Amy’s passion for working with families affected by memory loss began after her own experience caring for her grandmother, who lived with the disease for nearly thirteen years. Amy began working with the Memory Care Home Solutions team in 2014 as a graduate practicum intern. During her practicum, she provided support and education to caregivers and families caring for a loved one with memory loss and also helped create the Advanced Training curriculum, still used to train professional caregivers on dementia care techniques. During this time, Amy also gained valuable experience in activity programming for residents with late and end-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia at Parc Provence, a long-term care community. After Amy earned her Master’s of Social Work degree and Gerontology specialization from Saint Louis University, she worked for the VOYCE Ombudsman Program, and advocated for residents living in long-term care communities. Amy brings experience and expertise in volunteer engagement and program development, as well as a deep understanding of the aging process and continuum of care.
In addition to her role at Memory Care Home Solutions, Amy and her family operate Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, a not-for-profit organization in central Illinois that provides education and support for families, caregivers, and people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.