About the Instructor
She has been leading the way in specialized Alzheimer’s/dementia awareness training for more than 25 years. Mara has worked closely with both executive management and operators in the field within the senior housing industry nationwide providing analysis, training, coaching, and ongoing support in the establishment and innovation of effective person-centered care and customer programs. Mara’s specific area of specialty revolves around support for persons and caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s/dementia and providing specialized Alzheimer’s/dementia awareness training to Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Healthcare Professionals, and Caregivers.
Whether you need information about Alzheimer’s/Dementia care giving, engaging activity ideas or “at a glance” tips and tools, Biography Based Care has all the Alzheimer’s caregiving resources you need to be successful. With more than 25 years of experience, we pride ourselves on helping caregivers enhance the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s/Dementia and themselves.
Who I Fight for and Why
The three minute video story of Mara’s efforts to help fight Alzheimer’s-from self-published author to medal recipient for outstanding pubic service for and on behalf of the United States.
Recent Awards for Mara
* The 2015 JEFFERSON AWARD for Public Service
* 2015 JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS MEDAL for Public Service
About the Courses
* The Top Five Reasons to take the Alzheimer’s Emergency Response Certification Course
- Understand how cognitive impairment impacts subject compliance and comprehension during crisis communications.
- Achieve positive call outcomes more efficiently with proven techniques shown to increase cooperation from persons with cognitive impairment.
- Exclusive tools to help assess risk/danger to self or others for persons with cognitive impairment.
- Scenario specific menu of escalated officer response to help improve officer safety on calls with cognitively impaired subjects.
- Learn the most effective ways to partner with the community to grow your PLI clients,, volunteers and funding.
* Chief’s Letter of Recommendation for Mara
“Project Lifesaver has been working with Mara Botonis on a number of critical projects. She has been a keynote speaker at our annual conference and is our Alzheimer’s training and communications consultant, working with our organization to develop a series of approved training programs for law enforcement and public safety agencies.
Mara is smart and skilled, but more importantly she is passionate about the growing issues surrounding the care and understanding of individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She has natural people skills and an intuitive leadership style. Her approach to team-building was quickly embraced by our members and her suggestions were insightful and realistic to implement.
Mara’s innovative ideas and approach leads confidently, but without arrogance. Perhaps even more impressively, she can also take direction well herself. I don’t know if I’ve met anyone in business with better communication skills We brought in Mara Botonis to speak to our member first responder and public safety agencies about strategies and best practices on identifying and managing the recovery and return of an Alzheimer’s/ Dementia patient who has wandered. She gave a powerful presentation, answered questions from our members easily and efficiently and made very complicated information simple and understandable.
I would recommend her services to any company or organization that requires a smart, passionate, and motivating consultant and presenter specializing in the areas of Alzheimer’s understanding and awareness, family caregiver support, and healthcare professional training. “
Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Project Lifesaver International
“Mara Botonis and Project Lifesaver International’s Alzheimer’s course is a vital training resource for every first responder. The training affords all first responders with specific tools that can be utilized on calls involving persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I highly recommend this training program.”
Captain Robert Greenberg, CEO, Law Enforcement Today. Law Enforcement Today is a leading law enforcement community with a weekly reach of over 3 million persons per week. Law Enforcement Today (LET) is administered and owned by law enforcement officers and serves to embrace law enforcement personnel, sworn and unsworn, as well as retired LEOS and civilian supporters. LET uses the experience of the law enforcement community to meet the challenges ahead. Publishing first-hand accounts of how officers have successfully faced adversity or practiced excellence in law enforcement, LET strives to provide cutting-edge articles and information from subject matter experts in many law enforcement disciplines. Offering a chance to network with like-minded members of the law enforcement family, LET is not corporately owned, but exists for law enforcement by law enforcement.
In August 2015 Mara conducted the Alzheimer’s Emergency Response Basic Course to Project Lifesaver members from the Port Saint Lucie Police Department! Here are testimonials from officer’s who attended.
“Mara Botonis is very sincere and passionate about her topic. I think it’s great that she’s ‘NOT just another civilian’ thinking she can train us how to do our jobs better. She’s been awesome!”
“Excellent speaking and information gained from Mara’s knowledge. New understanding and perspective gained about how to interact with and understand persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia.”
“Class was fantastic, Information presented was dead on. Instructor Botonis is very passionate and the perfect fit as an instructor for law enforcement.”
“Excellent class. The tools gained were excellent. Expand it everywhere.”
“Excellent presentation. Mara Botonis did a great job. Instruct ALL officers with this training.”
“Training was really geared specifically toward Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s). Mara is the perfect instructor for us and an excellent speaker. I have to say I really enjoyed this class and got a lot out of it.”
Testimonials from the Nation’s Leading Alzheimer’s Experts
“WOW Project Lifesaver and Mara Botonis have pulled together a powerful and needed program to save lives of those living with dementia. This curriculum is well designed, follows naturally and uses simple touch points which will stick with officer seasing the implementation process into departments and communities.
