Master’s Degree in Education
I stay current on issues pertinent to my clients by attending seminars and conferences, and reading-up-to-date information from the scientific community
Certified through Positive Approach to Care as a Dementia Care Trainer (see teepasnow.com for more information)
Experience with people who have:
- dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease
- depression and anxiety
- physical disabilities
- Parkinson’s Disease
Please contact me for references from previous and current clients
That's the nuts and bolts. But given that you are searching for someone to enjoy sharing time with, I’d like to share with you more than just my credentials. So the following is a glimpse into my background and how I came to love the work that I do...
I was born and raised in a small suburb just north of Detroit called Huntington Woods. My father was born in Israel, coming to Detroit in 1958 on a student visa to attend Wayne State University, and my mother is a Detroit native. Her grandparents migrated here from Lithuania in the early 1900’s. I had only one living grandparent for most of my life, but I was fortunate that my grandmother lived only a few miles away. She was a very significant part of my life until the time of her passing in 2008.
I have lived most of my adult years in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, briefly leaving after high school to chase the warm weather in Southern California. I attended school both at Eastern (for a B.S. In Geology) and U of M (for an M.A. In Education). After working full time in the School of Education as a research project manager, I decided to make the switch to full time child rearing and stayed home with my three kids. I knew that someday I would return to work, but never sure where my journey was headed.
When my dad suddenly became ill in 2012, I was still at home with my children, but beginning to explore possible career moves. Early on in his illness, it never occurred to me that I was shaping my future path. I was just trying to do the best that I could to understand the needs of my dad, amidst the sea of decisions and conflicting opinions. At some point, I realized that I have a strong affinity toward being with and helping the aging population, and my training as an educator helps me discover ways to engage with people in meaningful ways. I learned to problem solve situations through objective observation, listening and then mutually finding workable solutions.
I have always been drawn to social interactions with elderly family members and neighbors, since I was a child. I've always loved the history and wisdom that comes from those relationships. And in my busy adult schedule, I appreciate the pace of the elderly... slow, thoughtful, and deliberate. As a child, I would always volunteer to go to our elderly neighbor's house when my mother needed to bring something to her. I enjoyed those times because I found her so interesting to listen to and I loved the collections of "stuff" she gathered and saved from a lifetime of living. Everything in her house had a story connected to it, bridging the past to the present. My favorite thing she shared with me was her fishbowl full of matchbooks, hundreds of them, and every one of them was a window to the life she once led, her travels and her joys.