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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. After Albert passed in 2010, Debbie entered the field of memory care when she took a job as an administrative assistant at an assisted living community in 2012. Within 18 months she became a certified administrator, earning a Deficiency-Free rating for her memory care community. She became a PAC Certified Independent Trainer and certified consultant in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC) and in 2015 launched her own company, Coping with Dementia LLC. This is a company that provides education and training to both professional and lay caregivers. “Its mission is to make life better for individuals and families living with dementia.” We do this through workshops, speaking engagements, seminars, support groups, one-on-one family guidance/counseling, caregiver and family conferences. My passion is to provide people with a better understanding of what a person living with dementia is dealing with and how they can communicate and interact in a more compassionate manner. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, member of the Alzheimer’s Family Organization since 2004, and for the past 5 years is a columnist on Alzheimer’s and dementia for the Citrus County Chronicle, to date writes for a total of four other publications. In 2017, she was named a Citrus County Health Care Hero for Community Outreach.