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Positive Approach To Care

“Developed by occupational therapist Teepa Snow, the Positive Approach to Care is a philosophy and methodology of care that has become recognized as the Gold Standard for the Profession. As a Certified Consultant and an Independent Trainer in the Positive Approach to Care, Debbie is excited about her role in bringing this higher standard of Alzheimer’s and dementia care to west-central Florida.

Deb, Teepa, and Amanda

Please explore our web site for more information about how you and your organization can benefit.

Debbie with Teepa Snow (center) and Teepa’s daughter Amanda at the First Annual Positive Approach to Care Conference in Cary, North Carolina in November 2019.

To learn more about Teepa Snow’s philosophy and methodology, click HERE.

We endorse the Human Scent Preservation Kit

Exit-seeking and wandering is one of the most dangerous behaviors among individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After only a few hours of a person being lost, the likelihood of a positive outcome is not good. Coping with Dementia LLC believes that Human Scent Preservation Kits, providing a pure scent for scent-discriminating dogs, can be the most effective and inexpensive tool for more quickly locating someone who has gone missing.

Boles, Selsavage, Fancy

“We are honored to have been chosen by Find-M’ Friends as a partner to assist with the promotion and distribution of Out of Harm’s Way Scent Kits. Find-M’ Friends, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that provides education on the use of a scent discriminating bloodhound as an aide for finding the missing. Find-M’ Friends distributes human scent preservation kits and provides trained and certified bloodhounds to Law enforcement or SAR handlers.”

To learn more about, Find-M’Friends Inc., click HERE

The Alzheimer's Family Organization (AFO) is a community based, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization focused on helping caregivers achieve and maintain a better quality of life not only for their loved ones, but for themselves.  It provides services in west-central Florida including Citrus, Hernando, Lake, North Hillsborough, North Pinellas, South Marion, Pasco and Sumter Counties


As a former President of AFO Board of Directors, Debbie Selsavage often promotes the AFO and assists in its educational program. She is an authorized AFO Caregiver Support Group Leader and often participates as a speaker at its Caregiver Days.

Dementia Education, Inc. is a Florida non-profit whose mission is to further public
understanding of diseases in ways that will result in better and more compassionate
care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Coping with Dementia LLC enjoys a beneficial relationship with Synexus, a research firm that provides screening and research participation opportunities for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Coping with Dementia LLC has greatly benefited from the support and guidance of SCORE Mentors.  We strongly encourage any start-up business to seek the guidance of its local chapter of SCORE.