I am a clinical bioethicist, professional speaker and hospice volunteer. I am also the author of the award winning, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making – Making Choices for Those Who Can’t, which guides families and professionals who are making the decisions for those with dementia, brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. As a clinical bioethicist, I have unique tools and strategies that provide a structure and process for making the difficult life, health and end-of-life decisions for those with varying degrees of capacity.
I recently keynoted four Alzheimer’s Association conferences in Wisconsin as well as in Monterey, California. Spoke at the National Geriatric Care Manager’s conference, National n4a conference, Texas and California NASW conferences, National Elder Law Foundation conference, National AHCA/NCAL conference, Mid-American Institute on Aging conference, the Washington, Idaho, Florida and Texas Guardian conferences and many Area Agency on Aging conferences. Lectured to physician audiences at over 400 events.
“Thanks so much for the wonderful presentation this morning. What a fantastic program. The feedback was so positive. Your material hit home and had people raving as they were headed out the door. Folks were so happy to have something practical to take back and use…both personally and professionally. Your personality and words touch people’s hearts deeply.” Diane D. Baughn, Alzheimer’s Association – Milwaukee
“Viki’s book is an excellent guide for families left struggling and feeling overwhelmed when making decisions for those who are incapacitated. The tone is conversational, examples familiar and explanations simple and clear. With comfort and assurance, decisions are made systematically, while respecting the wishes of the individual. Every caregiver should read this guide before there is a crisis.”
Edna Ballard, MSW, ACSW, Duke Family Support Program; Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center