I help companies elevate their dementia care and get Dementia By Day Certified. I wrote the only book on moving someone to a dementia care community, published by JHU Press.
- I wrote the only book on moving someone to a care community, and it’s published by Johns Hopkins University Press…I’m currently working on my second edition and my second book on dementia care!
- I travel all over the country speaking, training, and consulting in dementia care. For a list of places I’ve worked with, check out my Senior Community page.
- My favorite topics to speak on include, “How to communicate with people who have dementia,” “Interior design and dementia care,” and “Keeping people with dementia engaged.”
- I serve on the board for the Allegheny Area Agency on Aging.
- I serve on the NIDE Council, the National Institute for Dementia Education.
- My hair is naturally dark blonde, but it’s also been purple and gray!
- I have a Master’s in Gerontology from UNC Greensboro and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington.
- You’ve probably seen my “16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia” list somewhere on social media.
- I’ve been working, interning, and volunteering in long-term care environments since 2005.
- I’ve been featured in The Washington Post and on NPR.
- I was a professional film actress—agent and everything—when I was a kid.
- Dementia care is my passion: you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anyone who loves working in this field more than I do.
- I have been doing improv comedy for over eight years and sketch comedy for over three years. You’re welcome to check out some of my sketch comedy work, but know that it’s probably not safe for work…but I guess it depends where you work!
- My friend Chris and I run a dementia care and improv comedy workshop. Learn more about that here.
RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
For more of my resume and past consulting history, see this page.
BRiTE Mild Cognitive Impairment program every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Home Instead Senior Care of Bethel Park every other Tuesday
June 3rd-18th: 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
September 6th: Nursing school student training in Washington, PA
September 19th: Training staff at Hempfield Manor in Greensburg, PA
October 1st-4th: Chattanooga, TN consulting for an up-and-coming company
October 16th: SWPPA Annual Conference exhibitor in Canonsburg, PA
October 21st: Education Session at Hope Church in Pittsburgh, PA
October 29th: LeadingAge Conference in Philadelphia, PA
October 30th: Allegheny Area Agency on Aging Conference in Pittsburgh, PA
November 10th: Agreeing to Remember dementia/improv workshop in Pittsburgh
November 15th: Half-day workshop for Westmoreland County in Pittsburgh, PA
November 17th: American Case Management Conference speaker in Pittsburgh, PA
November 29th: Agreeing to Remember improv/dementia workshop in Beaver, PA
December 10th: Beulah Church Support Group in Pittsburgh, PA
January 22nd: Webinar for Residential Hospice in Michigan
February 27th: Carnegie Mellon University lecture in Pittsburgh, PA
“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.
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.
Rachael’s training program is excellent! Our care staff loved this training and remained totally engaged throughout the whole week. We are now better prepared to give our residents the care and understanding they need and to support our resident families with confidence. She also helped us with our engagement activities, and daily activity calendars. We are now “Dementia By Day” Certified! We will definitely have her back for further training! Thank you Rachael!
Tracy Sneed, Owner of Remember Me Senior Care
We are very impressed by Rachael’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