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Understanding the Changing Brain

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Understanding the Changing Brain

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 your 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 based on 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.

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?


About the Author

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Teepa Snow is one of the world's leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change.

Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina's Alzheimer's Association, she also helped to create the nation's award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Her user-friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices in care.

Teepa's company, Positive Approach to Care (PAC), was founded in 2007 and is now collaborating to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain change. Please visit for educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, virtual and onsite trainings, or to subscribe to a free monthly newsletter.

Teepa presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Please join in her mission to improve the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time.

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Notable Reviews

Teepa and her team offer relationship-based care and education for all people touched by dementia. She is funny, compassionate, and committed to providing the best possible environment for all GEMS States to shine. Her contribution to dementia care is enormous.

— Lauren U, RN, BC


PAC has changed my life and that of countless others. I’ve gone from being good at working with People Living with Dementia to being good at being with People Living with Dementia.

— Stephen Catoe,
PAC Independent Consultant, Trainer, and Coach


After coming to terms with my husband’s diagnosis of Vascular Dementia in 2014, we decided to intentionally surround ourselves with people who choose to focus on strengths and overall well-being. Teepa Snow and her organization, Positive Approach to Care (PAC), provides our family with the dementia awareness, knowledge, and skills to navigate our dementia journey and live our best life.

— Brenda Roberts,
MALA Education Coordinator/Care Partner


Positive Approach to Care® enhances life and relationships of those living with brain change by fostering an inclusive global community. It was founded by Teepa Snow, one of the world's leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change.

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