Updated: Apr 7
When you live in the south, even the prediction of one inch of snow can be extremely magical. We get beside ourselves, heading to the grocery store to buy milk and break. We anticipate whether or not we will be able to go to work or school, and we wonder how fast the typical dusting will melt away.
But there is another snow that is equally magical and existing, and her name is Teepa Snow. Teepa is an occupational therapist by profession and graduated from Duke University. She has an MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has worked in a wide variety of settings and taught at the university level.
Teepa works closely with clinical researchers in geriatrics and has extensive experience in neurological care settings. She has dedicated over four decades to her mission of improving dementia care, impacting hundreds of organizations world-wide with her training, books and DVDs, now sold in over 30 countries. It is through this rich and diverse career, filled with opportunities and challenges, that Teepa has been recognized and sought after as a leader in dementia care.
Teepa founded Positive Approach, LLC in 2007 with the mission of changing the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time. While it started as a one woman show, Positive Approach, LLC, is now an international dementia care training, educational, and consulting organization which helps healthcare professionals and families transform what exists into a more positive dementia care culture.
Their motto: Until There's a Cure, There's Care
You can find out more about Teepa and her organization at www.teepasnow.com. One of the best places to start is by ordering her newest book, "Understanding the Changing Brain." This is an excellent resource broken down in layman terms to help anyone impacted by dementia and their caregivers to understand the "Why" our loved ones act the way they do. By understanding the why - we can better accept the changes. By accepting the changes, we can adapt and train ourselves on how to react to these changes.
Teepa and her team offer a plethora of webcasts and videos that show roleplaying situations - giving an example of how NOT to react, but more importantly giving tips on how you can react to varying scenarios that are common behaviors of those impacted by dementia.
You can also follow Teepa on Facebook and TikTok to stay in the know with some of her latest resources.
At Engage Care Partners - we believe tapping into resources like Teepa provides a deep understanding on how we can train ourselves to offer better care to our loved ones.