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About Teepa Snow

As one of America's leading educators on dementia, Teepa has developed a dementia care philosophy reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in geriatrics, she has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long term care facility. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long term care, and rehabilitation settings. This wealth of experience and knowledge led to her development of a Positive Approach to Care for those living with dementia or other brain changes.
Visit the Positive Approach website

See Articles Teepa has written for MedBridge
Dementia Care: The 6 Stages & Gems
Dementia and Sensory Cues: Reading the 5 Senses to Understand People with Dementia


Teepa Snow Courses

Differentiating Dementias: Alzheimer's, Vascular, and Lewy Body
presented by Teepa Snow

For therapists that provide screenings and possible diagnoses, it can be difficult to determine the major characteristics of each form of dementia separately. Given that a correct diagnosis is extremely important to the quality of life and care for people living with dementia, this course will provide deeper information about Alzheimer’s, Vascular, and Lewy Body by discussing the expected changes and symptoms, as well as providing demonstrations to show varying characteristics. . Finally, the session will provide alternative screening techniques, knowledge about the different dementias, and support for those providing treatment as well as care to be better advocates and partners for people living with each type.

This is part one of a three part series covering Dementias. Be sure to watch:
Part Two: Differentiating Dementias: Frontal, Temporal and More
Part Three: Key Indicators of Primary Dementias and How They Fit Together

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Differentiating Dementias: Frontal, Temporal and More
presented by Teepa Snow

For therapists that provide screenings and possible diagnoses, it can be difficult to determine the major characteristics of each form of dementia separately. Given that a correct diagnosis is extremely important to the quality of life and care for people living with dementia, this course will provide deeper information about Frontal Temporal Dementia and other less common forms by discussing the expected changes and symptoms, as well as providing demonstrations to show varying characteristics. Finally, the session will provide alternative screening techniques, knowledge around the different dementias, and support for those providing treatment as well as care to be better advocates and partners for people living with each type.

This is part two of a three part series covering dementias. Be sure to watch:
Part One: Differentiating Dementias: Alzheimer's, Vascular, and Lewy Body
Part Three: Key Indicators of Primary Dementias and How They Fit Together

Learn more


Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient
presented by Teepa Snow

As people age, their brains become more vulnerable to chemical changes, damage, and disease. Recognizing the differences among changes that signal an acute illness or medical emergency, symptoms of a mood or emotional condition, or a chronic, progressive, and terminal condition that will eventually rob a person of their cognitive abilities is vital in providing the best possible care and responding effectively when changes are noted. This course will provide some basic signs to differentiate between the three Ds: Delirium, Depression, and Dementia. Learn more


Untangling Depression, Delirium, and Dementia: Screening and Assessment Strategies
presented by Teepa Snow

When assessing someone who may exhibit signs of one, or all three of the conditions, delirium, depression, and dementia, it can be difficult to determine what changes can be made and what tools to use for screening. Each of the three Ds has a unique onset, duration, impact on alertness and arousal, as well as orientation and possible causes and treatment recommendations. This session will help providers recognize and respond more accurately to reduce non-helpful hospitalizations, delays in medical attention for acute illness, non-treatment of treatable conditions, and premature discharge of residents who might be able to stay in the community. Learn more


How to Communicate When Someone is Living With Dementia
presented by Teepa Snow

Video Runtime: 109 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 53 Minutes

This session will help learners develop better interaction skills when working with people with Dementia and their families. The goal of this course is to enhance treatment session outcomes and quality of life for those living life with some form of Dementia within their support systems. Emphasis is placed on the value of recognizing changing abilities that impact interaction and performance skills. Utilizing the dementia state ‘GEMS’ assessment model and modifying communication strategies, learners will be able to make better use of retained abilities while acknowledging unrealistic expectations due to dementia. Professionals will be better able to help themselves, as well as guide families and staff they work with, reduce or minimize unproductive conversations and ‘refusals and resistive’ behaviors by using more effective verbal and non-verbal communication and ‘approach techniques’. Learn more


Working with Dementia: Understanding Changes in Movement and Sensation
presented by Teepa Snow

Video Runtime: 80 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

There are many changes in behavior, communication, and interactive ability that take place when someone is living with Dementia. Behaviors observed may appear strange, unusual, dangerous, or frustrating to others. This course is designed to help professionals better understand “why” things they see are happening and “how” behaviors are connected to an individual’s change in sensation, sensory processing, and motor skill abilities due to the onset, then worsening, of various Dementias. The goal of the course is to provide learners with explanation of behavioral response to what someone might ‘see, hear, smell, taste, or feel’ as well as helpful strategies for the purpose of applying this knowledge and modifying environments, cues, tasks, props, routines, or expectations for better outcomes and interactions for all involved. Learn more


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