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What Dementia Cannot Smell

TEEPA CARE-TIP VIDEO: Dementia dangerously alters a person's sense of smell. Teepa Snow brings to light what people with dementia smell - and what they don't. Learn to prevent hazards and frustrations.
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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August 19, 2014 9:34 pm

Very interesting

April 28, 2015 11:34 pm

I don't have a sense of smell and never did. I get along just fine without it. I am 52 years old.

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May 20, 2015 3:07 pm

Yes but there is a difference between learning to live without a sense of smell at a very early age and learning to live without a sense of smell after at least 50-60+ years of using it and relying on it just as much as your other senses. Anyone would be thrown off in a major way just with the loss of smell alone. Then throw in the change in mental ability and comprehension that comes with Dementia.

May 1, 2015 12:58 pm

is there a transcript available? i can't get the video to play.
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May 2, 2015 7:03 pm

There is a transcript available on

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