Experiencing Alzheimer’s at an early age with her own grandmother inspired Deanna Lueckenotte to dedicate her career to making others’ experiences more fulfilling. In her 18 years working in geriatric healthcare, she has educated herself on all aspects of dementia with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s. In a labor of love honoring her grandmother’s memory, she applied the knowledge she gained into authoring Alzheimer’s Days Gone By: For Those Caring For Their Loved Ones.
Deanna has provided education about Alzheimer’s through the Greater Chapter of Austin Alzheimer’s Association and the 17 counties they serve. Intent on making her dreams a reality and determined to share her knowledge with as many people as possible; Deanna launched her business, Leading the Way Seminars. Through LWS, she offers, Continuing Education Units for social workers, licensed nursing home administrators, assisted living administrators & other professionals pending approval with their licensing board. Additionally, LWS provides consultation services to geriatric professionals, education to the community and support through education to caregivers in regards to Alzheimer’s. At any of her educations or community events, Deanna’s book is available for purchase, and she will personally sign each one.
Deanna’s team of consultants has grown allowing Leading the Way Seminars to address all aspects of business for her geriatric professional clientele. In addition to providing 1 on 1 mentoring, education for front line teams and retrofit/design of existing memory care communities her team specializes in providing in depth evaluations followed up with comprehensive reports to improve day to day operations in a memory care specific service industries.
Deanna’s perseverance in educating as many people as possible has been paying off on a national level. She has consulted with businesses in most states in the Central United States. Deanna was awarded the honor of serving as one of 100 individuals on a panel to preview & launch Leeza Gibbons book, Take 2. There’s no telling where she will show up next!
Deanna received her BA in psychology with an emphasis on children with Autism from University of North Texas in Denton. During her years in healthcare, Deanna furthered her education, obtaining her Social Work license as well as certification for Assisted Living Administrator and Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator
Deanna views working with Alzheimer’s as a lifestyle, not as a job. Though her mind is never far from her passion, she enjoys spending time with her firefighter husband, son and their 2 Labrador retrievers.