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Teepa Snow: Managing Dementia Care in the Time of COVID-19

By | March 24th, 2020

Being Patient spoke with dementia caregiving expert Teepa Snow on what steps caregivers should be taking amid COVID-19 concerns.

3 thoughts on “Teepa Snow: Managing Dementia Care in the Time of COVID-19

  1. I am curious, have you studied how dementia, affect a blind person? My mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and she is blind, she was blinded when she was 15. in an auto accident. I have notice that the Covid-19 isolation, has had a huge impact on her. I think that her blindness has compounded her confusion even more.

    Thanks, Julie

  2. Folks with dementia get changes to their visual cortex, so narrowed peripheral vision, problems with colour and pattern contrast, problems with depth of field, seeing white and clear, or shiny surfaces. I design fidget products for folks with dementia and have had to design for folks with macular degeneration and other visual disorders. The trick is to use sensory features to orientate the LO. So for Macular Degeneration, I did a raised white padded sensory mound in the middle of the fidget blanket. They cannot SEE it, but they can feel it. They can still hear, so fidget items, or activity boxes with noise making features, music and so on can help. As long as she hears familiar voices. Perhaps you can tape your voice with various messages her carers can play to her throughout the day? Scented essential oils like lavender can also help calm her and a soft toy dog and so on.

  3. These are all wonderful and practical ideas. What about the people that are rural that have no Internet? How can this population receive your services? My elderly mother does not have the capability of getting Internet.

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