Health Counseling Services

7851 Metro Parkway, Suite 250
Bloomington, MN 55425

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Dementia Training: Positive Approach to Care Part 1- Normal Aging vs. Not Normal Aging

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 9am-11:30am


Dementia Training: Positive Approach to Care Part 2- Seeing GEMS® As More than Just Loss: Progression Patterns

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 9am-11am


This dementia training, Positive Approach to Care, will improve participants’ ability to interact positively and effectively with people experiencing dementia or a related condition. Part 1 and Part 2 will allow participants to continue to build on learned skills but each class is a stand-alone training opportunity so register for one or both!


 Participants will:

  • Recognize and identify differences between normal and not normal aging.
  • Understand behavior changes, skill sets, and needs of those living with dementia in different stages of the disease.
  • Use a variety of techniques as a care partner to create and support a positive and caring environment.
  • Practice matching helping behaviors with the person living with dementia’s needs and abilities.

This course includes:

  • An explanation of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Strategies to provide assistance with activities of daily living
  • Problem solving approaches for challenging behaviors
  • Practice using communication skills


GEMS™ classification and POSITIVE APPROACH® to CARE, LLC techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care were created and developed by Teepa Snow and Positive Approach, LLC; and

GEMS and POSITIVE APPROACH are trademarks of Positive Approach, LLC.

Course Information

Pre-registration is required, register early

Class size is limited

Video/audio taping of courses is prohibited

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the course.  The course fee will be charged if cancellation is made in less than 24 hours.  Registration is transferable to another person.

About the instructor

Karen Lilla, RN, MSN, is the Director of Education at Health Counseling Services. She is a registered nurse, with over a decade of experience in the community health field.  She has taught a variety of courses at HCS to adult learners, including CPR/First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Medication Administration.  An enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor, Karen delivers course material in an engaging and approachable way, allowing students to gain confidence in both their knowledge and skills.

Continuing Education

Part 1 provides 2.25 clock hours.

Part 2 provides 2.0 clock hours.

If you are interested in having a course presented at your facility, CLICK HERE to contact Karen Lilla.