Why Choose Frena Gray-Davidson
as Your Dementia Trainer?
Frena Gray-Davidson has lived and worked with people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for almost 20 years.
“My Dementia story began by accident. I was looking to save rent, so I moved into a house in Berkeley, California,and became a caregiver to a 79-year-old woman with Dementia.”
It was 1986 and Frena was newly-arrived in the USA.
Frena has experienced many dementia care settings. They include:
- staff training in a 54-bed Alzheimer’s unit;
- setting up a day care program which was part of the National Model Program;
- establishing small care homes appropriate for dementia care;
- giving dementia care in a 24-hour at home setting.
Frena has 15 years of work as a support group facilitator ― for the Alzheimer’s Association and Agency on Aging. She also covers caregiving issues through her regular newspaper column “The Caregiver Coach.”
She brings an unmatched practical involvement with dementia care, together with years of giving training and workshops in multi-cultural settings.
Using the lessons of living in a multi-cultural background, she learned Alzheimer’s from people with Alzheimer’s. This innovative approach enabled her to observe and bring some new ideas to the picture we have of Alzheimer’s.
- she was the first to write that people with Alzheimer’s tended to have experienced unusual hardship in their childhood;
- she was the first to write that the so-called final stage of Alzheimer’s actually only occurred rarely, to 1 person in about 35. Everyone else dies of the normal health conditions of old age;
- she was the first to write that people with dementia self-medicate their anxiety with walking;
- she has successfully created care plans which can eliminate sun-downing entirely;
- she has created the Three-Point Plan which enables almost all so-called difficult behaviors to be solved;
- she uses and recommends
the therapeutic use of aromatherapy and music in residential environments.
Frena was born and raised in London, England. She trained as a journalist and feature writer, after which she went to Asia. She lived in Nepal for two years, working at the United Nations Development Program in Nepal and becoming the NBC Radio Correspondent for Nepal. She also taught at the British Council in Kathmandu.
From Nepal, she moved to Hong Kong. She traveled extensively throughout the region, writing guidebooks to Thailand and Sri Lanka.
After having studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Hong Kong for five years, working in a free clinic in Kowloon under the supervision of her teacher, 4th generation Chinese healer, Dr Butt Chak-Kai, she wrote several books on Chinese culture and healing.
In California, she was the founding director of a non-profit Alzheimer’s education organization and began teaching Alzheimer’s and dementia care to family members and professional care staff.
During this time, she began to be in demand as a public speaker, teacher and Alzheimer’s educator.
With her practical knowledge of Alzheimer’s behaviors Frena became a trainer for the professional caregivers for the California Residential Home Licensing Department. She was a staff trainer in dementia for Hillhaven, Alameda. She has also given presentations and trainings for:
- the Florida Association of Nursing Homes;
- Bethany Homes in North Dakota;
- Royal Alzheimer’s Disease Society of Great Britain;
- Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital of Tropical Diseases in American Samoa;
- Morton Plante Hospital in Florida;
- Hawaii State Department of Aging;
- the Montana State Ombudsman for Long Term Care and the Alzheimer’s Association of Montana;
- Oregon Coast College;
- California Department of Health and Human Services;
- Siuslaw Community College;
- the Caregiver Foundation of Arizona;
- Area Agency on Aging Southern Arizona;
- and many more.