LAURA HENDRIE, LLC
FOR CAREGIVERS WHO WANT TO COMFORT PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA THROUGH INCREASED AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE,
PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON SKILLS
TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO LIVE WITH DEMENTIA AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO SUPPORT THEM .
I am a Certified Independent Positive Approach® to Care Dementia TRAINER AND CONSULTANT
“Until there’s a Cure…there’s Care.”
Through workshops and one-to-one consultations, I offer awareness and comfort skills, and provide unique problem-solving approaches that can improve the quality of life for everyone involved in dementia.
“Out of all the instinctual needs we humans have to put up with – sex, food, sleep, fresh air, water – the most important and least recognized need of all is beauty. It’s what magnifies us into human beings.”
from Laura’s novel about Alzheimer’s, Remember Me
What I Offer
Through workshops and private consultations, I teach simple, hands-on techniques developed by dementia expert, Teepa Snow, MS, OTR,/L,FAOTA, that can vastly improve the way caregivers care for and communicate with the people they love.
Who I Am
My mother’s dementia showed up in 1980. I was 26 years old. I knew nothing about dementia, and despite all that it did to her over the course of the next eighteen years, I still knew very little about it when she died in 1998. But because of what I’d witnessed, I not only felt able to write stories about her disease, but I often half seriously referred to myself as the ‘dementia expert’.
This was not true.
Everything I had learned about dementia had come through guesswork, mistakes, and blind luck. Worse, I had met caregivers who called themselves dementia ‘experts’ but who seemed to understand even less than I had about the disease.
Then in 2018, the direction of my life took an unexpected turn. I had become an award-winning writer and a graduate school teacher of writing, but when I saw a Youtube video of an occupational therapist named Teepa Snow teaching astonishingly brilliant ways to deal with dementia, I knew I had to somehow learn her techniques so I could teach others. I flew to Nevada and then to Fort Worth and in 2019 I became certified as one of Teepa Snow’s Independent Positive Approach® Trainers and Consultants for Dementia Care.
The knowledge, awareness, and skills I’ve learned through Positive Approach® to Care have changed everything for me. Instead of hoping I can figure out what a person diagnosed with dementia needs, I now know how to approach what they need and how to communicate that clearly for them so that we can work together, as partners, doing ‘with’ each other instead of ‘to’ each other. I now offer public workshops and private consultations for any caregiver who has landed in the world of dementia, just as I did twenty five years ago, without any idea of how to survive it. Because I’ve been trained by not just raw experience but by a true dementia expert, Teepa Snow, I can offer the kind of skills and produce the kind of near-miraculous results that I could only dream of thirty years ago, when my mother, my family, and I needed them most.
Teaching why hand gestures can communicate better than words at the Los Alamos Senior Citizens Center, 2019
I’ll be adding public events and workshops here as they get organized, but for now, here’s a sampling of what I offered to the Santa Fe community while earning my certificates:
JANUARY 23, 2020:
I led a 2 hour workshop studying vision changes in dementia and how that can affect your behavior around people who live with dementia. We met at the soon-to-open Senior Daycare Center on Espinocita St. run by Michael Munsen.
DECEMBER 23, 2019 :
I led a two and one half hour experiential workshop about left- and right-brain changes in dementia called “DEMENTIA: IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT’S LOST–IT’S ABOUT WHAT’S LEFT” at the La Farge Library.
SPRING of 2019 : I showed an audience of caregivers at Morning Star Memory Care how to support, guide, comfort, calm, and connect anyone who lives with dementia using PPA®
A Certified Independent Positive Approach® to Care Trainer and Consultant of methods designed by dementia expert Teepa Snow MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
For private consultations, I offer a free half-hour call or visit with families so that we can find out if and how I can be of help to you.
For more information or to reserve a seat at the next workshop or event: 505-780-8066 or 719-221-5804
P.S. My Writing
Remember Me was a Barnes & Nobel Discover New Writers pick and a critically acclaimed finalist for the Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award. Along with Laura’s other award-winning books of fiction, used copies of Remember Me are available on Amazon.
Stygo is a collection of interlocked stories about citizens in a fictional company town in Colorado. It was initially published by MacMurray and Beck in 1994, by Simon and Schuster in 1996 and finally by McAdams/Cage in 2000. In addition to winning the 1994 Colorado Book Award for best design, it won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award, the Mountains and Plains Regional Bookseller’s Award, and was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award.