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Dementia expert gives tips to first responders

How to approach and calm someone who is agitated and possibly violent

By Barbara Peters Smith
Sarasota Herald Tribune (Florida)

SARASOTA, Fl. — National dementia expert Teepa Snow wants people in Southwest Florida to be more aware that they are surrounded by neighbors with some form of cognitive disorder — and many of them are driving on our roads.

About half of all people who are 85 and older have some form of dementia, ...

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Mackle Mart Mackle Mart Friday, March 23, 2012 11:10:07 AM I would be interested in reading more from Ms. Snow as dealing with a dementia patient I find can be one of the most challenging things a medic must do. And this article was correct when it states that emergency responders get very little formal training in this area. I think there is one paragraph in my provincial training manual on this and we spent about 5 minutes on dealing with the elderly in those situations when I was in school. My practical experience is all I have to fall back on, but I remember that it was even more challenging when I first came out on the road.

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