You Are Changing
What Should I Do to Support
Where You Are?
by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
When we are trying to help someone live in the earlier parts of dementia, it is vital that we are able to respond to distressing moments in a way that meets the person's expectations and abilities. That means we have to be accurate in what GEMs state we think or feel we are noticing. So, what are some of the key differences between living in a Diamond state compared to an Emerald state when it comes to being distressed? Last year I did GEMs state webinars on distress and pleasure. They are part of our growing library of resources to help PAC Supporters make a positive difference in people's lives by using what you learn to change what you see, do, and say! Take a few minutes and see how well you are able to pick up on where the person is with their abilities and what you could do that might be more helpful to them.
8 Video Resources accompany this article.
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The Ups and Downs of Vascular Dementia
by Melanie Bunn RN MS,
PAC Certified Independent Consultant
Mr. Thomas Phillip's family was concerned about the 72 year-old retired teacher. They first noticed changes at the monthly family dinner. The usually well-groomed man appeared disheveled and unkempt. He needed to shave and had an unpleasant, musky odor. He was quiet, withdrawn, and even more, he didn't seem interested in his grandchildren, typically the bright point of his month. When the kids tried to engage him by asking riddles and offering cards for magic tricks, he looked away and seemed disinterested. His home was less tidy than usual. His daughter, an RN, became concerned and checked his blood pressure and blood glucoses to see if his diabetes or high blood pressure were out of control, but they were his usual high side of normal. During the meal, he snapped at the grandchildren, a few minutes later let out a sob and said he missed his wife of 40 years terribly and things just hadn't been the same since her death 10 years ago. Tom Jr. tried to distract him, asking about a phone call Mr. Phillip had made earlier in the week mentioning a car problem. Mr. Phillip was unable to recall his concern, but when Tom Jr. listed several possibilities, he remembered squealing brakes. The next day, Mr. Phillip seemed almost back to usual but the following day he was disinterested again. Mr. Phillip's daughter took him to see his physician and after a review of symptoms, physical exam, lab studies, neuropsychological testing, and CT of his brain, he was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
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Putting a Face to the Statistics
Legislative Effort Designed to Assist Caregivers in Tennessee
by Mary Anne Oglesby,
PAC Certified Independent Consultant
During the last few months, I have truly come to a greater understanding of how the Positive Approach® to Care and the Six Pieces of the Puzzle can help us in our daily lives. I have been taught how powerful the amygdala truly is. Most of all, I have learned how important are the relationships we as PAC Consultants/Coaches/Trainers have with each other. I've discovered how our PAC Mentors come through for us in the most difficult times.
As a little girl from Hope, Arkansas, I was taught I could be anything I wanted. Hard work would prevail. There have been times during the last few months that the little voice in my head one day would say "Give up" and then cheer "Go for it!" the next day. Doubt would creep in and whisper "Do you really think you can change how a state looks at respite care?" All I knew was I had to try.
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Connecting Music to the GEMS™ Model of Brain Change
by Mary Sue Wilkinson,
Founder - Singing Heart to Heart
Emeralds: Green and On the Go with a Purpose; Naturally Flawed
Language becomes more difficult for Emerald who often fear being perceived as incompetent. Singing familiar songs is a great way for them to feel competent and successful. Dancing and marching help their need to be "on the go." Because of the balance shifts required, dancing might help Emeralds maintain equilibrium and reduce the risk of falling. A special song or piece of music may help remind them of transitions and personal care needed. Emeralds are still good at filling in the blank when given a song line or an expression, such as "shave and a haircut-two bits."
Love: The Great Connector
by Reverend Linn Possell,
PAC Lead Mentor Coach
This month I would like to share a poem by
which talks about the power of love. Love is the greatest power that exists. It is the power that calls all being into life, and sustains us, nurtures us, and connects us to one another. Love, being the power to embrace that which is, the openness to the other.
Touched by an Angel
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient history of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of loves' light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
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A Case History
by Louis Levenson, JD
As a lawyer who works in the area of mental health and legal incapacity, I thought I really understood the distinctions between Alzheimers dementia and the other types. And then I had a major dose of the difficulties the legal community and the medical community have in understanding and differentiating these issues.
As a preliminary observation, I have had clients who have been diagnosed with cancer and also have had clients whose family members have a diagnosis with Alzheimers dementia. Most say that they would rather have cancer because Alzheimers is progressive and terminal and without a cure and that cancer has a cure in many cases.
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This session focuses on enhancing interaction skills and appreciating the changes that the PLWD is experiencing that effect some many aspects of life. Recognizing the signs of Diamond distress and offering the right responses and support can make the difference between a successful interaction and one that blows up or fizzles out. We will explore impact of awareness and personality as we address common challenges.
This session focuses on the resources and skills needed to provide Diamonds with a sense of pleasure and satisfaction in their lives. We will use ME SHEETS to help determine opportunities to explore while integrating the changing abilities and probable changes into the mix.
Emeralds are changing and it is noticeable. This session with highlight common risky situations and how to minimize mistakes and optimize opportunities for everyone getting some of what they want and need to feel OK.
Finding ways to use the past abilities and interests can become more challenging as skill and focus shifts. This session will help work on simplifying without babifying. Using real pieces of life in shorter bits will be a critical piece for success.
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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 dementia related challenges and change. Her company, Positive Approach, LLC was founded in 2005 and offers education to family and professional care partners all over the world. Her goal? Making a difference...one mind at a time.