Susan Scanland, an international Alzheimer’s/dementia expert, has 35 years’ experience managing Alzheimer’s disease, dementias, and caregiver issues as a board-certified gerontological nurse practitioner (GNP-BC) in long-term, assisted-living, geriatric clinic and home care settings. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Susan founded Dementia Connection® LLC in 1999; a dementia education and consultation firm. She has presented at nearly 700 seminars to health professionals, corporations and family caregivers in 41 states, Canada and Europe.
Susan is one of two nurse practitioners in the world to receive the Certified Speaking Professional designation (CSP) through the National Speakers Association and the International Speakers Federation. This designation is held by only 12% of all professional speakers.
Susan keynoted the 2016 International Conference on Vascular Dementia in Valencia, Spain. She presented to geriatric psychiatrists from 15 countries at the 2016 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Annual Meeting. She served on speaker bureaus or advisory boards for all pharmaceutical companies with FDA-approved Alzheimer’s medications.
Susan is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Best Clinical Practice Guidelines Working Group, currently guiding the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment across the US. She has published 20 articles and authored an academic book chapter about aging women.
Geriatric faculty positions included the University of Scranton, Binghamton University (SUNY) and Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency. Susan received her MSN from University of Pittsburgh and BSN from Wilkes University.
Helping families facing dementia her entire career, Susan is passionate about protecting elders from financial exploitation and supporting caregivers (especially professional and working women) who struggle through the bewildering maze of Alzheimer’s/ dementia. Despite specializing in this incurable illness, Susan, as a prevention-focused nurse practitioner, frequently speaks on lowering one’s dementia risk.