Alzheimer’s and Dementia Specialist
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another memory disorder can be stressful. Family caregivers and health care professionals know first hand how challenging it is to deal with the unexpected, the ups and downs and those moments when you feel you have exhausted all your options and energy.
Laurie’s goal has always been to make living with Alzheimer’s disease as comfortable as possible for everyone who comes in contact with this disease: the person with memory loss, family caregivers and health care providers. For this reason, Laurie offers an array of services:
As a family consultant, Laurie works with people with dementia and their family members families at various stages of memory loss. Families rely on Laurie to help them with common challenges, understand and cope with the changes throughout the disease, and assists them with making the right decisions, choices and transitions for the caregiver and the person with memory loss.
As a dementia care trainer, Laurie presents practical, ready-to-use, information that is based on her extensive dementia experience with family caregivers, people with memory loss, and the staff who care for them. Whether Laurie is presenting at a conference or conducting a staff training, Laurie delivers her message with compassion and enthusiasm. She gives attendees tools they need to manage the day-to-day care of someone with memory loss.
As a program consultant, Laurie meets with administrators, Program Directors and direct care staff to learn about their program. She believes that staff at all levels must be involved in creating a philosophy that centers on resident care, staff education and family support.
“Laurie is known as the consummate professional
in the field of dementia care.”
Theresa Sullivan, Director of Operations, Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California
Laurie has been a dementia specialist for 30 years years. Through her career, Laurie has been a clinician, educator, trainer, and an author. Laurie has worked extensively with people with dementia and their family members.
Laurie is the co-author of this nationally acclaimed book:
|Moving A Relative With Memory Loss
Moving a Relative with Memory Loss: A Family Caregiver’s Guide was written to help families think about some of the issues involved in moving a relative with memory loss.
Laurie is currently writing another book with Beth Spencer, Decision Making and Dementia. Expected release date is mid 2014
Laurie received her Masters of Social Work and Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan. She lives in Santa Rosa, California.
Laurie is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers). She has led the early stage support group for people with dementia for the Alzheimer’s Association for the past 5 years and she is a volunteer facilitator for a caregiver support group for the Lewy Body Dementia Association. She is past President of the Sonoma County Section on Aging and past Board member of icarevillage.com and the Sonoma County Forum.