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Remember When – A New Dementia Film Exposing a Difficult Topic

 “Remember When”

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Click Above And Join Us Tuesday Jan 26th at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST and 7pm London Time

A New Dementia Film Exposing a Difficult Topic

Today we are so lucky to talk with Swati Srivastava the writer and director of the film “Remember When.” Also joining us are actors: Roslyn Gentle, Stanley Brown, and Allen Perada. This film exposes are inner struggles of personal relationships as one tries to find balance and joy when dementia enters their live. This film poses questions not usually asked in a beautiful painful and truthful way.

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Contact Information:

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Swati Srivastava: Writer and Director of “Remember When”

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Film actress ROSLYN GENTLE

Actress Roslyn Gentle (Rose)

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/ros.gentle

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Actor Stanley Brown (George)

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Actor Allen Perada (Dr. Mac)

Alverado Rey Agency (323) 656-2277

Additional Resources:

Alzheimer’s Speaks Resource Website  

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio 

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The New Dementia Film, “His Neighbor Phil”    

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Keynote Speaker and Trainer:  

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ABOUT DELIRIUM

ABOUT DELIRIUM

By Anne C. Tabat

What is delirium?

Delirium is a medical term to describe sudden changes in behavior, memory or thinking. It is not a new condition and the term comes from the Greek meaning ‘off the track”. It is temporary and treatable.

How is delirium different from dementia?

There are a number of different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s and they are all slow, progressive and at this time, non-reversible. Delirium is a sudden change that is out of character and it is often preventable, treatable and reversible.

The outward signs of both delirium and dementia can look similar which is why a medical diagnosis is important. In both situations, a person may appear confused, forgetful, anxious or irrational. However, delirium has a sudden, rather than gradual onset.

What causes delirium?

Not all causes for delirium can be identified but delirium can occur following an unexpected hospitalization following a fall or stroke, for instance.   An untreated urinary tract infection (UTI) can also cause delirium. Delirium can also occur when a person is on certain medicines such as psychotropic drugs or drugs for dementia.

Is there anything else I should look for that might be mistaken for dementia?

There are other situations where confusion or behavior changes are apparent but that would NOT be diagnosed as either dementia or delirium.   Examples of these would be could be changes in vision, hearing or mobility. Illness, grief, depression, epilepsy and other life-changing circumstances should be taken into account before assuming a person has delirium or dementia.

Can a person have BOTH dementia and delirium?

Absolutely. Delirium is more common among persons with dementia. Because of this, families sometimes assume that a person’s dementia has suddenly become worse during a hospitalization or life-changing circumstance when in fact, that person is suffering from delirium. While treatments for the delirium will not reverse the slow progress of dementia, they can help reduce the confusion caused by delirium so that a person’s activities of daily living are not dramatically changed.

How do I know if it’s delirium and not something else?

There are assessments available to determine if the change in behavior, cognition or memory is delirium, dementia or something else. Common assessment tools are the mini-COG (cognition) test for dementia and the CAM (Confusion Assessment Method) for delirium. The best resource for these assessments is usually the primary physician.

What do I do if I think a person might be delirious?

Speak to their doctor about your concerns and your observations. Ask anyone who knows the person well and has also commented on changes in their thinking or behavior to write down their observations with particular reference to the onset of the confusion. Share this with the doctor as well. Remember that delirium is a relatively sudden shift, not a gradual decline and that a return to familiar surroundings will help reduce the confusion. So this is not the time to look for a new care setting or residence unless required by new physical needs.

How is delirium treated?

Once the cause of the delirium is identified, it can be usually be treated quickly and effectively, either by changing medications that are contributing to the confusion or adding medicines to treat underlying causes such as a urinary tract infection (UTI). Therapies to reduce anxiety and confusion such as aromatherapy with lavender, music therapy, healing touch can also be effective. Time and a return to familiar surroundings also play a big part in reducing delirium.

Where can I get more information?

You can find more information at the American Delirium society website;

https://www.americandeliriumsociety.org/about-delirium/patientfamily

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To Host the New Hollywood Film on Dementia and Family Dynamics

His Neighbor Phil

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Click Above to Watch a Trailer

For Additional Information on the Film Click Here

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Naomi Feil On TEDxAmsterdamWomen

Naomi Feil On TEDxAmsterdamWomen

Brilliant As Always!

