Catherine McCarty, PhD, ADC

I am a dementia coach whose clinical experience includes over 35 years of creating quality of life for individual with dementia.  Starting as a nursing assistant  I learned the value of personalized care when providing physical care.   As an activities professional I have a passion for creating opportunities for quality of life.  Through years of nursing and activities care, I have spent many hours at the side of dying individuals.  I have taken my passion and my commitment to improving life to include end-of-life care.  I was one of the first graduates of the Master’s of Thanatology program at Hood College. Holistic care is my commitment;  conducting and translating research that enhances it is my mission.  In 2012 I received my doctorate in Aging Studies from University of South Florida.


We reached out to Dr. Cate for suggestions on improving our secured memory unit and were pleasantly surprised with her thorough and thoughtful suggestions.Dr. Cate’s professional training and experience along with her seasoned perspective was obvious in her proposal from environmental changes to staffing and activities.  Her passion and dedication to dementia is remarkable.  We look forward to working together with Dr. Cate.

I was changed by your training for ever!  I seem to be given client’s others have found impossible.  Thank you  for your spin on planning time to play!  It has already born fruit. It’s exciting to have  an opportunity to impact  the lives of our clients  using the skills we learned in your class.

I am taking away good ideas on how to engage someone who has dementia.  Professional Caregiver

Seminar Results

“Making Meaningful Memories” pulled in 50 RSVP’s and 40 attendees with 96% of those attending rating the speaker and presentation Excellent or Very Good.

“Claiming Joy in the Journey, Learning to Thrive with Dementia,” pulled in 22 attendees with 95% rating the speaker and presentation Excellent or Very Good.

“Winning at Alzheimer’s, Church’s Call to Action,” had 100% Excellent rating for speaker and presentation

“Grace-Filled Alzheimer’s Care” and “Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s” have touched  100 professional and family faith-based caregivers with 83% having never been exposed to the sponsor, Arden Courts.

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