Meet Deborah

A pioneer in the field of
spirituality and dementia.

“When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

-- Helen Keller

A Message from Deborah

Thank you so much for coming to my website. I hope you discover something useful.

The world of dementia – in any of its forms – is a challenge. Stress is a well- documented part of the dementia caregiver’s life – both personally and professionally. Ongoing exposure to the many sources of unrelenting stress will eventually take a toll on the health of the dementia caregiver. Coping with these stressors will be heavily influenced by caregiver’s perceptions of the situation and her/his available support systems.

Most dementia caregivers eventually learn the following: There will be good days. There will be rough days. There will be many different types of losses. Time to grieve those losses will have to wait. At certain points along the way, the dementia caregiver will recognize that she/he must find ways to step away from it all; breathe in fresh air; and take time to revive one’s own spirit.

Finding sources of support – in whatever form they take – will help ease the challenges of the dementia care-giving experience. Recent research has proven that support will improve the caregiver’s health!

Knowledge about the diseases/disorders that cause dementia is an important form of support. Spirituality – however one views that part of life – can offer another form of support. Ongoing efforts to learn new ways of staying connected to the person with dementia via such things as music, art, poetry and storytelling can provide immediate and satisfying support.

It is my great honor and privilege to help dementia caregivers and their family and friends discover unique forms of support that work for them.

Spirituality …..defined

“Spirituality …..are those capacities that enable a human being to rise above or transcend any experience at hand. They are characterized by the capacity to seek meaning and purpose, to have faith, to love, to forgive, to pray, to meditate, to worship and to see beyond the present circumstances.”

~ C. Kuhn M.D

Psychiatric Medicine, 1988

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