sonataDementia is a progressive brain disease that is projected to affect 13.5 million Americans and 1.2 million Canadians by mid-century.  Today, over 5 million Americans are living with the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease.  By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.  Characterized by memory loss and a cognitive decline that interferes with daily life, dementia progressively weakens a person’s thought processing ability, ultimately causing drastic changes in mood, memory, and behavior. Family members caring for a spouse, parent, or other loved one with dementia, are at high risk for depression and anxiety, making it difficult or impossible to care for the person affected by dementia.

Serenades at Longwood, West Orange, The Villages and Sonata at Melbourne recently earned the Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC) Trainer Certification.   This distinction demonstrates their ability to train others in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ to Care philosophy, foundational knowledge, basic care partnering skills and Hand Under Hand™. Certification requirements included 6 hours of online training, an 8 hour classroom training, and on-going demonstration of new skills.

This nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s and dementia care program was developed by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, and FAOTA.  Teepa Snow has helped thousands of people by sharing her dementia care philosophy and caregiving techniques. Teepa has served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC’s School of Medicine, Program on Aging.  She is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and change.  Teepa’s teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes difficult. Her teaching style is unique, entertaining, and energetic.  She is a sought after speaker for professional organizations across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

“We have invested in this valuable training to equip our caregivers and managers how to effectively handle different types of behaviors and optimize the safety and comfort of each resident,” said Shelley Esden, Senior Vice President of Operation.  The program has been shown to improve clinical outcomes for residents, and increased staff, family and resident satisfaction.  

Teepa’s Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC) philosophy and care partnering techniques serve as the foundation for all PAC Dementia Certifications.  Each certification category includes instruction in PAC philosophy, foundational knowledge and basic care partnering skills including Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand Under Hand™.


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Contact: Shelley Esden
Senior VP of Operations
Sonata Senior Living