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Nursing Home Options For Dementia

& Open Mic

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We go live at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London Time!

We would love you to join the conversation by using the chat box or calling in live at

(714) 364-4757

joanna leefer picJoanna leefer book coverAlmost_Like_Home_Cover_for_KindleOur first guest will be Joanna Leefer, Author of “Almost Like Home – A Family Guide to Navigating the Nursing Home Maze.”

Bring your questions and comments. Call in (714) 364-4757 or use the chat box.

Call Joanna [917) 923 5141

 

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Click above to learn more about Joanna!

The second half of the show – Open Mic!

We would love to hear what you think about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and caregiving.

What are you doing to make a difference?

What needs do you see that are not being met?

How would you like to live your life if you got diagnosed?

What great resources have you found to be helpful?

Check out Alzheimer’s Speaks Website for more resources and information

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Important Survey on Dementia –

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Please consider giving a few minutes of your time to complete this quick survey to help my dementia product company design the kinds of products that caregivers and people with dementia need.

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As a thank you, we will send you a free caregiver bookmark.

Together, we can make the days for people with dementia the best they can be. Thanks.

Survey conducted by Monica Heltemes, occupational therapist and owner of MindStart, a company that designs products that are simpler, yet adult-oriented, to help keep people with dementia active.

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For Additional Resources on Dementia and Caregiving

Check Out Alzheimer’s Speaks Below.

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Need a Consultant, Trainer or Keynoter on becoming Dementia Friendly

Contact  Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

Here are few comments of those who have worked with Lori:

Lori La Bey was unbelievably. I’ve been to multiple conferences as an RN and this by far is the best one I’ve ever attended.

Anonymous, RN

Lori is an amazing and inspirational speaker! She is giving and generous with her time and energy and shows her passion for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. Lori’s personal and professional expertise is priceless and her ability to convey ideas to the general public is outstanding. I highly recommend Lori as a speaker and a person able to reach a large number of people in highly effective ways. She spoke as an expert and caregiver at the LAMAA 3rd Annual Dementia Conference in Brainerd, MN on May 21, 2013 garnering rave reviews from the audience on her evaluations. We will ask Lori to come back to our conference in future years.

Corrie Brown, Clinical Therapist at Lakewood Health System

I am a nurse and dementia educator in an assisted living community out on Western New York. I have utilized many of your teaching tools in my classes, and have been a fan of the work you do for quite some time.

Thank you so much for all that you do in the field. I find your information very valuable and your methods, very down to earth!

Melissa D’Agostino, Corporate Training Coordinator Tanglewood Manor

Lori has a special gift of addressing difficult subjects with sensitivity, humor and a unique perspective that brings the topic alive for the audience. Everyone felt moved and inspired by her presentation. We also felt comforted by the new caregiver perspectives. Lori is a delight to work with and we look forward to connecting again in the future!Lo

Joan Elkins, Seasons Hospice Director of Volunteer Services

Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge open participants to a new perspective on life as a caregiver. Thanks for the great presentation. Loved the chicken analogy.

Linda Shell, Corporate Director of Education and Learning for Volunteers of America

“As the Cookie Crumbles” captured an avid audience in person and via our internal webinar system. We received glowing reviews. She opened many eyes and hearts.

Mary Devine, Exec Chair: Boomers Connection MN & Wells Fargo and Nat Sales Recruiter

Ms. La Bey has the ability to engage an audience with heartfelt stories of her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, and provides uniquely insightful ways of working with an inflicted family member. Through animated storytelling, she paints a vivid picture of the struggles and joys of being a caregiver. Her perspective and positive outlook will leave the audience feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and confident in their interactions with their loved one.

Jenna Seal Suite Living and A Drop of Hope

Lori’s presentation at the Caregiver conference made everyone feel at ease. Her graceful message moved many emotionally to tears, realizing that she spoke with firsthand knowledge of her and their experience. She had colleagues, caregivers, and those afflicted enchanted by her cunning way to address this awful disease and to let everyone know what a valuable part we all play. “Is a bald chicken, still a chicken?” hit the nail on the head for those in the room and also teaching that humor is a beautiful thing! Well done Lori!

