Robyn Yale, L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of Aging and Alzheimer’s disease. In 1986, she pioneered the innovative “early stage support groups,” which give people with Alzheimer’s disease an opportunity to talk with one another and better understand the illness.
She was among the first to promote early stage awareness and services, and facilitate collaboration between professionals around the world in this area.
Robyn’s group model has been widely replicated internationally through her first book, (Developing Support Groups for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation) and through training presentations given in over 100 cities spanning five continents. She is a recipient of the American Society on Aging’s MindAlert Award. She also developed a model of memory loss support groups for residents of assisted living that has been implemented in many communities.
Robyn’s new work around individual counseling for people with early dementia was developed in collaboration with the Atlanta, Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Based in San Francisco, California, she currently works independently and as a consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations.