Hearthstone Alzheimer Care

Dedicated to creating a life worth living for people with cognitive challenges

Hearthside Book Club® was created by a group of dedicated professionals at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care. Hearthstone is a leader in memory care, having managed assisted living residences for more than 25 years. Hearthstone’s Training Institute provides transformational memory care training for residences across the United States, including Charter House at Mayo Clinic, Abe’s Garden, and Dial Retirement Communities. Our experience working with people with dementia and our love for improving the quality of life of people with memory issues led us to create specialized activities for people with dementia. Hearthside Book Club is one of these activities that allows people with memory issues to continue to enjoy reading, have fun with their peers, and learn about various topics. Learn more about Hearthstone and the Hearthstone Institute by browsing our websites.


Meet the Authors

Hearthside Book Club stories are written by a team of highly trained and skilled writers. Take a moment to learn about each of them.

Michael Skrajner, Director of Research and Innovation

Mike oversees federally-funded clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions for dementia. He also designs and implements internal research projects for Hearthstone to develop the evidence base for the company’s programs and operations. As a senior faculty member of the Hearthstone Training Institute, Mike trains professionals and care providers nationally and globally on the I’m Still Here® Approach.

Gregg Gorzelle, Associate Director of Research

Gregg has extensive experience in non-pharmacological and clinical gerontological research, as well as the I’m Still Here® approach. Gregg is currently the Principal Investigator on a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute on Aging entitled HOME 4 CARE. Gregg was also the project manager for the Hearthside Book Club research study.

Drew Walker, Research Assistant

Drew is a valuable member of the Research Team who truly embraces the essence of Hearthstone and consistently shows compassion to those we are all so dedicated to serving. She wears many hats, spending some of her time at the Home Office in Woburn, Massachusetts, where she completes data entry and other research-related tasks, and the rest of her time at research sites, where she collects data, conducting natural observations of participants and implementing assessments with persons with memory issues.

Sharon Johnson, Director of the Hearthstone Institute

Sharon is the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Hearthstone. With her more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, she leads Hearthstone in all areas of marketing, including sales training, strategic marketing planning, and global branding. Sharon has been involved in the development of Hearthstone’s I’m Still Here® program since 2001.

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