Tammy Kucera, Director of Marketing – CLP Management

Excellent Speaker. Incredible passion, heartwarming stories from personal experience as a caregiver, meaningful and thought provoking presentation.

Terry R. Barclay, Ph D., L.P. Clinical Neuropsychologist, Health Partners

If your organization wishes to understand dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in a more experiential way; one that will equip you and your staff to recognize those moments of joy while providing tools to cope. I whole heartedly recommend Lori.

Christine Maxwell, Amedisys Home Health Care

I believe what sets individuals apart is their level of passion, compassion and commitment. Lori represents the highest level of all three.

Beth Paterson, Executive VP- Prestige Mortgage, LLC Reverse Mortgages of SIDAC

Lori La Bey imparts the gift of acceptance to those who struggle with loving someone with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or aging disease. She has reframed the caregiver’s pain into acceptance and new understanding. This woman is walking the walk, but has softened the talk to reach the most hardened hearts and ears.

Janie Jasin – National Speaker

Lori speaks from the heart. Her message is clear, her resources are new and fresh, and she gets to the raw human emotion of providing care properly in our industry. She will inspire you to run back and spread the word about care giving with a renewed approach.

Debbie Bathke, Executive Director – Sheridan Medical Complex

Good real life examples of life with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and good down home advice on how to cope and get the care that is needed.

Bret C. Haake, MD Assistant Medical Director of Neurosciences – Health Partners

She is wonderful, knowledgeable and fun. I’d like to be her parent.

Barb Einan, Family Participant

Lori’s passion for connecting words of wisdom, helpful resources, and guidance through for what is for many a very difficult time was inspiring to me.

Heather Rosenwald, Corporate Director of Sales Fairview Hospital/Ebenezer

Excellent Presentation

Michelle Brady, Meeting Planner – Alzheimer’s Research Center

Lori is an engaging speaker. She had staff attention throughout with good use of emotion & humor. Praise & acknowledgement of their work from an actual family member was valuable.

Dean McDevitt, VOA

It is always an enlighten message from Lori. She brings humor, meaning, love and caring to her programs. Thanks Lori for all you do to support the caregivers in our lives.

CHARLENE JEBENS, Vice President & Business Partner at Always Graceful Living

Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge open participants to a new perspective on life as a caregiver. Thanks for the great presentation.  Loved the chicken analogy.

Linda Shell, Corporate Director of Education and Learning for Volunteers of America

 

 

“As the Cookie Crumbles” captured an avid audience in person and via our internal webinar system. We received glowing reviews. She opened many eyes and hearts.

Mary Devine, Exec Chair: Boomers Connection MN & Wells Fargo and Nat Sales Recruiter

 

Ms. La Bey has the ability to engage an audience with heartfelt stories of her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, and provides uniquely insightful ways of working with an inflicted family member. Through animated storytelling, she paints a vivid picture of the struggles and joys of being a caregiver. Her perspective and positive outlook will leave the audience feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and confident in their interactions with their loved one.                                           Jenna Seal Suite Living and A Drop of Hope

 

Lori’s presentation at the Caregiver conference made everyone feel at ease.  Her graceful message moved many emotionally to tears, realizing that she spoke with firsthand knowledge of her and their experience.  She had colleagues, caregivers, and those afflicted enchanted by her cunning way to address this awful disease and to let everyone know what a valuable part we all play.  “Is a bald chicken, still a chicken?” hit the nail on the head for those in the room and also teaching that humor is a beautiful thing!  Well done Lori!

Tammy Kucera, Director of Marketing – CLP Management

 

Excellent Speaker.  Incredible passion, heartwarming stories from personal experience as a caregiver, meaningful and thought provoking presentation. 

Terry R. Barclay, Ph D., L.P.  Clinical Neuropsychologist, Health Partners

 

If your organization wishes to understand dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in a more experiential way; one that will equip you and your staff to recognize those moments of joy while providing tools to cope. I whole heartedly recommend Lori.

