Ignite Purpose with Resident Engagement

On-Demand Webinars: Ignite Purpose with Resident Engagement

Ignite Purpose with Resident Engagement

Life EnrichmentQuality of Life

Recorded on: 04/19/2018

Nancy Ewald, Founder of Activity Connection, will share a retrospective on how activities and resident engagement has evolved since she started her company in 1999. She will be joined by Charles de Vilmorin, CEO & Co-Founder of Linked Senior and they will discuss the future of the field, why they’re excited about what’s coming and provide best practices on how to improve the lives of the senior care residents.

About the Speakers

Nancy Ewald
Activity Connection

Nancy Ewald has a BS degree in Medical Technology and a MS degree in Allied Health Education. As a microbiology and hematology instructor, her early “activities” involved working with test tubes, pipettes and Bunsen burners. While taking some time off to raise her three children, she discovered her interest in helping seniors. When Nancy returned to the work force, she did so as an assistant activity director for a full-service community.

She became the activity director a year later. In 1999, she accepted the position of National Director of Lifestyle Enrichment with Marriott Senior Living. When Marriott exited the senior care market two years later, Nancy devoted herself to developing Activity Connection, an online resource for Activity Professionals.

Charles de Vilmorin
CEO & Founder
Linked Senior

While at Georgetown University, Charles wrote his thesis on retirement communities: The nursing home institution, a Foucauldian paradigm (2006). Around the same time, his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s disease and moved to a nursing home. These two experiences helped Charles realize how lonely, bored and secluded many residents of nursing homes and retirement communities were. Linked Senior was created to enhance the quality of the lives of these seniors.

He serves on the board of:
• The Validation Training Institute: The Validation Method is proven method of communication developed by Naomi Feil that helps improve the connection between caregivers and older adults experiencing dementia.
• AMDA: The Society for Post Acute and Long Term Care Medecine.