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New Monthly Column on Coping with Dementia to begin April 1

By Diane Bedard Posted on March 31, 2020

After working together for years to help Nature Coast residents and businesses become more aware of compassionate care techniques for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients, is proud to announce a more formal relationship with our new monthly column contribution by Coping with Dementia founder, Debbie Selsavage.

“We are so excited to be able to publish a monthly column on Alzheimer’s and Dementia care from such a notable expert as Debbie Selsavage,” said Diane Bedard, Publisher of

About Debbie Selsavage

Debbie Selsavage was introduced to dementia when she became a caregiver for her husband in 2005. Like many in her situation, she found it almost impossible to find information, support, and resources to deal with her difficult and exhausting task. 

She believed there has to be a better way.

Debbie entered the field of memory care when she took a job as an Administrative Assistant at an assisted living facility in 2012.  Within 18 months she became a Certified Administrator, earning a Deficiency-Free rating for the facility she managed.

Debbie Selsavage contributes Monthly Column on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care to

Debbie became a Certified Trainer in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and in 2015 launched her own company, Coping with Dementia LLCIts mission is to make life better for individuals and families living with dementia.

Debbie Selsavage is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and past-president of the Alzheimer’s Family Organization.  She is also a Certified Positive Approach to Care Consultant, and in 2017, she was named a Citrus County Health Care Hero for public outreach.

Why a Monthly Column about Alzheimer’s and Dementia care?

“Florida’s Nature Coast has many residents and visitors who deal with the day-to-day care of those affected by Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases. I watched a close friend and her mother go through the disease’s progression and it is very difficult,” said Diane, “I know that if this column can help even one reader through the process, we are honored to provide that assistance.”

Debbie contributes to several publications with her extensive knowledge and her humble passion. As part of NatureCoaster’s mission to connect readers with the awesomeness of Florida’s Nature Coast, we are grateful to be able to connect you with such a wonderful resource for compassionate care.

You can contact Debbie directly with your questions about Alzheimer’s and Dementia care at [email protected]. Coping with Dementia also offers training in dementia care and working with people affected by these diseases for facilities, groups, and businesses.