Teepa Snow is a dementia and Alzheimer's care expert who trains and helps agencies, facilities, and families. As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first hand caregiving interactions.
By Ann Silversides, Occupational Therapist
Teepa Snow slips into “becoming” a person with dementia and directly challenges participants at her workshops. “This is not my home,” she might blurt, bending over and staring hard at a person in the front row. “Why did you bring me here?” she shouts. She pauses, looks away, looks back and fires off: “I hate you!”
Her “show don’t tell” approach to communicating information about dementia is visceral and effective. The person in the audience who is the “target” of her encounter is often visibly unsettled and the interaction sets up a learning opportunity.
By Barbara Peters Smith, Herald-Tribune
Friday, January 30, 2015
Probably the nation's most dynamic and uplifting dementia care guru, Teepa Snow is known around here for her training sessions and videos in partnership with the Pines of Sarasota nursing home.This week she came to town for a "Snow Day" at the Plymouth Harbor continuing-care retirement community. Snow spent the morning in training sessions with staff members. In the afternoon — before meeting with Plymouth Harbor's board about its planned expansion of an assisted-living wing to include memory care — she spoke to residents and guests.
VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR
If you or a loved one are living with the symptoms of dementia, you will be happy to know there is an excellent source of help and wisdom available online. The creators of this excellent resource have come together from all over the world. These folks are the experts, for they are all dealing with the effects of dementia. But the difference is that these people refer to themselves as “living well” despite their struggles! Their main goal?
"To help those who are newly diagnosed and in the early stages of dementia.”
Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential kit is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. This unique experience is now available in 3 editions.
Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, and lecturer, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, and the founder of the world's most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind.
Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in 'remarkable improvements.'
Alzheimer’s Natural Treatment Options & 7 Notable Breakthroughs
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating, and since previous treatments failed to come up with a cure, I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring the medical journals for for Alzheimer’s breakthroughs.
By Alice Park
Feb 11, 2016
Dr. Frank Longo isn't the kind of guy who chokes up easily. The pre-eminent neurologist is better known for his professional stoicism and scholarly approach to the devastation he sees weekly in his Alzheimer's patients--the people who come into his office at the Stanford University School of Medicine, their memory just a little bit worse than the last time he saw them. But today, even though he's trying to keep it together, his throat tightens.
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The Alzheimer's Association provides support for the caregiver and provides information on how to handle the stress of looking after a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer's. Care topics include information about a number of tools, support and resources. Click on the button below to access their caregiving tips now.
Combining passion and clarity with detailed general management experience David helps a wide range of organisations to operationalise new cultures of care. Alongside an extensive schedule of national speaking engagements across the UK and Ireland David authors dementia care learning resources. He can be commissioned to produce practice development tools and specialises in motivational speaking at conferences and with the media on how to achieve health and social care culture change.
Over the last 30 years Dr. Sheard has developed a reputation as a challenging and motivational speaker and as a leading dementia care consultant in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. His main focus in speaking has been to hold up a mirror to reflect the realities of dementia care and what it really takes to 'get it'. After 15 years in health and social services in specialist dementia care posts, latterly as a General Manager-Old Age Psychiatry in an NHS Trust, Dr. Sheard founded Dementia Care Matters in 1995. His purpose is to demonstrate that dementia care is about emotional care, and that this is no different to what we all need in life.
Providing a springboard for culture change in care homes is key, says David Sheard. He explains why Dementia Care Matters’ 50 Point Checklist has been revised. Surely checklists are the antithesis of a movement towards culture change in dementia care? Checklists foster a tick box culture linked to process management. This style of management has previously consumed the care sectorin policies, procedures and systems that have had little to do with evidencing improvement in people’s lived experience in care homes.
Caring for an individual with Alzheimerʼs disease or a related dementia can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Frustration is a normal and valid emotional response to many of the difficulties of being a caregiver. While some irritation may be part of everyday life as a caregiver, feeling extreme frustration can have serious consequences for you or the person you care for. Frustration and stress may negatively impact your physical health or cause you to be physically or verbally aggressive towards your loved one.
Getting through and coping with daily life while maintaining the best possible quality of life is vitally important to both the patient and the family. A wide range of major and minor issues need to be discussed in the family situation. Below you will find some advice and tips on everyday issues facing you as a family member and those closest around you.