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

Kathy@WiserNow.com <- click here to send an email
1st Tuesday of the month @ 1:00pm 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

janice_bays@hotmail.com <- click here to send an email
2nd Thursday of the month @ 2:00pm 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 & Dementia Workgroup

Chair – Josh Hansen

jhansen@dwbdg.com <- click here to send an email
2nd Wednesday of the month @ 10:00am Eastern

The Technology & Dementia Workgroup is focused on: learning about available technology; developing a taxonomy for dementia-related technology products and services

and guidelines for person-centered relevance; and encouraging the development of person-centered dementia technology products and services.