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Colleen Duewel, MPH, CMC, CDP
Colleen Duewel, MPH, CMC, CDP knows first hand what it is like to support parents from a distance. When Colleen's dad suffered a serious illness in another state, she had to balance a full time job, navigating a complex health care and benefits system for her father and caring for her own family. It's Colleen's goal that no one have to manage that without caring and experienced support.
Colleen has extensive experience as an Advanced Care Planner, certified geriatric care manager, nursing home ombudsman, certified dementia practitioner and hospice visitor. Colleen’s goal is to foster autonomy, relieve family caregiver worries, and help older adults thrive.
Colleen's biggest joy is to work in a field she is passionate about and is honored to support you and your family.
Nancy Dezan, BSW, CMC, CDP
Dementia and Aging Educator
As a Social Worker and Administrator, Nancy Dezan has worked in the field of Aging for more than 35 years, specializing in Dementia education and care. She has served as Executive Director of two non-profit adult day health centers in the Washington DC area, and created a nationally recognized program for individuals in the early stages of Dementia.
Her passion for assisting those with memory impairment led Nancy to the Alzheimer’s Association, where she worked for several years developing curriculum, educating staff and supporting families living with Dementia.
Throughout her career, Nancy has spoken on a wide range of aging-related topics both locally and nationwide.
Blanca has worked with older adults in a variety of settings in the last five years. She worked at a continuing care retirement community overseeing the activities in the assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia care unit. She has three years experiencing helping manage senior health programs for a local hospital, including leading a senior mall walking program and a personal response button service.
After serving in the military, Blanca obtained a degree gerontology and a Masters of Aging Services Management.
Blanca’s commitment and passion to work with older adults and their families started with the love of her grandparents. Growing up she spent many happy summers with her grandparents. After graduating from college, Blanca’s grandmother had a stroke and Blanca was responsible for household chores, cooking, grocery shopping, bathing, coordinating doctor’s appointments, and therapy.
Blanca understands the changes and challenges that come with aging and believes those challenges do not have to be faced alone.
"Getting old isn't for sissies" - Bette Davis
It takes real courage to get older and face the challenges life puts in our way. In fact, it can take the heart of a lion.
At LionHeart Eldercare & Consulting, we know how overwhelming this process can be. Our goal is to help you navigate the journey and be sure you have put in place everything you need to support you.