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My name is Dale Thielges, and I am the founder of Side by Side; Memory Care Coaching and Consulting. Side by Side offers memory care solutions to keep you informed, empowered, and connected.

My background brings more than 30 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of settings, Adult Day Programs, Residential Care, and most recently with the Alzheimer's Association of Northern CA and Northern NV for 19 years.

My vision for Side by Side developed over many years of supporting families, and witnessing how a lack of information and personalized support can create confusion, hardship, and unnecessary barriers. I saw how families can be held back from accessing helpful information and support due to the emotional complexity of relationships and the disease.  My hope is to reduce those barriers and create bridges to learning and understanding. 

Whether you're living with memory concerns and uncertain as to the next steps you should take, or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, Side by Side is here to help. Early, middle or late stages, our goal is to build an effective partnership with you.  

A bit about me professionally. I received my B.A degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and I'm a nationally certified Recreation Therapist*. This means I utilize a person-centered care approach in everything I do. It's equally as important for me to know what "person the disease has", as it is to know what disease or condition the person has. Be it family caregiver, or person living with memory loss, we’ll explore all domains of what keeps you healthy and "whole". Social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual; together, let's look at the challenges and also celebrate strengths and pleasures too! Keeping families informed and balanced is a constant goal.


I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation that helps us explore your needs and goals. For a fee, I offer in home consultations, assessment, goal/care planning, and other specialized services. For extended family members who may reside outside of the Bay area, I also offer remote consultations. Privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to us, rest assured that each interaction is always confidential. 


I hope you'll give me a call so we can get acquainted.


Side by Side, let us make a difference in your life.

Phone: 831.687.8121 or Email:

(*For those who may not know, Recreation Therapists focus on positive engagement that enhances the functioning, independence, and well-being of individuals and families affected with a disabling condition.

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