Cathy Ciolek, DPT, FAPTA, President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC, has over 30 years of experience as a Geriatric Physical Therapist. Dr. Ciolek is board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist, a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
Dr. Ciolek previously served as Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI), providing education and consultation for issues related to well-being (falls, engagement, medication reduction) to nursing homes throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via a CMS grant.
Prior to that, Dr. Ciolek served as assistant professor and director of clinical education for the University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy. She has practiced as a physical therapist in outpatient, SNF, home health and CCRC facilities over the course of her career. She is a former Instructor/ Guest Lecturer/Lab Instructor at multiple universities including: Drexel University, Temple University, AT Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences, Widener University, and Rocky Mountain University.
Dr. Ciolek delivers speaks and delivers seminars throughout the nation on topics including dementia, exercise for aging adults, falls and fall risk mitigation, and Person-Centered Care.
Geriatric Physical Therapy Thought Leader:
- President, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (APTA Geriatrics)
- Past President, Delaware Physical Therapy Association (APTA Delaware)
- American Physical Therapy Association
- APTA Geriatrics
- APTA Delaware
- Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association Award
Litigation Support - Dr. Ciolek is available as an expert witness for attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. Her services include medical record review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Functional Decline
- Person-Centered Care
- Nursing Home Standard of Care
- Goals of Care
- Long Term Care
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
- Resident Rights
- Independent Living
- Home Health
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