Accepting the Challenge

Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia

Featuring Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA and Melanie Bunn, R.N., MS, G.N.P. Produced by Dementia Alliance of North Carolina

ISBN 978-1-932529-12-8

90-minute DVD
© 2010

(3 customer reviews)


Watch sample video clips from the DVD such as this clip on How to Speak to a Person with Dementia. For a complete list of brief clips from Accepting the Challengego here.

Offering comprehensive dementia training, this DVD will help professional and frontline caregivers better understand the behaviors and symptoms of people with dementia while building or improving their caregiving skills. A master training team consisting of an occupational therapist and nurse practitioner introduces a powerfully effective new way of thinking about and caring for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The focus is on teaching state-of-the-art quality care that provides the highest quality of life for long-term care residents.

Divided into four separate modules for progressive learning, Accepting the Challenge provides training on multiple levels for all learning styles. Interactive classroom lecture and demonstration, for example, is followed by on-site interactions with actual assisted living residents to show both the use and effectiveness of the techniques.

Each training module is 45 minutes and covers these important topics:

  • Module 1: What is Dementia? / Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
  • Module 2: Physical Approach / Communication Skills
  • Module 3: Offering Assistance / Evaluating Cognitive Levels
  • Module 4: Meaningful Days (Activities) / Problem Behavior

The DVD also features review capabilities for specific segments within each module and a testing section that allows learners to demonstrate proficiency and receive continuing education credits for dementia-specific training.

2004 Freddie Award Winner (International Health & Medical Media Awards), 2004 Surgeon General’s Award Winner (International Health & Medical Media Awards), and 2004 Bronze Telly Award Winner.

This valuable training DVD was produced by Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

Distributed exclusively for Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

About the Trainers

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Teepa Snow is a licensed occupational therapist with 23 years of practice and teaching experience in geriatric settings, including home health agencies, assisted living facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers.

Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP

Melanie Bunn is a nurse practitioner who has worked in geriatrics since 1983 in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Snow and Bunn have both been involved with program development and education for the former Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, now known as Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

This DVD offers 4 CEUs (Continuing Education Credit) to people who use the testing materials included.The CEUs for Accepting the Challenge have been approved by North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation – 4 hours for Dementia Training – #ALZ417

To get CEUs please take the test at the end of each module in the DVD. Record your score (you must score 70% or higher) on the CEU card and submit the card, with a $10 processing fee, to

Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
9131 Anson Way, Suite 206
Raleigh NC, 27615

3 reviews for Accepting the Challenge

  1. admin

    “The format of lecture and classroom interaction, followed by real-world demonstrations at the assisted living site, is used very effectively. The material is clear and easy to understand, and the training’s focus on skill-building should help viewers of all levels improve their caregiving skills.”
    —American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

  2. admin

    “the DVD shows front line caregivers how to make a difference and that the training techniques work.”
    —Eleanor S. McConnell, R.N., Ph.D., Duke University School of Nursing

  3. admin

    “an invaluable resource. . .a much needed educational tool for the assisted living setting as well as many others.”
    —Dr. Doug Barrick, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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