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Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute Releases “Practical Skills for Better Living with Parkinson’s Disease” Program

Sarasota, Florida – April 13, 2017 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute expands its education offerings with the release of its new DVD and Online Video, titled: “Practical Tips for Better Living with Parkinson’s Disease.”

Produced in partnership with neurologist Dean Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., and occupational therapist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, this new program is an educational toolkit for those affected by Parkinson’s disease:

In the first workshop, Dr. Dean Sutherland provides the medical foundation necessary to understand what happens in the brain, who is at risk, how it is diagnosed, and which medications or treatments might be helpful.

In the second workshop, internationally renowned trainer Teepa Snow offers practical techniques to empower caregivers. Using physical and visual cues, caregivers learn how to help a person with PD to overcome freezing, improve walking through rhythm, or how to assist in transferring from standing to sitting without fear or stress.

JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains: “Living with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, for both the affected person and caregiver alike. We wanted to create a comprehensive program that gives viewers both the medical as well as practical knowledge needed to improve day-to-day life. Knowing how to utilize rhythm to temporarily improve a person’s walking skills, or how to use touch to trigger a muscular response to help a person sit are skills that will make a vast difference in the quality life of those affected by PD.”

The workshop is available on DVD and Online Video Streaming.


Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute presents Seminars about Transitioning into a Senior Care Community

Sarasota, Florida – October 27, 2016 Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute will host two skill-focused workshops on December 12, 2016, about when and how to transition a loved one into a senior care community. Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, an internationally renowned dementia care expert, will be the workshops’ presenter.

In the 9am to 12pm workshop, titled “Transitioning into a Senior Care Community: Why, When, and How?,” attendees will learn about the signals that it might be time to make the move, and how to best talk to a loved one about it to protect their feelings and dignity. “When people ask me how to know it’s time to move a loved one into a senior care community, I usually tell them: 3 months ago,” Teepa Snow explains. “Caregivers are some of the most dedicated and loving people you will ever meet, but that also leaves them vulnerable to wanting to take on too much. Transitioning a loved one into a care community does not mean that you’re pushing them away or giving up; it means that you want them to have the best care possible while reducing your own risk of falling ill from caregiver stress.”

The 1-4pm workshop will focus on “Selecting the Best Care Level for Your Loved One.” JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education and licensed Nursing Home Administrator, explains: “Unless you have worked in a senior care environment, the many different options and care levels can be very confusing to folks that are looking for a care community for a family member. Whether you are just starting out or already have a loved one in an independent or assisted living facility, this seminar will help you navigate the maze and select the most appropriate community. Teepa is a one-of-a-kind presenter and senior care expert, and we’re thrilled to have her share her skills and knowledge to help people gain the peace of mind that they have made the right choice for their loved one.”

The workshops will be available on Online Video Streaming and DVD at a later date to help caregivers worldwide.

For more information about the workshops please visit www.pineseducation.org/move or contact us at info@pineseducation.org or call 1-800-672-1310.


Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute presenting Free Webinar on Dementia and Driving

Sarasota, Florida – September 9th, 2016 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute will present a free 30 minute webinar about “Dementia & Driving – Strategies for a Successful Conversation” on October 18th, from 2:00 to 2:30pm EST.

The webinar will be presented by JoAnn Westbrook, a certified “Positive Approach to Care” (PAC) trainer of Teepa Snow’s “Positive ApproachTM” methods, licensed Nursing Home Administrator with over 30 years of experience and Director of Education at Pines.

Attendees will learn effective strategies and respectful approaches to make it easier for a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia to give up driving for good.

“People associate driving with a sense of freedom and independence, and giving that up is very difficult for most,” JoAnn Westbrook explains. “It’s no different for a person living with dementia. But as a person’s cognitive and visual abilities decline with dementia, they can endanger themselves and others by continuing to drive. This webinar will offer families strategies to better navigate this difficult conversation.”

Webinar access is strictly limited, and anyone interested is encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. To register please visit https://www.pineseducation.org/free-webinar-dementia-driving-strategies-for-a-successful-conversation/

For those unable to secure webinar access, you can view a recording of the webinar after October 20th 2016 by clicking the same link above.

For more information please contact us at info@pineseducation.org or call 1-800-672-1310.


Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute partners with Kanopy Online Video Streaming Service for Academic Institutions

Sarasota, Florida – September 9th, 2016 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute announces a new partnership with Kanopy, a San Franscisco-based online video streaming service connected to over 3,000 universities and colleges worldwide.

Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute produces skill-focused dementia care education programs in partnership with dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. The currentdd 18 video programs offer step-by-step, hands-on instructions and techniques to offer the most effective and gentle care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Through the new partnership with Kanopy these programs will become available to thousands of students and professors worldwide.

“Effective hands-on skills are crucial for anyone learning about dementia care. Paired with insights of the impact dementia has on the human brain, Teepa Snow’s approaches are indispensable to anyone wanting to offer compassionate, person-centered dementia care,” JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains. “These videos have helped thousands of family and professional dementia caregivers worldwide offer outstanding care, and we are thrilled to partner with Kanopy to equip the next generation of care partners with these same practical skills.”

The dementia care programs are now available through online video streaming at www.Kanopy.com to universities and colleges. Individual viewers can find the same programs at www.pineseducation.org on DVD and online video.

For more information please contact us at info@pineseducation.org or call 1-800-672-1310.


“Advanced Care in Late Stage Dementia” Program with Teepa Snow released by Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute

Sarasota, Florida – May 20th, 2016 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute announces the release of its new dementia care program, “Advanced Care in Late Stage Dementia”, available through online video streaming or DVD.

