One day in my 6th-grade science class, we started talking about dementia. At the time I had no clue what it really was, nor was I aware of anyone in my life who had dementia. I knew enough though, that when a classmate started calling it, “old timers disease” to be appalled by that comment. My blood started to boil. This launched my passion for working with dementia. In 2005 when my grandmother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, the story become personal, and I have since dedicated my life’s work to serving those with dementia and their families.
I am Kathryne Fassbender. I am an artist, researcher, and Dementia and Creative Engagement Specialist with 10 plus years of working with dementia. My approach is always focused on how through the arts we can inspire, promote, and support those seeking purpose, healing, validation, and community. Using my classical training in music, my extensive practice in studio art, and theatre training, I encourage a creative, valued, faith-filled approach to the progression of life and meaningful life enrichment.
I am a Purple Angel Ambassador, Teaching Artist, and Certified TimeSlips Facilitator, with a background in the Creative Arts Therapies, and trained in building Creative Communities of Care.
All of us are living with dementia so I invite you to follow along. Favorite this site, follow the blog, and like my Facebook page.
If you are interested in working with me or have questions let me know. I am an independent contractor who is here to help educate, support, and serve you and your community and loved ones. You my reach me through this site, by messaging me on Facebook, or by sending me an email at KLFassbender@gmail.com. I am “bi-regional” based in Wisconsin and New York, and am available to travel anywhere in the United States. Everying I do is demetnia directed, I am simply the faciliator.
Services I provide include:
Memory Café Programming
1:1 Life Enrichment and Caregiver Support
Life Enrichment programming including TimeSlips
Life Enrichment and Dementia Consulting
Teaching Artist and Creative Engagement Coaching