Julie Daigle knows firsthand how meaningful engagement can help provide a person with dementia a sense of purpose, greater well-being, and better overall health. It goes back to the experiences her grandmother had in two different memory care communities—the second of which offered the activities, stimulation, and creative interventions that improved her quality of life significantly.
“Seeing this in real life intrigued my interest in the impact activities and care can have on cognition,” says Julie. “I decided my Capstone project for my undergraduate degree would be to look at the impact of creative writing on older adults. During my Master’s program, I focused specifically on how activities impact those with dementia—learning not only which creative interventions are beneficial for those with dementia, but also how to implement these activities in a way that promotes personhood and choice.”
Lumina Las Vegas is a perfect fit for Julie. “I can use all my background knowledge and personal experience to improve the lives of those we serve. Our residents deserve to have a choice in what they do, with activities that do more than fill time. Creative and innovative activities can truly engage residents, improve their quality of life, value their sense of personhood and right for choice.”
Solera’s mission to always be out in front with new best practices also drew Julie. “Solera gives me the freedom to be creative in the activities I bring into the community; I can truly individualize our programs to meet the unique needs of each resident.”
Julie’s previous experience includes serving as Social Services Coordinator at a senior living community, as well as working in hospice. She also waited tables at an independent living community while in high school and college. Julie holds two degrees from Texas State University: a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in Social Work, Sociology, and Writing; as well as a Master of Science in Dementia Studies with a concentration in Dementia and Long-Term Care.
Family life includes husband, Corey; dogs (Bella and Alaska) and cats (Mr. Happy and Tripod, named for his three-footed status). Julie is a huge Harry Potter fan and loves all things wizarding. Her perfect vacation? A trip to Universal Studios to spend time in the world of Harry Potter.