Gail Sonnesso, graduated from East Carolina University in 1996 with a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology. In 2015 she completed a program in Geriatric Care Management at UF Gainesville.
Gail’s career working with older adults began in 1985. Employed in a 900-bed nursing home Gail's responsibilities included providing therapeutic recreation for 80-residents.
Volunteer experiences include working in a physical therapy department, and working with the occupational therapy staff to provide care for severely mentally ill patients in a long term psychiatric hospital.
Gail is the founder and executive director of GEM Day Services, Inc. a non-profit organization providing memory care, education and support for the OBX community. Gail founded the Outer Banks Caregivers Support Group in 1997 and has developed and teaches “Caring Effectively” a class that offers effective person centered living that enhances caring for a person with dementia.
Gail is the President of the Nags Head Lions Club, Board Member of the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks, Dementia Task Force, Co-Host of the international "Arts and Dementia workgroup", member of The Elder Abuse Collaborative and a former member of the Dare County Nursing Home Advisory Board, Founder of the North East NC Respite Coalition, Art at the Park and Caring TEENS.
Gail E. Sonnesso, MS
Excellence in Care Specialist
College of the Albemarle
LEARN to Care for a Person with living with Alzheimers Disease
with Love and Expertise!
Gentle Expert Memorycare
Fridays from 1-4pm
GEM Day Services, Inc., is a non-profit organization providing dementia care, education and support within the OBX community for over 20 years presents a 4 week class “Caring Effectively and with Love” for a person living with dementia. Designed for family caregivers as well as healthcare professionals, the course has been well received within the Alzheimer research community.
Lisa P. Gwyther, education director for the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University has praised the “Caring Effectively” curriculum, calling the series of classes “rich, practical and comprehensive.”
Each session will address a specific aspect of providing effective care for people who are living with dementia. Topics include understanding the progression of the disease, how to communicate effectively at each stage of the disease, examples of guidelines to provide successful person centered living! Connections to supports and services.
Learn to care with love and expertise!”
What is this Dementia? It is not a normal part of aging! It is a disease! Class One
Skill Building How to Communicate Class Two
Ways of Helping Visual Cues * Verbal Cues * Tactile cues & Progression … Class Three
Meaningful Days Learn to direct “the flow” Class Four
Connect with People ~ Turning Knowledge into Skills Practicum
GEM Adult Day Services, Inc.
PO BOX 3601
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
For more info about the Class contact:
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I am interested in respite care for my family member
To Register call 252-473-2264 ext. 7033, in person here, or on line by going to albemarle.edu and clicking the link to job training.
Roanoke Island Campus, across from Island Pharmacy Manteo , NC
To Register of for more information call COA at 252-473-2264 ext. 7033 to register
I Am interested in a scholarship
Successful completion of this class entitles you to 12.0 CEU’s in Effective Dementia Care recognized by NC Dept. of Health & Human Services Adult Care Licensure Section.
“You help me be who I am supposed to be!” Vernon, GEM participant
What will You Learn ?
A caring community
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