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Christian Horizons leader named to Alzheimer’s Disease International Global Review Panel

ST. LOUIS, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Christian Horizons, a leader in seniors housing and support services, is proud to announce the appointment of its own Cathy Krewer, RNMS, Vice President of Clinical Professional Development, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Global Review Panel (GRP) in London. In this new role, Krewer will support Alzheimer’s disease education programs through ADI’s new accreditation program around the world. Krewer is the second U.S. citizen appointed to the GRP and the first U.S. citizen from the senior housing and housing industry to hold the position.

The ADI accredits organizations offering professional and family training programs for the care of people with dementia. Organizations that receive accreditation are considered to have met high standards of quality care delivered by trained professionals. Organizations submit their existing study programs to the GRP, along with a detailed application, demonstrating that the training program reflects contemporary best practice. Programs may be sponsored by colleges and universities, Alzheimer Societies, and other public and private institutions. Accreditation can be achieved through programs for family care partners, home-based workers, day center teams, and workers in seniors’ residences.

“At Christian Horizons, we are deeply committed to providing holistic approaches to supporting seniors with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Associate training and education is a key part of this,” said Jennifer Knecht, director of sales and marketing for Christian Horizons. “We are extremely proud of Cathy’s appointment and know that her expertise will bring great value to the Global Review Group.”

Cathy Krewer, RN, MS, LNHA, BF-CMT practices as a community health nurse with a focus on nursing for the elderly. She has spent over 30 years working in the long term care industry in a variety of roles and settings. With a particular passion for caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, she is a Certified Master Trainer for the Best Friends™ approach to memory care. More recent professional efforts have focused on developing educational support training programs for direct care associates working in memory support. She got her BSN from Southern Illinois University – Edwards and graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a Masters in Community Health Nursing. She currently resides at Florida with her family.

“We are delighted to welcome Cathy to this international group,” said Amalia Fonk Utomo, responsible for accreditation for the ADI. “Her work as a dementia nurse, as well as her experience developing programs and curricula, will be invaluable as ADI strives to strengthen education programs around the world.”

“Cathy’s work has already transformed the lives of Christian Horizons and its residents, associates and families. Her new role will support families and public health workers working in high, middle and low income countries, and have a global impact on care and services,” said David Troxelco-author of The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care and member of the GRP.

Alzheimer’s Disease International is the international federation of Alzheimer’s and dementia associations worldwide. In official relations with the World Health Organization, the organization’s vision includes risk reduction, rapid diagnosis, care and inclusion today, cure tomorrow. For more information on ADI and the accreditation process, see Information and advice | Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) (alzint.org)

Christian Horizons is a Dementia Friendly Ministry™ committed to addressing the stigma surrounding dementia, providing community education, and providing contemporary residential, home-based, and palliative care services focused on dignity, engagement, and quality of life. . Christian Horizons associates receive training in dementia, and many of their communities now offer Pathway Memory Support® programs, a comprehensive activity- and engagement-based approach to care. Developed in partnership with Troxel, the Pathway Memory Support program involves friends and family and the creative approaches of expertly trained healthcare professionals.

As a faith-led, person-centered organization, Christian Horizons serves a mission to empower older adults in mind, body, and spirit through faith-led service. Situated at Saint Louis, Mo., the organization owns and operates a portfolio of seven life plan campuses and five self-contained senior living communities offering a mix of independent, assisted and supportive living; memory support; long-term care and short-term rehabilitation centers. The organization also serves seniors through CareLink Home Care and Safe Haven Hospice in the center Illinois; Pharmacy services for the elderly; and New Horizons PACE® (All Inclusive Care Program for the Elderly) at Saint Louis, Mo. Learn more about https://christianhorizonsliving.org/.

SOURCE Christian Horizons