Opening Doors for those Living with Dementia
The Vicarage By The Sea was founded with the desire to make a difference for those living with dementia.”
Johanna Wigg, Ph.D., cared for her grandmother with dementia, Esther Peterson, while in graduate school. The experience sparked a passionate, lifelong commitment to honoring those with this disease.
Early research represented those with dementia as human shells who had lost their identities when memory failed. As a result, Johanna and Cheryl set out to improve the social and psychological realms for elders living with dementia. By offering empathic, holistic care in a non-institutional setting, they transformed a bed and breakfast into a person-centered home for long-term dementia care.
Today, their vision continues.