This is worth the watch for anyone who has ever dealt with the elder or those with dementia.  Here is a link to an interview I did with Naomi Feil on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio back in 2012 when I was with Blog Talk Radio.

Additional Resources Offered by Lori La Bey & Alzheimer’s Speaks

Alzheimer’s Speaks Resource Website  

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Keynote Speaker  

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Bring The Hollywood Film “His Neighbor Phil”

To Your Next Event Raise Dementia Awareness – Open Doors

Contact Platinum Sponsor, Lori La Bey

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Check Out The Last Dementia Chats Conversation

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Massachusetts Dementia Friendly Communities Initiative

Join Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Tuesday Jan 19th, 2016

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

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Today We Have Three Guests Moving Dementia Friendly Concepts Forward In The US:

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Robert Larkin, president and co-founder of Senior Living Residences.

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Pamela Maloney, with Senior Living Residences who spearheaded the development of the company’s Dementia Friendly communities initiative in early 2014.

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Cassi Braithwaite a passionate dementia care and assisted living professional who works in two of their communities.

Listen in and learn as they share with us why they decided to take on the initiative and get involved with the Dementia Friendly movement and why it’s important others do the same.

Contact Information:

For Senior Living Residences and Compass Memory Support

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Additional Resources Offered by Lori La Bey & Alzheimer’s Speaks

Alzheimer’s Speaks Resource Website  

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Keynote Speaker  

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Bring The Hollywood Film “His Neighbor Phil”

To Your Next Event Raise Dementia Awareness – Open Doors

Contact Platinum Sponsor, Lori La Bey

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Check Out The Last Dementia Chats Conversation

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Join The Purple Angel Project  

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Have You Heard About The Neuro Film Festival?

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Have You Heard About The Neuro Film Festival?

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2016 Neuro Film Festival® Submissions Are Due March 1

How is your video coming along? We are still looking for stories about how brain disease—such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, concussion, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and others—has impacted a person’s life. Your story could help raise awareness about why more research is needed—and inspire people to support brain disease research!

Submit Now!

The deadline to submit your video to the Neuro Film Festival is March 1, 2016. Submit your video, no more than five minutes in length, and you could win up to $1,000! See official contest rules.

For Additional Resources on Dementia & Caregiving

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Dementia Chats Recording From Jan 12th, 2016

Dementia Chats Recording

From Jan 12th, 2016

Today we discussed why people challenge those with dementia on their diagnosis.  Our Experts living with dementia discussed how it makes them feel, why they think people do this and recommendations for those that want to challenge someone else on their medical condition.

Today our experts are:
Harry Urban,  Michael Ellenbogen, Truthful Loving Kindness and Laurie Scherrer.

Lori La Bey founder of www.AlzheimersSpeaks.com facilitated the conversation.

For Additional Resources on Dementia and Caregiving

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Learn How You Can Host The Hollywood Film On Dementia – “His Neighbor Phil”

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin Leading the Pack Nationally with it’s Cutting Edge Dementia Campaign

Wisconsin Does It Again!

Leading the pack nationally with it’s cutting edge dementia campaign.

I can’t wait to see the the full film!

This documentary has been initiated by and is about the State of Wisconsin and the redesign efforts being done by the Department of Health Services to better support people with dementia in our communities.  It features a tremendous variety of topics.

  • The Dementia Care Specialists who are employed by Counties and how they support caregivers, people with dementia and their local efforts to collaborate to establish dementia friendly community initiatives.
  • The Jefferson County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), and the role ADRCs have in the redesign
  • Perspectives from local caregivers and people with dementia
  • Local dementia friendly businesses and 2 Dementia Friendly Community organizations – The Fox Valley Memory Project and the Watertown Dementia Awareness Coalition
  • Collaborative partners in the redesign including the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, and the Helen Bader Foundation
  • Physician from a memory diagnostic clinic
  • The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute discussing national research being done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

For Additional Information on Dementia and Caregiving

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HNP_teaser_clipsIf you are interested in hosting an film event featuring “His Neighbor Phil” please contact Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks who is a platinum sponsor of the movie.

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