Christine Maxwell, Amedisys Home Health Care

 

I believe what sets individuals apart is their level of passion, compassion and commitment.  Lori represents the highest level of all three.

Beth Paterson, Executive VP- Prestige Mortgage, LLC Reverse Mortgages of SIDAC

 

Lori La Bey imparts the gift of acceptance to those who struggle with loving someone with Dementia, Alzheimers or aging disease. She has reframed the caregiver’s pain into acceptance and new understanding. This woman is walking the walk, but has softened the talk to reach the most hardened hearts and ears. 

Janie Jasin – National Speaker

 

Lori speaks from the heart.  Her message is clear, her resources are new and fresh, and she gets to the raw human emotion of providing care properly in our industry.  She will inspire you to run back and spread the word about care giving with a renewed approach.

Debbie Bathke, Executive Director – Sheridan Medical Complex

 

Lori La Bey was unbelievably.  I’ve been to multiple conferences as an RN and this by far is the best one I’ve ever attended.

Anonymous, RN

 

Incredible! Educational, passionate, and definitely worth my time.”
Keys words from Washington County Senior Workers Evaluations

 

Good real life examples of life with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and good down home advice on how to cope and get the care that is needed.

Bret C. Haake, MD Assistant Medical Director of Neurosciences – Health Partners

 

 

She is wonderful, knowledgeable and fun.  I’d like to be her parent.

Barb Einan, Family Participant

 

Lori’s passion for connecting words of wisdom, helpful resources, and guidance through for what is for many a very difficult time was inspiring to me.

Heather Rosenwald, Corporate Director of Sales Fairview Hospital/Ebenezer

Excellent Presentation

Michelle Brady, Meeting Planner – Alzheimer’s Research Center

Lori is an engaging speaker.  She had staff attention throughout with good use of emotion & humor.  Praise & acknowledgement of their work from an actual family member was valuable.

Dean McDevitt, VOA

Lori has great personal stories that touch your heart. Her presentation allows you to look at Alzheimer’s disease differently.  You will laugh and cry.

Brenda Gammelgaard, Marketing Director Rose Arbor

Thank you so much for your support and fantastic presentation.  It was very well received. I learned quite a bit from it.

Sini Ross, BrightStar St. Croix Valley – Owner

Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Ethics Seminar and get 2 credits.  It was well worth the 2 hours.  There’s always something new to learn & opportunity to grow. 

Unknown – Roitenberg Family Assisted Living

It is always an enlighten message from Lori. She brings humor, meaning, love and caring to her programs. Thanks Lori for all you do to support the caregivers in our lives.

CHARLENE JEBENS, Vice President & Business Partner at Always Graceful Living

 

 

 

 

 

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- See more at: http://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/testimonials#sthash.CraTurQQ.dpuf

Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge open participants to a new perspective on life as a caregiver. Thanks for the great presentation.  Loved the chicken analogy.

Linda Shell, Corporate Director of Education and Learning for Volunteers of America

 

 

“As the Cookie Crumbles” captured an avid audience in person and via our internal webinar system. We received glowing reviews. She opened many eyes and hearts.

Mary Devine, Exec Chair: Boomers Connection MN & Wells Fargo and Nat Sales Recruiter

 

Ms. La Bey has the ability to engage an audience with heartfelt stories of her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, and provides uniquely insightful ways of working with an inflicted family member. Through animated storytelling, she paints a vivid picture of the struggles and joys of being a caregiver. Her perspective and positive outlook will leave the audience feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and confident in their interactions with their loved one.                                           Jenna Seal Suite Living and A Drop of Hope

 

Lori’s presentation at the Caregiver conference made everyone feel at ease.  Her graceful message moved many emotionally to tears, realizing that she spoke with firsthand knowledge of her and their experience.  She had colleagues, caregivers, and those afflicted enchanted by her cunning way to address this awful disease and to let everyone know what a valuable part we all play.  “Is a bald chicken, still a chicken?” hit the nail on the head for those in the room and also teaching that humor is a beautiful thing!  Well done Lori!

