Guest Speaker

"Your keynote address was so well received, we wish we could bring you back very soon. Our audience benefited greatly from your first hand experiential practical knowledge as well as your innovative ideas. You were great!"
Eric Tash
Manager, Injury Prevention and Control Department of Health, Honolulu, HI

Rosemary Bakker is an inspirational speaker who brings a fresh, innovative approach to interior design for healthy aging. Her lively presentations give people the tips and tools they need to transform ordinary dwellings into safer, more comfortable living environments that enhance independence and well-being.

A dynamic speaker, Rosemary has presented to diverse audiences, including the 50 plus, health care and aging service professionals, interior designers, housing experts, Fortune 500 corporations, Centers for Disease Control, MOMA, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the United Nations.

Keynote speeches, lectures, workshops, and lunchtime presentations can be customized to fit the needs of the audience, including older adults, design professionals, boomers, family caregivers and healthcare providers.

The author of several books, blogs, websites and countless articles, Rosemary is a sought-after speaker and interview subject. Click on the links for more information about Rosemary.

If you would be interested in having Rosemary address your group, contact her at:
   Rosemary Bakker

Dementia Training for Professionals and Caregivers

For 14 years, Rosemary Bakker was on the academic staff in the Division of Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she developed, a multimedia website on evidence-based best practices in dementia care. In addition, she has written extensively on dementia care, including articles and book chapters for many major publications, including the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia (Springer, 2010), Geriatric Care by Design (AMA, 2015), The Encyclopedia of Elder Care (Springer, 2017) and the Merck Manual of Geriatrics (Merck, 2000). As a result, Rosemary is much in demand as a speaker and trainer in the field of dementia care.

Presentation topics include:

  • At Home With Dementia, by Design: Dementia-Friendly Living Spaces
  • Design for Dementia: Is Your Home Ready?
  • Top 7 Tips for a Dementia Friendly Home
  • Optimizing Your Home Environment to Manage Challenging Situations
  • Home Safety for People with Dementia: Preserving Independence, Enhancing Safety, and Reducing Agitation


Selected Speaking Engagements:

AARP National Convention, Orlando, FL
Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living For The Second Half of Life

American Society on Aging, San Francisco, CA
Train the Trainer: Ten Home Ideas for Living Longer, Living Better

Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
Reducing Fall Risk by Design: Optimizing the Living Space To Prevent Falls

Columbia University, New York, NY
Evidence-Based Interior Adaptations to Enhance Sensory, Cognitive, and Physical Abilities in Older Patients

Department for the Aging, New York, NY
The Latest Home Innovations in Aging-in-Place: What Every Care Manager Needs to Know

International Interior Design World Fair, Chicago, IL
Universal Design, Aging and Accessibility

Mental Health Association, San Francisco, CA (Keynote)
Interior Design for Person’s with Dementia: Increasing Safety, Function and Well-being While Reducing Caregiving Stress

National Association of Home Builders, Orlando, FL
A Home for a Lifetime: Age-Friendly Living Spaces

National Council of Senior Housing, Philadelphia, PA
Home Retrofits for Aging-in-Place: Top Ten Tips for Healthy Aging at Home

New York University Nursing School, New York, NY
Age-Friendly Living Spaces: The Role of Interior Design in Healthy Aging

United Nations, New York, NY
Optimizing Your Living Space To Prevent Falls

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
(Keynote and Three Day Resident Scholar Program)
A Home for a Lifetime: Age-Friendly Living Spaces
Age-Friendly Interior Adaptations to Enhance Sensory, Cognitive, and Physical Abilities

Kimberly Clark, Neenah, WI LifeCare, Inc. CT
Age-Friendly Home Retrofits: Caregiving at Home Made Easier

LifeCare, Inc., Shelton, CT
Reducing Fall Risk by Design: Optimizing the Living Space To Prevent Falls

Maine Health Care Association, Rockport, ME
Evidence-Based Home Modifications to Reduce Falls