Christene Gordon

Christene Gordon, BFA, BEd, is Director of Client Services and Programs, The Alzheimer Society, Canada. She’s an educator whose experience includes music specialist, zoo educator, sexuality instructor and historical interpreter. She’s worked in the field of dementia care for over 20 years. Her dementia education was in Britain, and she’s now working towards an MSc in dementia care. She was drawn to the dementia care field following her family’s experience in caring for her Grandmother. “In the 1980’s there was not a lot of information available for family members so we befuddled our way through”, she says. Convinced that there must be a better way, she embarked on a learning path to better understand the dementia experience. The learning stood her in good stead while supporting her Dad in the care of her mother who was living with vascular dementia. Her message to care partners is that you can’t do it alone, you need a circle of care that includes family, friends and professionals.