About Dr. Tiney Ray and Lyght Bulb Moments

“I created Lyght Bulb Moments out of frustration when I worked as a nurse practitioner. I have worked with the senior population for over 28 years serving in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. A primary diagnosis for this population is dementia. For some physicians, the first choice of treatment is to add medications. I believe there are often better ways to address dementia-related symptoms.

I believe we owe it to the person living with dementia (PLWD) to try an approach that does not involve adding another medication.”

So I’m passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with dementia and partnering with caregivers/medical professionals to develop strategies reducing or eliminating psychiatric medications most commonly used in dementia.

To accomplish this, Lyght Bulb Moments provides services and instruction including:

  • Review of medication and medical history: A thorough examination of the medication list (prescription and nonprescription) as well as the medical history of the PLWD, which provides the caregiver with a comprehensive review of some potential problems.
  • Learning how the aging process works: information about some of the conditions that are quite common as we age, and how a PLWD may be affected by them.
  • The working and the broken brain: Understanding the different parts of the brain and the effects of those parts being damaged by this disease.
  • Effective nurturing communications: practices to empower the caregiver to understand the person with dementia and to create mutual trust.
  • The day vs the task: Practical lessons in helping the PLWD to emphasize independence and self efficacy.
  • Managing challenges: Learning solutions to past problematic situations and experience effective ways to overcome difficulties.
  • Collective effort: Exercises to demonstrate the effectiveness of a cooperative vs an independent approach of deliberating care.

More About My Background

I earned my Bachelor’s degree as a Registered Nurse and my Master’s degree as a Family Practice Nurse from the College of New Rochelle. I then earned my Ph.D. in Public Health and Community Education and my Doctor of Nursing degrees from Walden University.

I am licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN). I am also a PAC Certified Independent Consultant PAC Certified Independent Consultant and PAC Certified Independent Trainer under Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Dementia Care. I am also a Certified DACE Coach and a Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Instructor.

I am a Visiting Professor at Chamberlain University and serve on the Adjunct Faculty at Capella University. I received the Stephen Shank Recognition Award that acknowledges the significant contribution made to learner success at Capella University.

And I have four published professional papers on patient care.

I am a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, United Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of Georgia (UAPRN), and The National Public Health Association.

She also volunteers with the Alzheimers Association local chapter are a caregiver support group facilitator and a virtual community educator.

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