Presented by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, , this program offers step-by-step, hands-on instructions and techniques to offer the most effective and gentle care for people living in the late stages of dementia.

“People living in the later stages of dementia experience limited vision, auditory skills, and a decreased ability to figure out touch and what’s going to happen next. Movement gets scary at this point in the disease,” Teepa Snow explains. “Being able to connect with the person and taking the opportunity to do things ‘with’ them instead of doing things ‘to’ them is essential to offering the most compassionate and comforting care.”

“Whether you are a professional caregiver or a family member caring for a person with late stage dementia in your home, this program will give you steps-by-step instructions to Positive ApproachTM methods that have already helped thousands of caregivers worldwide offer unsurpassed comfort to those in their care”, JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains. “Practical education has the ability to change lives, and, without a doubt, this program will have a huge positive impact on those faced with this heart-wrenching disease and the people in their care.”

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For more information please contact us at info@pineseducation.org or call 1-800-672-1310.


“Faith and Spirituality in Dementia Care” Program with Teepa Snow released by Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute

Sarasota, Florida – May 12th, 2016 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute announces the release of its new dementia care program, “Spirituality in Dementia Care”, available on online video streaming or DVD.

Presented by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Reverend and Certified Master Coach Linn Possell, this program offers practical tips on how to best meet the spiritual needs of a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

“Knowing which spiritual needs remain in the midst of brain change and helping family members better manage feelings of guilt, sadness, and grief is crucial to offering the highest quality of life for all parties affected by dementia,” Teepa Snow explains. “All of these factors have to be considered when trying to connect with the spirit of a person living with dementia to create a genuine ‘soul-to-soul’ relationship.”

“Whether you run a faith-based organization or you’re a family member struggling to meet the spiritual needs of a loved one affected by dementia, this in-depth program will enable those affected by the disease to continue practicing their faith longer”, JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains. “It is essential for people to understand what happens to the brain of a person living with the disease, as this information allows them to better connect with the person living with dementia. No matter your faith, whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, non-religious or belong to any other spiritual group, this program will give you the necessary tips and knowledge to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.”

This program is now available on Online Video and DVD.


“Improving Communications in Dementia Care” Program with Teepa Snow released by Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute

Sarasota, Florida – January 8th, 2016 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute announces the release of its new dementia care support program, “Improving Communications in Dementia Care”, available on online video streaming or DVD.

Presented by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, this program offers practical tips for having productive conversations with a person living in the early stages of dementia, as well as how to help families, professionals and outsiders understand how to provide more effective support.

“Getting important information across is one of the greatest challenges in dementia care,” Teepa Snow explains. “As the disease progresses the affected person’s ability to comprehend decreases. This change makes it essential that care providers and partners learn new communication skills that can safeguard their relationship and offer the best care possible. Being able to share these skills with others greatly increases the chances of an effective care team by helping families and professionals stay connected and work together to meet the individual’s needs.”

“Misunderstandings and conflict easily arise when dementia is involved”, JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains. “Knowing how to best help people understand and accept what is, let go of what’s past, and prepare for what’s to come sets the foundation for the best possible outcomes of this very difficult journey of dementia. No one offers truly practical, hands-on skills for people caring for a person living with dementia like Teepa Snow. We’re honored to be able to partner with her and bring those skills to people’s homes worldwide to help those living with dementia live a better life.”

This program is now available on DVD and Online Video.


“In-Home Dementia Care: Tips & Techniques” Program with Teepa Snow released by Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute

Sarasota, Florida – October 15th, 2015 Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute announces the release of its new dementia caregiving program, “In-Home Dementia Care: Tips & Techniques”, available on DVD or online video streaming.

Presented by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, this program offers practical tips for creating a care environment that best balances the needs of the person living with dementia and the caregiver’s own well-being and abilities.

Teepa explains: “Without having a professional healthcare background and experience, it can be very challenging for families to care for their loved one living with dementia. This program is designed to help those who are trying their very best to do the right thing, and better understand the situations they find themselves in due to a dementing illness.”

“Caring for a person living with dementia can be very challenging. Without a strong support system and hands-on skills, this very difficult job can easily leave caregivers feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and isolated”, JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains. “This is why we decided to create a program in partnership with Teepa that focuses on practical tips and ideas for in-home caregivers. Learning her caregiving techniques and skills is paramount to offering the highest level of care for those living with dementia, and we are excited to be able to offer them on DVD and online video streaming, helping caregivers worldwide.”

This program is now available on DVD and Online Video.


“Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care” DVD with Teepa Snow released by Pines Education Institute

Sarasota, Florida – July 10, 2015 Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida, part of not-for-profit Pines of Sarasota, announces the release of its new dementia caregiving DVD, “Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care: How to Recognize & Meet Unmet Needs”.

Presented by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, this DVD provides family members and healthcare professionals with insights on causes of challenging behaviors and hands-on techniques to connect and comfort the person living with dementia.

Teepa explains: “Often times providers don't realize they are the cause of challenging behaviors because of approaches that don't work or lack of understanding about an individual’s unique preferences or needs. It is important to partner and "work with" a person when they are behaving in a way that surprises us. In order to be successful in changing behavior, it will be about how we respond to what is happening, and what we choose to do that will make the difference.”

“Family members as well as professional care providers often struggle with unexpected and difficult behaviors of people living with Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Frontotemporal or another form of dementia”, JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education at Pines Education Institute, explains. “Knowing which physical and emotional needs might cause these behaviors, and how to ease the discomfort and calm the person in distress are immensely important skills to have. We’re honored to be able to partner with Teepa Snow on this project, and help thousands of care providers worldwide ease their often daily struggles.”

This program is now available for Online Video Streaming and DVD.