A little less than two years ago, I received an email from Laura Rice-Oeschger, expressing her interest in partnering with me on Presence Care Project. Since then, a great friendship and work collaboration has unfolded, culminating in Laura now taking on the official role of Lead Teacher and Program Director for Presence Care Project. I am thrilled to introduce her here in the Presence Care blog.
Laura is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent most of her career working with persons with dementia and their caregivers. She currently leads the Wellness Initiative for the University of Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC) where she designs, implements and evaluates well-being and mindfulness-based programming. She continues as a program consultant to the University of Michigan Silver Clubs and facilitates the weekly Coffeehouse Mild Memory Loss Wellness Seminar series. Laura holds advanced professional certifications in aging, dementia and contemplative clinical care. As a long-time meditator she began teaching mindfulness meditation in 2010 and has extensive professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care (MBDC). Laura is a national and state presenter on memory loss and caregiver well-being.
I am especially grateful to Laura for her contribution to the final shaping of the MBDC curriculum, and for her taking the lead role in disseminating, teaching, and planning research efforts for the program. I look forward to this next chapter with her.