2016 Vital People Award: Carolyn Underwood

Nov. 30, 2016

Carolyn Underwood is a Registered Social Worker with the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (ASLM). She is responsible for providing one-on-one and family counselling, system navigation support, leading support groups and facilitating education programs for individuals with dementia, their families and caregivers. Carolyn is one of the five registered Social Workers at ASLM who last year supported more than 1,500 active clients at over 4,800 visits. Carolyn is also the lead staff on the “Learning the Ropes for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) program, a memory training initiative for those affected by MCI and their care partners.

As one of this year’s recipients of the Vital People Award, Carolyn will be able to attend the Alzheimer Association International Conference (AAIC) to be held in Toronto. At the conference, Carolyn will be sharing the outcomes and benefits of ASLM’s “Learning the Ropes for MCI” program. ASLM’s presence will allow Alzheimer Society to network with similar organizations from around the world that may lead to future collaboration. AAIC 2016 features groundbreaking research and practical presentations to help advance global progress towards methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Attendance will benefit all ASLM staff as Carolyn will be able to share learnings with the entire program team.

One of my primary career goals is continuous improvement in providing care and counselling to my clients,” says Carolyn. Attendance at AAIC will provide me with access to innovative best practices, ideas and research, which I can bring back to the team at ASLM and our clients.”

Learn more about the Vital People Award