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Teri's Training & Certifications

The DAWN Method teaches families to recognize the strengths in their loved ones that are not lost to dementia and to support the changes that are part of the reality of dementia. It was created by Judy Cornish, founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network® (DAWN).

Dementia Live is a Dementia Simulation and Awareness Training by AGE-u-cate Training Institute. As an Authorized Provider of the Dementia Live Program, Teri empowers caregivers, families and local community partners with a transformative, first-hand dementia experience which heightens understanding, deepens empathy, and elevates care. 

Dementia Friendly Iowa promotes change and education in communities across Iowa to create a more informed, safe, and respectful place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at least 66,000 people are living with dementia in Iowa, and this number is expected to grow to at least 73,000 by 2025.


"I experienced Dementia Live! with Teri at the very beginning of my work with the elder population. While I had sat through educational videos that overviewed dementia and spent some time in our dementia care unit, there was NOTHING that compared to the experience of Dementia Live!

I recommend this program to anyone who wants to expand their understanding of how the brain works in people who are experiencing a neurological change or experience the world in a neuro-diverse way.

It immerses your senses in “as close as you can get” to understanding firsthand what your loved one is experiencing as they progress through their disease or diagnosis. There is not a book, speaker, or ANY form of education that can provide you with the takeaways of Dementia Live!"

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