One day in my 6th-grade science class, my peers started talking about dementia. At the time I had no clue what it really was, nor was I aware of anyone in my life who had dementia. I knew enough though, that when a classmate started calling it, “old timers disease” to be appalled by the comment. This launched my passion for working with dementia as a volunteer. In 2005 when my grandmother (Grandma Marie) was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, the story become personal and transformed once again through my education to become professional. I have dedicated my life’s work to serving those with dementia and their families.
Kathryne Fassbender, CDCS is a dementia and creative engagement specialist, passionate about being present for those living with dementia and magnifying the importance of creativity and human connection. She works to cultivate a community wealthy in hope, creativity, and faith. She is a classically trained musician and studio artist.
Kathryne is a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Certified Dementia Care Professional, Purple Angel Ambassador, Public Speaker, dementia trainer, and Certified TimeSlips Facilitator. She has a background in the Creative Arts Therapies and is trained in building Creative Communities of Care. She works in and with a range of settings including community organizations, care communities, and in the home.
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