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Overview of Dementia: Alzheimer's, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontotemporal

presented by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Financial: Teepa Snow receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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This introductory course provides clinicians, care providers, care supporters, and others interested in these conditions with essential and important information. This course will help in understanding dementia, common symptoms, and highlight some of the various categories of this complex condition. This course is very helpful to everyone who is trying to determine whether what they are noticing is just normal aging or something more. The first step in providing better support and care comes with appreciating what is happening for the person in your care. This course provides basic information and awareness to help begin this process.

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Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Teepa Snow is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and seeks to change and improve life for everyone involved. Her practice has included everything from neuro-intensive care units in tertiary hospitals…

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1. Is What You Are Seeing Normal or Not?

This chapter will describe key differences between dementia and normal aging changes in thinking, memory, language, impulse control, mobility, sensation, vision, personality, and behavior.

2. Not Normal Doesn’t Mean Dementia, it Could be Something Else

This chapter will compare symptoms of depression and anxiety to dementia, as well as, the differences between symptoms of delirium and dementia. This course will also discuss the relationship between delirium, anxiety, depression, and dementia for people living with dementia.

3. Dementia is More Than Alzheimer’s, Let’s Explore

This chapter will define dementia as well as describe the relationships among different dementias and Alzheimer's disease. This course will also go over Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, and frontotemporal dementias, and compare initial symptoms and typical progression patterns. Finally, the chapter will cover the typical loss of function on select symptoms and abilities and Alzheimer’s disease by giving examples and role-playing each lost/preserved ability.

4. Dementia is Hard Work, Learn to Take Care of Yourself

This chapter will cover why it is important for caregivers to practice self-care & stress management. It will also summarize the value of early recognition and symptom identification when supporting and caring for someone living with one or more of these conditions.

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