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What Dementia Hears

Top expert TEEPA SNOW presents what people with dementia hear when you talk and how they process your verbal cues. (Video)

TEEPA SNOW presents the other side of dementia like no one else can. Learn what people with dementia hear when you talk, how they process your verbal cues and how to better adjust yourself to their reaction.


Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA is a nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s and dementia care specialist. With over 30 years of experience, Teepa Snow teaches her students how a person with dementia perceives his/her world and how caregivers can best provide dignity and the best quality of life.


This video is an excerpt of a Teepa Snow seminar called, “Making Visits Valuable”, given for the Alzheimer’s Support Network.

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February 25, 2014 2:15 pm

Your tips are wonderful. This one is spot on, I am guilty of this TONE and frustration. I love my MOTHER so much, and enjoy her every day, but there is a disconnect at times, and I thought it was her getting bored or something. Now I feel like I can do something different to help us communicate! THANK YOU!

Ida Thought
Ida Thought
March 3, 2014 7:31 am

This is both valuable information and hard to watch – especially the tone of the speaker when she uses sarcasm to imply that the frustrated/grieving/desperate carer is not normal for doing things wrong at times.

Reply to  Ida Thought
September 12, 2016 3:22 pm

Spot on!

November 2, 2015 10:10 pm

Your material is so excellent! I am on a limited income and cannot afford the DVDs. I checked our local Alzheimer Association library but they do not have them. How and where can I go to learn more and view your wonderful work?
Reply to  Anonymous
November 3, 2015 9:09 am

Check out the section in the guide at the bottom of this page called:

Care Tips

Hope this helps.

Harold Weisberg
Harold Weisberg
Reply to  Anonymous
December 31, 2015 2:57 pm

Seven stages of the disease and depending on what stage the loved one is in, (my wife is in seven after 14 years) and we have to try and reach our loved one differently. Each care provider ( I have 4) is different. Compassion and common sense are two main ways of helping your loved one. Harold Weisberg

December 31, 2015 4:52 pm

very nicely said Harold Weisberg……So sorry your wife has been afflicted with this disease for so long. God bless you

December 31, 2015 4:54 pm

THANK YOU FOR THIS VIDEO – I volunteer with Alzheimer patients and I sure wish families would watch some videos like yours,

Reply to  Glogogo
September 12, 2016 3:33 pm

Volunteer?!?!!? God bless you with all you need and want. I can't even get family to spend time with Tom. Not friends either,. You are truly an angel. I've tried to get unpaid help for y e a r s, even my church suggests students who want pay. Vast majority of people clearly do not understand the toll this disease takes on carers and their finances. How they miss that information these days is beyond me. Thank you for the service, help, and heart you give!

January 24, 2016 12:42 pm

It would be very helpful if there was an option to view a transcript of the videos.
Reply to  Anonymous
January 24, 2016 1:36 pm

When you run the video, a little YOUTUBE icon appears. Click it and it takes you to this video on YouTube. There, click on the MORE option under the video. There you will find an option offering a transcript.

Reply to  Anonymous
September 12, 2016 3:43 pm

I get an amazon site from which to buy DVD s. I'll go straight to youtube now that I know this. Thanks.

Reply to  Anonymous
September 21, 2016 10:53 am

Surely sites that aim to help alzheimer's sufferers and their carers should provide information in accessible formats as well as video formats? asking people to navigate their way through a video, then go to youtube and only then maybe find a link to something that may be printable and be able to be kept and looked at by an Alzheimer's sufferer

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