Since 2014, co-founders Mandy Shoemaker and Michala Gibson have successfully owned and operated group homes for people living with dementia. In 2021, they published Now is Found, a book that defines their mission to give back community, connection and control. Their next chapter has led them to creating Connectivities, a creative dementia engagement solution developed by memory care experts with years of experience helping families navigate the unknown.
Founded in 2022, Connectivities offers caregivers space and time for meaningful, mindful connection with loved ones and residents through a curated monthly subscription service. Our thoughtfully packaged experiences can be used in homes and memory care communities to guide participants through simple activities designed to spark purposeful, personal interactions.
We strive to bridge the gap for caregivers, delivering help and hope in every box. And with each Connectivities shipment, our community of care and conscious connection grows.
To stay up-to-date on Connectivities, join our mailing list here.
Michala is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the senior care industry. She has served as Director of Nursing and Director of Staff Development in local care communities. She is the co-founder of Prairie Elder Care and the Prairie Farmstead where residents live in small group homes on a small farm setting. As a Certified Trainer for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, Michala works continuously to ensure that the elders in her care have the best opportunities for quality of life. Michala is co-author of the book, "Now is Found", highlighting steps to giving back Community, Connection and Control to those living with dementia. Connectivities brings Michala’s expertise to help caregivers everywhere create connections and improve quality of life for people living with dementia.
With 20 years of experience in education prior to her career in dementia care, Mandy has a deep passion for creating programs that spark meaningful engagement. As an elementary school principal, she focused on supporting her families’ children. As co-founder of Prairie Elder Care and Connectivities, she has shifted her focus to ensuring a better quality of life for people living with dementia. Through co-authoring the book, Now is Found, Mandy has worked to minimize the stigma of dementia and help people understand how Community, Connection and Control can improve quality of life for those dealing with the effects of dementia.