Esther Heerema

Esther Heerema, MSW

Assistant Administrator at Edison Christian Life Services


Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Medical Social Work


Western Michigan University, Calvin College


I firmly believe in the power of community as a support through the Alzheimer's journey. In addition to staying on top of the latest in research, treatment, and trends, it's my privilege to facilitate a place here for the exchange of ideas, encouragement, and support. I am passionate about advocating for, and working with, those with Alzheimer's and their loved ones.

— Esther Heerema, MSW


Esther Hereema, MSW, has more than 20 years of experience-based knowledge resulting from practicing medical social work and administration in long term care, sub-acute rehab, and acute-care hospitals. She understands the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, not only on the person diagnosed, but also on the family, community, and healthcare system. She has served as an adjunct university professor and freelance health writer. 


Esther received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Calvin College and holds a master’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University. She is a licensed Master’s Social Worker in the state of Michigan.

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