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Senior Gems® Helps Caregivers Assess and Provide Care for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Senior Gems, created by Senior Helpers, is based on the Gems™ techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care, which was created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. It is a method for identifying the characteristics of aging, from normal aging through the early- and late-stage dementia with which many seniors are now facing. This classification system allows trained Senior Helpers caregivers to identify the characteristics of different stages of dementia and understand what a person can still do based on a gem level and using specific strategies to care for our seniors. Additionally, the Senior Gems program enables Senior Helpers to create the best plan for caring for the individual long term.

Senior Gems focuses on what is precious and unique about each senior, and although changes take place as the disease progresses, Senior Helpers focuses on what these seniors can do with what they still have available to continue to live a purposeful life at home. It’s all about focusing on taking a positive approach and using strategies that will work.

Why Senior Gems?

Dementia is a progressive brain disorder with a variety of symptoms. Several known disorders cause dementia symptoms, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. Millions of Americans are living with dementia and the disorders that cause it, and organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and the Mayo Clinic estimate that nearly one in three seniors live and pass away with dementia.

The Senior Gems helps families and caregivers prepare and care for those loved ones who are living with dementia. If your loved one is showing signs of dementia, you and your loved one can benefit from the concepts and the tips that the Senior Gems provides.

How Senior Helpers Uses Senior Gems

Senior Helpers works closely with Occupational Therapist Teepa Snow of Positive Approach, LLC to create and prepare comprehensive training programs for Senior Helpers offices and our caregivers around the country. This ensures each senior receives the right kind of care for his or her unique situation. From hours of introductory training to ongoing training delivered both online and in-person throughout the year, Senior Helpers caregivers are prepared to help your loved one live comfortably and safely.

Learn more about the training your caregivers go through to understand and help seniors living with dementia.

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