Seeking Positive Pathways

Carol Waarala, MSW, LMSW, Certified Specialist in Aging & Dementia

Prior Speaking Engagements

Carol Waarala has presented over 1200 dementia educational programs, workshops, in-services, training sessions, continuing education presentations, and conference sessions while a hospice medical social worker. She has served as the guest or keynote speaker for:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wixom, MI
  • Wayne State University Geriatric Institute, Detroit, MI
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Macomb Community College, Clinton Twp, MI
  • Schoolcraft Community College, Livonia, MI
  • The Information Center; Taylor, MI
  • The Alzheimer’s Association, Southfield, MI and Ann Arbor, MI
  • Comerica Bank, Novi, MI
  • Archer Huntley Financial, Brighton MI
  • Botsford Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Livonia, MI
  • Crittenton Hospital, Rochester, MI
  • Detroit VA Hospital, Detroit, MI
  • Lapeer Regional Hospital, Lapeer, MI
  • Covenant Hospital, Saginaw, MI
  • Parish Nurses from St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor; Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn; & Frankenmuth, MI
  • UAW locals, Detroit, MI
  • Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Detroit, MI
  • Saginaw County Commission on Aging, Saginaw, MI
  • Livingston County Commission on Aging Annual Caregiver Fair, Brighton, MI
  • Multiple Odyssey and Gentiva Hospice Annual Dementia Care Conferences, Flint, MI
  • MGA Conference (MI Guardianship Association)
  • MHPCO Annual Conference (Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization), Roscommon, MI
  • HCAM/MCAL Conference(Health Care Associates of MI/MI Center for Assisted Living)
  • MALA Annual Conference (MI Assisted Living Association), Lansing, MI
  • NADONA/LTC Conference (National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care), Grand Rapids, MI
  • FOCUS Residential Symposium, Frankenmuth, MI
  • Interviewed on radio and cable TV several times
  • Many of the senior living communities in the Detroit-Metro Area for staff training and in-services and family workshops and support groups
  • Sunrise Assisted Living, Grosse Pte. MI
  • Memory Matters Symposium 2015, Midland MI
  • Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology (IOG) dementia training session for Waltonwood Senior Living, Michigan and North Carolina Memory Care Managers 2016
  • International Society for Key Women Educators Delta Kappa Gamma Detroit Metro Council 2016 Spring Luncheon
  • IHM Sisters Ethics Committee Spring 2016 Community Educational Program, IHM Motherhouse, Monroe MI
  • IHM Sisters Community Pastoral Care 2016 Community Program, IHM Motherhouse, Monroe MI
  • P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International Sisterhood 2016 Annual Spring Meeting, Plymouth, MI
  • Stewart Road Church of God, Monroe, MI (August 2016-March 2017)
  • Saline District Library, Saline, MI 2016
  • Lansing Memory Matters Symposium 2016 Keynote Speaker, Lansing, MI
  • Carol was the co-founder of Hope Dementia Ministry, LCC and developed a faith-based dementia educational series to help create dementia-friendly churches. Between January 2014 and June 2016, Carol delivered 40 different church presentations on Alzheimer’s and dementia in the Metro Detroit area (Macomb County, Northwest Wayne County, and Downriver) with over 5,000 attendees.