I am radically pro-aging and dementia positive. I serve all people and have a passion for those living with dementia, their allies and supporting organizations.
My journey started with a question, “What better way to learn about life than in hindsight?” Many elders I met were mad, frustrated, sad and bored; these common human conditions exacerbated by years and circumstance. I began to notice those who rejected the process of aging were suffering more than those who embraced it. There is no shortcut or easy answer to alleviate the suffering of aging and dementia but there is a perspective shift that can help us. I call this becoming a crone-in-training.
My passion for story led me to a career in film, studies in Depth Psychology, and ultimately my work with aging. For the last two years I have been performing in Dr. Bill Thomas' nationwide ChangingAging tour. Prior to this I worked with elders living in long-term care in San Francisco. In 2015 I traveled to all 50 states living in a van the culmination of which was founding a wellness center, Prosper. I blog (Huffington Post & ChangingAging) and recently published Healing Dementia. I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology and I wrote my thesis on the Anti-Aging myth in America.
Looking to ease the suffering that comes from ageism in your organization, community or family? Consulting is great for people who want to tap into information and expertise I have come across on my journey. I am available for consultation for people or families living with dementia as well as for professionals working on projects or initiatives related to aging, dementia and personal growth. I offer consultations in person, via phone or video.
$100-250 per hour
Do you yearn for meaningful self-generative change? Through coaching engagements I am your guide to personal transformation and growth that continues long after the engagement ends. I am a certified Integral Coach . I offer coaching in person, via phone or video. In coaching the majority of the personal growth is done outside of the meetings. Coaching works at shifting ones way of being in the world to achieve goals. I work with individuals as well as organizations.
$200-500 per month
All work is done on a sliding scale. Clients are asked to chose a rate within the above ranges that feels like an investment but not a burden.
Fusing art and language I provide dynamic and engaging workshops and speaking engagements that plant the seeds of personal and cultural growth inspiring attendees to change their lives and communities. I have presented at conferences, schools and care communities internationally. I am available to come to your location or to present digitally. See my resumé for example topics and offerings.
Part of Dr. Bill Thomas' ChangingAging Tour, Disrupt Dementia, is a paradigm-shifting, non-fiction theater performance designed to de-stigmatize dementia. My fellow cast members and I created the show in partnership with people living well with dementia. Learn More and find a performance in your area.