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Cordula Dick-Muehlke

 
Cordula Dick-Muehlke

Position: Consultant

Organization: Cordula Cares

 

What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
For over 25 years, Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D. has been admired in the community as an expert in Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Aging. With appointments at UCI School of Medicine, UCI Mind and New Theological Seminary of the West, Cordula is sought-after by organizations to train their staff in quality senior care. Since the mid-90’s, she has developed state of the art care facilities (Alzheimer’s Family Services Center) and key programs to provide emotional support, educational programs and professional resources to individuals and caregivers living life with dementia. Cordula’s research and teaching is grounded in her person-centered approach in training and equipping her clients, students and fellow researchers in the Southern California area. As a strong advocate for families, Cordula was recognized as the 2011 Dementia Care Professional of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


Why should this person be nominated
Those who have worked with and know Cordula can affirm her drive and strong spirit with helping others. Her tenacity in creating and changing care options for affected indivduals and their families has created a shift into a more person-centered approach to care. Cordula’s own experience as a caregiver for her brother, taught her that people are spiritual beings first, which “ignited (her) passion about reducing stigma and marginalization.” Her book, Psychosocial Studies of the Individual's Changing Perspectives in Alzheimer's Disease, exemplifies her advocacy in changing the cultural narrative regarding illness and dementia and how we connect with others. While many stories can be shared, her heart is best seen her generosity with others. In addition to volunteering with the Southern California Coalition for Spirituality and Aging, California Coalition on Person-centered Care and the Dementia Action Alliance, Cordula gives endlessly of her time and expertise to students, professionals and families alike. She is an inspiration to those around her.