Equity in Aging Begins with Memory Support


Equity in Aging Begins with Memory Support

DementiaDementia InterventionsNon-Drug Therapeutic StrategiesQuality of LifeExecutive Edition
Communication, language, mental, and physical ability are all areas of inclusion we encounter in our day-to-day work. We even make plans of care around them and create guides, translations, cognitive assessments, and physical rehabilitation, to name a few. Despite this, the pandemic exacerbated a long-existing problem for older adults…social isolation, the antithesis of inclusion. In response, we evolved approaches through tools like FaceTime and Zoom and embraced technology that was once a nicety but is now a much-needed utility for filling the social prescription.
For persons living with dementia with memory support needs, we must employ the tools needed to consistently hear from and communicate with them as they navigate cognitive changes. Are we demonstrating fluency in the varied facets of communication with a person living with dementia? Can their voices, desires, and needs be heard and included? Is equity in aging attainable for persons living with dementia? The answer is yes.

Participants who join this webinar will be able to:

  • Define and understand the diverse communication and mental abilities of persons living with cognitive change within the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Learn about dementia so you have skills that help you communicate effectively with persons living with cognitive change.
  • Understand the role providers can play in committing to a journey of inclusion that ensures equity in aging for persons living with cognitive change.

Marvell Adams, Jr.
Founder and CEO
W Lawson

Marvell Adams, Jr. has known since high school that he would serve older adults as a part of his life’s work. His career journey has taken him well beyond his home state of South Carolina and he has had the good fortune of spectacular mentors and enriching professional experiences. He has been a project manager, nursing home administrator, CEO, facilitator, international speaker, coach, and educator, to name a few. And now, as Founder & CEO of W Lawson, he is continuing two decades of committed service to older adults with a focus on inclusion, belonging and creating communities for older adults that authentically welcomes them and their chosen family and friends. He has a very full and delightful family life in Baltimore, MD where he resides with his wife, Dr. Karoline Moon and their 7-year-old girl/boy twins and 5-year-old daughter.

Erin Bonitto
Gemini Consulting

Erin Bonitto, is a sought-after speaker, educator and dementia communication coach. The founder of Gemini Consulting, Erin is renowned as the innovator of Life Enrichment Systems for Dementia, a dementia education, programming and skill coaching framework. When Erin is not providing hands-on coaching in Life Enrichment partner communities, she can be found as a popular featured speaker at aging services conferences. Erin’s seminar topics include not only dementia, but sessions for the entire disciplinary team on topics including: Dignity & sensitivity boot camps, dining & dignity, marketing & publicity, innovative activities and more. Often invited back time and again, Erin has been described as a speaker who “can bring tears to your eyes and make you laugh out loud – all within seconds,” all while delivering real-world, nuts and bolts tools that participants can put to use immediately. Care providers across the country have lauded Erin’s down-to-earth style and real-world wisdom.