Dr. Sarah Jefferis has written and spoken as an editor, writing coach, speaker, and author of Forgetting the Salt and What Enters the Mouth. She won the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Prize for her poem “Motherhood.” Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in The North American Review, Rhino, The Mississippi Review, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, Icon, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, The Healing Muse and other journals. She has been both poetry and fiction fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in California and held residencies in poetry and creative nonfiction at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in New York, and at The Studios at Mass MOCA. She has completed her first novel, entitled Franny and John, as well as her third collection of poetry, After Marriage.
Dr. Jefferis holds an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Hollins University, an MFA in Poetry from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton. Through her consulting business, Write. Now., Sarah serves as a 1:1 writing coach for academics who are seeking Higher Education, and for writers/artists/educators who need assistance at any stage of their creative project. She designs writing workshops on race, equity, and inclusion, and generative workshops using the writing process as a healing modality. She has over twenty years of teaching writing and literature in Higher Education
Meriam Boldewijn, a dear friend I met last year as another one of those moments intended for a reason, found herself asking those questions of Why and How. After caregiving for 20 years, for her husband battling diabetes and a brother after a stroke, the answers came in an unexpected life course correction. Her love and compassion to care for her family taught her many valuable lessons which she now shares with other caregivers through her Caregiver 2.0 6-week online course.
The Dawn Method
Judy Cornish is an attorney licensed in Idaho and Oregon and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Cornish worked in vocational rehabilitation with people who have brain injuries and as a Qualified Mental Health Associate with the mentally ill. With her background in traumatic brain injury, mental illness, elder law and disability law, Ms. Cornish brings a distinctive set of abilities to her work with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Our FTD Journey
Candace Williams has been caring for her mother Robin since her diagnosis of FTD for over 7 years. Robin was diagnosed at 57 years old and now at 64 is entirely dependent on Candace. While caring for her mother has been a challenge, Candace also finds it quite rewarding. Through this process, she started the bog and resource page, Our FTD Journey.
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Dr. Joy Poskozim, owner of Joyful Dental Care. Joy knew she wanted to be a dentist in the eighth grade when she had her braces. She was fascinated by her teeth moving into place to have a nice smile! It took 3.5 years, but once they were off, she knew dentistry was for her. The oldest of four, Joy grew up in Park Ridge and graduated from Maine South in 1990.
Joyful Dental Care was named “Corporate Citizen of the Year” in 2010 by The Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce and has been named "Next-door Neighborhood Favorite Dentist" as well. In 2020, Dr. Joy Poskozim earned her Fellowship with the Special Care Dentistry Association for her ongoing efforts in bringing dental care to senior communities and those that are home-bound.
As co-Founder of Senior Living Advisors of Austin, Sarah has nearly 20 years of experience serving seniors and their families as an eldercare expert through her various roles within Assisted Living and Dementia-Supportive Communities, Home Health and Hospice. Through deep compassion and respect, she guides families in finding care for an aging loved one, which can often be a difficult and overwhelming process. Her background has provided extensive knowledge and experience that will give you comfort in knowing that your decisions are made wisely according to what truly matters most to you. Her practice includes Senior Housing Placement, Advanced Care Planning, and Education.
Karla Wilson, founder of Music Therapy at Home, is a board-certified music therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience optimizing the healing power of music for clients with wide-ranging needs across the entire life span. Music Therapy at Home fulfills Karla’s mission of reaching those who may not otherwise have access to a music therapist in their community, by providing exceptional and compassionate online music therapy services. She specializes in supporting those with dementia and other neurological conditions, medical complexities, developmental disabilities and those receiving hospice care. Having been a family caregiver, herself, Karla is passionate about supporting the unique needs of family members in a caregiving role as well.
Meet Bennie Moore. A certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His journey began helping seniors with sitting aerobics which grew into a larger business by training the children of seniors along with their children as well. He has changed multiple generations by capturing their fitness focus into what is now his motto "Be Strong, Be Courageous, B. Moore!"
Virginia Sampson was a full-time caregiver to her husband for three years after he was diagnosed with A.L.S. while caring for four young children. Her youngest child was two weeks old when they received the diagnosis. She was also a part-time caregiver to her mother for 10 years. Her mother suffered from dementia and other illnesses.
Virginia has been an attorney for over 30 years. She currently practices Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Law in the Central Texas area.
Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate & Business Law
Meet Bahamia Ulysse, LVN! Founder of Ulysse Advocacy & Consulting boutique geriatric care management agency that designs specialized care solutions for the aging community throughout Southern California and abroad.
Yolanda Campos-Smith, a nurse of 31 years with the majority of it in Critical Care, ICU, ER, and Cardiac Cath Lab. She has enjoyed her past 6 years in Hospice care. Yolanda is a community educator of Hospice services with Bluebonnet Hospice of central Texas. She loves working in this area because it allows her a different way of getting to know patients with their families. Learning about the patient's life story is both fascinating and rewarding.
Listen in to meet Chris Graham, local owner and operator of Home Helpers in West Austin, Texas. After spending 25 years in the tech industry he was thrust into making life-changing decisions of care for his mother. From living through a traumatic battle to care for his mother out of state and convincing family that help can come in many different forms, he modeled his company to provide those services. Chris has been on the other side of this conversation personally with his own mother so he knows what we are feeling and what can be done to help make sense of the abnormality.