About Mackenzie

The Mackenzie’s Meets Alzheimer’s Educational Program is based on the true story of the interaction between Alder’s 8-year-old niece, and Alder’s mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.

In the Program, Mackenzie is an 8-year-old hero. After being told her Gran has Alzheimer's, she goes on a journey to learn about the disease, and to figure out how she can help her Gran. Mackenzie discovers how to maintain a meaningful relationship with her Gran using art, music and dance.

Join Mackenzie as she learns how to enJOY and interact with her Gran. This multi-media Program will help your family have quality time with your loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, or any type of dementia.

 

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Alder Allensworth, MM, RN, LMHC 

Alder is a counselor and a registered nurse. The inspiration for this project came from Alder’s personal experience watching her Mother who had Alzheimer’s disease interact with her grandchildren (Alder's nieces and nephews).

Professionally, she worked with children and geriatrics, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. Allensworth has also published several articles in professional journals. She won a Richter Publishing book contract in 2017. Her book, Prevail: Celebrate the Journey, is available on Amazon and has a five star review rating. She is a speaker and presenter in the field of disabilities on local, national and international stages. Allensworth has been featured on CNN, local and international television and newspapers for her life’s work of promoting quality of life for all people with disabilities.

 

Brenda Freed, MA, MUS

Brenda is a music educator/music therapist and performing singer songwriter with several published albums of original material. As a music therapist, Brenda worked with a variety of populations including children and people who had Alzheimer's disease. She has also published music therapy articles, a poetry magazine and an arts & entertainment magazine.  Brenda teaches guitar, piano and voice privately, and teaches voice and vocal harmony workshops at festivals and conferences. She has produced a line of Effortless Music Instruction products and coordinates the Young Artist Performance Incubator (YAPI) program at the renowned Kerrville Folk Festival. Brenda currently performs in the Him & Her Trio.