Therese Johnson, is a freelancer, International Magazine and online writer, newspaper and e-book author as well as a local TV producer and the founder of Senior Care Consultants. She is a gerontologist, community and social service specialist, continuing education provider, and administrator for residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE). In addition, she is an Alzheimer’s specialist and certified nurse’s assistant. Therese is passionate about optimizing the quality of life for senior citizens, through taking an integrative medicine approach to their care, as well as engaging in social and financial advocacy on their behalf.

To this end, Therese studied conventional, complementary, and alternative forms of medicine and spent 15 years working in acute care, long-term care, and residential care for the elderly. In addition, while serving as the president and legislative advocate of Foothill Association of Careproviders for the Elderly (FACES), Therese sponsored and successfully passed the Assisted Living Waiver Pilot Project (AB 499), requiring Medi-Cal to fund RCFES and Board and Care – small, home-like environments offering seniors personalized attention, private quarters, and dignified lifestyles. Prior to the passage of this bill, Medi-Cal only funded skilled nursing facilities.

Therese is the founder and Executive Director of the Integrated Alzheimer’s Research Group, which provides Alzheimer’s intervention and prevention training, and she is the founder and president of the Alzheimer’s Reiki Program, which offers continuing education for nurses and caregivers– taking a holistic approach to treating and reversing Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Therese also is a volunteer for Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice. In addition, for six years, Therese served as the owner and administrator for Saint Therese Care Home for the Elderly RCFE in Auburn, CA. Therese received her Associates of Arts degree in Gerontology from American River College, in Sacramento, CA, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and where she also received her Gerontology Recreation Certification, Social Services Certification, and Activities Director Certification; she received her Associates of Arts degree in General Education from Sierra College, where she also received the Business and Professional Women’s Associate Scholarship; she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, from California State University of Sacramento; she received her first aid, CPR, and Certified Nurses Assistant (C.N.A.)Training from the Sacramento American Red Cross and she received her Reiki Master certification through The International Center for Reiki Training ICRT, with William Rand, in New York.

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