Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her Dad, Manfred was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s diseaseA progressive, degenerative form of dementia that causes severe intellectual deterioration. The first symptoms are impaired memory, followed by impaired thought and speech, an inability to care for oneself and, eventually, death. Onset can be associated with or preceded by depression…. More. Her life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work.
Karen was the co-writer with Sonya Barsness of all the scripts and content for the Hand in Hand Training Toolkit produced by CMS and distributed to every nursing home on the country. She has also worked on curriculum for the National Alzheimer’s Association. as well as the Eden Alternative.
Karen was the Director of Education for Pioneer Network and the Chair for the Annual Conference for 6 years.
Karen has presented over 700 workshops, keynotes and performances. She has written a book, has a training DVD, been on NPR’s This American Life and recently presented at the International TED MED Conference.