Candace Stewart has dedicated her career to advocating for the elderly. She served as a Washoe County SAFE (Special Advocate for Elders) volunteer, and more recently, served on the Board of Directors for the Senior Service Network of Northern Nevada. She has volunteered to create and facilitate many support groups throughout California and Nevada over the past 20 years. She has worked in long term care facilities, where she created and implemented a program for residents with mild to moderate cognitive impairment, as well as worked for home care agencies, where she trained caregivers on Alzheimer’s and dementia, and created person-centered care plans for clients. She has just facilitated an 8 week session of the very first NEVADA Early Stage Support Group, and will be continuing with the next 8 week session.
Ms. Stewart worked in the office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman in Ventura County, California, ensuring that elders were treated with respect, dignity and compassion. She also worked with the Alzheimer’s Association of Ventura County as the Chapter Manager, working with volunteers, and was the voice on the other end of the phone for the Helpline.
Ms. Stewart knows firsthand the challenges facing families of loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; two of her family members were diagnosed with the illness, including her mother.
Her personal and professional experience prompted her to write a book, “Welcome to Planet Alzheimer’s”. It is short, to the point, and easily read, regarding communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s, with a little laughter and love added in. It has sold more than 15,000 copies nationwide. Ms. Stewart is available for workshops and presentations on such topics as The Dementias, and communication techniques based on her book.
Ms. Stewart has a degree in Behavioral Science and Psychology.
Her fee schedule is on a sliding scale. To find out what Ms. Stewart can offer your community, please contact her for further information.