Gail Elliot, BASc, MA, Author, Gerontologist & 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 2012 to focus on dementia education. Gail’s work is being used across Canada and has been implemented globally. DementiAbility Methods and Validation Communication workshops are two of the core courses in the McMaster University Geriatric Certificate Program. Gail works closely with the Occupational Therapists Association of Hong Kong, Montessori Aged Support Services in Australia and with colleagues in the United States.
Gail is the author of the book Montessori Methods for Dementia: Focusing on the Person in the Prepared Environment (currently available in English and Chinese), Memory Aids for Dementia, Helping Me – Helping You: A Resource for the Dementia Caregiver and is co-author of Checklist for Change: A Guide for Facilitating Culture Change in LTC. She is also editor, and author, of the many titles available as part of the Carry on Reading in Dementia series, author of the “Work It” series and creator of the iPad app “Best Guess”, a trivia game incorporates the DementiAbility principles into a game that has been set up for success.
Leigh Ann Ditchburn
Leigh Ann joined DementiAbility as the Executive Lead in August of 2012. Her responsibilities include administrative management, program planning, customer service, accounting, marketing, and business planning. Her many strengths come from the Business Management Fundamentals Certificate she received from the University of Toronto and her business experience at several large organizations, including Tim Hortons’ corporate office, the Region of Halton (Department of Finance), and Seaport Express Inc. Outside of work, Leigh Ann’s interests include exercising, running half marathons, bike riding and spending quality time with her family.
Laura is the Program Coordinator of DementiAbility Enterprises Inc. She graduated from Queen's University in 2015 with a focus in Drama and Psychology. She has helped to edit "The Checklist for Change", "Dementia Caregiving Solutions and Insights (CSI)," and some of the "Carry on Reading" books. She is referred to as the "office comedian".