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Powerful Lessons In Living & Engagement

Tuesday, we will have Paula Hertel, Founder of Senior Living Consult and Nancy Schier Anzelmo, Principal of the Alzheimer’s Care Associates with us.  Both of these women have extensive experience in the field of senior housing and are consultants in all aspects of operations and program design.

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Paula and Nancy, enjoy working with those affected by dementia and so after many years of working as colleagues they decided to bring their personal passion for horses and caring for all those affected by dementia together.  They started “The Connected Horse project,” offers human-animal connection and engagement programs, tools and products that encourage and support individuals living with a dementia diagnosis, care partners and professionals.  The project focuses on offering unique guided workshops that support people affected by dementia.

Contact Information For Paula and Nancy

www.connectedhorse.org

916-708-4904

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Gifts Wrapped In Alzheimer’s

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Rick Naymark, is the Author of the book; “Alzheimer’s Gifts, How Caring For Someone With Alzheimer’s Brought Unexpected Blessings.” Rick lives in Edina, Minnesota where he was the principal family member responsible for his mother’s care during her 8 ½ years with Alzheimer’s.  Join us and hear Rick’s story.

 Contact Information For

Rick’s book, is on Amazon

The quickest way to find it is through www.tinyurl.com/alzheimersgifts

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Attorney Sees A Need &

Becomes A Travel Companion

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Carol Giuliani a former attorney with 34 years of experience as a caregiver and 23 years as a professional fiduciary and guardian for the elderly will join us.  Carol will share how she has combined her love of travel with her passion for helping seniors to safely and securely get them to their long distance destinations.

Contact Information For

Carol Giuliani, Owner/ Founder

Senior Travel Companion Services, LLC

Email                      Phone:  952)946-7997

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Welcome To Dementia Chats. Where voices of those diagnosed with dementia are heard.
Dementia Chats™ was created with the intention to educate people living with dementia; their care partners both family and friends as well as professionals and advocates.  Our Experts are those diagnosed with dementia. We have been doing this series since July of 2012.

Today we decided thoughts on advocacy, positions/roles, duties, terms and how to put into place a succession plan to transition smoothly, while retaining dignity and group history to further the cause on becoming Dementia Aware and Dementia Friendly.

Thank You To Our Experts Living With Dementia:

Michael Ellenbogen
Paulan Gordon
Mary Howard
Susan Suchan
Craig Hanke

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Making Travel Dreams Come True When Dementia Hits

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST 7pm London

Today we are lucky to have Kathy Shoaf, a Travel Expert with 20+years of clinical and management experience in Geriatric, Rehabilitation and senior housing as an RN and ATP. She realized after years of counseling with families of our aging seniors that the QUEST to enjoy life “Should Never Have to Stop”. Her ability to overcome Fear and Anxiety about travel… Makes “Bucket-List Dreams come true!

Contact Information

Website:   EliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.comEliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.com

E-mail address:   Kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com

Phone: 219-608-2002

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Turning A Difficult Diagnosis Into A Defining Moment

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Bob Savage will join us tomorrow, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.   Bob will talk to us about  how he is dealing with the challenges of being diagnosed as being in the early stages of Alzheimer’s in 2015.  Today we will hear Bob’s story and how he turned a difficult situation into a defining moment in his life.  Once again in Bob life, he is helping others through a troubling time in their own lives by creating community and tapping creative abilities and people with early onset dementia. Join us and learn more.  If you can’t listen live you can always listen afterwards at your convenience.

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Contact Information

BoHello Light Website:  https://hellolightblog.wordpress.com/

Alzheimer’s Resource Center:  www.alzheimersresourcecenter.org

Stephani Shivers, Director of Community Innovations at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center

1261 South Main Street – Plantsville, CT  06479

860.628.3020

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Cheers To The New Year

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It’s hard to believe another year is about to pass.  Each year we all have our own ups and downs.  It’s called life.  Most of us look back over the year and take a conscious count of the events that have occurred and give thought to what changes we would like to see come true in the coming year.

For those dealing with dementia; having the diagnosis personally, caring for a loved one or providing services; wishes for 2017, may vary depending on where we are at in the disease process and how we are maintaining emotionally with the disease.    

There is no cure.  We can all wish for one, but deep inside we know even if one is found tomorrow it won’t affect our lives next year due to the time frame to get a new medication approved for the public. Yet a wish for a cure can help other families avoid the struggles, stigmas and stress that come with a diagnosis.  I still encourage you all to add this to your wish list.

Some Pray For Slow Progression And More Time,

Others Will Pray For An End

For 2017, some people will wish dementia’s progression slows down, halts or even reverses.  Others will pray for the end to come for themselves or the person the love dearly diagnosed to pass.  At this time, I ask people not to judge others.  This disease is a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts.  

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I can honestly say, although my mother’s dementia was a lengthy journey of thirty years, I wouldn’t have given up one second with her.  For me, her disease was a gift, yet I have met many people both living with dementia and those caring for them where this is not the case.

Keep in mind the saying “When you’ve met one person with dementia you’ve met one.”  But in addition, know the same goes for Care Partners.

As 2016, passes I am thankful for many people in my life including those that believe in and follow our work here at Alzheimer’s Speaks.  My life is rich with both family and friends; as well as being privileged to do work I love and having the opportunity to help shift our dementia care culture.

For 2017, more than ever I wish for peace on many levels. Peace to those diagnosed with dementia, peace for care partners caring for loved ones, peace for professionals providing services, products or tools to those dealing with dementia, peace in our families, organizations, communities, cities, states, countries and governments.

May magnificent collaborations improve dementia care and progress in dementia research.

Thank you all for the love and support you have shown Alzheimer’s Speaks.

May you each be showered with blessing in 2017.

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Lori La Bey, Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

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