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Dementia, Alzheimer’s & Care

Dementia, Alzheimer’s

& Care

Sue Zawacki Guests on Aging Info Radio are:

Lori La Bey, Speaker & Alzheimer’s Radio Host

Mara Botonis, Author, Speaker &
Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Advocate

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Sunday, September 14th


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Learning To Say Good Bye

Learning To Say Good Bye

There are so many levels and forms of “Good Bye.”  Most of us don’t realize the full extent of the process until it’s our turn to walk the path.  It may be a child leaving for kindergarten or college, a divorce, a decline in health or the ultimate… a death.  Even though I have ventured down each of these paths before, every time it is new and fresh with lessons to be learned.memom

Since my Mothers passing in February, I have gone through the typical ups an downs of my grief and loss.  Missing her is something that I really can’t even put into words.  i will be doing fine and then the next thing I know something triggers a strong memory.  It could be a smell, a picture, a phrase someone says or even a faint voice I hear on occasion and I would swear she is right next to me.  Her presence still feels so close.

In the past few weeks a new decision was put before my family.

What to do with my parents beautiful lake home.

lake 1The decision was far from easy.  Although my brothers and I now own it together, our lifestyles are very different.  Not everyone lives in the same state and so the logistics for using the cabin became uneven.  Each with our own busy life and trying to maintain our own homes, adding a another into the equation complicated things to say the least. Seeing eye to eye on fiscal responsibilities and life philosophies can be difficult in a family. The past couple of weeks have been painful for us all, but the decision to sell seemed to be the only real option.

Going through and staging the home for sale I cleaned, and packed and tossed and cried.  I prayed for clarity and peace in my heart as my soul aches over the decision.  When I would  sit to rest, my eyes would scan over all the belongings…

The old ugly glass lamps which my mother loved have now become so precious to me.  My fathers recliner that comforts me as I try to relax.  Moms loon collection and glassware which is more than any one person could ever use… The simple scents of old perfume, the feel of dads tools in my hand.  It’s amazing how we look at things differently once someone is no longer physically in our lives.

The end of a era so wonderful and filled with joy.  The emotions  are embedded in my body.  When I cry, not only do tears come, but at times my stomach twists, turns and aches in pain over the loss of them.  Yet when I laugh and remember the times of joy.  My emotions are just as strong; making me smile, laugh boldly and even tears of love and hope and joy will stream down my face.

It is all up to God and the universe to lay out the future and what is to be.  All we can do is make the best decisions with the information we have at the time, and let go. And then let go again and again.

The worrying does us no good but to make us spin in doubt.  We all must move forward as difficult as it is and live our lives – fulfill our missions and walk our own paths.

mom and dad weddingI am so grateful to have had such wonderful parents who filled my heart with love and compassion.  Both excellent teachers and leaders in their own way.  May they understand how difficult it is for us to let go of the cabin.  May they appreciate how we all feel their home deserves a wonderful family who will care for it the way they did. A family who will have the time, money and energy to maintain the home in a loving fashion.  A family who will love it and share it with their friends and family, creating beautiful moments of joy, that will one day be truly appreciated at a soul level.

If the cabin is meant to sell it will…

if not, well I guess we still have lessons to learn.

May you each process your own loss in all the various forms it comes in.  May you find peace within your journey and blessings in the lessons you have learned.  May you find the ability to share openly your emotions with others, so you can fully release the pain you feel.

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Here Is The Recording of Today’s Dementia Chats

Here Is The Recording of

Today’s Dementia Chat

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090914_DC_Harry_Dena_Eilon_LoriToday we talked  about the phrase “Living Well With Dementia,” with Harry Urban and Dena Dotson.  It was a very interesting conversation.  I personally use this phrase for some of my events and so the insights from Dena and Harry were very important to hear.  Eilon Caspi also joined us and added great value.

Last, I want to thank our participants for their enriching comments too!  As they say it takes a village!

Please share this valuable information with others!  Together we can and are changing the way the world deals with dementia.

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Join Dementia Chats FREE Webinar This Afternoon

Join Dementia Chats

FREE Webinar This Afternoon

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3pm EST, 2pm CST, 1pm MST, 12pm PST

and 8pm London time

Join our Experts Living with Dementia


Harry Urban and Dena Dotson

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Grind Dining What Is It? Learn on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Today

Learn About Grind Dining

on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Today

11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London time

Listen via your computer or

by phone (714) 364-4757

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio gives voice to all trying to improve the world for those living with dementia.  Call in with your questions or comments.  We would love to hear from you

(714) 364-4757

Today we have to top chefs with us who have been touched by dementia and decided to make a difference.  Stone Morris  and Sarah Gorham created “Grind Dining,”  a new way to experience food and allow those living with dementia to maintain their independence and dignity as long as possible.

Also joining the conversation will be Deb Osterhaudt, the VP of Sales and Marketing of the Arbor Company who has implemented Grind Dining into their residential experience. This is a fascinating and exciting concept!  Come listen and join the conversation.

Grind Dining Website

The Arbor Company

The second half of the show will be OPEN MIC! 

We always love to hear what’s on your mind regarding dementia and caregiving.  Do you have an idea for a radio show.  Call in and lets start talking.

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Someone To Talk To

Someone To Talk To

By: Michelle Remold

Everyone needs someone who they can talk to about things going on in their life. We all need someone that we can talk to, bounce ideas off of, and who understands what they are experiencing. To me, that is what makes support groups so great. Support groups can give a level of understanding that someone might not be able get from their friends or even family, especially when dealing with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

My friends are great sounding boards for whatever I may have going on, good or bad. We talk about everything and I truly value their input. However, there are of course different experiences that we can’t exactly relate to and in my case, my experience with Alzheimer’s is one of the things that I don’t have in common with most of my friends, though they always listen to what I am saying. I’m lucky though in that my family understands my thoughts on the disease.

I am also able to see the benefits to having being a part of a support group. When my grandpa had Alzheimer’s I couldn’t understand why I was seemingly the only person in my grade going through the experience. It was hard to explain why my grandpa couldn’t go to grandparent’s day at school. Now that my grandma has dementia, I am seeing it a little differently. I now have a better understanding of the disease and am able to talk about things with my family.

I am able to see the benefits of having someone to talk to who is truly able to empathize with you and understands your situation. It is important to talk about things that make you smile and things that might be weighing on you. I encourage everyone to find someone whom they can talk to about the joys and struggles of dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

??????????????????????????????? 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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Toxic Foods & Modern Disease Plus Food for Life with The Goodman Group

Toxic Foods & Modern Disease Plus

Food for Life with The Goodman Group

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Listen Live Tuesday at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London time or listen later at your convenience to the podcast.

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(714) 364-4757

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is a forum to hear all voice affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias.  We hope you will join the conversation!

MITseneff300Today we are lucky to have Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. We will discuss the effects of GMOs, gut bacteria and aluminum on the human body.   Website



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Goodman grp Chef RobbChef Robb White with the Goodman Group will join us today to discuss “Food for Life” and how can it impact the general health and well-being of older adults. Specifically, we will talk about how can food (ingredients, menu and prep) can be beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Email Chef Robb White at FoodforLife@thegoodmangroup.com

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