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The Rollercoaster of Caregiving, Part I: Navigating the Ups & Downs During COVID-19

Kensington Senior Living was proud to partner with Tami Anastasia, Certified Dementia Care Specialist and Certified Senior Advisor, Dr. Etesam, Medical Director of Reston Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit, and Dr. Rachelle Mand, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Dr. Vikas Mandadi, Adult & Geriatric Psychiatrist, for Part I of this dynamic mental health roundtable discussion on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

We understand caregiving can be a challenge, especially now in our COVID-19 reality. With so much uncertainty, it is more difficult than ever to navigate daily life when the resources you rely on may be unavailable or even unsafe.

Let Kensington Senior Living be your trusted resource for information and the comforting ally you need.

Tami Anastasia is a dementia consultant, educator and speaker. Tami holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, a Certificate in Gerontology, and a Certificate in End of Life. For more than 30 years, Tami has provided counseling services, dementia guidance, emotional support, and care strategies to family and professional dementia caregivers. In addition to her private practice, Tami facilitates several dementia caregiver support groups and has partnered with agencies throughout California to conduct educational workshops, trainings, and webinars. Tami hosted TAMS Health and Wellness on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, and is the author of the groundbreaking exercise book, Toward A Magnificent Self: The Exercise Book for Every Body, focused on the psychology of exercise habits and realistic solutions to overcoming exercise barriers. Tami has been a guest on local television and radio shows and has published several articles on dementia and health-related topics.

Dr. Vikas Mandadi, MD, Adult & Geriatric Psychiatrist, completed his Psychiatry Residency from Saint Louis University SOM in the Geriatric Track Program. He has experience treating older adults with depression, dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions. He currently practices as a consult psychiatrist for Lancaster Behavioral Health.

Dr. Etesam, Medical Director for Reston Hospital Center’s Rehabilitation Unit, studied Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University and attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean. He has a wide exposure to medicine participating in clinical rotations throughout the US and internationally in the UK. He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Etesam is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His interests are in neurological rehabilitation including brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke.

Dr. Rachelle Mand has had her clinical practice in Torrance since 1980 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A., and M.A. in Psychology from California State University. She received her Doctorate in Psychology (PhD) from California Graduate Institute in 1983. Dr. Mand specializes in working with couples, trauma victims, and caregivers/seniors issues.