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.



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. 


28 September 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Recap of The Atlantic's Event, The State of Care: Disrupting Alzheimer's

Last week, Juliet Holt Klinger, senior director of Dementia Care and Programs for Brookdale, was invited to be part of The Atlantic’s Disrupting Alzheimer’s event in Chicago. We sat down with Juliet to ask her a few questions about what she discussed at the event. If you missed the panel, you can watch the entire video in the blog post. 


07 September 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

My Time Behind "Every Three Seconds"

Earlier this year, Juliet Holt Klinger was asked if Brookdale wanted to be a part of an international dementia care news-style program. As the largest memory care provider in the United States, Brookdale was excited to participate. Read more about Juliet's experience working on Every Three Seconds.


17 August 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Life Stories Connect Care Partners with the Person Behind the Diagnosis

Understanding the importance of life stories in the care of people living with dementia can help create the best care plan for both the person and care partners. Juliet Holt Klinger shares her experience at the Pioneering a New Culture in Aging Conference, where she presented with Jay Newton-Small, CEO and founder of MemoryWell. 


30 July 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

International Dementia Care Community Convenes in Chicago

Juliet Holt Klinger reflects on the major developments and biggest takeaways from the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference in Chicago.


18 June 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

General Hospital Tackles Alzheimer’s Disease, And Gets it Right

ABC's popular soap opera, General Hospital, is tackling Alzheimer’s disease in a new storyline. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale's senior director of dementia care, is not only a fan of the show but of its accurate portrayal of how dementia affects the entire family. Take a trip to Port Charles with Juliet to learn what the show is getting right and how fans are reacting.