Thrive Alliance names new dementia care coach

Tiffany Gorski-Kimrey

COLUMBUS, Ind. — To put it in her own words, Tiffany Gorski-Kimrey has “always wanted to work with people.”

In high school and college, she volunteered at nursing homes, where she was enthralled by her conversations with residents.

“They just have so many fascinating stories and lost history that people just don’t even realize,” she said.

Now, Gorski-Kimrey is in a position that puts her in her element, as she has been named to the newly-created position of dementia care coach at Thrive Alliance. She began in the position in early January.

Gorski-Kimrey has been with the organization since 2019, when she joined as a care manager. She later served as care coordinator at the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

“The best part of my new job is reaching out to even a more specialized client list and being able to help the caregiver and give them more support than what they had before,” she said.

Thrive Alliance is in the early stages of training for this new position. Much of her work as dementia care coach will be part of the Dementia Care Intervention Program, she said. Eskenazi Health has a similar program.

“So they know it works, and now they’re trying to get all the different areas of aging into the program,” she said. “So we are the pilot program … including myself, five other areas.”

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