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Why People Living with Late Stage Dementia May Sit in a Curled up, Tense Position

Have you noticed that people living with late stage dementia often sit in a tense, curled up position with their arms crossed?



Do you know what causes this? And more importantly, why should you know this?



As dementia affects the brain, it loses its ability to send the necessary signals to tell the muscles to relax.

You need to know this because when you offer hygiene and pull their arm or leg to the side to wash an area, you might be unknowingly tearing their muscles.



Instead of lifting their limb, gently wash these areas by reaching them from behind.

In a recent program, "Advanced Care Skills for Late Stage Dementia," Teepa Snow spoke about many of these critical care aspects, and we wanted to share three short clips from that video with you.



As Teepa says herself, "Until there's a cure, there's care."

How to Bathe a Person with Late Stage Dementia without Causing Injury

Helping a Person Eat and Drink in Late Stage Dementia

How to Connect with a Resting Person Living with Late Stage Dementia

These videos are excerpts of the DVD "Advanced Care Skills in Late Stage Dementia" with expert Teepa Snow.

Whether you work in skilled, hospice, or in a home care setting, this program is a must-see for anyone who seeks to provide the most comfort, dignity and quality of life to the person living with dementia.

This program offers step-by-step instructions and hands-on skills for a variety of late stage care needs, all based on Positive ApproachTM techniques to help care partners handle even the trickiest of care tasks and reduce their risk of injury.

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