Heather McKay is an award-winning occupational therapist and dementia care specialist, consultant, and international trainer/speaker providing training for professional and family caregivers, services to individuals with aging issues, and consultation with facilities on topics related to dementia and Alzheimer’s care.
McKay presents “Maintain Your Brain — Brain Health at Any Age” on Thursday, February 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Artis Senior Living of Princeton Junction, 861 Alexander Road. Register by February 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-454-3360.
McKay is a graduate of the master’s occupational therapy program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has served on the executive board of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association, and in 2007 she received the Marlys Mitchell Pioneer Award for humanitarian values, knowledge, and visionary leadership.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Dementia Care Professionals of America named Heather the 2016 Dementia Care Professional of the Year for her fun, interactive training style, her development of a comprehensive dementia care program for caregivers, and her community service.
McKay completed an internship at the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in 2006 to develop her teaching and training skills in the areas of dementia and Alzheimer’s care and services. She is a recognized trainer for the Association and a member of Dementia Care Professionals of America.
Since 2008 McKay has collaborated with the National Association of State Veterans’ Homes, the Armed Forces Veterans’ Homes Foundation, AMVETS Service Foundation, and the Air Force Sergeants’ Association to produce the caregiver training video series, Dementia Care for America’s Heroes featuring family caregivers in the Long Island State Veterans Home. The veterans’ series received the 2015 national Caregiver Friendly Award. Heather proudly works with veterans and their caregivers in Veterans’ Homes nation-wide.
Currently McKay is the director of disease management for Hospice of Alamance-Caswell and Life Path Home Health. Heather has worked in hospital, home health, and community settings. She has personal as well as professional experience with dementia caregiving and appreciates your questions and concerns from a professional or personal perspective.