To provide a warm, comforting and supportive gathering place for caregivers and families of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other neurocognitive disorder, to receive services, and access programs, designed to improve their quality of life, while helping them navigate the changes and challenges that accompany caring for someone with memory loss; from diagnosis through end-of-life-care.
Elayne Forgie, Founder, President and CEO
After 24 years as the owner of two highly respected nurse registries dedicated to meeting the in-home care needs of Alzheimer’s patients, Elayne Forgie discovered her caregivers ~ the spouses, sons and daughters, continued to struggle under the heavy weight associated with family caregiving. Despite their very best efforts, the elder spouse, or their adult child, often became ill, and frequently became patients themselves.
She wasn’t propelled into action to effectuate change, until January 2013 when a local Alzheimer’s caregiver went to the assisted living community where his wife lived, and sadly, shot and killed her and then shot and killed himself.
She immediately recognized a huge void existed in dementia specific programs and services focused strictly on meeting the unique needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers. After conducting exhaustive research; receiving professional guidance, and speaking with local and national Alzheimer’s leaders, she formed a small advisory group and the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center was born.
Elayne has been a professional geriatric care manager for more than 30 years and completed her training in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She was a founding Board Member of the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association and is currently a member of the Case Management Society of America, National Association of Social Workers and the American Counseling Association. She continues to serve as the President and founder of ElderCare At Home. Prior to starting ElderCare at Home, she was the founder of what is now one of the largest nurse registries in the country.
Elayne is frequently acknowledged for her work on a local, state and national level as a caring and passionate Alzheimer’s advocate, professional trainer and educator, and for her life-long work on successfully meeting the needs of older adults, caregivers, and family members living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment. She has an impeccable reputation and has helped thousands of families across the United States.
She is a contributing author for Alzlive.com and SheKnows.com, and her articles on caregiving have been published by the Huffington Post. She has been recognized by Maria Shriver as an Alzheimer’s activist, advocate, and Architect of change, and by Dr. Oz and ShareCare as an Alzheimer’s Care Expert and the #3 Online Influencer on Alzheimer’s disease.
Elayne is a former board member of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter.
She volunteers her time and resources and serves on both local and national advisory boards, where she continues to work with other recognized experts to improve the quality of care, and the quality of life, of those who love, care for and live with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dawn Epstein, Board Member, MACP, Aging Life Care Professional™
Dawn has worked with the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center and our sister company, ElderCare at Home, since January 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Florida.
For 20 years, Dawn has successfully contributed to the fields of Geriatrics and Alzheimer’s disease. She served as co-founder and Assistant Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic established at the Mayo Clinic and conducted Alzheimer’s disease research at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville.
Dawn has co-authored and received numerous acknowledgments for her research in the “Journal of the National Medical Association”; “Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders”; “Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology”; “Neurology”; and “Journal of the American Medical Association”. She presented her research findings at the World Alzheimer’s Congress 2000 in Washington D.C.
Over the course of her career, Dawn has created and hosted countless educational seminars and coordinated a large community outreach program for caregivers. Upon identifying the tremendous need for caregiver support and assistive services, Dawn expanded her efforts in the community and began providing Geriatric Care Management services specifically for caregivers of those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
She is a trained Psychometrician and administers cognitive and social assessments for diagnostic, research and care management purposes.