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Call for Nominations: Dementia Care Professional of the Year

Call for Nominations:

Dementia Care Professional of the Year


Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), now is accepting nominations for its seventh annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” award. The award honors a person who has demonstrated professional excellence in care, compassionate performance that exceeds expectations, and dedication to people with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. The competition is open to dementia care professionals of all types, including home health aides, social workers, recreational therapists, nurses and doctors. Professionals do not need to be affiliated with DCPA or AFA to be nominated. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2014. For more information, to apply, or to nominate a candidate, Click Here.


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Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment: What Can We Really Do?

Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment:

What Can We Really Do?

Margaret Manning with SixtyandMe.com has put another great video together.

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Dementia Chats Recording For July 22nd, 2014

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Dementia Chats Recording

July 22nd, 2014

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072214_Dementia_ChatsToday we discussed how to keep someone with dementia engaged in activities and the risk of a person being independent and who is more scared or uncomfortable and why.  We also talked a bit about coconut oil as a supplement, herbs and drug regulations.

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Join Dementia Chats – FREE WEbinar – Tuesday at 3pm EST

Join Dementia Chats – FREE Webinar 

Tuesday at 3pm EST

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We Start Tuesday at 3pm EST, 2pm CST, 1pm MST, 12pm PST

Everyone is welcomed to join the conversation.  Our experts all have dementia and are willing to answer your questions and engage in very interesting and educational conversations regarding dementia and caregiving.

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Join Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Open Mic & A Son’s Journey

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Open Mic & A Son’s Journey with His Mother

Tuesday July 22nd


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The first hour of the show we will have OPEN MIC.  Any questions or comments pertaining to dementia and caregiving are welcome.  I’m especially interested in your thoughts about some recent articles be written and getting attention which might have a negative affect on the dementia cause.

The show starts at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London. 

All shows are recorded for you to listen to later.

Click here to listen by your computer or call in live at (714) 364-4757.  You can also use the chat box on the show page to communicate with us.

Compelled by unconditional love for his mother, a Stephen Hoag chronicles the tender, dramatic and humorous events that are part of the journey of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s/dementia.

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Our second hour we will discuss “A Son’s Handbook” is the ten-year journey of a son as he cared for his mother with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Compelled by the love for his mother, author Stephen W. Hoag provides a tender, dramatic and often humorous account of the unforgettable years he shared with his mother as they faced the difficulties associated with her disease. His chronicled anecdotes and articulated moments will bring comfort to family members and care givers who must complete the daily tasks and overcome the obstacles accompanying the care of those afflicted with this illness.

There are approximately five million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia and the vast majority of these people rely on family members for their care.  There is no vaccine or procedure that will cure this disease that first takes the mind and then takes the body. Our only weapon against its is love. To be sure, one of the greatest manifestations and demonstrations of love that a person may experience in life is the caring for a parent with dementia.

Each experience described in this personal account led Stephen Hoag to write a “Son’s Rule” at the end of each chapter, a fitting approach to being forever positive and insightful in moments of great challenge.  You can reach Stephen Hoag at DRSWH@apl.com

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More Than A Gesture

More Than A Gesture

By: Michelle Remold

If there is one thing that Alzheimer’s has taught me, it is to watch for gestures of affection or appreciation and to cherish them. These gestures can be verbal or nonverbal and can take some time to recognize.

I know it took me a while to be able to identify these gestures. When I first started visiting my grandpa in the nursing home, I didn’t understand why so many of the people wanted to hold or shake my hand. Honestly, I wasn’t all to found of it either.

After spending time interacting with individuals who have Alzheimer’s, I have learned to identify the gestures and to appreciate them. I have had people smile at me and grab my hand, happy to see us visiting. I have had people come and play with my hair, I’m guessing they liked my red hair. I could go on with stories.

I have learned that each of these things from a smile to a hug to a hand shake to a pat on the head or a twinkle in their eyes all have a meaning. I have had people apologize for such gestures or say ‘well that was awkward.’ I really don’t see it that way anymore. I take every one of these things as a compliment and often times they brighten my day greatly.

