This episode of Caregivers Stories, Kimberly interviews Sue Paul, an occupational therapist certified health coach and an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association who has a burning passion for the aging community. She is the Executive Director of SeniorScapes Inc., a nonprofit, dedicated to the creation of indoor/outdoor spaces designed for older adults. Their vision is to create landscapes where seniors can thrive, and their goal is to provide a stimulating, engaging environment where aging adults have the opportunity to play, socialize, and exercise in their own communities.
Sue shares that even in the therapy world, physical occupational and speech therapists could not see somebody with the diagnosis of dementia because it meant that they couldn't get better. Medicare wouldn't approve any claim if someone had a diagnosis of dementia because they thought that this is an irreversible problem. Sue felt terrible for not being able to help the people that needed it most. She knew that she can teach them how to feed themselves better and how to engage with the environment better because she knows that they have the potential. This made her so upset that it made her think and find ways on what can she can do to improve these people's lives. She spent the last 20 years honing her craft as far as finding ways to improve those the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.
If you want to know more about Sue, check her website http://thedementiaqueen.com/ or http://www.suempaul.com
You can also reach her on Facebook or email: Sue@seniorscapes.org.
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