Dr. Denise D'Angelo, (AKA Denise D'Angelo Jones) started, "Caregivers Get Fit" blog, to share her journey, and the journey of others who have been touched by dementia. "Caregivers Get Fit," is about having healthy levels of mental, physical and spiritual balance, (ie: developing a skill set of understanding through education to avoid "burnout," while gaining a deep awareness of present time consciousness, compassion and love), while caring for a family member with dementia. The journey can be difficult, and Dr. D'Angelo is always searching for ways to make the path less difficult through loving communication between both parties, so that moments of oneness, heartfelt connections, and deep insight can be found.
Dr. Denise D'Angelo graduated from Life University in 1996. She is a board certified doctor of chiropractic, a certified personal trainer, a certified sport's nutritionist and wellness coach/ business development manager, with Isagenix International,(www.caregiversgetfit.isagenix.com), specializing in helping caregiver's with weight loss, energy and performance and healthy aging. Dr. Denise currently is completing 300 post doctoral studies in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. (When she isn't writing books, that is!)
Dr. D'Angelo has been a personal chef to high profile clients such as the late choreographer Agnes DeMille, and has been flown to personal estates and movie sets to give wellness/chiropractic consults to some very high profile musicians, movie actors and film producers. Dr. D'Angelo has lectured at major university dance, drama and music departments on the subject of, "Performance Anxiety." In 2014 and 2015 while caring for her mother, Dr. D'Angelo was a returning guest lecturer on the subject of "Songwriting and the Creative Process for Stress Reduction," at MIT in Boston.
Before becoming a doctor, Denise D'Angelo Jones had a background in animal training, theater, and musical composition. She was mentored by William Berloni, the dog trainer for "Sandy," in the Broadway musical, "Annie," of how to use positive reinforcement with dogs, (offering them love, and understanding) to perform for stage and screen productions. She learned valuable insights in non-verbal communication from being a dog trainer/handler on Broadway. Denise D'Angelo Jones also worked as a musician for many years in NYC, doing club dates as a singer at the Waldorf Astoria, the Pierre, the Plaza, World Yacht Cruises and the United Nations to name a few. Her song, "For You," about motherhood won an honorable mention nod in NYC from the Songwriter's Guild of America in 1999. Her choral compositions have been performed by community choirs all over the country, and her composition, "The Arrow and the Song." was recently nominated for an award by the Sister Singers Network in Chicago. Denise also worked for Hospital Audiences, performing at many psychiatric facilities in New York, and New Jersey. (In her early years in NYC, she had odd jobs as a waitress, an office temp. receptionist and bartender where she worked with then unknowns, Golden Globe winning actress Camryn Manheim, and Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.)
Dr. D'Angelo has been a community wellness volunteer for the aging for many years, and continues to give wellness lectures and musical entertainment to the elderly in assisted living homes and senior centers.
Dr. D'Angelo has been a regular attendee of Validation Therapy workshops taught by Naomi Feil, MSW, Dementia seminars with Teepa Snow, M.S., O.T. at Brenau University and recently completed the 5 week course of studies by the Johns Hopkins University Department of Nursing called, "Living With Dementia." In November 2015, Dr. D'Angelo was nominated as "The Northeast Georgia Caregiver of the Year," by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and continues to be an advocate for mental health issues and elder caregiving communication issues.
Currently, Dr. D'Angelo is a free-lance writer, musician and wellness consultant. As Denise D'Angelo Jones she is the self-published author of, "Spanish Influenza: Nineteen Days in 1919" and two soon to be released books: "Chrystallina: The Pond of Awakening." and "The Lady With the Purple Hat." Dr. D'Angelo's focus and heartfelt passion is in the area of dementia communication, elder wellness, family history, holistic elder care-partnering and nutritional gerontology. In March of 2021, Dr. D'Angelo will move to Oxford, England to work on her 4th book, a collaboration with her sister Debbie Nordeen of "Talk,Walk and Dance Dementia," by visiting assisted living facilities in Europe to further explore holistic caregiving options for seniors experiencing dementia.
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