
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana
Bon Jour Social & Leisure Center
Capital Area Agency on Aging
Cardinal Advocates
The Claiborne of BR/The Claiborne at Shoe Creek
Cole Michael Photography
Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes
Francois Bend Senior Living
Gentiva Hospice
Holly Court Assisted Living
Hospice Specialists of Louisiana
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network
Louisiana Relay
Louisiana Senior Advisors
Magnolia Brook Senior Living
Moore Care Caregiver Services
Oakwood Village Assisted Living
Oceans Healthcare
Palliative Care of Baton Rouge
The Pearl at Jamestown
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Serenity Private Care
SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program)
St James Place Retirement & Senior Living
Sunrise Senior Living of Baton Rouge/Sunrise Senior Living at Seigen
West Towne Assisted Living
Wolf’s Pharmacy

There will be a tradeshow of resources for attendees to visit at the 2023 Education Conference.

To learn more about being a sponsor or exhibitor for the Education Conference, please click on the button below or contact Ann at or 225-334-7494.