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About Valerie Richards

Valerie has always had a personal and professional interest in improving and maintaining quality of life in those with chronic medical conditions. She has a background in business promoting medical products and healthcare services through education and training and has instructed and worked with patients, families, social service and medical professionals. Her approach is comprehensive with an emphasis on the lifestyle and personal preferences of the individual, as well as the family situation. A personal family journey with Alzheimer's has created her passion to help others manage life transitions and maintain family relationships through progressive dementia.

Valerie & her father, Bert
Valerie became interested in dementia after her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and she began directing his care management. She has educated herself about Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and senior issues through study, participation at professional forums, and through her personal experience. She has now been through the progression of Alzheimer's with her father and father-in-law, and is one of the family members making care decisions for her mother-in-law who lives with the results of a major stroke. The Alzheimer's journey with her dad ended with his death in early 2011, but she continues to share the experience in her work with others coping with progressive dementia.

Valerie's approach is based on the philosophy that individuals may have the same disease but they have different journeys because of their background and life experience, and care decisions are very individual. Information is vital to help families prepare for, and cope with, the progression of dementia and enable them to provide the best quality of life for their loved one. She recognizes that there is a stigma around dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as the aged in our culture, and she is committed to increasing knowledge and understanding to help in coping within the family and greater community.

Valerie's formal education, training and experience includes:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology
  • Master of Business Administration degree
  • Dementia care training including CARES™ Training with essentiALZ™ Certification through the Alzheimer's Association
  • Advance Care Planning Facilitator Certification through Respecting Choices®
  • Online instruction for Advance Care Planning through the CDC
  • Delivering community presentations and interactive sessions
  • Support group facilitation for dementia caregivers since 2011

Contact Valerie at vjrichards@familieswithdementia.com

  Phone: 651-210-7866 © 2014 Valerie Richards Email: info@familieswithdementia.com