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Teepa Snow Tackles How To Care For Someone With Dementia During Covid-19

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“One way to reduce stress as a caregiver for someone with dementia is to stop putting yourself in a position where you’ll get pushback. Instead use Positive Approach Starters. Ask, ‘Would you like coffee or something else?’ Move it out of the realm of ‘who’s in control’ and into a more effective approach for both of you.”

Teepa Snow, Occupational Therapist and Founder of Positive Approach

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Nationally renowned Teepa Snow is a true trailblazer when it comes to helping us all learn how to be the best care partner we can be, so our loved one can live their best life. We had a fascinating conversation with Teepa about:

  • How family care partners can reduce stress for their loved one living with Dementia if at home?
  • How family stay connected with their loved one living with Dementia in a long-term care community that has restricted visitations?
  • What professional care partners can do to connect with a person living with Dementia during such an unsettling time?

“At some point we’re going to have to admit that there’s not a magic wand that comes with being a health care provider. Family members are, in fact, a very important part of the care team. And right now, we are asking people to do the impossible, with the inadequate.”

Teepa Snow, Occupational Therapist and Founder of Positive Approach

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