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Alzheimer's Association Care Navigators


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 seven years, she and her husband 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.

Olivier Kah, MSW, became interested in working with the elderly at an early age while growing up in Cameroon with his grandparents. It was then; he developed a deep understanding and respect for the elderly within his community. Olivier currently serves as a Care Navigator for the Peoria office, Illinois Chapter, where he offers support and guidance to caregivers, individuals and families who received a dementia diagnosis. His main focus is to encourage those individuals and families to have hope and recognize their strengths on facing emotionally challenging situations, while giving them assistance in a plan to move forward.

Olivier received his BSW from Bradley University and he has completed his MSW with a concentration in gerontology from Illinois State University. He is now currently studying to sit for the Social Work Licensing Exam. Olivier has worked as a Residential Counselor at the Children’s Home of Illinois, was a member of the support staff at a homeless shelter, and has worked with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities as direct support staff. Olivier and his wife have three children. He is not only proud of his family, but also in the community he serves. Olivier chose to work for the Alzheimer’s Association and is dedicated in working for those in need describing his work, “every life I touch is a legacy.”

Peggy Rubenstein, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who currently serves as the Manager of Helpline and Care Navigation for the Chicago and Joliet offices of the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. In addition to meeting with families for care planning, she also facilitates support groups for people who are living with early stage dementia and support groups for people and their care partners living with younger onset dementia. Peggy offers services by providing referrals for resources, education and emotional support - to families, caregivers, and individuals, who are overwhelmed by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Peggy received her Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University with a concentration in Sociology. She completed her master’s degree in Gerontological Counseling from Adler University and also has a certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Peggy is committed to her work at the Alzheimer’s Association as her grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Peggy promotes understanding to reduce stigma that develops around this disease. She believes persons living with dementia and their families can live with meaning throughout the journey – and her work is devoted to that hope.


 

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