Seeking Positive Pathways

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


Carol has a personal, authentic style of connecting with her audiences. She has packed the house on numerous occasions with over 200 attendees. Her excellent presentations and workshops are filled with much needed educational information and insights about all aspects of dementia.

The hands-on experiential exercises she introduces encourage “aha” moments of understanding of both minds and hearts of audience members.

Shared stories of real-life personal and family situations which occurred during her father’s illness of Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s are honest and evoke both laughter and tears.

Each topic is filled with empathy, encouragement, and empowerment which is reflected in the Care Partner’s Mantra of “I didn’t cause it, I can’t fix it, I am doing the best that I can.” Carol points out that “care partners” include those living with dementia, their spouses, partners, and close family. Being a Care Partner is an unfamiliar role for all involved and can at times lead to frustration, guilt, anger, and being overwhelmed. Carol provides a Care Partner’s Mantra magnet to each attendee to place on their refrigerator and encourages repeating as needed.

Enthusiastic attendees say they look forward to returning for the next presentation many stating, “ I learn something new each time I attend.”

Here are just a few of the many comments from past attendees:

  •  You were wonderful – you helped me better understand my father who passed away 17 years ago. I wish I had this info back then – thanks!!!
  •  You put it in a way that makes you believe you can deal with everything.
  •  Speaker was great – a lot of information!
  • Very good presentation – as an RN with some dementia background I am happy to learn & reinforce my knowledge of this and share with others what I learn.
  • Terrific – Hopeful!!
  • Very valuable evening with much needed info and resources – thank you.
  • Your topics are perfect & very timely for my mother & my family.
  • Fantastic – eye opening.
  • Very well presented with humor and love.
  • Real life examples of ways to communicate with people with dementia.
  • Every aspect of the program I found most valuable – thank you – you are a wonderful presenter!
  • Thank you – this was the best presentation I have ever attended on anything.