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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.

Danielle Dodson, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with particular interest and expertise in helping people who are facing challenges associated with later life. She is currently Care Navigator, Clinical Supervisor for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, where she counsels individuals and families who have received a dementia diagnosis. Danielle enjoys facilitating family members working as a team to understand each others’ perspectives, acknowledge each others’ strengths, and meet the changing needs of their family unit.

Danielle has a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and English and American Literature from Brandeis University. She completed her Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in gerontology at Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Danielle has worked as a counselor and case manager assisting primarily low-income community-dwelling older adults to maintain their safety and independence. She also has previous experience with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as a student intern in the Family Services Department, volunteer support group facilitator, and Early Stage Intake Interviewer.


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