My Favorite Dementia Resource

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Alzheimer’s is a term often used to describe someone with cognitive impairment, especially among the aging population. Yet, Alzheimer’s is just one form of the condition we know as dementia which describes many forms of permanent decline in one’s cognitive ability.

It’s important to know that not all cognitive decline is permanent. Certain conditions including vitamin deficiencies, side effects from medications, certain infections such as urinary tract infections, depression, and excessive use of alcohol can mimic dementia. When the cognitive impairment is a result of such a condition it is usually reversible once properly diagnosed and treated.

According to a report published by the Alzheimer’s association, an estimated 5 million Americans age 65 and older have some form of dementia. That’s a lot of people.

If you’re a family caregiver for someone with dementia, you know first-hand the challenges of dealing with dementia.

So, today I’m sharing with you my favorite dementia resource, Teepa Snow. As far as I’m concerned, Teepa is the quint essential resource for dementia. She is a noted expert in the field with a way of explaining the disease, it’s stages, the effects on the brain, why your loved one does the things they do and why they remember certain things and not others. In addition, Teepa knows the dementia behaviors so well that when she role plays them you would think she had dementia. And finally, Teepa’s Tips are invaluable for learning the most effective ways to care for and interact with your aging loved one who has dementia.

These are some of my favorite Teepa Snow resources for dealing with a loved one who has dementia:

Dementia is a difficult disease. I hope you find Teepa Snow entertaining as well as educational. I hope you learn some tips that are helpful to you in caring for your aging loved one with dementia. And, I hope my introduction to you of Teepa Snow makes your journey as a family caregiver for someone with dementia just a little easier.

I’d love to hear back from you. Please let me know how these resources helped you and your aging loved one with dementia.