As a sole caregiver for my parents who, in 1989 were simultaneously diagnosed with dementia, I have chosen to dedicate myself to those suffering from this debilitating illness.
David is the Manager of Education & Training for the Maine Alzheimer’s Association located in Falmouth Maine.David focuses on "Person Centered Care". This type of care focuses on the strengths rather than the weaknesses of those diagnosed with Dementia. Prior to accepting his current position David's work as an Alzheimer's program director gave him experience overseeing therapeutic programs and "Habitation" environments working closely with the activity department and nursing staff to ensure that all of the resident's individual needs are met.
David's "Celebration of Life" interactive music activity is featured in Virginia Bell's and David Troxel's new "Best Friends" book of Alzheimer's Activities Volume Two. David explains that as dementia advances music becomes more and more important in their daily lives. It creates excitement, validation, and positive emotions that last throughout the day for persons with dementia. It empowers the residents not just to be entertained, but also to be facilitators themselves. He uses the HealthRhythms program with both the residents and the caregivers in facilities throughout New England. I find that this program not only promotes well being in the residents but also serves as a team building exercise for the staff too!
David has traveled with Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams on "Healing through Humor" tours to Russia, China and Tibet to bring relief to children in orphanages and elders in hospitals.
David was the original drummer in the band "Boston" in the early 1970's and co- wrote and recorded songs for major motion picture soundtracks in the 1980's for MCA/Curb records.