“They call me DQ.”
Sue Paul has been an occupational therapist for over twenty years. Early in her career, she realized there is a segment of the population that is largely neglected by our healthcare system. Alzheimer’s disease seemed a hopeless diagnosis to any physical or occupational therapist proficient in rehabilitating clients through the use of conventional, traditional therapeutic approaches. No one was even aware of the possibility of a “back door.”
So Sue pursued additional education, and in 2001, became a board certified geriatric specialist through the American Occupational Therapy Association. Since then, she has collected and categorized behaviors and skills unique to each stage of dementia, and has initiated new interventions to benefit both the patient and the caregiver.
Sue is both a teacher and a student of the evolving body of knowledge pertaining to the causes, symptoms, and treatments of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Her experience and insight into this crippling condition, along with her ability to talk about it in a clear, passionate way, has established Sue as a sought after speaker, expert guest and advocate.
- Congressional and Community Ambassador, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland
- TV guest on programs such as the Hope Network’s live television talk show, “Go Healthy for Good”
- Guest speaker at the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Consortium and in Community Conversations, a focus group targeting ways to improve early diagnosis and intervention of Alzheimer’s patients in Maryland.
- Radio guest on “Alzheimer’s Speaks,” where she offered tips and advice to listeners who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Writer and author of weekly posts on her blog The Dementia Queen (http://www.thedementiaqueen.com), and publications on MariaShriver.com and the Huffington Post.
Sue leads the day-to-day operations of Baker Rehab Group and Baker Driving Rehab, both in Frederick, MD. Please feel free to contact her anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.