Dr. Tam can speak at your event!
Families and communities seeking an understanding of the stages of dementia or wanting to know how to untangle dementia for themselves or their staff can arrange for a consultation or education event with Dr. Tam.
Passionate about teaching others what dementia is, Dr. Tam's educational events clearly explain dementia and how it progresses in the brain. A master at translating medical jargon into easy to understand terms, Dr. Tam walks the audience through how the disease starts, how it presents itself in each stage of dementia and how to provide care for a loved one or resident, even when their behaviors may be challenging. From diagnosis to death, her expert advise and explanations change families' lives.
Armed with humor and straight forward honest talk, Dr. Tam uses decades of professional experience, personal stories and compassion to educate caregivers. Dr. Tam's audiences regularly respond to her presentations by awarding her the highest possible grade for speaking and presentation at each conference. Dr. Tam routinely receives the top marks for expertise, handouts, delivery and articulation. Staying after every event to answer questions for attendees, she dedicates herself to helping those struggling with care issues.
Seminars for professionals or groups are available in half-day, full-day or two-day presentations. All events are customized to your groups needs, but because dementia is such a complex disease process and a mission of the practice is to give people real and instantly usable instruction, Dr. Tam prefers to not speak for less than a two hour session.
Private consultations for families are available either in person or over the telephone.
Dr. Tam is available to speak to groups of all sizes about a broad range of age-related subjects, ranging from Alzheimer’s and other dementias to caregiving, normal aging and more. With her special ability to present complex and often emotionally difficult topics in a caring and loving (and entertaining) way through the use of real-life stories and everyday language, every single audience member will walk away with practical knowledge and a better understanding of how to deal with the challenges of dementia and aging.
In addition to the topics listed above, Dr. Tam can design a program for your specific needs and industry.
"Tam is just great! So much information that I needed to help survive this horrible disease. I was greatly blessed today!"
"Tam Cummings has fantastic information! She provides intense explanations of what is going on in my loved one's brain. I have so much more capacity for compassion now that I understand dementia!"
"My experiences on the caregiving of my spouse were validated. I just wish the neurologist and doctor had explained this to me."
"You probably won't remember me, but I met you at the seminar you had a while back. I told you about my father-in-law, who had Alzheimer's. I just wanted to tell you how much it helped me in dealing with this illness, by coming and hearing you speak about the Alzheimer's and by reading the book I bought. I in turn gave my mother-in-law a copy of the literature and also gave my brother-in-law and his wife a copy. Everything happened just like you said it would. Again, thanks for all your literature and your input into this horrible disease. It really made us understand what he was going through and what to expect next. Thanks again."
"Tam, YOU are truly an inspiration to me EVERYTIME I hear you speak! I have had the pleasure of hearing you speak on several occasions and each time I am blown away by your incredible passion for aging, your knowledge and your speaking abilities. I thoroughly enjoy hearing you speak! I have a master’s in education, (health and wellness promotion) and love educating people on their health. My passion is helping others and educating to empower people! Every time I have had an opportunity to hear you speak I leave thinking, 'I want to be like Tam!"
"You have devoted your life and love and energy to a most frail and vulnerable segment of society - patients suffering with memory disorders and their families. Thank YOU for everything you do!"
"Last Friday, staff from AGE of Central Texas gathered for an incredible in-house training by Tam Cummings, author of "Untangling Dementia." Tam Cummings is a professional with over 20 years of experience and extensive training and advanced education in gerontology. She has worked directly with dementia patients and their families in a variety of settings, including serving as a program director for memory communities, as a social worker, and as a geriatric case manager. Cummings works to demystify the journey of dementia for patients, their families, and anyone touched by these devastating diseases. Over the course of this full-day session she shared her intimate and abounding knowledge of dementia. Cummings led the group on an in-depth exploration of how to deal with this disease at every level, from every perspective. Since aging is our specialty at AGE of Central Texas, and one out of six older adults have dementia, it is our job to continually learn and explore best practices for working with clients with dementia. But this training made the information so accessible, and it gave our staff a fresh look at how to share this knowledge with clients and caregivers who come in seeking guidance at AGE."