David Nelson is an entrepreneur and nonprofit founder/leader. He started two companies and produced the TV show “Success 101” about how to start and run a successful small business. His thirteen years of nonprofit experience as founder of two advocacy and training nonprofits in Health Care and Education provide a strong foundation for Dementia Coaching. He also worked ‘in the trenches’ for two years in nursing homes and in-home care. He has a BA in Psychology and a 30 hours of core coursework toward an MBA in marketing.
What inspired Mr. Nelson to start Dementia Coaching.net as a consulting group and nonprofit is his family experience. His father suffered with Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease and died on Thanksgiving Day in 2014. David has also been directly involved as a volunteer in helping a 72 year old lady who had stroke-related dementia. She was estranged from her family and unable to contact them, and was living in her car with her two dogs. The state of Arkansas Adult Protective Services denied help to this woman not once but twice, even under court dismissal of her case for vascular dementia. At the same time, Mr. Nelson was living with an 89 year old woman with dementia, providing companionship and assistance.
In November of 2015, Mr. Nelson had a choice to unhappily retire or continue to be and advocate for the elderly with dementia. He chose to stay involved and be a contribution to the solution. He wrote a book about his experience with the woman with dementia we call Dolly(not her real name)who was living in her car when they first met- If I Fall Down, Will You Watch My Dogs? – in preparation for launching Dementia Coaching.net. His purpose and vision is to give a voice to voiceless elders and build a more tolerant, caring Dementia-Friendly Community as a collaborative, joint venture between elders and youth locally, online, and globally with partners.