About Karen Tyrell, CDP, CPCA

Dementia Consultant – Educator – Speaker – Author

Karen Tyrell is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) with a passion for dementia. Her mission is to help caregivers realize how amazing they are and that they have the potential to create harmony and manage the often challenging behaviours common with dementia. She began her journey in 1995 by providing therapeutic recreation activities to seniors in residential/long-term care.  In this role she enhances quality of life for individuals with dementia with dignity and respect while making them smile and feel safe.

While doing a placement as part of her schooling in the mid 90’s, she observed many inappropriate care practices and approaches towards the residents on the dementia care unit; opposite from what she had been learning in class. She attributes these disturbing experiences to the reason why her passion ignited.

Over the years, Karen continued to find ways to support those affected by dementia. While working in Ontario as an Executive Director for the Alzheimer Society in her community, she worked tirelessly to enhance community services for both the caregivers and their loved ones.

Karen not only supports families through her company, Personalized Dementia Solutions Inc., she also has been providing education and support to family caregivers in the Tri-Cities, BC since 2012 through a United Way of the Lower Mainland funded program, which is also supported by the Dogwood Pavilion.

In March 2015, Karen helped to co-create a “Dementia Caregiver Solutions” App.

Karen continues to provide talks and workshops relating to dementia; including speaking on her book, “Cracking the Dementia Code – Creative Solutions to Cope with Changed Behaviours” to a variety of organizations/groups and to staff in care homes.

For the past few years she has been co-delivering the valuable 7 hour dementia training known as GPA – Gentle Persuasive Approaches developed by the Advanced Gerontological Education Inc. to front-line care workers in residential/long-term care homes.

With her busy schedule, Karen still finds time to volunteer in her community.

If you would like to print a Bio about Karen to read at your event click here. Karen’s Bio

» Click here to view a list of some community talks Karen has given.

» Click here to read some testimonials.

Education:

  • Trainer for the GPA Training curriculum (Gentle Persuasive Approaches) in Dementia Care
  • Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) from the
    National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
  • Certified Professional Consultant on Aging from The Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA)® Designation Program
  • Dementia Studies and related workshops
  • Social Service Worker/Gerontology
  • Activation Coordinator/Gerontology
  • Long-term Care Management
  • Business Management Skills
  • Me & U-First! Dementia Training
  • The Challenging Behaviours Program
  • GPA – Gentle Persuasive Approaches
    (Responding to Persons with Challenging Behaviours)

Volunteer Experience:

  • CARP Board Member:
    North Fraser Chapter,  November 2013 – Present
  • Co-Chair of Seniors Fair Committee:
    Burnaby Seniors Inter-agency Society,
    Burnaby, BC  –  January 2012 – present
  • Support Group Facilitator:
    Coquitlam Caregivers Support Group,
    Coquitlam, BC  –  January 2010 – present
  • Board Member:
    Abbeyfield House
    Burnaby Burnaby, BC  –  December 2011 – December 2012 (One term)
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee:
    Adult Day Services for Community Primary Health Care
    Brockville, ON – June 2003 – June 2009
  • President:
    Alzheimer Society of Leeds-Grenville:
    Brockville, ON  –  June 2002 – June 2006
  • Board Member:
    Alzheimer Society of Leeds-Grenville:
    Brockville, ON  –  June 2000 – December 2006

Awards:

  • Nominated for Girls Inc. Brockville for:
    “Strong, Smart, Bold Woman of the Year Award” – March 2006
  • Recipient of the Central Care Corporation for:
    Compassion Award of Excellence” – November 2004
  • Recipient of the George Brown College Seniors’ Association Annual Scholarship for:
    “High Academic Standing, Creative Performance and Compassionate Understanding”
    – October 1996
  • Recipient of the Neill-Wycik for:
    “Most Promising Newcomer Award” – December 1996

Memberships: Click Here

Volunteer Experience:

  • CARP Board Member:
    North Fraser Chapter,  November 2013 – Present
  • Co-Chair of Seniors Fair Committee:
    Burnaby Seniors Inter-agency Society,
    Burnaby, BC  –  January 2012 – present
  • Support Group Facilitator:
    Coquitlam Caregivers Support Group,
    Coquitlam, BC  –  January 2010 – present
  • Board Member:
    Abbeyfield House
    Burnaby Burnaby, BC  –  December 2011 – December 2012 (One term)
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee:
    Adult Day Services for Community Primary Health Care
    Brockville, ON – June 2003 – June 2009
  • President:
    Alzheimer Society of Leeds-Grenville:
    Brockville, ON  –  June 2002 – June 2006
  • Board Member:
    Alzheimer Society of Leeds-Grenville:
    Brockville, ON  –  June 2000 – December 2006