Christy’s experience working with people living with dementia started when she was 8 years old and her mom took her to work (a memory care community, before such a thing officially existed). There, Christy bumbled into successfully persuading a resident who was determined to walk home to St. Louis (from California) to come back into the building with her instead.
Christy went on to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Certified Dementia Care Unit Manager (CDCM), and Cognitive Stimulation Instructor (CCSI). She has run award-winning memory care communities in assisted living and skilled nursing levels of care. As a professional, she figured out what she did right in that interaction as a little kid and has been teaching it to others ever since.
Christy is the go-to local expert for families living with a dementia diagnosis and the challenges that come with it. Christy is a speaker, founder of DementiaSherpa.com (CTC Dementia Care Management), and a community education instructor at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR. She is an expert in creatively managing behaviors without drugs, and the go-to expert when you want to stop struggling and move on to solutions that actually work.
Using her 15 years of experience in working with over 1,045 people living with dementia and their families, Christy has developed a system that helps families move from constant overwhelm and crisis management to confidence. She helps her clients stop losing precious time and start enjoying every moment.
Christy has been invited to speak at the Oregon Health Care Association’s Spring Expo and Annual Conference, LeadingAge Oregon’s Annual Conference, Senior Professionals Information Network, Clackamas County Senior Network, Yamhill County Senior Network, Salem Hospital, Farmington Square-Tualatin, Farmington Square-Beaverton, Farmington Square-Salem, Brookstone Alzheimer’s Specialty Care, Cedar Village, Vineyard Heights, ComForcare-Salem, Home Instead-Tigard, Home Instead-Hillsboro, Jennings McCall Center, Rosewood Park, Miramont Pointe, SpringRidge at Charbonneau, The Springs at Sherwood, and many more.
Christy’s mission is that every person living with dementia be treated with respect, kindness, and love–and that their families be supported along the way.
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