Online Dementia Journal 
Moving to Calm
by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA 
What's the difference between tossing and turning and settling in for a good night's sleep?
Compare the terms pacing and strolling along.
How about rock and roll versus rock-a-bye?
For almost all of us, tossing and turning implies that we are not able to quiet ourselves. Unable to get our brains and bodies to quit worrying about the external world or the discomforts of the physical self, in order to get into a sleep state where healing, integration, and recovery can occur. Whereas, settling in, indicates our movement pattern is enabling us to get our systems to tune out and turn off in such a way as to allow the interior systems to take over and initiate repair, reinforcement, re-wiring, and restoration efforts. 
Moving to Calm in the Ruby GEMS State
Moving to Calm in the Ruby GEMS State
Joy in All Seasons
A Meditation
by Rev. Linn Possell,
PAC Lead Mentor 
This time of year, many of us celebrate. Depending on who we are, where and how we have been raised, and what our life paths have been to this point, we celebrate different things. Some of us celebrate family, some of us celebrate miracles, some celebrate light, and some celebrate hope. These things such as family, light, miracles, and hope are things that have the potential to bring us together, and togetherness is what helps us move forward and gives us the strength to live through the trials that life can sometimes bring.
Home for the Holidays
How to Make the Most of Time with Family
by Rosanne Burke, PAC Certified Independent Trainer
The holidays are often a time for family gatherings where people near and far travel to be with one another. It can be a joyful time, but being with family, friends, and loved ones over the holidays can also be stressful and tiring. The pace is hectic, the days are long, and the routine is non-existent.
How do you feel when the holidays are over? Do you feel rejuvenated? Or do you ever feel like you need to go back to work to get a rest? Being off a schedule, eating too much, and staying up late can make a person feel sluggish and not your best self.
Now imagine how a person with dementia feels. Too much stimulation can create confusion and anxiety for a person living with dementia. It's important to strike a balance of activities during the holidays that meets their needs but doesn't overwhelm them.

PAC Book Highlights 
for the Holidays!
Do you have a book lover in your life who is also a care partner to a person living with dementia? Not sure what to get them for a gift this holiday season? PAC has you covered with three books that they are sure to love!  
by Rev. Linn Possell & Teepa Snow
by Teepa Snow
by Kelly Sheets

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Connecting: An Interview 
with Eliezer Sobel 
Author of "Blue Sky, White Clouds" & 
"L'Chaim: Pictures to Evoke Memories of Jewish Life" 
by Kathryn Walsh, PAC Certified Independent Trainer
When the abilities of someone living with dementia begin to change, friends and loved ones often find it increasingly difficult to find meaningful ways to connect in a personal way. The following is an interview with Eliezer Sobel, a man who was inspired to publish picture books with simple captions that allowed his mother, who is living with Alzheimers, to enjoy images and words that evoked pleasure for her, and often sparked communication and connection with her loved ones. Eliezer created these books because a void exists in the marketplace, a problem that he had the intention to fix so that other families might also be able to enjoy connecting with their loved ones through using the books in the way he has with his mother.
Perry Who?!
by Barbara Sphar, PAC Certified Independent Trainer 
Peri-care. It's short for perineal care, or hygiene provided down there for urine and stool incontinence. Perineal care is often distressing, frustrating, and embarrassing for a person living with dementia. Ditto for the care partner. Here are a few immediate thoughts based on my experience as a nurse/care partner.
PAC Changes in 2018!

It's hard to believe, but Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) just turned TEN!
In ten years, the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) team has grown exponentially and has touched thousands of lives affected by dementia. Leading this PACk, Teepa Snow has worked for 40 years with intensity and purpose to develop, and then spread, awareness of the potential that her strategies and techniques have to change the culture of care and the delivery of services for people living with dementia.
Through hours of one-on-one work and personal development with Teepa, PAC now has a team of Accomplished and Master Mentors, Trainers, Coaches, Speakers, Engagement Leaders, Preceptors, and Consultants stepping up and stepping out to help spread her message even further.
The Positive Approach to Care Team and Teepa are offering some really new and different things in 2018. 
PAC Holiday Gift Guide 
by Kathryn Walsh, 
PAC Certified Independent Trainer 
It's the most wonderful time of the year, until you are faced with finding the just right gift for someone you care about. If your loved one is living with dementia, or is a care partner to someone living with dementia, it can be an even greater challenge to find a gift that is appropriate, useful, and heartfelt.
Throughout the past year, the PAC™ team has had the great fortune of meeting some folks who have devoted a great deal of time and effort to creating practical and interactive items for people living with dementia and their care partners. Some are for individual use, and some are for collaboration and relationship building. We are happy to share these items for you to consider as potential gift ideas. To learn more about the folks who have created these items and the inspiration behind each invention, follow the link to their website. Happy holidays!
Two Songs to Keep in Your Back Pocket
FREE Music Downloads and Activity Suggestions
by Mary Sue Wilkinson, 
Founder of Singing Heart to Heart

