C2 – Beyond Task-Based Care: Person-Centered Care For Clients

Shadi Gholizadeh, PhD, MPH, and Deanne Belcher, R.N., discuss the benefits of moving beyond a task-
based care focus to a more person-centered and biopsychosocial approach that considers modifiable
risk factors for aging-related morbidities and psychosocial opportunities for engagement and joy.
Fiduciaries can be better equipped to recognize this type of care and know what to look for in a care
plan and questions to ask agencies in finding optimal care for their clients. Fiduciaries will also learn tips
to incorporate a person-centered approach and language into their own interactions with clients.


Dr. Shadi Gholizadeh

Dr. Shadi Gholizadeh

TheKey (formerly Home Care Assistance)

Shadi Gholizadeh, PhD, MPH, MSc, CMC is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as Director of Memory Care Programs at TheKey. Dr. Gholizadeh has research and clinical interests in aging in place, coping with and adapting to chronic illness and cognitive decline, health intervention development with a focus on behavior change, caregiver stress and burnout, and psychometrics/psychological assessment. Dr. Gholizadeh works with family and professional caregivers in training and support contexts.

She holds degrees from Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and UC San Diego, Dr. Gholizadeh completed her clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a postdoctoral research fellowship at McGill University. She is volunteer faculty at the UCLA in the doctoral assessment clinic and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice.