Understanding The Changing Brain – A Positive Approach to Dementia Care
Teepa Snow’s newest book, Understanding the Changing Brain, will help anyone interested in the topic of dementia understand why changes are happening in the brain, and how our response to those changes can create distress or lead to more successful interactions. Don’t just survive dementia, learn to thrive along the way!
What’s in this book?
The first in a planned series, this book is a collection of articles written by dementia expert Teepa Snow over the years. Topic areas have been organized in a cohesive way to help the reader gain a better understanding of dementia and provide a philosophy that re-energizes care. See the Description tab for the full Table of Contents.
Who is this for?
It’s difficult these days to find someone who has not been touched by dementia. This book will be valued by anyone who wants to learn more: individuals with a diagnosis, family members, professionals, or those who are simply curious and want to be better-informed.
What will I learn?
In this book, you will find answers to the following questions:
- How do I know if it’s dementia or something else?
- How do I tame my reactions to manage my frustration?
- What do I need to know that I might not know already?
- What changes can I expect and how do I deal with those changes?
A note about Care Partnering
At Positive Approach to Care, we choose to use the term ‘care partner’ rather than ‘caregiver.’ The reason for this is that the word ‘caregiver’ implies that care is being given to an individual, and that it is something being done to them, whether they want it or not. In contrast, a care partner is someone that assists an individual with care in a partnership arrangement, working together. While this difference may seem subtle at first glance, this shift actually results in huge changes in the way care is both provided and received. With Teepa’s advice provided in Understanding the Changing Brain, you will learn how you can make the positive transition from caregiver to care partner.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: It’s Not How, It’s Why that Makes It Work for Me!
Chapter 2: Dementia—What’s Old, What’s New, What’s Been Tried, What’s True?
Chapter 3: I Am Who I Was, But I’m Different: Being the ME I Choose to Be
Chapter 4: What’s Under the Hood? The Primitive Brain Takes on the Thinking Brain
Chapter 5: The Amygdalae and Brain Change—Fright, Flight, or Fight
Chapter 6: Do You Hear You What I’m Saying? A Conversation Between Teepa and Tom
Chapter 7: Changing Our Visual Awareness—What Do You See?
Chapter 8: Using Cues as a Care Partner—Cue Up a Successful Interaction
Chapter 9: Understanding Way Finding—How Do I Get There From Here?
Chapter 10: Wandering—Am I There Yet?
Chapter 11: Repetition – I Might Have Told You This Already, But…
Chapter 12: Motor Skills and Initiation—Let’s Get Going!
Chapter 13: Delirium, Depression & Dementia; Detecting Differences Between the Three D’s
Chapter 14: What Next? Five Types of Health Support for People Living with Dementia
Chapter 15: Teepa and Her Team Answer Your Questions
A message from Teepa:
As you read this book, and other books in the series, I will do my best to:
1. Describe what is changing in the brain
2. Show how these changes affect the person and how they experience the world
3. Offer things to try that will allow everyone to find more success, more joy, and better relationships
A person living with dementia is doing the best they can at any given moment. It is up to us to recognize this and try to figure out how to support them so we can all thrive together.