Promoting well-being and positive expecations for people with dementia
Welcome to Living Well With Dementia®, LLC!
My goal is to help individuals live their best lives after a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment by promoting well-being and best care practices for their care partners. Additionally, I work with individuals, facilities and organizations to promote person-centered care and well-being for aging adults.
Living Well With Dementia, LLC provides education and consultation to improve the lives of older adults living with dementia. Our mission is to promote the strengths and abilities of older adults and to minimize the physical, mental and psychological challenges. We provide individuals, care partners and organizations with evidence based tools and strategies to promote well-being and engagement.
A Fireside Chat with Cathy Ciolek and Greg Hartley (Courtesy of Senior Rehab Project Podcast)
Cathy Ciolek’s interview with PT Pintcast
Cathy Ciolek, PT, DPT, FAPTA – President
Cathy Ciolek has been a physical therapist for 30 years and board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist since 1996. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She previously served as Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI), providing education and consultation for issues related to well-being (falls, engagement, medication reduction) to nursing homes throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via a CMS grant. Prior to that Dr. Ciolek served as assistant professor and director of clinical education for the University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy. She has practiced as a physical therapist in outpatient, SNF, home health and CCRC facilities over the course of her career.
Doctor of Physical Therapy- AT Still University 2007
Advanced Certificate Gerontology- University of Delaware 1994
Bachelors of Science- Ithaca College 1989
Vice-President- Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) 2018-2021
President- Delaware Physical Therapy Association (DPTA) 2003-2006
Delegate- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2000-2018
Secretary- AGPT 1991-2001
Appointed Member- APTA Leadership Development Committee 2015-2017
Appointed Member- APTA Centennial Anniversary Steering Committee 2017-2021
Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association/FAPTA (APTA 2018)
I haven’t been as good about posting since I have been on the road teaching about PDPM or the Patient Driven Payment Model. What is PDPM and how does it apply to promoting dementia care best practice you ask? Lots! I’ve been fortunate to be able to be a consultant faculty member for the American …
My background is in phyical therapy- so it has been fun to contribute to an education document for PT’s and PTA’s who practice in home health to help them understand and better recognize the presence and unique aspects of dementia, delirium and depression. They can look alike in older adults but even more challenging is …
Excited to be a guest on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio with Lori La Bey who is an amazing host. We talked about how physical therapy for people with dementia is important, as well as issues around pain, sleep and falls. Listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alzheimersspeaks/2018/12/20/how-pain-falls-sleep-can-effect-dementia