Reflecting on the experience of CDSME workshops including participants living with early stage dementia

Part IV of IV - webinar held June 12, 2019


The Webinar will provide a recapitulation of previous webinars and will provide “takeaway” messages and directions.


The series addresses professional service providers which include medical doctors, registered nurses, social workers, geriatric care managers, gerontologists, gerontology students, counselors, ombudsman/patient advocates, and family caregivers.


Joyce Nussbaum has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a concentration in gerontology and family studies. Ms. Nussbaum is currently the Health and Wellness Coordinator for Valley Program for Aging Services where she has worked since 2010.  Ms. Nussbaum is a master trainer for the Evidence Based Chronic Disease Self-management, Diabetes Self-management, Chronic Pain Self-management and Cancer: thriving and surviving programs originally developed at Stanford University, and A Matter of Balance through MaineHealth.  She is also licensed through the National Council on Aging to facilitate the evidence informed aging mastery program and is a leader for Fit and Strong.


Bonnie Vermillion has been a CDSME leader and regional coordinator for Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services for two years.  She has led community groups as well as one for persons with dementia and their care partners and one for persons with intellectual challenges.  She also facilitates a monthly Memory Cafe for the Alzheimer’s Association in Culpeper and teaches a weekly exercise program to residents of a memory support assisted living facility. Her work experience includes 20 years of working in the Assisted Living field.


Lauren Blackshaw is the Family Services Manager for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She primarily works with people in the early stages of dementia through social engagement programs like Memory Cafe and Arts Fusion as well as through overseeing our early stage advisory group. She also works with people with dementia and their care partners via care consultations and the chapter’s helpline follow up. Lauren has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a nationally certified counselor.





Emily Hoyt is an intern with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. She is an undergraduate honors student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development.

Ms. Hoyt is a research assistant at the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, and  is responsible for planning and implementing the first-ever multidisciplinary conference on elder abuse in Southwest Virginia. She served as an intern for the New River Valley Agency on Aging from August 2017 until May 2018, and also interned with the New York City Elder Abuse Center during the Summer of 2017.

Ms. Hoyt plans to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health and hopes to eventually work for a non-profit or state agency that has a focus on the aging population.

Webinar made possible through a grant from the Administration for Community Living

Additional support: Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia




The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease


Strategies for communication and sensitivity for persons experiencing dementia in a workshop setting


‘Lessons Learned’: How to conduct a workshop that includes persons living with early-stage dementia