Pamela K. Atwood, MA, CDP, CADDCT, CLL, Director of Dementia Care Services
Pamela Atwood joined Hebrew HealthCare in 2002 to create and manage the Dementia Care Services department, including curriculum development, training, policy creation, community elder care consultations, specialized activity programs and grants to support same. She does extensive public speaking, consulting, research and teaching. From 2008-2012 she also served as Director of Life Enrichment.
Ms. Atwood volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association of Connecticut and facilitates three support groups. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the APDA CT Chapter and the Education Conference Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter. Ms. Atwood has also been appointed by the Connecticut Legislature to serve on the State Alzheimer’s Task Force. In addition to in-service education, workshops and conference presentations, she educates people through college and online courses. Ms. Atwood and her husband Tom authored the book Total Engagement: An Arts-Based Guide to Meaningful Engagement.
Ms. Atwood earned a Masters Degree from University of Saint Joseph in Gerontology and Human Development and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a Qualified Dementia Care Provider and a Certified Laughter Leader.
Amina Weiland, CDP, QDCP
Amina Weiland, CDP, QDCP is the Coordinator of Dementia Care Services at Hebrew HealthCare. Ms. Weiland has worked in a variety of medical and office settings, and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is also a certified Time Slips® facilitator and a certified CHOICES counselor for the North Central CT Area Agency on Aging.
Ms. Weiland is originally from Hong Kong; in her culture elders are respected and revered, but aging and nursing homes can be scary. She is dedicated to helping others find peace and harmony in aging and has started the first Cantonese caregivers support group in the State of Connecticut.