In addition, there is a great form which could be utilized by the public when registering their loved one with dementia into the 911 system. This form would save time, reduce stress and would decrease data collection needed at the time of a crisis and in turn shorten response time for recovery.”
Lori La Bey, CSA, COS, AOSAD, is recognized by Dr. Oz and Sharecare as the #1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s. Lori is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a passionate advocate who searches for ways to shift our dementia care culture from crisis to comfort worldwide, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and the webinar series Dementia Chats™. Lori connects people to best practices and facilitates conversations regarding needs for dementia care worldwide.
WELL DONE MARA AND PROJECT LIFESAVER —I hope your Alzheimer’s and Dementia training for law enforcement and first responders spreads like wild fire across the U.S.”
Jolene Brackey, author”Creating Moments of Joy“, #1 Best Selling Caregiving Health Services and founder of Enhanced Moments, Jolene realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer’ special care unit as an activity director. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike.
Mara Botonis has joined Project Lifesaver International to write an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training Manual for Emergency Response Officers in local communities. The resulting program is a much-needed tool to aid first responders in interacting with Alzheimer / Dementia folks. This course is full of significant information from the initial call to subsequent encounter to positive resolutions. Hopefully it will someday be found in very Police Department in the U.S.”
Joanne Koenig Coste, author, “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s” and nationally recognized expert and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care, is a board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Currently in private practice as an Alzheimer’s family therapist, Koenig Coste also serves as president of Alzheimer’s Consulting Associates. She lectures around the country and is the recipient of a National Award for Health Heroes from Reader’s Digest. She was named a “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century” by NBC Nightly News.
“According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3 out of 5 people with Alzheimer’s will wander. Project Lifesaver offers peace of mind to families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, another form of dementia, or anyone at risk of wandering. There is no way caregivers can monitor a loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Project Lifesaver’s inexpensive GPS system allows families and law enforcement to quickly find loved ones who wander. To date, well over 3,000 people have been rescued. If you have a loved one with dementia who is mobile, Project Lifesaver’s bracelet is a ‘must have’.
As encounters between law enforcement and persons living with dementia are on the rise, we recommend supporting Project Lifesaver’s Alzheimer’s course in offering more educational resources to assist first responders in meeting the unique needs of persons with dementia. “
Ellen W. Potts, MBA and Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, Authors of A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver . Dr. Potts serves as one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, is a noted neurologist, author, educator, and champion of those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. He was chosen by the American Academy of Neurology as the 2008 Donald M. Palatucci Advocate of the Year, serves as an AAN national media spokesperson for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and is a faculty member at both medical schools in his home state of Alabama. Inspired by his father’s transformation from saw miller to watercolor artist in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Potts formed Cognitive Dynamics Foundation dedicated to quality of life improvement through the arts.
“We highly recommend the Project Lifesaver Law Enforcement Alzheimer’s Curriculum developed by Mara Botonis and Project Lifesaver International. What is so ingenious about this program is that it was developed for law enforcement, by law enforcement. SeniorAdvisor.com applauds their mission to bring awareness to the special needs of persons living with dementia and equip law enforcement and first responders with the proper tools to help them.”
Amelia Wilson, Content Manager, SeniorAdvisior.com
“Studies indicate that 60 percent of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s will wander. This is a growing problem and issue that must be addressed. Both law enforcement officials and the public must be made aware of this problem. The Law Enforcement and First Responder Alzheimer’s and Dementia training course Project Lifesaver and Mara Botonis created is a first necessary step in providing a solution that will work.”
Bob DeMarco, Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, and an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Bob’s mother Dorothy lived with Alzheimer’s disease and he was her primary caregiver.The Alzheimer’s Reading Room is the number one source of life news for the entire Alzheimer’s community. Our goal is to educate, sometimes entertain, and empower Alzheimer’s caregivers and their families worldwide. Articles written by Bob De Marcohave been syndicated on Reuters, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Time Warner, Chicago Sun Times, Houston Chronicle, Livestrong, Cox News, and Palm Beach Post (to name a few).
“These are remarkably well designed and practical resources for all branches of public service and law enforcement personnel. Mara has definitely used her professional and personal background and skills to produce a two-tiered training program (with support materials) that can change how those who have chosen a career or volunteer in roles that serve and protect the public can make a difference in the lives of those living with dementia, everyone who cares for them, as well as those who encounter them in one setting or another. While, I use myself and my ability to share in a ‘live’ or ‘video’ format, Mara has used her talent for writing and course development to provide a MUCH NEEDED standardized system to help offer training in dementia at two distinct levels (Basic and Advanced) throughout the country and beyond.
Just as Project Lifesaver (now known as Project Lifesaver International) went well beyond an ‘identifier bracelet’ to help identify those at risk for wandering and elopement and devise an effective way to reduce risk and recover people, if they did roam, this course and support materials could do the same for public service providers everywhere.
THANK YOU, Mara, for choosing to make this happen!”Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first hand caregiving interactions. Working as a Registered Occupational .Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach™ to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.
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