Ready for Some PAC Homework? Change These Lies into Supportive Truths

I read a recent article from DailyCaring.com. In it, they indicated that experts recommend therapeutic fibbing in order to not distress a person living with dementia. While I agree that telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as the care provider sees it, is not helpful.  I disagree that lying is OK. I happen to think … Read More

What Happens When Teepa Goes to Evansville and Carbondale?

People gather, people connect, people learn, and people commit themselves to trying something new or doing something different! In Evansville, over 250, yet again! Five years in a row and they are still coming! Most are there for the first time, and getting energized! The Southern Illinois Wellness Foundation joins with John A Logan College and so many others to … Read More

4 Vital Activity Categories for People Living with Dementia

by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA One of the most challenging aspects of supporting someone who is living with dementia is to develop daily routines and activities that are interesting, meaningful, do-able, and valued by the person who is experiencing so many changes due to the condition. Helping to ensure there are a mix of activities to meet social, physical, … Read More

Australia – Here we Come!!!!

Be on the look out, mates! Heat up the billy! Come August 11th, Teepa will be in the Land Down Under! Who’s along for the trip? Dick Snow, my husband of over 40 years, and Courtney, our International PAC Services Lead. What am I doing? Well, I am kicking off my trip with a landing in Sydney to get through … Read More

Here in Olds after being in Ottawa and Montreal

Hey folks, guess where I am, a little north of Calgary, in a small town that is reported to be the most connected in Canada! Indeed I logged onto the free access internet at Grouchy Daddy’s and a calendar of town happenings popped up. And right there, under the three activities in Olds on Monday, July 29th, Positive Approach was … Read More

3 Essential Tips to Reducing Challenging Situations in Dementia Care

Anger, swearing, hallucinations, or aggressive outbursts are a few of the challenging situations caregivers (or care partners, as we like to call them here at Positive Approach® to Care) might experience when trying to offer care to a resident or loved one. As if this disease wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, having the person in your care struggle and fight your well-intended … Read More

6 GEMS® You Need to Know For A Positive Approach to Dementia Care

Caring for a person living with dementia is not easy. Not only can challenging situations arise at any moment, but the traditional medical model caregivers might be confronted with by their well-meaning physician exudes a very negative outlook. Commonly used scales, such as the Global Deterioration Scale / Reisberg Scale, exclusively focus on what a person has lost as they … Read More

Boston Engagement Certification Course – Huge Success!

On June 27th and 28th we conducted one of our two Engagement Certifications for 2019. We had a terrific group of learners from across the country at the Northbridge Corporate Training Office. Many thanks to Kristen for her hospitality and support! Many thanks as well to the other office staff and personnel who allowed us to use their spaces and … Read More

What’s Happening at PAC this Week: June 24 – July 1

Product of the Week! Dementia in the Courtroom – Stream on-line for $50 Dementia in the Courtroom – Recorded Webinars – $10 each Topics: Lewy body situation Alzheimers situation Frontal-temporal situation We have a new Podcast Up and Out! We just shared out our 35th Care Partner Podcast! Check it out! What is Teepa Up to Now? This week, Teepa … Read More

11 Signs of Frontotemporal Dementias or Pick’s Disease

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), formerly referred to as Pick’s Disease, is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that cause the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain to shrink. Since these areas are responsible for a person’s behavior, personality, and language, people affected with FTD can undergo dramatic behavioral changes that negatively affect themselves and their loved ones. Since … Read More