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The City Of Roseville, Minnesota – A Mission To Improve Life With Dementia

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 A Mission To Improve Life With Dementia

Rsvl sign on becoming Dementia AwareOn April 23rd, the City of Roseville, along with the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (Rsvl A/D) and the Roseville Act on Alzheimer’s Project had their kick off event to highlight all they are doing to improve the lives of those dealing with dementia.  Roseville A/D was formed as a grassroots initiative in September of 2013 and in 2014 they received two grants through the ACT on Alzheimer’s organization to further their mission.

The kickoff meeting held a packed house along with media gathered to listen to a two hour presentation which featured information and resources from three primary groups – Government Officials, City Staff and Community Connections.

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Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speak was the   MC for the event.  She grew up in Roseville and her own mother lived with dementia over thirty years.  She is also one of the international ambassadors for the Purple Angel project, which is the new global symbol for dementia.  Everyone can help spread awareness of dementia by using this symbol.  It costs no money and takes very little time, but has a powerful impact.

RSVL A-D Logo FinalRsvl ACT LogoSara Barsel, spoke and gave the history of both the Roseville A/D and Roseville ACT on Alzheimer’s project. She also reviewed several projects which have been completed as well as the action plan for 2015, which includes an educational series and movie reviews.

sara_barsel_at_kickoffSara also highlighted all the dedicated page for Alzheimer’s and Dementia on the city website which has great resources for those living in Roseville and surrounding areas.  Sara also highlighted the new educational series that was launched.

Series of Expert Talks about Alzheimer’s is April 28 to May 21

A series of eight programs in Roseville by local experts on Alzheimer’s disease and on effective caregiving will be held April 28 to May 21. Programs will address normal aging, how dementia affects the brain and other topics that help people better understand diseases that cause memory loss.

All talks are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The talks on Tuesdays will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 County Road B West, with information about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics will be Healthy Brain; Dementia vs. Normal Aging; Virtual Dementia Tour; and Dementia-Friendly ACTion Steps.

Talks on Thursdays will be 1-2:30 p.m. at Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, aimed at helping caregivers and friends offer effective support for people with dementia. Topics will be Senior Gems/How Dementia Affects the Brain; Practical Tips for Avoiding Power Struggles; Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer; and Caregiver Stress/Burnout.

For details, go to http://www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo  A second series of eight talks will be presented in October, with four films about Alzheimer’s issues to be shown on Sundays, two in September and two in November.

Next we heard from government representatives were: Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative – Betty McCollum, Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Roseville’s Mayor Dan Roe.

Kickoff 4Above are representatives of Roseville’s staff:  City Manager – Pat Trudgeon, Fire Inspector & Firefighter – Sam Baker, from the Police Department Corey Yunke – Community Relations Coordinator and Erika Scheider – Police Lieutenant.  rsvll_fire_dept

The Fire Department shared the “Vial of Life” which is for emergency contacts and healthcare information.  You can contact the Fire Dept if you are interested in receiving one if  you were not able to attend the kickoff meeting.

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The police encouraged people to register their loved ones with 911.

Pat Trudgeon, announced the City is committed to becoming Dementia Aware and joining the Purple Angel project.

A recording of this event will air on Roseville Channel 16 on Friday May 1 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. plus two additional times during the month.  It is also listed on CTV page for viewing listed at the bottom of this article.

PA_join_the_cause_snap_w_urlOur representatives from the community were: Janell Wampler – Roseville Area Schools & Senior Program, Deb Nygaard – Arthur’s Residential  & J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop, Lori La Bey – Alzheimer’s Speaks, Carolyn Klaver –  Lyngblomsten & The Gathering and Catherine Engstrom – Wilder Foundations & PS I Understand.

rosevilel_school_logoJanell informed us of a variety of services the school district and senior center have for those residing in Roseville.

