In this episode, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt and Teepa Snow discuss dementia, the challenges, brain changes, and how to support those living with dementia more positively and respectfully. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia affect more than 5 million Americans, reports the Alzheimer’s Association. While researchers continue to search for a cure and better treatment options, it’s essential to learn to support better those living with dementia. In the words of Teepa Snow, “Until there’s a cure, there’s care.” This in-depth discussion includes what to look for, how to categorize dementia, and what to do to manage it.
“According to estimates, 75% of all dementias are only identified after the person is 5-8 years into functional brain changes,” Teepa says.
Biological dementia-related changes include things like
- Complex chemical changes
- Structural changes in the brain
- Shrinking/dying brain cells
The Early Signs of Dementia (that often slide under the radar)
- Short-term memory problems
- Word Finding Problems
- Impulsive statements
- Poor Judgement
There is no cure, but there are ways to treat and manage it
- Good quality deep sleep
- Good breathing, sleeping postures, and position
- Better nutrition and more exercise
About Teepa Snow
Teepa Snow is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her experiences led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and the Positive Approach® training strategies. Her company, Positive Approach to Care® (PAC), provides online and in-person education and products. In addition, Teepa presents her extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences throughout the world.
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