Carol Bowlby Sifton, B.Sc.O.T., O.D.H., is a former family caregiver, an occupational therapist, a clinical consultant, an educator, and an author who has worked extensively with persons with dementia and their caregivers throughout the continuum of care. She is a dementia care consultant to numerous long-term care facilities as well as to Veterans Affairs Canada, working in the homes of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Carol also operates Elderactive Occupational Therapy, which specializes in enhancing the quality of life of persons with dementia. She has presented her highly acclaimed interactive workshops throughout North America. In addition, Carol has served as clinical coordinator and assessor for geriatrics at Victoria General Hospital, site of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Furthermore, she has lectured at Dalhousie University’s Medical School and School of Occupational Therapy in Halifax and at Mount Saint Vincent’s University’s Family Studies and Gerontology Department, also in Halifax.
Carol is the former editor of Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal focused on quality dementia care that is readily incorporated into the day-to-day activities of professionals across the continuum of care. Her earlier book, Therapeutic Activities with Persons Disabled by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (Aspen Publishers, 1993), is recognized as a key resource across North America. While serving as national coordinator for the Health Canada/Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists/Alzheimer Canada Dementia Care at Home Project, she wrote Living at Home with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, 1998), a resource manual for professionals in community care.