Virtual Reality Devices For Persons Living With Dementia

This idea came from a letter sent to Leslie Finkley. I am sharing two articles about what is being offered. It is worth the time to read each article, personally I found them fascinating. You be the judge and then share your own personal experiences with this technology or thoughts. Here is the original question: I have been reading about virtual reality for PLWA. Mixed feelings and not able to find a video that would demonstrate what the resident would see. One of our local assisted livings

Whats In A Name?

We are now moving into the era of Person Centered Care, and we all know the importance of Life Stories and knowing the personhood of the residents in our care, especially in our Memory Care Communities. Whats in a name? This may seem a simple question but how many of us really know what a person wants to be known as? Do we know that of all our residents?The importance of this was brought home to me when a friend who used to be a member of the same Homemakers Club that I once belonged to, told me

5 Things I learned from a PAC Workshop

I recently had the opportunity to attend the very first workshop of a PAC Trainer who was an attendee of the Trainer Certification course in Antigonish, Nova Scotia earlier this summer. I was thrilled that she invited me to attend. It was an honor to be part of someone else’s PAC journey and to witness her desire to make a difference for persons with dementia and their care partners.Here are five things I learned that day:1. It is fun to be a learner in a PAC workshop! It was the first time I

Just Be Nice!

This article was taken from the NAAP NEWS – July 31, 2017Just be Nice… Amy Laughlin AP-BC, ADC, CDPI worked for a short time with an Administrator with many years of experience leading teams in both for-profit and not-for-profit Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities. Whilst he and I held differing opinions on a number of operational strategies, he had a certain professional philosophy that I shall never forget; one which has given me plenty of fuel for thought over the years. He

OH, The Possibilities and Opportunities

Alright folks, its time to get personal. I am going to talk to you about being a Positive Approach to Care Certified Trainer and Consultant. Way back in the beginning of 2014, I started hearing the buzz of this “Dementia Whisperer” named Teepa Snow. I had a coworker that had seen her speak at a talk and her feedback was, “this woman is amazing, she just gets it, she knows what she is talking about, you have to go see her speak!”Well what does one do in a world filled with technology? I googled

A Life Lesson From My Dad

Most days, around noon, I visit my dad and spend the lunch hour with him. A few weeks ago, as I approached his table, I could sense that he wasn’t quite himself. Instead of eating his lunch, he was standing up and rearranging the empty dishes on the table.I stopped and he looked up. He said “What do I do with all of these?” With a dismissive wave of my hand, I said “Oh, just leave them there. The cook in the kitchen will clean them up.”Well, if looks could kill, I wouldn’t be here to tell the

"The Experience of Dementia as a Journey"

This is a story written from a person living with Dementia perspective. it has been shared before, I thought some of our new folks may enjoy it. “The Experience of Dementia as a Journey” I am going on a long journey by train. As I begin, the city skyscrapers and country landscape look familiar. As I continue my journey, the view reminds me of times gone by and I feel relaxed and comfortable. The other passengers on the train appear to be feeling the same way and I engage in pleasant conversation

Who am I? Please take time to read this compelling piece written by 16 year old Jillian.

I came across a post to a group on Facebook called Memory People. An interesting group, members are mainly family members going through difficult adjustments to their Loved One Living With Dementia. The post was by Mark Margolies, grandfather of a teenage girl Jillian. Jillian had created a collage and written an explanation of how she views her grandma who now living with Dementia. He told the group that until he saw the art piece his granddaughter had never mentioned anything about her

Join Teepa Snow in July on Two Live Webinars!

You are invited to participate in two live webinars being hosted by Teepa Snow in July! These interactive and engaging webinars are an opportunity for you to talk with Teepa and to ask her any questions you may have. Don’t miss out!The first webinar is Saturday, July 15th and the topic is ‘Creating Pleasure for Emeralds’.Time: 9 – 11 am ESTCost: $20 (includes access to the recording)The GEMS® Dementia Classification model encourages us to get curious about the stages of brain change by focusing

The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right is the name of a book by Atul Gawande. In it, Dr. Gawande describes the effectiveness of a simple tool like the checklist as a means to manage the great volume and complexity of information that we are faced with in our daily lives. Dr. Gawande describes several examples of how checklists are used by professionals in a wide variety of industries around the world to ensure safety and quality control. Think of pilots. In fact, pilots have been using