As the director of Willow Gardens Memory Care, Sallie Carlin, works closely with our care staff to provide specialized training tailored for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Sallie demonstrates a compassionate demeanor with our residents and quickly earns their trust. She generates innovative programming to give residents a sense of purpose and supports their connection to the world around them. Sallie is a certified therapeutic recreation therapist with over 30 years of experience in caring for people with dementia. She was a board member of the Metropolitan New York Recreation and Park Society for twenty years. Sallie is a sought after resource in planning regional geriatric, dementia care and therapeutic recreation conferences. She hosts a monthly support group at Willow Gardens in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, which offers a safe space for families to receive practical advice, learn about community resources, and gain tips improve communication with individuals who have dementia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from Lehman College, and earned a master’s of science degree in therapeutic recreation education from Lehman College.