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By Kristin Daugherty
Long-Term Care Planner, Certified Medicaid Planner™, Certified Dementia Practitioner and recognized as a NCCDP Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer.

Think about a time when you felt so passionate about something that you couldn’t wait to learn more about it and jump right into implementing it. Was it eating healthy or exercising more? Taking your education to the next level? Or maybe it was learning to fly an airplane. We all have different skill sets and different things that we are passionate about and I want to share with you my most recent passion: creating a dementia-friendly firm.

I was fortunate enough to recently be acknowledged as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). While going through the intensive training, I realized that there is so much more that we can be offering our communities. I took it a step further and in January of this past year I traveled to Tempe, Arizona, to be recognized as a NCCDP Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, along with other leading elder law firms throughout the Country. What an awesome experience!

Not only was the training so enlightening in ways to help front line workers dealing with persons with dementia, a lightbulb was switched on in my brain to figure out what we can be doing within our firm to help our staff and clients be better able to handle persons with dementia and their families.

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