June 2021

"Until There's A Cure, There's Care." - Teepa Snow

Changing Social Skills

by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

What are some common changes in social skills when it comes to the various dementias and the progression through the dementias? How can we change our expectations and when do we need to create spaces, places, and situations to limit interactions that cause distress, friction, risk, or danger for one or more of the parties that are involved? Click here to watch the video >>>

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Our Topic this Month:

Changes in Social Skills

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People Living With Dementia

Lauren With a Side of Lewy
by Lauren U

This month Lauren explains her love of animals, especially her dog, Frosty
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The Powerful Impact of Connecting with Music
by Kathryn Quinlan and Brian LeBlanc   

Brian LeBlanc, living with Early Onset Alzheimers Disease, shares the impact of music on his life.
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Certified Community Connections

Fitness for Social Interaction
by Gretchen M. Ashton

What is the value of fitness on social interactions and how can it impact a community?
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Family/Friend Care Partners

I'm Not Giving Up, I'm Pausing
by Dr. Beth Nolan  

He knew enough to acknowledge his grief, take a deep breath, and see if maybe tomorrow he could see what was possible.
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The Parallels of Feline Dementia Care
by Keith Icove and Kathryn Quinlan  

PAC Skills and techniques are even helpful with feline dementia.
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5 Tips for Using Music at Your Next Visit
by Mary Sue Wilkinson   

Let music break the ice and warm our social skills. Check out our tips for how to include music when visiting people living with dementia.
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Resource Connection

The PAC Connector - Changing Social Skills
by Amanda Bulgarelli   

Find PAC products, services, events, relationship opportunities, and Free resources every month.
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Professional Connections

How to Say Good-Bye
by Stephanie "Teffie" Landmann

Do you treat each new interaction as a way to make someone feel connected? Remember people will never forget how you made them feel.
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Organizational Care

Respect Shouldn't End with a Dementia Diagnosis
by Debi Tyler Newsom  

Are we showing the adults in our care the respect they deserve for the full lives they have lived?
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6 Social Skills for Dementia and Beyond
by Diane Slovin  

After an unprecedented year and a half of isolation and social distancing, maybe we should discuss social skills?
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