Shelly Drews is CEO and Founder of Help My Senior and has served in the senior industry for more than 25 years. Along with an MBA in Healthcare Management Shelly received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Microbiology from the University of Arizona. Shelly holds a multitude of industry certifications, including a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) Certification, a Training and Coach Certification through International Dementia Expert Teepa Snow, a (CMDCP) Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional Certification, a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dementia Care Trainer® (CADDCT) certification in addition to holding a current Certified Assisted Living Manager license with the Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers (NCIA Board). Over the span of more than two decades, Shelly has been a director of memory care, provided client care management for non-medical home health care, successfully run numerous memory care facilities, owned and operated multiple assisted living care homes, and provided NCIA Board-certified caregiving training.
Shelly was the Co-founder of Navigating the Health Care Puzzle for Dementia and an Aging Population, an initiative that hosted a number of events, providing cutting-edge information about dementia for industry professionals attracting hundreds of attendees. Most recently, she founded the Help My Senior Dementia Series, featuring the top international dementia experts, focused on crusading for a major change in the quality of care provided to the expanding senior population suffering from Dementia.
As a leading dementia expert, Shelly is highly sought after and has been asked to speak on multiple radio and television shows in order to educate the public. She has a gift of imparting passion to her audiences and focuses on utilizing hands-on, practical techniques in the classroom. As a previous caregiver, client care manager, Emergency Room/Trauma worker, Assisted Living Manager, and family member of someone needing care she is able to relate in a very unique way that few others can.
Shelly is currently serving as the Regional Outreach and Education Specialist for Heritage Communities.
Shelly is also a joyous volunteer with Liberty Wildlife and Southwest Wildlife working in the medical clinic treating injured or orphaned animals of all kinds.