Hello and Welcome!
Yvonne Poulin RMT, EPC
Vancouver Dementia Care Consulting.
#215 - 2902 W. Broadway
What brought you to this line of work?
In 2001 my mother died at the age of 69 of a rare form of Parkinson's disease. Dementia was apparent in the final stage of her life. My father, much later in his life, suffered with mini strokes and diabetes which factored into him developing a mixture of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The toughest part of having loved ones with dementia was the stress and anxiety over how well they were being cared for, and how people were treating them and advising them when I wasn’t present. I'd witnessed some unpleasant situations in residential care homes, and had clients who's elderly loved ones had fallen prey to unscrupulous fraud scams.
For a while I walked around bitter with the injustices of society and angry with any creeps who could abuse a vulnerable senior. It wasn't long before I realized I needed to change my optics and focus on the heros instead of the bad guys! Two groups of people became my heroes...
Who inspired you to make a difference?
1. The kindhearted workers in residential care institutions who cared for the individual needs of my parents; particularly those who chose to take the time to calm and reassure their patients instead of choosing medication to sedate them.
2. My wonderful elderly patients who courageously adapted to their rapidly changing environments with a positive attitude. In my 27 years+ of clinical practice as a Registered Massage Therapist I've observed that having a positive attitude regarding one's challenges and limitations is crucial in terms of recovery and well-being..
These groups (and many other good people) inspired me to study more in the field of gerontology. I've since got my Elder Planning Counselor's designation and started building dementia awareness workshops in 2013.
Why create courses that help professionals deal with dementia in an efficient and ethical manner?
I’m passionate about advocating on behalf of persons with dementia. The best way I can broaden my sphere of influence is to pass along timely and relevant information that will help professionals provide the best service possible to their elderly clients; especially those who have dementia.