Dementia Care and Training Specialist Teepa Snow helps us understand what dementia actually is.
Dementia Care and Training Specialist Teepa Snow addresses initial questions, concerns and symptoms of Dementia.
Dementia Care and Training Specialist Teepa Snow joins seniors to help you recognize and understand the ten early signs of dementia.
It's important to know the job of the brain as the guiding system, maintenance system and the managing system of the body. Study the limbic system, the prefrontal cortex, the sensory motor strip, and the importance of the occipital lobe for seeing and doing. With lots of dementias the brain shrinks to 1/3 it's original size causing many changes in structural and chemical ability. Dementia is not a memory problem, it is brain failure & causes many changes in structural and chemical function.
Unexpected and different behavior is part of the journey of living with dementia. One of the mistakes providers make is to judge behavior as challenging or problematic and then attempt to "stop it" before taking the time to notice what's really going on. Human behavior is almost always an attempt to communicatre or meet a personal need. Remember, individuals are doing the best they can with their remaining coginitive or physical ability. They are often expressing what they like or don't like a
There are several progression models used to classify and define changes in a person due to the effects of dementia. Teepa wanted to improve upon existing models and intends for the GEMS® to be utilized not just to classify a state or stage of dementia, but as a means to improve interaction and appreciation of individuals. The GEMS® characteristics focus on ability instead of loss and are an invaluable tool to assist with changing abilities that impact relationship and expectations.
Teepa recommends using music at least twice a day for both providers and those living with dementia. It's an available and powerful resource that can lift spirits, stimulate or calm behavior, and provide meaningful connection even when communication is limited. Because rhythm is typically a preserved skill for those effected by dementia, music becomes the gift and is a valuable tool if you know how to use it. When utilized with activity, music can promote a sense of value, meaning or purpose.