"Cindy's up to date workshop on managing the behaviors of persons with dementia(PWD) provided useful and realistic interventions for anyone working with this special client population. She covered a number of dementia behaviors such as pacing and wandering, catastrophic reactions, disruptive behaviors and the triggers that often precipitate the behaviors. Most importantly, she provided many real world examples of scenarios which have occurred in her nursing practice in relation to dementia. I have used a number of her suggested responses with great success. I strongly endorse her workshops as well as her educational DVDs."
Darlene Clark, RN, MS, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Penn State University
"Cindy's knowledge and experience in dealing with dementia patients has been invaluable to our family. She is a genuinely caring person who can answer questions, offer suggestions, and provide support. Working with her has helped us understand Alzheimer's Disease. She has taught us how to deal with difficult situations and how to communicate better with our loved one, making life much easier for all of us. She is there for us when we need help dealing with a particular problem or if we just need someone to talk to. Caregiving is an overwhelming responsibility, and there are constantly new challenges. Cindy has helped us to face these challenges and to keep going. It is so reassuring to know she is there when we need her."
"When my fiercely independent, 90-year old mother in Florida began showing unmistakable signs of dementia, my sister and I had no idea how to bring up the subject of assisted living without making her agitated and defensive. We had always enjoyed a close relationship and the prospect of making her angry and resentful towards us was very painful."
"I contacted Cindy Keith and she agreed to meet with me at my office while my sister in Chicago joined us via speaker phone. Cindy answered all our questions and gave us a number of practical suggestions about how to discuss the prospect of moving in a positive, non-threatening way."
"She also provided us with information about local elder care services and facilities."
"When my sister and I went to Florida for my mother’s birthday we were able to begin our discussion about moving without the angry confrontation we dreaded. Talking with Cindy gave us the confidence we needed to attempt this difficult task."
Carol Anderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
"Aging is often a very painful process, especially for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's. However the dedication of professionals who care for the aged and their memory loss is a gift from God, helping the patient and their families to cope with these enormous challenges."
"Cindy Keith has had a profound effect on our family. As the head nurse at a home for memory impaired, she combined her enormous nursing skills, extensive knowledge of our mother's condition with a sincere effort that showed love and compassion."
"We feel very fortunate to have Cindy Keith as our caring professional."
Larry and Dolores Butler
"People living with dementia are special and they have a difficult illness in common. They are also individuals, no two alike, who have unique needs and potential for functioning and quality of life. Cindy has the special gift of recognizing the needs of people living the dementia and of knowing how to realize the best potential for the patient while understanding the role of the caregiver. Cindy worked with me in my geriatric practice caring for hundreds of patients over the years, and she assisted in the development of an advance assessment center for persons living with dementia. She never lost sight of the patient or the patient's needs while working in a state of the art medical environment."
"As a physician with extensive experience in caring for the elderly, I recommend Cindy to anyone who has responsibility for care for people with dementia."
Betsey A. Eggler, M.D.
"Cindy Keith came into my family two years ago when I was looking for a place for my Mom, who suffers from dementia. I found an unusual place that had a very special nurse who told me all she wanted to do was care for little old confused ladies. Cindy and the staff she had trained took good care of my Mother, a retired RN herself, who used to enjoy sitting in Cindy's office because she was 'that nurse I used to work with--Jeanie'. Cindy was able to find humor in a woman who had been very angry for years and she made her laugh. She gave my Mom the opportunity to have special days all year long--Christmas parties, dancing in or out of a wheelchair, Mother's Day teas, picnics and happy birthdays to help Mom feel at home."
Cindy will always have a special place in my heart. She has the knowledge and a true love for the elderly to help us provide the best possible care for our parents. I hope you will allow her to use her knowledge and love of the elderly to care for your parents. My Mom still asks me "Where is that nurse you used to work with--Jeanie--the one that liked chocolate?"
Mary Stewart, RN
"What are the qualities that make for an outstanding health care provider? Good training, experience, intelligence, works well with others, and compassion. Cindy Keith possesses all of these qualities. Having worked with Cindy for four years, I would strongly recommend her for either consulting with families or staff dementia training."
Michael Tanitsky, D.O.
“Several years ago my brother and I suspected that my mother was beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and we had no idea how to address the issues surrounding this. I was referred to Cindy through a friend, and although Cindy is based in State College, PA and I am in Washington, DC, it has been a great working relationship. Through phone consultations and many emails, Cindy first guided me and my brother through the beginning stages of my mother’s disease. She recommended a doctor and was available during those early “what do I do now” moments. She continues to be a very valuable resource and when I need an opinion or idea, I email or call Cindy and she is always extremely helpful. She makes me consider things I hadn’t thought of, and is that non-family “voice of reason” that everyone needs. I strongly encourage anyone who needs help with this sort of issue contact Cindy. I am proof that you don’t need to live in the same town to benefit from her advice.”
B. O’Berry, Washington, D.C.
Alzheimer's and Dementia Counseling and Education
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