Juliet Holt Klinger

Juliet’s desire to improve life for those with dementia and their families began in high school, when she volunteered at a skilled nursing center in her Iowa hometown and felt drawn to seniors with dementia. A gerontologist, she has dedicated her three-decade career to this mission, serving as Brookdale’s senior director of dementia care program development since 2006. Juliet, who has had family members with dementia, participates on expert committees of the Dementia Action Alliance, Pioneer Network for culture change in long-term care, and Argentum, the senior living professional association. She is a sought after speaker for national conferences and health care meetings. Juliet lives in Chicago with her husband Christian and four-legged “daughter” Ruby.

Dementia Care vs Nursing Homes

Category: August 09, 2017

Recently, I met a daughter who was visiting one of Brookdale’s Clare Bridge dementia care communities and was astonished to find residents tending to a flourishing garden with a dog by their side. It never occurred to her that a dementia care setting... Read more

Dementia and Sleep: Eight Tips to Keep Nighttime from Becoming a Nightmare

Category: Alzheimer's & Dementia July 24, 2017

Recently, I was visiting a Brookdale community and met Renee, the daughter of a new dementia care resident. Renee told me she was her mother’s full-time care partner prior to the move. I asked how they were both adjusting to her mother’s new living a... Read more

Caring for Someone with Dementia: Five Activities for Engagement

Category: Alzheimer's & Dementia July 10, 2017

One of the most crucial ingredients when caring for someone with dementia is meaningful engagement, which is proven to have a powerful positive impact for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. But many families wonder what engagement really is... Read more

Six Lessons I Learned at the Dementia Action Alliance Conference

Category: Alzheimer's & Dementia June 30, 2017

I have just returned from the first Dementia Action Alliance Conference: Re-Imagine Life with Dementia in Atlanta and I feel strongly compelled to share my experience. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to wrap up Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness ... Read more

Caregiver Stress: Challenges for Men Caring for Someone with Dementia

Category: Alzheimer's & Dementia June 12, 2017

When most people think of a family caregiver they picture a woman. It’s true, according to AARP’s Caregiving in the US report, 60 percent of caregivers are women. However, the number of men providing care is growing as the population of people over t... Read more

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