I used to say that if you had asked me 20 years ago if I would be in the career I’m in, I would’ve never guessed dementia care. However, looking back I now can see how everything in my life has led up to this. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was growing up. One of my grandfathers is a Bible teacher, and I believe it was from him that I received my love of educating. My other grandfather died with Alzheimer’s, and while I didn’t experience it on a day to day basis, it was just another page in the story I was creating.
As I worked with individuals and families living with dementia I saw the need for practical education and training. Not just the scientific & clinical stuff…. yes, it’s important to know what’s going on in a brain with dementia, but what does that mean for the daughter who is caring for her Mom on daily basis? Or the wife who is caring for her husband? How do those concepts translate to day to day care practices and techniques? That’s what I desired to do and am committed to doing for our families and associates.
Keeping up with all the new dementia research and information that occurs daily and applying that to how we serve our families.
My goal in writing this blog is to share what I’ve learned and what I continue to learn from people living with dementia. To help care partners find success and joy in their caregiving role and be able to provide a meaningful quality of life for the person they’re caring for.