Wednesday, July 18, 2018









Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care (PAC) 

Champion Course is the way to shine!


Join PAC Mentor and Certified Trainer Dorothy Colby for a 7-hour intensive course and begin to master the art of responding, not reacting!

In this one-day skill-building class, you will learn and practice essential techniques of dementia care such as:
- Positive Physical Approach
-Hand-under-Hand®
-GEMS®

Level 1 Champion Course
For the low rate of $180, you can have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained mentor in a small group setting. You will develop skills for improving the quality of your interactions and care. You will also gain abilities for managing the challenging situations encountered in dementia care. Click here to register.

Recommended for:
Nursing, Faith community, families, home care workers, health care support, family care partners and anyone looking to improve approach and skills with dementia care.

Space is limited!

Maximum of 12 participants! So click here to register now!

Lunch and snacks will be served and are included with your registration


FAQs
Where is 15 Craigside?
-- 15 Craigside is centrally located on Nuuanu Avenue, mauka of the Craigside Condominium complex.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
-- The entrance to 15 Craigside's parking lot is off of Nuuanu Ave. Parking is behind the building. A valet will direct you to a stall and hold your keys for you.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
-- Yes, you may transfer your ticket to someone else. Please email info@dorothycolby.com to let Dorothy know who will be attending in your place.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
-- Email info@dorothycolby.com if you have any questions.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Understanding Swallowing Problems and Dementia

Hawaii-made video on dysphagia
Now in English, Ilocano, and Samoan!

Thank you to the Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center, Dept of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii for producing this learning tool Hawaii caregivers who are taking care of elders with dysphagia (swallowing problems). 

It can be used by both family caregivers, as well as professional caregivers, and has a special emphasis to our Hawaiian and Pacific Island communities. Please share the valuable and free educational tool.

English Version: 

Dysphagia (Swallowing Difficulty) and Aging: Caregiver Empowerment Series


Ilocano Version: 

Mangpatalged Kadaguiti Agtartaraken - Marigatan nga Agtilmon ken Ti Nataengan



Samoan Version: 

Folofologatā (Faigata ona folo) ma le Soifua Matua


* Translated Chuukese version of this video and written resources will be available in the future.
* For a copy of a DVD, please contact JABSOM at 808-523-8461

Thursday, January 11, 2018


I am excited to announce that the Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative is once again sponsoring a series of six Positive Approach to Care workshops at Kahala Nui. Please join me from February through July to explore how to have a positive and meaningful relationship with your loved one living with dementia throughout their journey. To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-positive-approachtm-to-dementia-care-workshop-series-for-caregivers-of-persons-with-memory-loss-tickets-41686844474

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Tips for People Living with Dementia

Tips for Joyful Holidays
The holidays can be very stressful for people living with dementia and their care partners. Large family gatherings, travel and gift giving can easily turn into confusing and upsetting situations. Here are some tips to help you have a joyful holiday season together! 


Friday, December 16, 2016

Tunnel Vision



There are dramatic vision changes as dementia progresses. People living with dementia lose peripheral vision and their visual field becomes narrower and narrower. By mid-disease they have tunnel vision. You can simulate this by making "binoculars" with our hands like we did when we were children. This field of vision is about 12" round. This means that a person living with dementia cannon see something unless it is directly in front of them and just about at eye level. 


We explore what this means in my Positive Approach to Care monthly workshops. Through role playing we can put ourselves in the person living with dementia's shoes and see what they can and cannot see. Only then can we understand what kind of changes we need to make in our approach so they can see us and we can make a connection.

These photos are from a recent Using a Positive Physical Approach class. During the vision change exercise there were many AH-HA moments. One woman whose husband is much much taller than she is realized why he cannot see her when she is standing right by him. Another person in the class whose mother is generally seated realized that the reason her mother always commented on her shoes first thing was because that was all she could see of her when she approached. Here are some photos from that day were we role played different approaches and changing vision.

Here is a video of Teepa Snow talking about vision changes that come with dementia and what it means, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGhPkV2roVc



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Increasing Dementia Awareness at One Kalakaua Senior Living

In September the staff of One Kalakaua Senior Living joined me for the first of a 6-part series of dementia workshops. Together we explored the difference between normal and not normal aging. Over the course of the next year we will work together to learn to develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and ability to connect with people affected by dementia.