Passion Led Us Here

Many DAA Partners are involved in DAA efforts through Workgroup participation. The Partners’ wide ranging disciplines and diverse experiences and expertise are invaluable to ensuring the DAA’s efforts are well informed and shaped.

  Art & Dementia Workgroup

Chair – Kathy Laurenhue <- click here to send an email
1st Tuesday of the month @ 1:00 pm Eastern

People living with dementia continue to enjoy varying forms of creative arts throughout their lives. Workgroup members include people living with dementia, care partners, and those whose work supports them in creative arts, such as drawing, sculpture, painting, pottery, writing, music, dance, horticulture, drama, and humor. Members meet monthly for an hour on Zoom. New members committed to a positive approach to dementia are welcome.

 Optimizing Wellbeing Workgroup

Chair – Jan Bays, PT <- click here to send an email
2nd Thursday of the month @ 2:00 pm Eastern

The focus of the Optimizing Well-Being Workgroup is living well with dementia throughout lifespan and across residential settings. Members identify and support best practices in person-directed, relationship-based care that recognizes each person’s individuality, strengths, and autonomy; provide education for best practices; and advocate for recognition of dementia as a disability.

  Technology Workgroup

Co-Chairs – Mike Belleville

Co-Chairs – Alp Arslan  <- click here to send an email  <- click here to send an email

2nd Wednesday of the month @ 11:00 am Eastern

The Technology Workgroup is focused on improving the quality of life for individuals living with dementia and care partners through beneficial technologies by: (1) learning about available and emerging technologies; (2) working with an accepted taxonomy to categorize dementia-related technology products and services; (3) and encouraging the development of person-centered dementia technology products and services.