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Monica Eastway Gerontologist
Blue Dragonfly
Painted Branch

Monica Ann Eastway, M.S.

As someone who has personally faced the stress and trauma of placing a loved one in a care facility, I understand the importance of revolutionizing our care systems. My passion for innovating a new model of living and care stems from my experience with my great-grandmother, Tess, and the dismay we both experienced when she was admitted into a skilled nursing facility on the sixth floor without access to Nature, the outdoors, gardens, or her beloved dog. 


My work incorporates the Ecology Theory of Aging, which recognizes the impact of the environment on physical mobility, cognitive decline, and sensory loss. Our environments, including housing and community, play a crucial role in our ability to live fully.

As a meaningful engagement professional, I have extensive experience engaging people living with dementia. I am the founder of Rockin' Wrinkles!, a musical movement program for vibrant aging.

I provided over 600 in-person sessions, and I can assure you, the music never dies. 


While working 1:1 with clients living with dementia, I became aware of the positive effect of being outdoors and the moments admiring and engaging with Nature had on my clients. 


Decades of research support the positive impact of nature on health and wellbeing for all ages.


Let's Bring Care Outdoors!


Co-creating accessible, supportive and biodiverse care environments
For All Ages.


I advocate for supportive environments that provide individuals with:

- Access to Nature
- Nutrient-rich food
- Security
- Biodiversity
- Stability
- Connection
- Equal opportunities to develop skills and competence
- Collaboration with a shared purpose
- Capacity to maintain societal contributions
- Reciprocal-Shared Care; caring in, for, and with Nature


As an end-of-life doula, I provide support and guidance to individuals facing the end of their lives.

My areas of focus include honoring disenfranchised grief, helping individuals write their own obituaries, and facilitating a peaceful and fulfilling death experience.


I develop easy-to-digest and Fun educational programming optimizing the lives of those I serve. 



Master of Science in Gerontology, University of Indianapolis

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy, University of Toledo 

End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate, University of Vermont

Licensed Massage Therapist, Ohio State Medical Board

Emotional Intelligent Leadership Certificate, Weatherhead School of Management


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