Serving Northern Virginia,
D.C. metro, and Kansas City metro
Dementia Care Connections offers support services to family caregivers and care professionals by providing education, consultations, in-home activity visits, virtual visits, training, and care resources needed to improve and maintain the quality of life for individuals living with memory impairment and dementia. Our approach focuses on cognitive engagement, promoting social interactions, advocating for a loved one's care, and empowering families so they can make the best choices.
Founded in 2017
Meet Our Team
Nicole McMonigle Knight, CDP
Founder, Dementia Care Connections
Nicole has over 20 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in the field of aging. She has worked in pharmacy care, hospice care, and completed a field study in physical therapy before transitioning to dementia care in a
memory care community setting. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and trained in BCAT®. Nicole is a memory
cafe facilitator, support group facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association, Community Ambassador for Fairfax Area Agency on Aging 50+ program, Senior Ambassador for Senior Services of Alexandria, Dementia Champion, and on the action teams for Dementia Friendly Herndon and Dementia Friendly Alexandria. Nicole finds joy in travel, art galleries, museums, Virginia Tech football, outdoor adventures with her husband, and daily walks with her mostly well-behaved cockapoo.
"As a former family caregiver, I understand firsthand the complexity involved navigating care options and special considerations for loved
one's living at home with cognitive impairment. Families are doing the best they can to meet a loved one where they are in their journey and learn as much as they can in a constantly evolving situation. On top of everything else, many struggle with finding ways to keep their loved one engaged throughout the day. Feeling overwhelmed is an absolute understatement. This is hard stuff and bigger than one person can manage on their own. No one was ever meant to walk this journey alone- it truly takes a village"
Sarah Van Winkle, CMC
Sarah has over 20 years of experience working with people with dementia. She worked for a large assisted living company for several years designing memory care programs including activities and care plans. Sarah is a Certified Care Manager and has served on the board of the Aging Life Care Association recently. She has also been trained as a support group leader through the Alzheimer’s Association and has led groups for several years. Sarah feels that working with older adults, especially those with memory impairment, is her calling and she is passionate about serving people.
Yamila Zurita, BSW
Yamila has an Associates Degree in Social Science and a graduate of George Mason University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She is a member of Dementia Friendly Fairfax and is certified with knowledge in Caring for LGBT Older Adults. Yamila has additional experience engaging with older adults as she served as a volunteer under CareRing. She enjoys socializing with older adults in the Let’s Connect program and is a member of the Millennial 50+ Ambassadors of Northern Virginia. She loves reading educational books, painting, and outdoor activities. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and hopes to use those skills when working with clients.
Aislyn brings experience working in a variety of healthcare settings over the years with older adults and directly in a memory care community in Northern Virginia. Her experience includes planning structured in-home activities, guiding reminiscing discussions, regular client outings, and using art and music to connect with our clients. Aislyn is a co-facilitator for our memory cafe in Arlington and collaborates with outside partnering aging life care managers and home care agencies as part of a full care team approach to better serve our client's needs.
Jennifer M. Denk, MSW, CDP
Jen is a recent graduate of George Mason University where she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work and specialized in clinical practice for older adults. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, trained in BCAT®, and currently completing a gerontology certificate from George Mason University. Jen has worked with people experiencing all stages of dementia which included administering assessments, conducting support groups, and leading recreational activities. Actively involved in the community, she is a Dementia Champion and a member of Dementia Friendly Fairfax.
Pamela Mills, MA, CTRS, ALM, CDP-CADDCT-CDCM
Pamela is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, Certified Dementia Care Manager, and Assisted Living Manager. She holds a Masters of Arts degree from the Erickson School for the Management of Aging Services at University of Maryland and has over 30 years’ experience in the field of Aging Services primarily with people living with neurocognitive impairment in their homes, Memory Care, Social Day and Assisted Living settings. Her work on generating and maintaining programs that support and enhance the wellbeing for older adults has been published in Longterm Living magazine as well as presented at conferences and webinars. Most importantly, her heartfelt passion is for designing and implementing creative, insightful, person-directed services for older adults, where each person can feel comfort, joy and achievement. In addition to spending time with family, Pamela and her husband enjoy outdoor activities, volunteering, and tending to their flock of backyard fowl and household pets.