Dementia Care Warriors is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing non-medical assistance and resources to caregivers caring for those living with Alzheimer's and related dementia. We do this through weekly support groups, symposiums, connections to resources, caregiver outings and more.
Veronica Shanklin is on a mission to help caregivers live balanced and fulfilled lives while also taking on the stressful and demanding job of caregiving. After 10 years living and working as a Marketing Director in Chicago, Veronica left her career and relocated back to her hometown of Dallas, TX to become a primary caregiver for her mother and grandmother, both living with Alzheimer's disease.
Frustrated with the limited number of resources for caregivers in her demographic, Veronica founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Dementia Care Warriors, in 2019 to provide resources and education for caregivers navigating the difficult road of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic Dementia Care Warriors hosted a monthly support group happy hour, to provide a non-traditional social outlet for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. As of March 2020, the support group transitioned to a weekly virtual platform. Education programs and workshops have also transitioned to the online space.
Dementia Care Warriors expands on a blog founded by Veronica in 2015 at the beginning of her journey, Vee, Myself and I. There she provided encouragement, humor and shared the resources and knowledge she gained in the trenches navigating this sometimes confusing and often uncertain journey.
As a full-time caregiver for the past 8 years, Veronica has developed a passion for Alzheimer’s awareness and advocacy. She has served on the Board of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Your Brain Matters women's initiative leadership committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Council of Greater Dallas and AWARE Dallas and is a member of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board. As a caregiver herself, Veronica feels a compelling responsibility to have a "seat at the table" and be a voice for the voiceless.
Veronica is a dedicated volunteer and speaks at events throughout the year. Her advocacy efforts have taken her to the 2015 and 2019 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. where she met with legislative representatives to advocate for increased research funding and legislative support for Alzheimer's disease. Her caregiving story has been featured in O Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Southwest Now Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, I Heart Radio, WFAA Dallas and several other media outlets.
In her spare time, Veronica enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Veronica holds a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. She also "bleeds orange" and is proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.