Anyone affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia will be interested in a Monday video series featuring the highly regarded expert and presenter Teepa Snow. Ms. Snow is known for being funny in a very respectful way in order to humanize this debilitating disease. Friends, family members and caregivers of any age can learn from these videos how to better communicate with or relate to those suffering from dementia.
Two of the videos will be shown at the Tisbury Senior Center, and two at the Up-Island Council on Aging, the Howes House. The series is free of charge and is sponsored by Care From the Heart.
On Monday, March 21, at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. Ms. Snow explains dementia and how it ravages the brain in Dementia 360 — Beyond the Basics, at the senior center on Pine street in Vineyard Haven. She gives concrete examples and demonstrates basic ways to handle common behaviors.
On March 28 at 1 p.m. at the Howes House is Sex and Intimacy with Dementia. In this, Ms. Snow discusses a topic that is rarely addressed directly but often discussed privately. Questions are answered about normal sex and aging, why embarrassing things happen, and how to be close without sending the wrong message.
Managing Medical Conditions and Dementia is the video screening April 4 at 1 p.m. at the Howes House. People with dementia rarely have only the diagnosis of dementia. Ms. Snow presents ways to address other medical conditions that are common for those with Alzheimer’s, giving insight and techniques to caregivers on how to connect with their care partner and manage care better.
Dementia and Driving Issues screens April 11 at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center. Here Ms. Snow discusses one of the issues that families ask about most: driving. She explains the challenges of an aging brain and driving and offers suggestions for family members on how to frame the driving discussion.
All are welcome. Please call to register. The Tisbury Senior Center is 508-696-4205 and the Howes House, 508-693-2896.