Dementia RAW by Silver Dawn Training

Silver Dawn Training Institute equips professionals and loved ones with a new way to communicate with these individuals: improv.

Our approach is unscripted, unconventional and unapologetic. We deal with real-life scenarios and consider your – and your patients’ – vantage points. Our training is based on our company founders’ experience in long-term care. They designed the program to bridge gaps informal caregiver training.

We recognize the struggles, help you think on your feet and affirm you while sending you back to your work or home energized. Our training is far from boring – everyone is in on the act. You’ll discover that you are not alone in your frustrations, and you will gain allies as you provide care for these precious lives.

Tami Neumann, CDCS, CDP

Chief Operations Officer

As the Chief Operations Officer, Tami believes in taking the unconventional steps needed to create a change in culture that the aging community is in desperate need of. This is reflected in the Dementia RAW Workshops, CDCS Certification Program and the Dinner Series in which they talk openly and honestly about Death, Dying & Aging, and Sexuality.

Tami is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Caregiving Consultant, and completed all coursework in Nursing Home Administration while spending over 20 years in the Aging Industry. Over the past 4 years she has hosted the Wego Award Nominated podcast, Conversations In Care & compiled a book based on the conversations she has had on her podcast. Currently, she studies improv under the direction of Antoine McKay.

Cathy Braxton, CDCS, BDDP

Chief Education Officer

As the Chief Education Officer, Cathy believes in creating thought-provoking educational content. Her unapologetic style, allows caregivers to dig deep into empathy and provides a safe space for exploration into this important foundational concept for IMPROVe©, Dementia RAW, and the Certified Dementia Communication Specialist Training. She is a published author and blogger for The Chicago Tribune and was the Co-Ambassador for the Chicago Chapter of Aging 2.0 2015-2017.

Cathy has received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and has completed all coursework for her M.A. in Health Psychology and Gerontology Studies. Cathy has spent the past 20 years in the aging industry managing memory care units, directing activity programs, providing case management and service coordination, and facilitating support groups.

Certified Dementia Communication Specialist™

This certification will help you to dig deeper into the foundational concepts of the Dementia RAW method, help the families you work with and demonstrate to employer’s and client’s that you have a much-needed skill set.

In this certification program, we will help you to understand the concepts at their core, take on a new perspective of dementia and test your understanding of these concepts through weekly discussion and observation exercises.