Interview with Eleonora Tornatore @eleonoratornatore
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Returning to CaringKind is like coming home for me. After graduating from college, I trained as a specialist in ageing and dementia at CaringKind, formally known as the Alzheimer’s Association of New York City, working as a research associate for two years on a New York State Department of Health grant on culture change in nursing homes and assisted living residences. I credit my knowledge and expertise to the training she received at CaringKind; without the foundation of learning I gained almost 25 years ago at CaringKind, I would not have become an expert in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease in long-term care.
Can you share the most interest in what exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I am the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter, which is the best feeling I have ever had. During my tenure of 7 years at the Association, I more than doubled revenue and implemented statewide dementia training in over 140 facilities. I created a statewide early-stage group and secured funding for the state.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
There are two simple tips: working hard and not giving up. That is the key, even though you can have failed in your career, get up, don’t look back, and run!
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My family is my big support. They always motivate me and give me the power to help others. Without them, I don’t think that I can achieve all this.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
My experience, passion and drive will work to ensure that all dementia caregivers in New York City get the support they need, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the future.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
The purpose of our lives is to be happy
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Follow me on Instagram @eleonoratornatore.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
You only live once, but once is enough if you do it right.