Laura Hendrie, Partnering In Care owner

When people think of dementia most focus first on what’s lost. But Independent Positive Approach to Care® Trainers and Consultants like myself focus on what’s left. By sharing what I know about brain change and training care partners in practical language and hand-skills, I help care partners figure out better ways to connect and communicate to make life better for everyone involved. Here’s an introductory video presented by the renowned dementia expert and advocate Teepa Snow discussing what PAC Trainers and Consultants like myself believe we can do for you:

Teaching hand skills — Los Alamos Senior Citizens Center, 2019


I am the only Positive Approach to Care® Certified Independent Dementia Trainer and Consultant in New Mexico.

Consulting: An initial 30 minute free phone conversation allows us to get to know each other. If we decide we’re a good fit, we’ll create a specific plan together that addresses your immediate concerns and future goals. We’ll figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and design a schedule of pro-active problem-solving, including free follow-up sessions.

Training Workshops: Along with interesting and thought-provoking experiential workshops for families who want to learn more about dementia and practice language and hand skills to help those with brain change, I offer Nurses and Social Workers 6 C.E. hour training workshops designed by myself and Teepa snow. Here’s a sampling of workshops I offer: 

  • What is Normal Aging Versus Not-Normal Aging?
  • You Have the Diagnosis—Now What?
  • The Five Senses in Dementia
  • Ten Unmet Needs in Dementia 
  • What’s Lost—and What’s Left?
  • De-Coding Distress
  • Q and A What’s On Your Mind?
  • Dementia Progression Patterns
  • Surviving as a Dementia Care Partner


I was 26 years old when my mother began to change.  She said the neighbors had taken our dog.   She stopped visiting friends.  She kept the silverware in her purse. At night she talked about a man hiding in her garden.  I didn’t know what dementia was—I didn’t want to know—and despite the changes we both tried to ignore, deny, fix, or live with, when she died 18 years later, I still knew next to nothing about what she had gone through.

With my mother, 1996
Visiting My Mom, 1994

But what I had seen of her dementia changed me.   Though I continued to pursue a writing career after her death, I also started becoming curious about how our brains work in health and illness. I sought out people living with dementia. I signed up with hospice to visit patients diagnosed with dementia.  I spoke my opinions about dementia publicly and I wrote an award-winning novel based on it. I even referred to myself occasionally as a ‘dementia expert’. 

This was not true.  I had plenty of stories about how my own mother had acted, but every time I met someone who had been diagnosed with dementia, I had little to offer in the way of useful information. 

Then in 2018 I came upon a Youtube video that changed everything. A world-famous occupational therapist named Teepa Snow was demonstrating hand skills that can calm, guide, and comfort people who live with dementia.   Here was something useful, literally physical hands-on skills I’d never tried before, never even heard of—the very skills I had so desperately needed and lacked thirty years ago when my mother had been alive.

Today, as a Teepa Snow Independent PAC Trainer and PAC Consultant myself, I have begun a business called Partnering In Care, which offers accredited education workshops to families and professionals who want to learn what dementia is exactly and how to improve the quality of care in the New Mexico dementia community.  

Training With Teepa Snow, Fort Worth, TX, 2019


“Laura was fearless, clear, and helpful. She came back and back and back, explaining every which way until I got it. I say Hallelujah! Laura opened doors I couldn’t even see.” LC, Oregon

“…Laura’s comments and suggestions, combined with her great heart, were just so perfect for me. Especially at this time in my life….With her help I have started the process of knowing what I didn’t know. ” SJ, Oregon

“…There is no group Laura can’t reach. She knows how to teach to a large crowd and to smaller groups in hands-on workshops as well as in private one-on-one encounters. She is a master at organizing and presenting complicated ideas and creating compelling Power Points.” SW, Oregon


In the coming weeks, I’ll be offering a two hour experiential Dementia Care Training by zoom to the Santa Fe police department. If you’re interested in learning more about how to improve emergency medical services role in dementia care, feel free to contact me.


Until there’s a cure…

there’s care.

Teepa Snow


REMEMBER ME, a novel first published by Henry Holt in 1998 and in paperback by Picador and Piatkus in 2000, is based on the challenges of my mother’s dementia and my attempts to understand and accept them. REMEMBER ME was a Barnes & Nobel Discover New Writers pick and a critically acclaimed finalist for the Dublin Award and the Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award.

STYGO is a collection of interlocked stories about people trapped in a dying fictional company town in Colorado. Initially published by MacMurray and Beck in 1994, it was re-issued by Simon and Schuster in 1996, and by McAdams/Cage in 2000.

STYGO won the 1994 Colorado Book Award for best design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award for First Fiction, the Mountains and Plains Regional Bookseller’s Award, and was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award.


PAC Certified Independent Trainers and Consultants are not employees of Positive Approach, LLC.  Opinions and views expressed by Laura Hendrie, LLC do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Positive Approach, LLC or its employees.  Positive Approach, LLC is not liable for any actions by PAC Certified Independent Trainers or Consultants.