Empowering with education
Family and friends are often unprepared to deal with a dementia diagnosis and have no idea how to care for their loved one as the condition progresses. Our goal is to empower families with knowledge and help them cope with cognitive changes and challenging behaviors.
We are also committed to providing dementia education to medical students, residents and interns. To help cultivate a future dementia workforce, our team teaches courses at Arizona State University to inspire college students to pursue careers in the field.
Our Dementia Programs are directed by Maribeth Gallagher, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree in nursing practice who has won national and international awards.
Maribeth is a featured speaker at professional conferences and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She's also been a family caregiver herself.
Learn more about living well with dementia from her presentations on topics including: meaningful engagement, music therapy benefits, understanding caregiver grief and much more.
These sessions provide more comprehensive support for caregivers navigating every stage of dementia.
- Palliative Care: Why it matters on the dementia journey
- Dementia overview
- The language of distress
- Mindfulness for dementia care partners
- Meaningful Engagement
- Music and dementia
- Understanding caregiver grief
- Dementia program
- The impact on patients and families
- Comfort and dignity
- Health care decisions
- When it's time for hospice
- A mother and daughter's dementia care journey
We are committed to helping educate the next generation of hospice, palliative and dementia care professionals with courses at ASU. See how perceptions are transformed, when students engage with our patients living with dementia and learn how to support family caregivers.
Our own Dr. Gill Hamilton is highlighted by ASU for being a leader in meeting the tremendous challenges of bringing quality educational experiences to students during the pandemic. The video credits her with designing and delivering excellent learning opportunities by imagining new concepts, catalyzing ideas and forming new solutions to create positive change for humanity.