By Caitlyn Mark, Memory Care Director at Wingate Residences at Needham
Hello everyone! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Caitlyn Mark, the memory care director at Wingate Residences at Needham in Needham, Mass. I began my career at age 15, working with memory-impaired elders as a resident assistant for a skilled nursing facility. I would spend time with residents in a group and one-on-one, conducting programs while the nursing staff assisted other residents with evening care. After a year of hearing the residents’ stories, listening to families and watching the terrible disease known as dementia take over their lives, I realized I had found my passion! I became a certified nursing assistant, providing hands-on care to residents.
My passion for the elderly and learning more about cognitive diseases continued to grow. After high school, I continued my education through Ashford University, where I received my bachelors in gerontology, with a specialization in healthcare informatics. I continued my educational journey and received my masters in healthcare administration. My main goal every day is to let my residents and their families know how much they’re loved, and to help provide them with the quality of life they deserve!
The goal of this blog is to provide insights into normal aspects of aging and help you better understand the processes of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The blog will offer advice and tips to those with a cognitive disease, personal accounts from loved ones who have a relative living with the disease and information about new research, as well as provide support to the caregivers of memory-impaired loved ones.
Whether you are reading this for advice or to learn more about the disease process, please know that you are not alone. I am here to support you and provide tools to care for a loved one or ways to live with the disease. If you want to learn more about a specific topic or have a question regarding cognitive diseases, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until there is a cure, I — as well as other resources — am here to help bring change to a world where someone living with a cognitive disease may continue to thrive!
Living in their reality,