Serving Northern Virginia,
D.C. metro, and Kansas City metro
Founded in 2017, Dementia Care Connections offers support services to family caregivers and healthcare professionals by providing education, consultations, in-home activity visits, virtual activity visits, training, and care resources needed to improve and maintain the quality of life for individuals living with 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.
Meet Our Team
Nicole McMonigle Knight, CDP
Founder, Dementia Care Connections
"As a former family caregiver, I understand firsthand the complexity involved trying to navigating care options and special considerations for a loved one living at home with cognitive impairment. Family are doing their best to meet a loved one where they are in their journey, learn as much as they can in a constantly evolving situation, and on top of everything else going on, trying to figure out how to keep up with socialization and engagement throughout the day. Feeling overwhelmed is an absolute understatement. This is hard stuff and it's bigger than one person can manage on their own. No one was ever meant to walk this journey alone- it truly takes a village."
Nicole has over 20 years of experience working in healthcare, primarily in the field of aging and dementia care. She worked for large memory care community company for many years and prior to transitioning into memory care, worked in hospice, pharmacy care, and physical therapy. Nicole is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and trained in BCAT®. She is a memory cafe facilitator, support group facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association, Community Ambassador for Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging 50+ program, Senior Ambassador for City of Alexandria, Dementia Champion for Dementia Friendly America, and on the community action teams for Dementia Friendly Herndon and Dementia Friendly Alexandria. Nicole enjoys traveling, museums, art galleries, Virginia Tech,
football, outdoor adventures with her husband, and daily walks with her mostly well-behaved cockapoo.
Liz Anderson, MA, CDP, R-DMT
Liz has an extensive background working for over 18 years facilitating creative therapy groups in a variety of settings nationwide including hospitals, inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient clinics, and private settings. Liz is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Registered Dance Movement Therapist, and brings experience in individualized and group counseling, yoga therapy, dance movement therapy, music and art therapy, recreation therapy, creative
journaling, and spirituality groups. She shares a passion for working with older adults, veterans, and individuals living with memory impairment.
Aislyn has worked 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 serves as a 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.
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.
Jennifer M. Denk, MSW
Jennifer 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 has worked with people experiencing all stages of dementia which included administering assessments, conducting support groups, and leading recreational activities. Jennifer is a Dementia Champion and a member of Dementia Friends Fairfax. She is currently completing a gerontology certificate from George Mason University and working on the certification requirements to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner.