Marguerite Manteau-Rao, MSW, LCSW

Lead Instructor and Founder of Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care


“I savor the times when the light switch goes on and caregivers finally understand: It’s about learning how to ‘be.’ I know that new attitude is going to carry them through the long journey of dementia.”

Marguerite Manteau-Rao, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care program, a mindfulness-based training specifically designed to meet the needs of dementia caregivers. She is a mindfulness teacher, psychotherapist, advisor and clinical supervisor for several care communities. Manteau-Rao completed her Master in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago and her graduate art therapy degree at Notre Dame de Namur University.

She is also the co-founder and CEO of the Presence Care Project, a non-profit organization aimed at disseminating the MBDC training to the whole spectrum of individuals and organizations involved in dementia care. She is a frequent speaker, writer and blogger (read her Huffington Post blog) on the topic of dementia care and mindfulness practice.

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