CONSULTANTS IN DEMENTIA THERAPY  - Your Source for Information and Ideas


Consultants In Dementia Therapy, (CDT), was created to provide guidance to all those who work and care for with people with dementia. The goal is to bring knowledge based in practice utilizing evidence-based interventions, modeled on simple step-by-step protocols that have proven successful.


Because the focus of interventions with the dementia population differs from the traditional therapy model, a successful program will focus on the individual as it relates to functional mobility, as well as communication, socialization, behaviors and dysphagia appropriate to the patients stage of dementia. For therapists, writing appropriate therapy goals based on the patients level of ‘spared capabilities’ determined by staging is an important component not only to avoid U.S. Medicare reimbursement pitfalls, but also provide realistic expectations.


The goal of CDT is to provide you with answers and to give you assurance that your decisions are appropriate as you go forward building your dementia program or caring for your loved one at home.




Peggy Watson M.S., CCC-SLP and Nancy K. Mills M.S., CCC-SLP (formerly Nancy Shadowens) are practicing speech-language pathologists with more than 30 combined years of experience working with the geriatric population. They are experts in dementia behavior management and specialize in dementia interventions and strategies including the areas of communication, mobility, socialization, behaviors and swallowing problems. Watson and Mills are published in Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, and Communicologist, they present to therapists and caregivers on the topic of dementia behavior management, nationally and internationally. They are co-writers of two books, one for therapists, Dementia Therapy and Program Development, and one for caregivers, Dementia: Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit.

Working together, they have established a highly successful approach to managing dementia induced behavior that incorporates five evidence-based strategies unique to individuals with dementia to improve their lives and restore balance to their living environment.They are members of the Colorado Speech-Language Hearing Association, North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and are co-owners of Consultants in Dementia Therapy PLLC, a company founded as a resource for therapists, nurses and caregivers and as a consulting company for facilities developing or enhancing dementia programs.

Ms. Watson received her B.S. at Arizona State University and M.S. at Lamar University. She has practiced in home health care, acute care hospitals, rehab hospitals, long term acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. In addition, she has worked in the university setting as an adjunct faculty member with graduate students working on their clinical practicum.

Ms. Mills received her B.S. from Texas Christian University and her M.S. from Texas Woman’s University. Her professional career includes working in the school setting, skilled nursing facilities, long term acute care hospital, acute care hospital and rehab hospital. Currently, she is the Director of Rehab for Carolinas Rehab.

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