Alzheimer's Association Care Navigators
Richard Apple, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who became interested in working with individuals and families dealing with dementia due to experience as a caregiver for family members. He is currently Care Navigator at the Rockford office of the Greater Illinois Chapter, where he counsels individuals and families who have received a dementia diagnosis. He enjoys listening to the stories of individuals and families, helping them to recognize their strengths in facing emotionally challenging situations and assisting them in developing a plan to move forward.
Richard has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin Plan 2 program with a concentration in Asian Studies. He completed his Master of Science-Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Richard initially worked as a counselor on a team providing intensive treatment for children and families dealing with abuse issues. He then worked for over 20 years as a social worker and administrator for Singer Mental Health Center. He volunteers with organizations involved in disaster response, homelessness and linking people with resources. He began his involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer support group facilitator.
Theresa Dewey, LCPC, ATR, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered art therapist with a background in elder care and developmental disability care. She is Care Navigator at our Chicago and Joliet offices, offering support and guidance to families affected by the disease. Theresa has also worked as an art therapist at a skilled nursing facility and a care consultant at the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Headquarters. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and received a Master’s in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Theresa became invested in dementia care in 2003 through case management work with clients with Down syndrome developing Alzheimer’s disease in young adulthood. For several years, she and her husband have lived in a group home for young women with developmental disabilities as volunteer “house parents.” Theresa is passionate about recognizing the strengths that remain within a person living with dementia, even as their losses seem to take center stage. She is continually humbled by the strength and dedication of caregivers.