Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Juliet is a passionate advocate for people living with dementia and their families. She is deeply committed to improving the cultural acceptance of those with cognitive differences. As our gerontologist and Senior Director of Dementia Care, Juliet develops person-centered care and programming for Brookdale’s dementia care communities. But if you ask her, Juliet says she continues to learn every day from the true experts, those living with dementia and their care partners.

Juliet believes we need to move beyond the concept of caregiving, which implies a one-sided relationship, and embrace the idea of care partnering. Care partnering is about relationships built on cooperation—a two-way street promoting person-centered care and mutual feelings of purpose, where the person living with dementia also plays a strong role in shaping their care and daily routine. We are here to partner, learn and grow with our residents and families to make aging a better experience.

After volunteering in nursing homes in high school, Juliet knew she wanted to work with older adults. While working on her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Iowa, she completed an Aging Studies Certificate program, before there were formal gerontology programs available. At Iowa, Juliet also had the chance to study with pioneers in the field of dementia care, an opportunity that shaped her passion for caring for those living with dementia. Trained as a gerontologist, with a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Juliet joined Brookdale in 2004. She is a seasoned senior living executive with more than 30 years of experience designing and executing innovative Alzheimer's and dementia care programs and living environments in both assisted living and skilled settings.



20 May 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Four Takeaways from the WHO’s New Guidelines for Reducing Your Risk of Dementia

While much of the information in the World Health Organization's updated guidelines for reducing your risk of dementia isn't new, there are some key takeaways. One is how the Mediterranean diet could decrease risk of cognitive impairment. So it may be time to swap butter for olive oil and burgers for fish. 


02 May 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

The Importance of Engagement for People Living With Dementia

Research shows that engagement is vital for people living with dementia, but how do you put that into practice? Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s dementia care expert, offers eight tips for success.  


16 April 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Transitioning to a Memory Care Community: What to Bring

Making the decision to move into a memory care community can be tough. It can be even harder to downsize your loved one's home and decide what stays and what goes. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale's expert on dementia care, offers tips on what to bring and how to make the transition as easy as possible. Click the link to read more.


22 February 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Looking at Dementia in a Positive Light: Changing the Narrative

Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s dementia care expert, is changing the dementia narrative. It’s a topic making headline news with the Washington Post covering the story this morning. Click the link to read why Juliet believes an optimistic response to dementia has a positive effect on people living with the disease and those who care for them as well.  


07 February 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Dementia Care and New Romantic Relationships

Dan Gasby, B. Smith’s husband, recently went public with his “new normal,” disclosing a romantic relationship. Dan is the caregiver for his wife, the iconic restaurateur and television personality, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The public has met the admission with mixed reactions. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, weighs in on the controversial topic. Click to read why she says about starting a new relationship when your spouse is living with dementia.


21 December 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Congress Passes Historic Alzheimer’s Bill

This week the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Bill passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Juliet Holt Klinger breaks down what it means for the future of Alzheimer's care.


06 December 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Visiting Senior Parents for the Holidays? Nine Signs They Could Be Dealing with Cognitive Changes

Going home for the holidays is a cherished tradition. But getting home and realizing your parents need more help than expected can overshadow the reunion. It’s not unusual for adult children to miss signs of cognitive trouble during a weekly phone call, but it’s easier to notice during a face-to-face visit. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale's senior director of dementia care, explains nine signs that your parents might be dealing with cognitive changes.


14 November 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Respite Care: Can I Walk Away?

Respite care provides a much-needed break for primary caregivers, but it is often one of the most underutilized services. For National Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Awareness Month, Juliet Holt Klinger explains how it works and why it is good for the caregiver and their loved one.


12 November 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

The Weight of Care and the Lightness of Being a Care Partner

For National Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Awareness Month, Juliet Holt Klinger discusses the complexities of care partnering with someone living with dementia.


01 November 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Is it Ok to Lie to a Person with Dementia? A Look at Ethical Care

Juliet Holt Klinger looks at the ethicals dilemmas that arise when caring for someone living with dementia. Brookdale's ongoing Optimum Life Continuing Education series for November is Ethics in the Care of People with Dementia, led by Daniel Kuhn, vice president of education at All Trust Home Care and author of more than 50 publications.