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What people say about working with Kay

"Unbounded enthusiasm." "Kay is an exceptional and engaging public speaker." "Kay’s work has an artisanal quality." "Kay weaves tales that serve to inform - if not transform - the journey of life." "Kay is a priceless resource. So remember—Compassion Works, LLC!" "Kay weaves narrative into her presentations in a way that validates the experiences of her audience." "She is outstanding!"

Looking for an engaging speaker for your next event?

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Services offered

  • Customized workshops
  • Keynotes
  • Team trainings
  • Group coaching

Kay M. Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the field of dementia care. Kay is a Certified Dementia Consultant, Educator, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker who is passionate about supporting people living with dementia, as well as the families, caregivers and communities entrusted with their care. Kay receives great inspiration from the people she is privileged to work with every day who are impacted in some way by the disease of dementia. The lessons Kay has learned along the way from these amazing beings continue to be the source of her determination, motivation and innovation for change.

Kay’s extensive background in geriatrics, hospice, palliative care, and mental health allows her to address the complex and diverse experiences of her audiences in a very relatable, knowledgeable, and compassionate way. Known for her engaging story-telling, and for bringing a unique authenticity and humor to her presentations, Kay can make often uncomfortable topics safe and stimulating for her audiences to engage in, experience, and to explore.

What do colleagues have to say

“Over the past 15 years, I have been blessed to share a bit of the journey with Kay – professionally and personally. Kay is one of those unique individuals who possesses the passion, the knowledge, the experience, and the skills to support and to companion families through some of the toughest times of life. Those in her care or in her classes feel seen and heard. Honored and respected. Informed and well advised.

As a natural storyteller, Kay weaves tales that serve to inform – if not transform – the journey of life. For those confronting the daunting challenges of chronic or terminal illness, dementia, or end-of-life care, Kay is a priceless resource. So remember—Compassion Works LLC.”

Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSAAuthor of ‘Caregiving for the GENIUS’, Cardinal, LLC

“Kay has a gift for taking the overwhelming and confusing experience of being diagnosed with dementia or of caring for someone who has dementia and making sense of it all.  Using her breadth of experience, Kay is able to help families understand what dementia is, what impact it has on relationships, and how to plan for the future.  She has the gift of being direct and honest while still being compassionate and understanding, providing families with the clear and thoughtful guidance they need when facing something as confusing and heart-wrenching as dementia.  

Kay’s ability to use examples and stories to help people connect their personal experiences to the skills and concepts she’s teaching makes her an incredible speaker, coach, and instructor, whether she’s working with an individual or speaking to an audience of hundreds.  The experience of dementia is a marathon, not a sprint, and Kay will be there to give families the skills and information they need to make it through with their health, relationships, and well-being intact.”

Amy Miller, LCSW Over 10 years of experience in the field of aging & dementia

“I’ve had the privilege and honor of working with Kay Adams during her tenure at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. I am a geriatrician, and care for many people who suffer from dementia, as well as for their care partners. Kay has unbounded enthusiasm in helping care partners of those living with dementia.

I attended one of her Connecting the Dots classes as an observer and was incredibly impressed with her ability to connect to care partners, the practical information she shared, and the safe space she created for them to discuss their deepest concerns and fears.  I have referred many of the care partners of my patients with dementia to her Connecting the Dots classes and they have universally found this class helpful, and simply adore Kay. 

Kay and I co-presented a Continuing Medical Education presentation on dementia for all Primary Care Providers at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in March 2018, and this was very well received and appreciated.

Kay is an exceptional and engaging public speaker; she weaves narrative into her presentations in a way that validates the experiences of her audience. Kay’s work has an artisanal quality; she addresses universal needs in a touchingly personalized way.”

Tracy Ellen Lippard, MD, FACPKaiser Permanente

I have had the pleasure of working with Kay Adams at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Summer Institute on Advanced Dementia Care in July 2018 where Kay was our keynote speaker and also lead a 1/2 day workshop. Kay was extremely well received and many participants asked for her to return again. She is an excellent instructor and knows how to connect with her audience in a manner that introduces them to new concepts via academic facts as well as rich stories from her experience as a social worker. Her experience and dedication to working with vulnerable populations provides a vital link to other like minded professionals.  She is outstanding!

Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSWDirector of Professional Development-Geriatric Mental Health, University of Wisconsin – Madison

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Compassion Works, LLC enthusiastically engages care partners and organizations impacted by dementia through coaching, consulting, education and training, so they are empowered to effectively face challenges with confidence, clarity and connection.

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