Amy Matthews is a consummate champion for people suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of cognitive impairment. A skilled professional in the area of dementia care, she capped off her thirteen-year career with the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serving as Associate Director for Education and Training.
Amy’s 8-year relationship with Arden Courts, an Alzheimer’s-exclusive organization with over 80 communities in the eastern and mid-west U.S., provided her the wealth of practical experience in memory care she brings to the table.
As Executive Director of one of the Arden communities, Amy managed the delivery of care for 56 cognitive-impaired residents and honed her skill set in the field of dementia care.
Amy’s four years with The Family Respite Center, a medical adult day-care center dedicated to individuals with Alzheimer’s, in Falls Church, VA, contributed greatly to her background in healthcare’s memory-care niche. During her tenure, she held positions as Education and Training Coordinator and Activity Coordinator.
Amy’s practical experience and educational skills made her the perfect fit to round out the Dream Team at Engaging Alzheimer’s LLC, a New York-based consulting and training firm, which augments the great work of so many assisted livings, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. in caring for their memory impaired residents and patients.
In her role as Dementia Coach with Engaging Alzheimer’s LLC, Amy has the opportunity to apply her wide range of experience and diverse skill set in helping families navigate the intricate process of caring for a loved with dementia.
As an accomplished educator and trainer she plays a vital role in advancing best care practices for communities that care for the memory-impaired in out-of-home residences.
During her term with the NJ Alzheimer’s Association, Amy was one of two recipients to receive a grant to create a certificate program through The Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College, New York, for which she received a Certificate on Aging.
Among Amy’s other accomplishments in the area of education, she created the dementia component of ALTA’s (Assisted Living Training Associates) training model, which would allow applicants to receive CALA certification.
In addition, Amy designed a CEU training program for the NJ Pharmacy Association titled, Addressing The Alzheimer’s Epidemic: The Role of The Pharmacist in The Caregiving Partnership.
Amy also produced a training program for a local NJ high school, preparing students for their Service Day visits with cognitively impaired seniors at adult day care centers.
As a recognized expert in the field of dementia care, Amy has been the keynote speaker at various healthcare venues. As a veteran educator, she is able to hold the attention of her audiences with her vast knowledge and engaging style. She is in high demand as a speaker having given hundreds of talks throughout NJ and surrounding areas.
Amy is a graduate of Mount Vernon College, Washington, D.C., and holds a BA in Human Development earning Departmental Honors.
Even in college, Amy’s career path was being formed as evidenced by her dissertation title, The Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease on the Caregiver.