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Deb Nygaard shared how Arthur’s Residential & J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop have become dementia friendly and how that has effected their organizations, as well as families they serve and the community at large.  Arthur’s also sponsors three Memory Cafe held on the 2nd an 4th Wednesday of each month and have been a big success for those diagnosed with dementia as well as their care partners.

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Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks shared a video which featured three families living with dementia.  Each shared critical insights about life with dementia and how important it is for communities and businesses to become dementia aware and friendly.  Below is the video.

Cities Should Follow Roseville’s Lead And Have A Dedicated Web Page For Dementia Resources And Services

Roseville is believed to be the first city in the nation to dedicate a page on their official city website to dementia.

Thank you John and Virginia Sweeney, Ed and Judy Meehan and George Seiler for their willingness to share their insights with us.

lyngblonsten_logoCarolyn Klaver  with Lyngblomsten & The Gathering shared their wonderful programs and need for volunteers.

If interested in volunteering in Roseville email RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com 

wilder_logoCatherine Engstrom talked about the Wilder Foundations & their P.S. I Understand program which too is always looking for volunteers.

If interested in volunteering in Roseville email RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com

The program wrapped up with questions and answers and people gathering in the hallway talking with vendors gathering more resources before leaving.

You can go to CTV and watch the full program.

snap_of_gov_off_from_kickoff_CTVFor the feature story done by Channel 5, ABC News Click Here

channel_5_logoThe ACT on Alzheimer’s project was developed by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team, a volunteer collaboration of local residents, senior services and city officials. Roseville A/D has offered additional projects, including a guide to local resources, services and events available on the City of Roseville at http://www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo

You could make a difference for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

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Here is the recorded “Dementia Chats” from today

Here is the recorded “Dementia Chats” from today

042815_DC_steve_paulan_Robert_harryToday we discussed getting Dementia Aware and Friendly, as well as needs in our healthcare system. Advocates are needed. Thank you Steve, Paulan, Robert and Harry!

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Join Dementia Chats™ Webinar Tuesday Afternoon – It’s FREE!

Join Dementia Chats™ Webinar

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April 28th, 2015, This Tuesday Afternoon –

3pm EST, @pm CST, 1pm MST, 12pm PST and 8pm London Time

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Join an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial today.

No insurance is needed to participate.

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Critical Information You Need To Know About Long Term Care

Critical Information

You Need To Know

About Long Term Care

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Lori La Bey of Alzheimer's Speaks & Senior Lifestyle Trends

Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

I was honored to be asked to be one of these experts as I am passionate about the issue of Long Term Care.  I hear and see people struggling with learning about options available to them as well as how to cover the costs of care.

The insights of these 44 professionals along with the info-graphics will grab you attention quick.

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Alzheimer’s — A Part Of The Plot?

Alzheimer’s — A Part Of The Plot?

By: Michelle Remold

One of my hobbies is collecting quotes. I started this hobby in college as a way to pass the time, but now I have a book to write quotes in that I hear or read. There are a few quotes that have stayed with me, however there is a quote by Ashleigh Brilliant that became one of my favorites because I liked the humor related to it, but I have also learned the truth behind it as well. The quote I am referring to is, “My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot.”

This was one of the first quotes I wrote in my book. Being in college, a humorous side to this quote stuck out to me, in fact it still makes me smile. I remember thinking about people I met in college and trying to figure out how they might play a role in my life later on. Truthfully, outside of the group that helped me present my Memory Trunk program in nursing facilities and adult day centers and a few other friends, I still don’t have an answer for the roles everyone else has in my life. If nothing else, they helped make me the person I am today.

When I read the quote now though, it seems to have a different maybe deeper meaning. There are some people who have been in my life that have impacted it greatly. As I have written about before, my grandpa had Alzheimer’s when I was growing up and is really the reason I even became interested in the gerontology field. I have had many great-aunts and uncles who have taught me numerous things and a great-grandma who lived to be 97, who helped me realize it’s the small things in life that make it enjoyable, like sausage pizza. My life was also touched by dementia a second time with my dad’s mom, which taught me that though you may know something, you can always learn more.

