Darby Duke is a senior care management consultant with Eldercare Specialists. Her particular areas of interest are care management and advocacy for people with dementia and their families and caregivers.
For many years Darby was a coronary care/intensive care nurse and is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Coming Back – A Guide to Recovery from Heart Attack and Living Well with Coronary Disease. She also served on the first editorial board of the nursing specialty magazine Critical Care Nurse.
When her father developed Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 54, she became a vocal advocate for people with dementia. Her career focus changed from acute care-hospital based nursing to community and long-term care nursing. Darby is considered an expert in dementia care and is highly respected by people with dementia, their families, community support organizations and medical professionals. She is known for her kindness, compassion and humor and has a special gift for relating well to people with dementia.
Darby is the past president of the California Council of the Alzheimer’s Association which advocates at the state and national level for policies and funding that help people with dementia and their caregivers. She is a member of the Program Services Committee and the Speaker’s Bureau of the Alzheimer’s Association
Darby lives in Marin County with her husband Larry. They have adult twin daughters, one who lives in Cambridge, MA and the other who lives in Kiev, Ukraine. She is an active member of St. Hilary Parish where she serves as a Eucharistic minister to the sick and is a member of the Tiburon Peninsula Disaster Response Committee. She was a past coach and board member of the Tiburon Peninsula Soccer League, as well as a past president of the Reed Schools Foundation, Her favorite pastimes are reading, playing the piano and walking her dog Lucy.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she was a James B. Angell Scholar for three consecutive years. She is a member of the prestigious nursing honorary, Sigma Theta Tau.
“My care managers keep me optimistic about my care and help me to keep going. My daughters are pleased that I have a care manager who knows the ropes and is on my side with all the big and small details of this part of my life.”