Tammy Kucera, Director of Marketing – CLP Management

- See more at: http://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/testimonials#sthash.CraTurQQ.dpuf

Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge open participants to a new perspective on life as a caregiver. Thanks for the great presentation.  Loved the chicken analogy.

Linda Shell, Corporate Director of Education and Learning for Volunteers of America

 

 

“As the Cookie Crumbles” captured an avid audience in person and via our internal webinar system. We received glowing reviews. She opened many eyes and hearts.

Mary Devine, Exec Chair: Boomers Connection MN & Wells Fargo and Nat Sales Recruiter

 

Ms. La Bey has the ability to engage an audience with heartfelt stories of her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, and provides uniquely insightful ways of working with an inflicted family member. Through animated storytelling, she paints a vivid picture of the struggles and joys of being a caregiver. Her perspective and positive outlook will leave the audience feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and confident in their interactions with their loved one.                                           Jenna Seal Suite Living and A Drop of Hope

 

Lori’s presentation at the Caregiver conference made everyone feel at ease.  Her graceful message moved many emotionally to tears, realizing that she spoke with firsthand knowledge of her and their experience.  She had colleagues, caregivers, and those afflicted enchanted by her cunning way to address this awful disease and to let everyone know what a valuable part we all play.  “Is a bald chicken, still a chicken?” hit the nail on the head for those in the room and also teaching that humor is a beautiful thing!  Well done Lori!

Tammy Kucera, Director of Marketing – CLP Management

- See more at: http://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/testimonials#sthash.CraTurQQ.dpuf

Making Connections

By: Michelle Remold

As I sit down to write this blog, I can’t help but reflect on the previous week and how important it is to be able to make and have connections. I am not just thinking about connections on a professional level, but on a personal level as well, especially when it comes to Alzheimer’s or another dementia. This is something that has started to become increasingly apparent to me.

Professionally, I am learning that having connections is important and can help you to accomplish tasks that appear to be difficult to complete. When I think about personal connections, I realize that they are very important as well. When you think about friends, chances are you became friends based on a commonality, a connection. It might be reading books, going to museums, a common interest in a subject area, or something like Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Each of us has had a different role in the lives of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. I have only seen it from the point of view of a grandchild. My mom has seen it from a child’s point of view and my grandma experienced it from a spouse’s perspective. While I don’t know exactly what my grandma or mom have gone through, it’s easier for me to understand their view points on what they experienced. When it comes to having a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having connections that understand what someone is going through can be important. Having someone you can talk to who understands what you are experiencing can be helpful and therapeutic. Making various connections with people is important. It gives you someone to bounce ideas off of, share stories and laugh with, or talk to about frustrations and stressors.

I think that being able to talk about things and having someone who can in some way relate is important. When my grandpa was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, not many people seemed to know much about Alzheimer’s and I remember spending a lot of time explaining the disease to friends. Other kids never seemed to talk about grandparents with Alzheimer’s or dementia, but for me it always was a topic for research papers and presentations. Now I see the value in having someone to talk to who understands and I am more than willing to lend a listening ear to anyone who needs it. No one is alone when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia, we just need to share stories, memories, tips, and most of all, make connections with each other.

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29th International Conference

For Alzheimer’s Disease International

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The 29th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International will take place from 1 – 4 May 2014 in the amazing city of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, offering a unique cultural and historic atmosphere. Hosted by Alzheimer’s Disease International and the Asociación de Alzheimer y Desórdenes Relacionados de Puerto Rico, the conference will combine a captivating Scientific Programme with an extraordinary location, which will stimulate many to actively participate in the meeting. If you are a professional in the field of dementia, an individual living with the disease or a carer you will no doubt benefit from attending ADI’s 2014 conference.

The newly opened Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino is a spectacular venue to hold any conference. Located just 10 minutes from San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and 5 minutes from the historic Old San Juan it is the perfect location to hold the ADI 2014 conference.

Important Dates

• Advanced Registration Deadline – Tuesday 22 April 2014
• Onsite Registration Opens – Thursday 1 May 2014

Register now to receive advance registration rates

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Why attend?