In a way this quote also makes me think of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s affects and touches everyone differently, including caregivers. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wonder why or what was supposed to come as a result of the disease both times it touched my life. The fact is that I did wonder this. My grandpa’s diagnosis led me to what I would eventually choose as a career. I don’t know what direction my grandma’s dementia will take me in yet and I have realized that that is okay.

I have learned that sometimes life isn’t meant to be figured out. Sometimes you just have to let the plot roll out in front of you. It sounds weird to say, but in my life Alzheimer’s has almost ended up being a blessing in disguise. It has taught me many life lessons and has brought me closer to family. It has taught me how to leave my reality and enter a completely different one. It has taught me patience, compassion, when to just not say anything, and the value of just listening.

Honestly, I do think my life has a superb cast of friends, family, cousins, coworkers, grandparents and mentors. I wouldn’t trade any of them. Another part of that cast who isn’t always welcome, is Alzheimer’s. I don’t doubt that my life will be impacted again by Alzheimer’s and that it will happen in a variety of ways. One thing I know though, is that I will learn from it, that somehow it will play a role in the overall plot of my life and that I will have my superb cast right there with me. After all, I just want to enjoy life while I can and help as many people as I can while I am here.

 

??????????????????????????????? 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 Geriatric Social Work from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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GMO Information – Dr. Oz Needs Your Help!

GMO Information – Dr. Oz Needs Your Help!

dr_ozHe is being threaten for exposing Genetically Modified Organism known as GMO’s.  This has been a hot topic for years.  Few of our food products are natural anyone.  It’s important Dr. Oz’s voice and others be heard on this topic, if for no other reason then the right to free speech here in our county.

Each individual has the right to know and right to decide what is best for them.

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I Typically Try To Stay Neutral

But I can’t in this case. 

Haven’t you wondered what is causing dementia?  Is it our food?  Our cell phones?  All the wireless transmission?

I have thought a lot on the cause.  Is it that we just have better technology toady and the disease has always been this prevalent?  Is it that we are defining our terminology in diagnosing the disease?

Or could it be GMO’s?

Or maybe all of the above?

No Matter What The Cause, All We Do Know Is

Non Of The Research Knows For Sure

I believe it’s important the general public has access to all information.

If You Agree – Check Our This Petition Below

Click on the Picture Below

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I Did!

Check out the DR OZ SHOW this Thursday when he addresses the threats he is getting because he is talking about GMO’s.

Thanks for taking the time to consider my call to action.

Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

For information on

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Health Club & Products For Those Diagnosed

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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Click_above_to_listen_buttonTuesday, April 21st, 2015

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

This is being replayed as it is a great information!

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio where the voice of all is heard and respected.  We love sharing great resources, ideas, products, services, tools as well as hearing your thoughts and ideas.  If you have something you think would help the dementia community lease contact me.

Ashley Kwong recognized a missing and very needed area in the health care industry.  A Health Club for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Come learn on how and why she created “Memory & Company.” You will see Ashley is a dedicated, empathetic person, who is very passionate about improving the lives of seniors, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, dedicating her life to this cause.

Mail at: Memory & Company 100 Renfrew Dr. Suite 110, Markham Ontario, Canada L3R 9R6

Phone:  905-888-8808

Our second guests are Karen Love co-founder and Kelly Sheets of FIT Kits® which provide dementia engagement products that are research, tested and developed with the mission of helping people living with dementia to live more fully.  FIT Kits®  believes everyone has within them the ability to ignite the spirit in someone living with dementia.

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s

But thanks to clinical trials, advances have been made. More medicines are needed to provide patients, caregivers and their physicians with treatment choices.

Click Below To See If You Qualify For A Trial

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Join The Purple Angel Project

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