• Silver Dawn Training Institute Presents

    It's Unscripted, Unconventional and Unapologetic training that equips you to handle everyday communication challenges as a caregiver.

    Become a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist

    Marrying empathy and improv has proven to be a dynamic way to communicate with persons with dementia. Expand your understanding of Dementia Communication by earning the designation of Certified Dementia Communication Specialist, TODAY!

    Dementia Challenge

    The road to staying out of judgment is paved with Perspective. Join the #DementiaChallenge TODAY, as you take on short exercises that will challenge your perspective on dementia and those living with the disease. Click below to get you FREE Download!

  • Behind The Curtain

    Shining a light on unique ways to communicate with persons affected by dementia.

    Caring for persons with dementia brings a unique set of challenges.

    Why did we create the Dementia RAW Method?

    NEW Program for Family Caregivers

    We saw the need, you felt the need and we have come up with a program that is specifically for family caregivers!

    The Dementia Communication Essentials is a program for Family Caregivers based on the Dementia RAW Method.

    This program will soon be coming to your neck of the woods as we work with trainers to bring this program to you.

    Additionally, until then you will be able to get your hands on this training as an online course!

    Stop back HERE on JUNE 1st - to get your hands on the online version of this training!

    Silver Dawn Training Institute equips professionals and loved ones with a new way to communicate with these individuals: improv.


    Our approach is unscripted, unconventional and unapologetic. We deal with real-life scenarios and consider your – and your patients’ – vantage points. Our training is based on our company founders’ experience in long-term care. They designed the program to bridge gaps informal caregiver training.


    We recognize the struggles. We help you think on your feet. We affirm you and send you back to your work or home energized. Our training is far from boring – everyone is in on the act. You’ll discover that you are not alone in your frustrations, and you will gain allies as you provide care for these precious lives.


  • Meet the Cast

    Cathy Braxton, CDCS

    Chief Education Officer

    As the Chief Education Officer, Cathy believes in creating thought-provoking educational content. Her unapologetic style, allows caregivers to dig deep into empathy and provides a safe space for exploration into this important foundational concept for IMPROVe©, Dementia RAW, and the Certified Dementia Communication Specialist Training.


    She is a published author and blogger for The Chicago Tribune and was the Co-Ambassador for the Chicago Chapter of Aging 2.0 2015-2017. Cathy has received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and has completed all coursework for her M.A. in Health Psychology and Gerontology Studies. Cathy has spent the past 20 years in the aging industry managing memory care units, directing activity programs, providing case management and service coordination, and facilitating support groups.

    Tami Neumann, CDCS

    Chief Operations Officer

    As the Chief Operations Officer, Tami believes in taking the unconventional steps needed to create a change in culture that the aging community is in desperate need of. This is reflected in the Dementia RAW Workshops, CDCS Certification Program and the Dinner Series in which they talk openly and honestly about Death, Dying & Aging, and Sexuality.


    Tami is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Caregiving Consultant, and completed all coursework in Nursing Home Administration while spending over 20 years in the Aging Industry. Over the past 4 years she has hosted the Wego Award Nominated podcast, Conversations In Care & compiled a book based on the conversations she has had on her podcast. Currently, she studies improv under the direction of Antoine McKay.

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