• An amazing programme of dynamic presentations, workshops and exhibits, as well as plenty of opportunities to interact with the world’s leading health care professionals and gain insights into the latest innovations in Alzheimer care and best practice.

• This is one of the world’s largest and most important conferences on Alzheimer’s disease with more than 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries expected to attend.

• Meet and connect with the best researchers and top policy makers from around the globe and hear the inspiring voices of carers and people living with dementia.

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme will deliver key note lectures from leading figures in dementia. Parallel sessions will combine thought provoking symposia and oral abstract presentations.

To view the full scientific programme and information on the featured key note speakers, please visit the scientific programme page of the event website.

CME Accreditation

We are pleased to confirm that the ADI 2014 conference has been approved for CME accreditation from the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) for 20.5 credit hours. Further information can be found on the conference website .

Past Conferences

Available exclusively on the conference website is information and statistics from the incredibly successful past ADI conferences, held in Taipei, London and Toronto, as well as the Conference Programme and Abstract Book for each conference.

More than 1000 delegates including people with dementia, professional and family carers, researchers, clinicians, scientists and staff of national Alzheimer associations gathered in each of these vibrant cities to exchange knowledge and experiences through informative sessions and lively workshops.

We have every confidence that the 29th Annual Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International this year in Puerto Rico has even more to offer, and will build on the success of the previous conferences.

To get involved with the ADI 2014 conference, ‘tweet’ us at @ADIConference and use the hashtag #ADI2014 to join the conversation!

You can also ‘Like’ our page on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and share your experience with fellow attendees.

We look forward to welcoming you to Puerto Rico!

We look forward to your participation in the conference. With kind regards from all at Alzheimer’s Disease International and Asociación de Alzheimer y Desórdenes Relacionados de Puerto Rico.

Need a Keynote on the latest global efforts on Dementia or Caregiving?

Contact Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks.

See what others are saying about Lori La Bey’s events.

KSTP_voci_of_demetnia_Check Out Alzheimer’s Speaks Resources Below

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For more information on dementia and Caregiving

Check out our website below

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HELP US TO MAKE THE VOICES OF

PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

HEARD IN WASHINGTON DC!

CCAL-Advancing Person-Centered Living is working with the University of Buffalo-Institute for Person-Centered Care on a research project funded by the Retirement Research Foundation. One of the aims of the study is to gather feedback from a geographically diverse group of people about what they feel is important and/or needed concerning dementia care in America.

The aim of the survey is to develop agreement on priorities for dementia care, research, education, and funding from the perspectives of people living with dementia, family care partners, and advocates for people with dementia. As someone with knowledge about dementia, we invite you to take part in this study. It is easy to participate and will not involve much of your time.

There will be at least one more round of the survey as we build agreement. We hope that you, will participate in the multiple rounds. We will ask you for your email at the end of the survey so we can send the next survey to you. Your responses and any other information you provide will not be linked to your email. The research has been approved by the Internal Review Board at the University of Buffalo.

A written survey and a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope can be mailed to you if you would prefer this method instead of completing the survey online. Please call the number below and leave your name and address.

We will combine the views of everyone who takes part in the survey. We will use the information to help inform federal policymakers about what people feel is important and needed concerning dementia care to better inform and shape their priorities.

Respond by April 25, 2014

To Take Part Online Click Here Now!

CCAL LOGO WITH UBTo Request a Paper Version Contact:

Dr. Davina Porock
Director, UB Institute for Person-Centered Care
(716) 829 2260
Or email ipcc@buffalo.edu

Thank you for helping us make your voice heard!

Karen Love, Founder, CCAL-Advancing Person-Centered Living
Davina Porock, PhD, Director UB Institute for Person-Centered Care

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Click Below For The Recorded Session

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Today we discussed:

The Easter holiday coming up.

What has changed since the diagnosis of dementia for celebrating the holidays?

Getting in home services?  How does that work?

Technology – how do you handle all the changes?

Support groups – Are they helpful?  does family have their own groups?

For Additional Resources on Dementia

and Caregiving

Check Out Alzheimer’s Speaks website below

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