Sarah D’Alessio’s areas of recent work include improving long term care, adult protection and public guardianship standards and systems. A central focus is to ensure these systems and services are more person centered and quality of life focused for those with diminished capacity, including persons with dementia.
As a small island nation, Bermuda is challenged in providing quality care for people with dementia. Increased public and government awareness and coordinated action is necessary to protect the rights of persons with dementia and address the impact of dementia on social, economic and health systems.
Reducing the scale and impact of dementia globally and locally requires collaborative and coordinated actions across all sectors. D’Alessio’s current work for the government of Bermuda is developing and improving care home regulation and adult protection services and systems, including public receivership. This work strives to ensure health, social and legal systems are coordinated and accountable to protect the rights and wellbeing of persons with dementia. As an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, she hopes to develop an understanding of dementia and how to provide greater quality person centered dementia care in a manner that respects individual rights and is sustainable for our health and economic systems. Outside of work, she loves the arts, the forest, and spending time with good friends.
Bio: Sarah D’Alessio received undergraduate degrees in international development and social work from McGill University and the University of Victoria in Canada. She received a Master of Social Work (social policy stream) from Carleton University, Canada. After completing her master’s degree, Sarah began working as a policy analyst in the Ministry of Health and is currently working primarily in the area of long term care policy.