Meet Kathy

Kathy Freda

Kathryn Freda is a Gerontologist, Eldercare Consultant, and owner of Sage Solutions, LLC. Ms. Freda has over 18 years experience helping older adults and their families by optimizing the services and options available to them.

Freda holds a master’s degree in Human Development/gerontology from Saint Joseph College and is a Certified Care Manager (CMC) by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. She served on the State of Connecticut Commission on Aging for three terms, including two years as Chairperson, and she has completed the Mediation Certificate Program at Quinnipiac University School of Law as well as an advanced Elder/Adult Family Mediation training program.

In addition, Ms. Freda has completed the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care curriculum through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Ms. Freda has also completed the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, a renowned training program centered on mindfulness meditation and increased self awareness. Ms. Freda has extensive training and experience in holistic health education, including 160 hours of Holistic Lifestyle Educator training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.

Her unique background, both in the field of aging and in holistic health, has inspired her to create a wellness model for aging adults, rather than an illness model. Through a confluence of knowledge, experience, and creativity, Ms. Freda’s methodology has evolved into an individual, customized planning approach that is designed to improve the quality of life for her clients.

 

Meet Casey

Casey McGannonCasey McGannon is a gerontologist who also earned her master’s in human development/gerontology from Saint Joseph College. She was Director of Programs and Education for the Alzheimer’s Association in Connecticut for three years, before moving to Prince Edward Island in 2005. She owned and operated a Home Instead Senior Care office there for six years, working day to day with Island seniors and their families to ensure they had to most appropriate level of care and were apprised of all care options available.

She coordinated a two-year education project with the Alzheimer Society of PEI working with first responders and long-term care facilities on understanding issues of wandering and methods to avoid flight risk. She also co-facilitated a two-day course for professionals at the University of Prince Edward Island Centre for Lifelong Learning “Heightening Health Care Professionals to the Realities and Subtleties of Dementia.”

For the last four years, Casey was the Grief Support Coordinator for Hospice PEI, and as a member of the Integrated Palliative Care Team, worked collaboratively with volunteers, medical and administrative staff and most importantly, families and individuals at the end of their lives to ensure they all received compassionate, caring support.

Casey has returned to her home and brings her expertise in holistic care at end of life and care for individuals living with dementia to Sage Solutions.

Our Mission

At Sage Solutions, we are experts in the field of aging and highly trained in a multitude of holistic and complementary therapies. As a result, we are uniquely qualified to work with older adults using a combination of skills within the realm of aging and memory impairment, coupled with educated application of alternative modalities aimed at increasing quality of life and well being.

Our mission is simple, yet profound: we believe that everyone deserves a life worth living. This is our guiding principle and it permeates everything we do and every breath we take.

We believe that whether the elder lives in their own home in the community or resides in a skilled or assisted facility, they deserve the opportunity, the chance, to have a life that is truly worth living. We believe this to be true whether the older adult is cognitively intact, or is deeply entrenched with memory impairment.

We supplement the support and socialization provided in the assisted and skilled facility environments as well as provide solutions to the loneliness and isolation that often occurs while residing in the community.

With mindfulness and compassion, we strive to deeply know the elder. This is accomplished through thoughtful, caring and creative assessment of the older adult and their environment. We learn strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, hopes, dreams – and preferences – down to their favorite color. We then carefully and patiently craft strategies and solutions – uniquely customized – one elder at a time. No two plans – like no two elders – are ever the same.

Benefits of our services can include:

  • Decreased anxiety/agitation – particularly for those with memory impairment
  • Greater sense of well being
  • Increased self awareness
  • Improved Stimulation/Socialization
  • Reduce Stress
  • Increased Quality of Life
  • Greater sense of pride and accomplishment
  • Greater life satisfaction
  • Greater enjoyment of surroundings
  • Decrease loneliness/isolation
  • Improve sensory experience
  • Facilitate memory enhancement
  • Create peace of mind for adult children