About & Events


  • 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.
Rachael Wonderlin
Photo with Shooz the cat
My book in Barnes & Noble
2018 speaking event + slightly-purple hair


For more of my resume and past consulting history, see this page.

BRiTE Mild Cognitive Impairment program every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Cool places I’ve been in 2018: Caring Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, Remember Me Senior Care in Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Waters Senior Living in Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 18th & 19th: Consulting at Greensburg Care Center in Greensburg, PA

January 22nd: Webinar for Residential Hospice in Troy, Michigan

All of February: Monday lectures at Osher Lifelong Learning at Pitt

February 27th: Carnegie Mellon University lecture in Pittsburgh, PA

March 6th: Agreeing to Remember improv/dementia workshop at Steel City Improv Theater from 7-9:30, open to the public with ticket purchase

March 9th: Agreeing to Remember improv/dementia workshop at ManorCare

August 8th, 2019: PALA Conference keynote speaker in Cranberry, PA