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

Certifications (Highlights)
Certified Dementia Practitioner- 2018-2020
Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer- 2018-2020
Board Certified Clinical Specialist Geriatric Physical Therapy- ABPTS 1996-2026
Certified Exercise Expert Aging Adult- AGPT 2014

Professional Leadership (Highlights)

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)

Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award (APTA 2017)

Lucy Blair Service Award (APTA 2014)

Joe Lucca Service Award (DPTA 2014)

Joan Mills Award (AGPT 2008)

Clinical Educators Award (AGPT 2006)

Presidents Award (AGPT 2006)

Lynn Phillippi Advocacy Award (AGPT (2001)


Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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