Teepa Snow is a dementia care specialist and author of several books on dementia and caregiving. She has experience in neurological impairment care that has touched her personal life as well as her professional world.

Early in her life, her grandfather moved into her family’s house due to his changing abilities. However, at the time dementia was not commonly understood. Words such as eccentric and, later, senile were used to describe this condition.

Teepa 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 the challenges and changes that accompany various forms of the condition so that life can be lived fully and well. Her company, Positive Approach to Care, was founded in 2005 and offers education to family and professional care providers all over the world. Her training, services, and products are available through video, online education, and in-person training and consulting.

Books from Teepa Snow offer valuable guidance to caregivers. If you’d like to learn more about dementia care, I can answer questions and recommend good books.

Dementia Caregiver Guide

Dementia Caregiver Guide is a comprehensive resource for caregivers, family, and friends of people with dementia. It provides practical advice and techniques based on the Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) philosophy, emphasizing empathy, understanding, and positive interactions.
The guide covers various aspects of dementia care, including:

  • Understanding Dementia: It explains the different types of dementia, their progression, and how they affect brain function.
  • Communication Strategies: It offers effective communication techniques tailored to the needs of people with dementia, focusing on maintaining connection and reducing frustration.
  • Managing Challenging Behaviors: It provides strategies for addressing common challenges like agitation, aggression, and wandering, emphasizing a person-centered approach.
  • Daily Care: It offers guidance on activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting, with tips on how to make these tasks easier and more comfortable for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.
  • Caregiver Support: It emphasizes the importance of self-care for caregivers and provides resources and tips for managing stress and avoiding burnout.
  • Teepa Snow’s approach emphasizes compassion, empathy, and understanding the person behind the dementia diagnosis. Her techniques focus on reducing stress and promoting positive interactions, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for both the person with dementia and their caregivers. We model this same type of caring compassion in all the work we do with you and your family.
    Overall, the Dementia Caregiver Guide is a valuable tool for anyone involved in caring for someone with dementia. It offers a compassionate and practical approach that can improve the quality of life for both the person with dementia and their caregivers.

    Understanding the Changing Brain: A Positive Approach to Dementia Care

    Understanding the Changing Brain: A Positive Approach to Dementia Care is a comprehensive guide designed to help individuals and families navigate the complexities of dementia. It provides valuable insights into how dementia affects the brain and offers practical strategies for fostering positive interactions and improving the quality of life for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

    The book delves into the neurological changes that occur in the brain due to dementia, explaining how these changes impact cognitive function, behavior, and communication. It emphasizes the importance of understanding these changes to effectively adapt caregiving approaches and create a more supportive environment.

    Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) philosophy is central to the book. This approach emphasizes empathy, compassion, and a focus on the person’s remaining abilities rather than their losses. The book provides numerous practical tips and techniques for communication, managing challenging behaviors, and promoting meaningful engagement for individuals with dementia.

    The book also addresses the emotional and psychological toll of caregiving, offering guidance on self-care, stress management, and building a strong support network. It encourages caregivers to prioritize their own well-being while providing compassionate care for their loved ones.

    Overall, Understanding the Changing Brain is a valuable resource for anyone affected by dementia, whether as a caregiver, family member, or friend. It offers a compassionate and practical approach that can significantly improve the quality of life for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

    If you are caring for a loved one with dementia or other aging challenges, we are available to help you navigate care. We bring our experience to help you so that we can reduce stress and make sure that your loved one’s quality of life is the best it can be.