Training Details

Wow that Works! Using the Gems™ Approach to Guide Daily Activities

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Well-known Occupational Therapist and Educator, Teepa Snow has proposed a set of functional guidelines to inform the care of individuals who are living with any progressive form of dementia. Instead of using numbers or letters as a guide, she has chosen to use gemstones to reflect the precious and complex identity of each individual. The Gems™ Approach also focuses on what characteristics and skills are still available to individuals with dementia, rather than just the loss of function. This session will use the Gems™ Approach to assist caregivers and others with identifying and providing the right type of care environment, at the right time to individuals living with dementia.
Learning Objectives:

By attending the workshop, participants will:

  • Identify the characteristics of individuals living with dementia using the Gems™ Approach, particularly as they apply to daily activities at home and other care settings.
  • Use specific daily scenarios to apply the 6 gemstone characteristics to different individuals and situations. They include: sapphire, diamond, emerald, amber, ruby, and pearl.
  • Describe effective intervention techniques, communication with, and guidance to individuals which fit the different gemstone levels in order to improve their quality of daily life.
Event Cost:

$45.00 / 3 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers

Event Information:

Wow that Works! Using the Gems™ Approach to Guide Daily Activities

Columbus State Community College / Delaware Campus
5100 Cornerstone Dr., Delaware, Ohio 43015
Moeller Hall, Room 111/112

Map CSCC – Delaware Campus – Moeller Hall

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (AM Session)
Presenter: Paula Markey Taliaferro, MGS, LSW

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

About the Presenter(s):

Paula Markey Taliaferro, MGS, LSW

Paula works part time at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging as an Outreach & Education Specialist. As such, she has presented over 980 workshops in the last decade. Paula holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and a License in Social Work in the State of Ohio. She is a PAC Approved Trainer under Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach Certification. She is developer of the “Aging In Ohio” course which is required of many professionals who work with older adults. In addition, she is one two developers of the “Fundamentals of Guardianship” course sponsored by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College.