My gift to you this season is music! Here are two songs I recorded just for you. One song, I've Been Workin' on the Railroad, is lively and fun and can be used to motivate and energize. The other, The Irish Lullaby, will have a calming and soothing effect. I call these "back pocket songs" because they are simple and easy to use. Just "pull them out of your back pocket" as needed. Sing them yourself or download them to your phone or iPad and keep them in your "back pocket." I'm also sharing a brief activity guide for each song to get you started.

A Quilt of Your Very Own
by Margaret Collette, Fidget Quilts Artist
I have been sewing all my life and in the last five years I have started quilting.  In 2013 both of my parents passed away and I wanted to pay it forward in some way.  My journey lead me to constructing fidget quilts to combine my love of the art while perfecting the skill. 
I'm in the medical field and enjoy caring for geriatric patients because they are so sweet and need extra TLC.  Giving out these fidget quilts is such a blessing as well as seeing the joyful faces and positive feedback from the families.  Contact us here for more information and view this video to learn more.
Watch Margaret's Fidget Quilt Tutorial: 

PAC Reaches into the Virtual World to Help Support Care Partners 
by Deb LeBlanc, PAC Mentor

Imagine the luxury of learning from Teepa Snow and sharing connections with other family care partners without ever having to leave your home, or even take off your comfy slippers. Does this feel like a dream that is too good to be true? Well, you do not need to pinch yourself, because Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) offers an online Care Partner Support Series that lets you do just that!
PAC realizes that not everyone is able to leave a loved one to attend education sessions or support groups. To make it easier for people, the Care Partner Support Series - Five Sessions to Change (CPSS) was born in 2016. Using the free Zoom video conference platform, an internet connection, and a webcam (or tablet/smartphone), groups of family member and non-professional care partners have been able to meet in the virtual world while also remaining in the comfort of their own home. The program is a five-week education group that meets for 1.5 hours each week to watch educational content from Teepa and then have discussions that are facilitated by PAC Trainers and Consultants.
Hear ye, hear ye!
2018 Certifications Calendar Coming Soon with exciting dates and locations across the US, Canada, the UK, and more! 

December 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Close-up top-view photo of calendar with a datum circled by young woman with red nails with a back marker, concept of time management at work 
January 2, 2018
Schenectady, NY
January 3, 2018
Stuart, FL  
January 4, 2018
Madison, WI
January 8, 2018
Addison, TX
January 22, 2018
Prince Edward Island, 
Nova Scotia
January 29, 2018
San Diego, CA 
Upcoming Webinars

We are currently in the process of finalizing the webinar programs for 2018.

Look for an update in the January 2018 Edition of the Online Dementia Journal!

Did you miss a webinar in 2017?

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Becoming Dementia Aware

Would you like to learn how to begin changing your approach and interactions to better serve those living with dementia?
Learn from the comfort of your own home! Sign up today to experience Becoming Dementia Aware. In this three hour online course, Teepa takes you through the areas of the brain affected by dementia and introduces skills and strategies for better ways to care.
The course is broken down into nine sections and includes the following topics: Diving Deeper into Dementia, Better Ways to Care, Seeing and Responding to the Changes, Greet Before You Treat, Positive Physical Approach (PPA), Skills In Depth, After PPA, Caring for All, and Content Review
Whether you're a professional or family care partner, this content will help you begin to change your approach with people living with dementia.
Enrollment Fee: $100

After completing the course, you have the option of signing up for remote/virtual coaching with a PAC Mentor to help reinforce the newly learned content and practice Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand®.

Mentoring Fee: $65/hour

Teepa Snow,
Today's Voice for Dementia
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 mind at a time.

If you know someone working or living with dementia who might benefit from
the teachings of Teepa Snow, please forward this to them now. 

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