I’m a dementia care consultant, author, trainer, and community designer. I own Dementia By Day, LLC.

I’m available for speaking engagements, facility consulting, staff training, one-on-one training, and more.



“16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia” poster

I created this list in 2014, and since then it’s been all over the Web—and in senior living communities! I decided to make it official and sell a print of my poster. Shipping included for the continental US—please email me if you are outside this area. DETAILS: 11×14 inches, matte paper, card stock, full color


“16 Things” Postcard Size 5x7in.

Available in quantities of 50! These are printed as 5x7 inch postcards. For more prints, just increase the amount you are buying; remember, they come in packs of 50.


“3 Questions To Save You Stress” poster

This poster features my 3 favorite questions to use in dementia care. It’s a great reminder for staff or families to not only live in the reality of the person with dementia, but to let that person guide them there. Shipping included for the continental US—please email me if you are outside this area. DETAILS: 11×14 inches, matte paper, card stock, full color


“When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community”

You can purchase my book from the JHU Press website, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. If you purchase it from my site, I’ll sign it and include a personalized message! Paperback only. Shipping included for the continental US—please email me if you are outside this area.


“My wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5+ years ago and the last two plus years I have not left her alone. However, I recently made the decision to place her in a memory care community and she has only been there one week. Your book provided me with great information and helped me realize that I was making a wise decision. Also, our daughter is a geriatric physician, has recently read your book and has even mentioned it to the family members of some of her patients.”
– Reader, Marc Rosenthal

You can also purchase my book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or JHU Press

Hour-Long Phone Call

60 minutes with me on the phone, answering your questions about dementia caregiving. For more information about this call, scroll down to "Dementia Hotline" to learn more.


Community Consulting & Training

Are you an administrator or owner of a dementia care community? Do you run a home care franchise? Are you looking for an affordable and effective way to make your community more dementia-friendly? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to train your staff in dementia care? You’ve come to the right place.

Places I’ve worked with include:

HCR ManorCare (Pittsburgh, PA) / Sundance Memory Care (Austin, TX) / Brookdale Senior Living (Burlington, NC) / Redstone Highlands (North Huntingdon, PA) / Rochester Presbyterian Homes (Rochester, NY) / Benton House of Clermont & Oakleaf (Clermont, Florida) / Vincentian De Marillac (Pittsburgh, PA) / Alabama Association on Aging (Birmingham, AL) / Home Instead Senior Care of Bethel Park (Pittsburgh, PA) / Arc Human Services (Beaver, PA) / Arbor Terrace Ortega (Jacksonville, FL) / The Waters (Minneapolis, MN) / Caring Manoa (Honolulu, Hawaii) / Penn Medicine Hospital (Plainsboro, NJ) / Enlivant Senior Living (Chicago, IL)

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Dementia Hotline


Have questions about dementia care that would be better answered by phone?

Want to talk to an expert about behaviors you’re seeing with your loved one? Thinking about moving your loved one into long-term care, but you just aren’t sure if it’s the best thing to do or not?

Call me!

I will help you troubleshoot the challenges you are experiencing with your loved one’s care. Calls last up to one hour and cost $50. Once you pay online, I will email you and we will set up a time and day to speak.

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About & Events


February 12th-16th: Consulting/speaking at The Waters communities in Minneapolis, MN

February 17th: Agreeing to Remember Dementia/Improv Workshop!

February 21st: Speaking at Kane Ross Regional Center in Pittsburgh, PA

February 23rd: Speaking at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA

March 15th: CEU event with Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA

April 11th, 12th, 14th: Staff training at Vincentian De Marillac in Pittsburgh, PA

April 26th: Training staff at Concordia of Fox Chapel in PA

May 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th: Teaching online on Virtual Senior Workshop

May 9th, 16th, 23rd: Teaching at Osher Lifelong Learning at CMU

May 15th: Keynote address at the annual Julian Gray Elder Law Conference in PA

May 17th: Speaking at Elmcroft Senior Living in PA

May 18th: Consulting with Penn Medicine Hospital in NJ

May 22nd, 30th: Training staff at ManorCare Peters Township in PA

May 29th: Training staff at UPMC Canterbury in Pittsburgh, PA

June: Training staff and consulting for Caring Manoa, Honolulu, HI

June 23rd: Agreeing to Remember dementia/improv workshop, Pittsburgh, PA

August 15th: CEU event at Highland Park Care Center in Pittsburgh, PA


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I have a Master’s in Gerontology from UNC Greensboro and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. I’ve been working, interning, and volunteering in long-term care environments since 2005. Dementia care is my passion, and I’m always looking for new ways to connect with caregivers. My book on dementia care is the only book on the market about moving someone to a care community. It came out in November 2016 with Johns Hopkins University Press.

I’m available for consulting work, tips, advice, or just a chat on the phone. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, but I travel all over the country for speaking engagements and workshops!

Email me at rachael@dementiabyday.com for more information.


2018 Rachael headshot
Rachael Wonderlin (2018) photo by Renee Rabenold
Rachael Wonderlin (2017) photo by Alex Murphy


Agreeing to Remember

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I love improv comedy, and, as it turns out, positive dementia care techniques and improv comedy techniques have a lot in common! A fellow improvisor and I have started “Agreeing to Remember” to teach caregivers positive dementia care techniques through improv lessons. Learn more here.


We are very impressed by Rachael Wonderlin’s depth of hands-on experience addressing dementia at all stages. Having worked hands-on with hundreds of residents at home and in care communities, she teaches by anecdote, and her insights have energized our team and our residents’ families to make meaningful connections with people who have dementia.

Todd Pang, Owner of Caring Manoa Assisted Living

I was thrilled to finally meet Rachael on her whirlwind speaking event at The Waters Senior Living Communities in White Bear Lake Minnesota. Rachael arrived at our community on the final leg of her tour with her positivity and genuine nature.
Our community learned about the stages of dementia and how to maneuver through difficult situations with grace and compassion. We are excited and honored to have Rachael as a resource and friend for life!

Heather Kerl, Executive Director at The Waters of White Bear Lake

As one of the first board-certified geriatricians in the United States thirty years ago, I would like to enthusiastically affirm the wise and practical utility of Rachael Wonderlin’s approach to the common problem of how to ease the distress and mitigate the behavioral difficulties so commonly seen among those who suffer from the dementias. In the process, Rachael also eases the distress of those who care for and about them.

Dr. Barry Farkas, Geriatrician

Rachael was very knowledgeable and interactive with our team during her training.   She presented a thorough understanding of Dementia as a whole and used numerous real life examples that kept everyone engaged. She most importantly gave the team a list of recommendations as to how we can create a world for our consumer to live a safe and meaningful life!

Nicole Foust, Arc Human Services

Rachael is someone I reach out to on a regular basis with questions about anything dementia-related. She is an amazing resource, and is so excited about what she does! I admire her passion for educating people about dementia, and for providing programming that will give dementia residents purpose and inspiration.

Amanda Nowak, The Simple Home Interior Design

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