I think these things come with time. I like to think that these gestures, both verbal and nonverbal, have meaning beyond what the person is able to express. Alzheimer’s as taught me about more than just compassion, it has helped me to watch people’s verbal and nonverbal cues to better understand what is being communicated.

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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Wonderful Training Film For Dementia – Cathy Greenblat and Her Team Hit Another Home Run!

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Cathy Greenblat & Her Team

Hit Another Home run!

“It Takes A Community”

If you are looking for a great example of person centered care,

you have found it with Cathy’s film series.

It Takes A Community, was filmed at Arcare Helensvale, in Queensland, Australia is one of a series of short films directed by Corinne Maunder of Fire Films that presents a fresh perspective on aged care.  This moving film looks at Arcare Helensvale’s unique relationship-centred approach to celebrating and supporting old age.  Strategy and Innovation Manager, Daniella Greenwood examples their philosophy and you to I’m sure will be touched at a heart level when she speaks as I was. Soo Borson, MD, Geriatric Psychiatrist and Dementia Specialist  also discussing the two major parts to Arcares success.

If you missed the the first film in the series, ‘Finding the Why: Enabling Active Participation in Life in Aged Care’, produced with Sociologist/Photographer Professor Cathy Greenblat, was created earlier in 2014. This film features the work of Colin McDonnell, Care Service Manager of Starrett Lodge of the Uniting Aged Care Organization.

Together, these films and more, will form part of Cathy’s upcoming project, ‘Side by Side: Love and Joy in Long Term Dementia Care‘. This project aims to highlight some of the major steps forward in long term residential dementia care, in selected aged care communities around the world, that are actively choosing to approach aged care in a forward-thinking and inspirational manner to empower residents.  Everyone deserves to live an enabled life, no matter what their circumstances.  It is up to all of us to actively participate in in a positive fashion, not only our own life but the lives of others.

For more information on Side by Side, please contact Cathy Grennblat via her website, Love Loss And Laughter.

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For information about collaborating with Corinne on a filmmaking project of your own, please visit the Fire Films.

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Afraid of Alzheimer’s disease? Here’s Something You Can Do About It!

Afraid of Alzheimer’s disease?  

Here’s Something You Can Do About It!

Margaret Manning with SixtyandMe.com has put a great video together.

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Dementia – When Caring Takes Courage

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio loves our audience to be part of the conversation. 


Join us by calling in live to the show or utilizing the chat box to let us know your thoughts or questions.

Today’s show we will have Mara Botonis – Author of  When Caring Takes Courage.  I am very excited to discuss all of the resources Mara has pulled together to share with us.  She will share with us some of her many tools to assist care partners.

  • Biography Tool
  • Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Tracker
  • Reduce the Risk of Wandering Checklist
  • Wandering Incident Response
  • Health History Form
  • Sample Weekly Care Plan
  • Care Needs Calculator
  • Financial and Legal Checklist
  • Alzheimer’s Care Comparison Tool

“When Caring Takes Courage” is available on Amazon, on Barnes and Noble and on I-Tunes.  Don’t forget to like Mara’s Facebook Page.

The second half of our show will be Open Mic.

Call (714) 364-4757 to talk with us or use the chat box to place your comments or questions.

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The Wisdom Journey: Discover the New Power of Elder Circles

 The July Free Teleseminar Presented By:


The Wisdom Journey: Discover the New Power of Elder Circles

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm PDT/8:00 pm EDT for 1 hour

Are you aging and feeling isolated and lonely? Do you live far away from resources, or are you homebound?

Do you want to leave a legacy of your life journey but don’t know how – or maybe don’t have people close to you that you can talk to?

In this teleseminar, we will discuss why it’s important to look at our life journey and the connection between the Elder Circles and leaving a legacy. We will also explain how you can find joy in your life, no matter what your circumstances.

Medical studies estimate that 10-30 % of elderly are homebound. Being isolated and lonely is a risk factor to developing cognitive disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

Join ARPF and guest speaker Del Jones, one of the founders of Elder Circles, as we present this outstanding program that provides a safe, respectful place to share your story and reflect on your life. We will also share the new Elder Circles With Out Walls (ECWOW), and how you can join the telephone circles from the convenience of your own home.

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