World Renowned Dementia Expert on Shifting Care Approach
Meet Teepa Snow
"Not everyone is meant to be a hands-on person who supports someone living with dementia. I can love someone and not be a good match for a care partner. Part of the goal is to find good matches and to recognize that 'maybe I do another job.' This guilt that people carry around about dementia is not helpful for anybody."
Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. She presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Her company, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) provides on-line and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain changes internationally.
Teepa's approach is a game changer for the care-giving community, bringing some paradigm-shifting ideas that can alleviate stresses on care-givers and patients. Quality of life for all involved is key and it's time we determined how we should manage this type of care, as it impacts on a great scale. (We conducted a video interview with Teepa for this edition of the magazine which we highly recommend for your viewing.)
"From the World Health Organization: Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, with nearly 60% living in low- and middle-income countries. Every year, there are nearly 10 million new cases. The estimated proportion of the general population aged 60 and over with dementia at a given time is between 5-8%. Sep 19, 2019"