Emily is the Director of MindSense – our cognitive enrichment program. Emily and her team individually tailors sessions based on their client’s cognitive abilities and skillfully uses their unique interests and strengths to leverage engagement. A broad range of modalities and tools are used in one-on-one, home-based sessions. Emily and her team also works with caregivers and family members to help them better connect with their loved ones. Emily received her Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience from Lafayette College and has research experience in neurodegenerative diseases. She is a Certified Dementia Connections Facilitator and is trained in helping those with memory impairment lead lives of purpose and joy. She also runs a support group for adult children caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
“Empowering the elderly has always been a passion of mine. As I watched my grandfather age, I noticed how impactful companionship was in relieving boredom and isolation. He is an abstract artist and painter in his late eighties and was active with his work until his physical condition limited some of his abilities. I began engaging him in other ways to express his artistic talents – we did simple group sketching, abstract brushwork and read about famous artists. I discovered that classical music brightened his mood if he felt down and listening to his favorite baseball games on a headset excited him. This stayed with me as I studied neuroscience and learned about how structured cognitive enrichment sessions can have a neuroprotective effect on the aging brain. The MindSense program allows me the opportunity to enhance my clients’ everyday experience and bring joy, creativity and connection to their lives.”