gail5Gail Elliot , B.A.Sc., M.A., Gerontologist and Dementia Specialist, is the Founder and CEO of DementiAbility Enterprises Inc.  She was the Assistant Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, at McMaster University for 17 years and took early retirement in March to focus on dementia education.  She is passionate about changing the face of dementia and dementia care.  Over the past 30 years she has gained the reputation as a leading expert in the field of aging, with a focus on interventions for dementia (including Montessori Methods for Dementia™ and Validation Therapy), cross-cultural awareness and elder abuse.  She has worked in academic settings and in the community.  In her role as an educator she has delivered workshops, presented at conferences, taught at the college and university level and spoken at workshops and conferences on a variety of topics in the field of aging both locally and internationally.  She is the author of a number of publications, including Montessori Methods for Dementia™;  Focusing on the Person and the Prepared Environment (2011) (which is now available in Australia and Hong Kong and soon to be released in the USA), Cross Cultural Awareness in an Aging Society (1999) and Series Editor of the “Carry on Reading in Dementia” books.

rosemary2Rosemary Fiss is the Manager of Education and Support Programs with the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County. She has been with the Society since March 2004; previous professional roles include work within Long Term Care, Home Care and Community development. Rosemary has earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Studies and Gerontology from the University of Guelph, a Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management from Ryerson University, and completed a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Rosemary is Certified in Montesori Methods for Dementia™ and has found that the Montessori principles change the lives of individuals living with dementia. Rosemary’s passion for excellent dementia care is evident in her training, as she blends personal experiences, real-life examples with theory.

CharmaineCarol Saba was Certified in Montessori Methods for Dementia™ in 2012. Since completing her Certification she has become an MMD educator and has also become a consultant that focuses on helping others put the Montessori Methods for Dementia™ into practice. In her consulting role she has worked with long term care residences and private clients, helping both individuals and staff understand MMD™, thereby changing the way they support people with dementia. As a result of Carol's success implementing these methods at a Toronto retirement home, a MMD day program was launched.

As a strong advocate of these methods she is often invited to speak to professionals and families about the Montessori Methods for Dementia™.

Carol is a Communication Studies BA graduate from Montreal, fluent in both English and French, experienced in television production, business development, and workshop management. Carol is a great asset to our team with diverse skills. For consultation regarding the Montessori Methods for Dementia™ she can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MargMarge Dempsey, Reg. N, BA (Honors) - Marge is a registered nurse with a degree in neuropsychology. She spent 21 years developing and directing the clinical programs for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region including 3 years as CEO. Marge has had the unique opportunity to combine her academic background and clinical role with individuals with dementia, to further understand the relationship between brain and behavior. She is an outstanding educator and clinical practitioner who has presented nationally and internationally on this topic among many others. Marge developed the Dementia component of the PIECES Training Package for the Alzheimer Strategy and was on the Physician Education Steering Committee and Working Group for the Strategy. She is one of the co-authors of the GPA training program. Marge is now part of the Dementiability Teaching Team.

 picture editedJudy O'Neil  - Judy has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University and is certified in DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way. Working in long term care for 30 years and actively pursuing culture change based off of a social model of care and Dementiability Methods, Judy fosters active learning and thoughtful approaches to new ideas. Judy is a Past President of Activity Professionals of Ontario and presently sits as the Chairman of the Board for the Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Committee at Mohawk College. Judy’s passion is in working with individuals living with dementia and she has found that since being introduced to DementiAbility Methods in 2006 these individuals are supported to live fulfilled, engaged lives.