About the Founder
Dementia Connections Coalition Re-defining Dementia.
About the Founder
Kelley Horton – Founder Dementia Connections Coalition
Kelley Horton is a Dementia Care Consultant and the Founder/President of Dementia Connections Coalition. Over 20 years ago, having assisted in the care of her grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she entered the Aging industry. She has worked in a variety of areas including, ALF’s, SNF’s, ILF’s, Home Care and Hospice.
As a certified Personal Historian, she has found that those with advanced dementia want to feel they matter, and still have value. Utilizing Relationship Driven & Person Centered Dementia Care®, Validation Therapy & Positive Psychology approaches, she is able to communicate and stay connected with those in the most advanced stages of the disease.
Kelley graduated from the University of Denver, 2016 with a B.A. in Communications – Dementia Concentration, and will complete a specialized Master’s degree in Dementia Studies at Regis University, Denver, CO in 2018.
She is certified through the University of Tasmania, AU and University of Derby, UK in Dementia studies; a Personal Historian certified through University of Southern California’s “Guided Autobiography” approach. Kelley completed her National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and studied for the National Certification Board for Alzheimer’s Care (NCBAC) Trainer certification.
The Dementia Connection Coalition is an organization made up of people with one or more of the 130+ types of dementia, their loved ones, and care & service providers. All members work together to ensure that the needs and voices of these individuals are met. Providing education and advocacy for all dementia types to raise the standards of care and lower the stigma associated with this disease throughout the community, is the number one priority.
Kelley Horton is currently a Board member of Colorado Senior Lobby, as well as an active member of the Arapahoe County Adult Protective Team, and both Arapahoe & Jefferson County Council’s on Aging. Having obtained POST approval, she provides training to Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMT’s, Emergency personnel, as well as other Hospital, Care & Service Providers in their communities where they work and live.