Joyce Simard, Social Worker and Geriatric Consultant


A social worker and geriatric consultant, Joyce Simard specializes in dementia care. Based in Land O' Lakes, Florida, and Prague in the Czech Republic, she is an adjunct associate professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney.

During her 30 years in the healthcare industry, Simard has developed quality-of-life programs for people in all stages of dementia, including a memory-enhancement program for those with mild memory loss, a program called the Club for nursing home residents in the moderate stage of dementia, and Namaste Care for people with advanced dementia. Known as "Grandma Joyce" to her seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other kids all over the U.S. and the Czech Republic, Simard gives presentations in elementary schools that help children understand aging and memory loss -- and how to be helpers for people going through those issues. She has written about her educational work in her book The Magic Tape Recorder.

Why I Care "I believe we are here for a reason, and mine centers on the care of people with dementia. I love being able to use my creativity to help them live well despite the disease. My daily prayer includes the line, 'Allow my soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.'"


Recently Published on Caring.com

My husband and I look after my 89 year old father with Alzheimer's and care is become more and more demanding. How do I handle this? — Jan 30, 2012
To begin with, bless you for trying your best to care for your father. What is happening is not unusual; your husband feels a bit neglected. Can you take your father to a...
What is stage 4 dementia and how long does it last? — Nov 08, 2011
According to the Alzheimer's Association stage 4 is the following: Moderate cognitive decline (Mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease) At this point, a careful medical in...
How do you determine which stage of dementia a person is in when their symptoms overlap stages? — Oct 21, 2011
Dementia symptoms are as individual as each person who has the disease. For instance, a person with dementia usually can walk until they reach the moderate stage of the di...
What is dementia and what causes it? — Sep 11, 2011
Dementia is a group of symptoms that include short term memory loss, changes in personality, and problems with word finding, poor judgment and problem solving. Dementia is...
Would my mom with Alzheimer's benefit from moving to a smaller facility? — Aug 11, 2011
Your mother needs to be in a facility that has a good activity program designed for people with dementia as they rarely if ever self initiate activities. The facility must ...
How can I get my mother to change her underwear when it gets wet? — Aug 11, 2011
One of the "symptoms" of Alzheimer's disease (I prefer not to use a negative term like difficult) is incontinence. She is not going to remember you telling her to change w...
Can coconut oil can really help with the affects of Alzheimer's? — Aug 01, 2011
Research is not well done and leaves more questions than answers. I don't think it is harmful but probably not beneficial either. Wouldn't it be lovely to have such an ea...
What is the time frame for Alzheimer's disease to follow a dementia diagnosis? — Jul 18, 2011
The progression of Alzheimer's disease is as individual as the person who has it. I usually talk about the progression of dementia in three stages. During the first stage...
Should I put my mother with Alzheimer's on a sleeping schedule? — Jul 18, 2011
If you can get your mother on a sleeping schedule, life will be easier for her and you. Routine (ritual) is very important to most people who have dementia as it is comfor...
How can my dad with dementia remember something that happened less than a week ago, but can't remember what I told him minutes ago? — Jul 05, 2011
Dementia is a strange disease and what you described is not unusual. I think that having his license revoked was a pretty dramatic event. It's is usually more difficult f...