Seeing GEMS® As More than Just Loss: Progression Patterns

June 15, 2018 @ 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Edwards Community Center
4375 Southwest Edwards Place
Beaverton, OR 97078
$20/co-op member, $40/non-member. (check or money order payable to 'Edwards Center, Inc.')
Heather Self
503-466-2171 x120

Assigned Host:

Edwards Center


Shelly Edwards


“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.” – Teepa Snow and Positive Approach® to Care Team

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

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