Health Counseling Services

7851 Metro Parkway, Suite 250
Bloomington, MN 55425

Date(s) - 09/15/2020
9:00 am - 11:30 am

  • If you are ill (including, but not limited to cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, elevated temperature greater than 100 degrees or feeling feverish) please call us to reschedule.
  • Per the Governor’s mandate, please wear a face mask or cloth face covering to your class at Health Counseling Services

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!

In Part 1, Normal vs. Not Normal Aging, participants will:

  • Compare and contrast normal aging versus not normal aging related to various cognitive functions
  • Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision, and the major differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each
  • Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.



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.

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


Bookings are closed for this event.