Seeing GEMS® As More than Just Loss: Progression Patterns

April 14, 2022 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoom [Webinar]
$25/co-op member, $50/non-member. (Check or money order payable to 'Edwards Center.')
Karen Shaw

Assigned Host:

Edwards Center


Shelly Edwards, PAC Certified Instructor


The GEMS® model recognizes the dynamic nature of the human brain and its abilities. Unlike other cognitive models, it acknowledges that everyone’s abilities can change in a moment. Modifying environments, situations, interactions, and expectations will create either supportive positive opportunities or result in distress and a sense of failure. Just as gemstones need different settings and care to show their best characteristics, so do people. Rather than focusing on a person’s loss when there is brain change, seeing individuals as precious, unique, and capable encourages a care partnership and is the core of this model. Providing supportive settings for everyone, including care providers, allows them to use what they have to be their best. The GEMS® advocate that everyone living with brain change when given the opportunity will shine.

By the completion of this workshop learners will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 number-based systems that are used to label stages/progression of dementia
  2. Discuss the value and importance of seeing people living with dementia as having retained abilities, value, and benefiting from the right support and care to optimize performance and quality of life
  3. Identify six GEMS – highlighting GEMS state characteristics
  4. Compare and contrast 6 states of cognitive function and ability as GEMS
  5. Use structured table to correctly identify GEMS states in shared scenarios through behaviors, abilities, and sensory processing examples


An e-mail with a link to the class Zoom meeting will be sent out the morning of the class.

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