About

Seeking to provide dementia education and life enrichment from the lens of relationship and creativity. Always working to balance the medical, clinical, and social aspects of life with dementia. 

 

Founded in 2015, and built upon 20 years of experience immersed in helping care for those living with dementia, The Dementia Letters Project was created by Kate Fassbender in hopes of cultivating a community wealthy in hope, creativity, joy, and faith. Working in a range of settings, including community organizations, care communities, and in the home. 

Mission

To accompany others on the Dementia Journey through education, life enrichment, service, and ministry. To cultivate a community wealthy in connection, creativity, hope, and joy.

 

How

Working as an independent contractor to provide a wide range of services that help to educate, serve and support those living with dementia and our community. You, the individual, community, or organization are the directors. I am simply the facilitator.

Interested in Working with Kate?

If you are interested in working with Kate for your family, care community, or care organization, reach out to Kate to see how we can write our shared story. 

Hi!

I'm Kathryne Fassbender

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Creative Gerontologist
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Catholic Innovator

Each day I seek to accompany others, magnifying the importance of creativity and human connection. I am a classically trained musician, studio artist, and theatre maker with a background in the creative arts therapies. I believe in cultivating a community that is wealthy in creativity, connection, hope, and joy. 

I am also the granddaughter of someone who lived with Vascular Dementia

20 years ago, I started my dementia journey. 

It did not come in the form of a person I love being diagnosis with a form of dementia, a job (I was, after all, a 6th grader), or via a parent’s career. It came through a comment made by a classmate in my science class.

In my 6th-grade science class, my peers started talking about dementia. At the time I had no clue what it really was, nor was I aware of anyone in my life who had dementia. I knew enough though, that when a classmate started calling it, “old timer’s disease,” that the correct behavior was to be appalled by that comment.  This launched my passion for working with dementia as a volunteer. In 2005 when my grandmother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, the story become personal. My view of dementia as well as a greater awareness of what it means to live with dementia drastically changed. I experienced the struggles, stereotypes, shame, and the family journey. The world of dementia that I had moved into continued to grow, evolve, and transformed once again as I worked to make dementia my career recognizing that I was uniquely created for this purpose.

The Dementia Letters Project started off as a blend of Life Enrichment work and volunteering (which at the time was named, Bonae Memorie.) In 2015, I started the shift towards working as an independent contractor, and in 2018, I officially launched the Dementia Letters Project.

Over the last 16 years I have recognized the need for those living with dementia to tell their story, and for the greater community to start having a different type of conversation. There exists a longing to move away from the doom and gloom and into joy. I started the project as a way to help all of us share our story of dementia and move into that joy. As I write the current pages of the Dementia Letters Project story, I invite you to join me, to co-create a new narrative of dementia.

Certifications

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My Commitment

Continuing Education

Each year I seek ways to continue to grow in knowledge and understanding, both informally and formally. Above and beyond what is required to maintain any certifications I may have, I participate in monthly CE webinars, workshops, and courses hosted by universities, conferences, and other dementia-based organizations.

I also value greatly the growth that happens when we work with and listen to those living with dementia. These individuals provide an education that surpasses anything one might learn in a textbook or lecture.

 
The (not so) Fine Print

Affiliate Link Disclosure

Thank you for visiting Dementia Letters Project’s website, and for trusting me to guide you along your dementia journey. 

From time to time there will be an affiliate or referral link on the pages of this site that will lead to me earning a small commission should you sign up or make a purchase. By using the links shared here, you are not affected (unless the link allows you to use a discount code) so may you find comfort in using the links when you shop. I am grateful for your support, each little bit helps me provide my services to those who might not otherwise be able to hire me. 

Thank you for helping me (and others) write our shared story together. 

I would like to thank WordPress, Canva, Cathopic, and UnSplash for helping me create our story here on the pages of the internet. 

 

Want to Partner with the Dementia Letters Project?

All of us are living with dementia so follow along and join in on the conversation on social media @dementialetters or email me at kate@dementialettersproject.com