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Improving the Culture of Dementia Care with Teepa Snow

Updated: Apr 27


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Improving the Culture of Dementia Care with Teepa Snow, OTR/L and Founder of Positive Approach to Care


How do we support our loved ones with brain changes in a positive and respectful way? Teepa's mission is "to change the culture of dementia care to be more inclusive, more knowledgeable, and more skillful in order to truly support all brains and people in our community." Teepa and her team are doing just that.


Teepa Snow is my guest this week. She is one of the world's leaders in dementia education and advocacy. Teepa founded Positive Approach to Care and its reach includes 30 countries worldwide. Teepa's ability to connect with others, provide practical tools for families and support for others has been life giving to many including myself. There is a wealth of knowledge that you need to explore at teepasnow.com to continue learning more about her incredible work. I have admired Teepa for many years and I've learned so much from her. This interview was a highlight for me. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you, Teepa!



Teepa shares about:

  • Teepa's story

  • The term “Care Partner” and its distinction

  • What people get wrong about dementia and its most common misconceptions

  • What makes caring for those living with dementia feel so isolating for the caregiver

  • What stigmas are in place around dementia and how do we bring change to destigmatize dementia

  • Teepa offers insight into common questions that have been asked in the caregiver community

-How do I tell mom she’s moving?

-My dad always asks to go home?

-Dad is going to the restroom in other places than the toilet?

  • How she fills up her cup as she gives support to so many



About Teepa Snow & Positive Approach to Care

Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change.


Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she also helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Her user friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices in care.


Teepa’s company, Positive Approach to Care (PAC), was founded in 2006 and is now collaborating to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain change.


Please visit www.teepasnow.com for educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, virtual and onsite trainings, or to subscribe to a free monthly newsletter.


Teepa presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Please join in her mission to improve the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time.







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