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Expert in Residence

Reaching out to the community

Our Expert in Residence program invites an aging & elderly care-related specialist to stay on-site at Caring Manoa and share his or her knowledge to enrich the well-being of our care home's residents, their family members, our staff, and the community at large.

From June 3rd to 18th, 2018, we hosted our inaugural Caring Manoa Expert in Residence program, featuring Pittsburgh-based gerontologist and dementia care expert, Rachael Wonderlin. Ms. Wonderlin is the author of When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community: Words to Say and Things to Do, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Ms. Wonderlin brought an impressive depth of experience to Caring Manoa. Over the course of her two-week stay on premises, Ms. Wonderlin taught through personal anecdotes of working first-hand with hundreds of dementia community residents across the mainland, and she immediately demonstrated her authority on the subject when interacting with our residents. Ms. Wonderlin's refreshing approach to dementia care invigorated our staff, residents, and residents' families. As a result, Caring Manoa's community has learned to appreciate (and even enjoy) the positive aspects of caring for people who suffer from the disease.

On June 10th, 2018, with the support of sponsor organizations Hale Ku'ike, Manoa Cottage Kaimuki, Manoa Senior CareBeckwith Hillside, Ho'okele Health, and CareSift, as well as elderly support organizations Generations Magazine, KupunaWiki, Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter, and AARP Hawaii, Ms. Wonderlin and Todd Pang, Caring Manoa's Vice President, presented to over 120 members of the community for a valuable seminar on dementia care, and the differences between the various types of senior care services in Hawaii.

Click here to listen to Ms. Wonderlin's interview on Hawaii Public Radio's The Body Show.

Click here to listen to Ms. Wonderlin's interview on Generations Magazine's Radio Program.

Click here to listen to Mr. Pang's interview on KupunaWiki Radio.

Click here to download notes from our June 10th seminar on elderly care options in Hawaii.


If you are an expert in a field that is related to aging and senior care, please apply to become the next Caring Manoa Expert in Residence! Contact us for more information.

"The Expert in Residence Program is a great opportunity to work closely with Caring Manoa. It allowed me to both speak and train the community at large, while also spending time with the staff and residents. I loved being able to walk over to Caring Manoa and interact with their residents!"

- Rachael Wonderlin


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Caring Manoa Expert in Residence
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Caring Manoa Expert in Residence Rachael Wonderlin
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