Dementia Care Education Workshops with Rayna

Positive Approach to Care® (PAC) Workshops for

family care partners

This six-part workshop is designed to help participants:

Discover an appreciation for what happens when a brain is changing due to some form of dementia rather than normal aging or high stress lifestyles. By understanding what happens to the brain in development and in dementia, we can begin to understand not only what is lost, but what is retained, to provide that ‘just right’ support

  1. Be introduced to the GEMS® State model of the progression of dementia, and how we can adapt our approach to create positive relationships
  2. Practice focusing on the adaptation of identifying and offering visual, verbal, and touch cues to approach and connect with a person living in any state of dementia through the Positive Physical Approach®
  3. Learn how we as care partners can become advocates for people as relationships and tasks of daily living are impacted

Included Objectives:

      • Part 1: What is Dementia, Really?
      • Part 2: What Brain Changes and Shifts in Ability are Noticed When Dementia Happens?
      • Part 3: Looking at Progression and Seeing More than Loss: The GEMS® State Model
      • Part 4: The GEMS® State Model: In the Right Setting with the Right Care, all GEMS Can Shine
      • Part 5: New Skills for Helping and Supporting
      • Part 6: Being an Advocate and Building a Support Team

Sign up for all 6 or just the ones you want.

Positive Approach to Care® (PAC) Approved Workshop

With Rayna Neises

Sunday, September 18th, 2-5 CT

The cost is $75 but use EarlyBird when you sign up before Sept. 14th to get $25 off.

Join Rayna Neises for a workshop that will change how you engage those who are living with dementia.   In our 3 hours together via Zoom, you will engage in understanding how disease impacts the brain and how to use the skills still present to better communicate with your loved one.

This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in normal and not normal aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and the ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop will also address typical changes that happen in the early, middle, and late stages of the condition including the final care concerns.

Workshop Objectives:

  • 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.

Educational content provided by Positive Approach® is used with permission and based on the GEMS® and the techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care created and developed by Positive Approach, LLC.


PAC Certified Independent Trainers, Consultants and Engagement Leaders are not employees of Positive Approach, LLC. The opinions and views expressed by PAC Certified Independent Trainers, Consultants, and Engagement Leaders do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Positive Approach, LLC or any of its employees.  Positive Approach, LLC is not liable for any actions by PAC Certified Independent Trainers, Consultants, and Engagement Leaders.

Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for every woman caring for aging parents.

To help others through this challenging season of life, Rayna has written No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, a book filled with her own heart-warming stories and practical suggestions for journeying through a caregiving season. Rayna is an ICF Associate Certified Coach with certifications in both Life and Leadership Coaching from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute.

She is prepared to help you through your own season of caring. Learn more at and connect with Rayna on FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.


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