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Fighting Alzheimer’s – Join The Cause

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The Fighting Alzheimer’s Campaign 

Alzheimer’s Speaks recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Fighting Alzheimer’s campaign where we united with likeminded industry leaders to raise awareness about the need for increased funding for research, how to better the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and how to assist their families and caregivers. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on November 28th 2016 and is now published online. For the full campaign, visit: futureofpersonalhealth.com.

Featured in this special section along side of Alzheimer’s Speaks you will hear from some of the great leaders fighting dementia such as:

Maria Shriver with The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement,

George & Trish Vradenburg from USAgainstAlzheimers, 

Dr. Eliezer Masliah, M.D, and Director of the National Institute on Aging Division of Neuroscience and Paula Hunter a caregiver for both parents who had Alzheimer’s and she is committed to being involved with clinical trials,

The Alzheimer’s Steadfast Study,



The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,

Lou-Ellen Barkan President and CEO of CaringKind,

The Alzheimer’s Association and

The Triad Research Study.

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Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks.


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Voices of Those Diagnosed with Dementia

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.

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Today we discussed Dementia & Caring For Pets . Is It A Good Fit?  We discussed the reality of being around pets… the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Magical Moments with Music Therapy

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Discussing Meaningful Music Experiences

With Music Therapist Rachelle Norman


Today we have Rachelle Norman with us whose vision is to see all people with dementia sharing meaningful music experiences with their loved ones until the very end of life. She has been a board-certified music therapist since 2004 and runs a private music therapy practice in Kansas City, where her team serves older adults in senior living and hospice. Come listen and learn about how and why music can be therapeutic.

Here is a music therapy session with my own Mother 

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Attention Minnesotans – Life Coaching for Caregivers

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Attention Minnesotans

Good Samaritan Society Introduces

Life Coaching for Caregivers Model

The Good Samaritan Society is excited to introduce a new Life Coaching for Caregivers program to anyone who is a currently caring for a loved one in the state of Minnesota. This program allows the caregiver an opportunity to speak with a professional coach about creating and accomplishing goals during this important journey. Our life coach will work with the caregiver to identify personal goals, assist with work/life balance, build strong relationships, navigate caregiver guilt and emotional challenges, and affirm life purpose.

Coaching sessions will be done weekly via phone, video chat, and/or in-person, pending the individual’s schedule, and will last 30 to 60 minutes. This service is being offered at no cost to all caregivers across Minnesota, including those who care for someone battling Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Society has developed additional resources for Caregivers on its website, www.good-sam.com, aimed at helping reduce stress for caregivers.

There are more than 40 million caregivers in the United States who provide about 37 billion hours of care to their loved ones. Their work is valued at $470 billion. The number of seniors over age 65 is expected to jump nearly 100 percent by 2030, to around 72 million, meaning the need for more educated caregivers continues to rise. Caregiver initiatives by the Good Samaritan Society are aimed at reducing stress, empowering caregivers and improving their quality of life.

The coaching program is part of a broad-based education initiative, funded by a $3 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, aimed at increasing awareness of resources for caregivers and providing support for those who need it. Participants who want help with the stressful role of aiding an elder loved one or friend are encouraged to contact the Good Samaritan Society by calling 605-679-1765 or emailing carecoach@good-sam.com.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services, owns and operates more than 240 locations nationwide, with 76 locations in Minnesota. Founded in 1922, the Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”

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Voices of Those Diagnosed with Dementia

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, but given we changed platforms in 2016, only those videos are listed below.

Our Next FREE Session is August 23rd, 2016

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 All sessions are recorded and will be archived below.

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Third Mother’s Day Without Mom

Feeling Lost and Privileged

Below is an article I wrote for my first Mother’s Day without Mom.  It was a very healing moment writing about her. I feel it still stands true and maybe, just maybe it will help others on their own healing journey.  I hope  you enjoy it.

By Lori La Bey – copyright 2014

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

Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

Through my mother’s thirty year journey with dementia she continued to guide and teach me; love me in ways I did not know where possible, especially in times of illness.  It’s now been 72 days since mom slipped into the heavens and joined my father. Although I can rationalize her journey on earth is over and she is now in a much better place, free of pain, fully mobile and mind intact; I am struggling.

Today I Will Visit Her Grave Site With My Beautiful Daughter Danielle,

Who Loved Her Grandma So Very Much.

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Going There Gives Me A Sense Of Peace.

headstoneThe Cemetery, A Place Where I Can Honor Her,

Leave Roses And Balloons In Honor Of Our Relationship And

The Love We Had For One Another.


Throughout My Life, My Mother Has Been My Logical And Loving Conscious.

Mom Was My Rock.


Mom is the one I could always depend on. She was not only my mother, but my best friend.  As my friend Lisa Hirsch titled her book, “My Mother My Hero”  pretty much sums it up!

Through tough times she was my guide and support.

On special occasions we celebrated together.

Mom Taught Me:

To look for the tiniest of things to be grateful for.

To hold a hand out to those in need.

To love deeply.

To consciously make a difference in my life and others.

To work hard and be responsible.

To understand my impact on others; realizing, appreciating and honoring the world is much larger than myself and that we are all interconnected.

To understand that to be a Mother one does not have to have their own child; but rather to be willing to adopt a child in mind, body, heart and soul.

To make a connection and difference in someone’s life, is to be a Mother.


Mom Showed Me How By The Way She Lived Her Own Life.


Leading by example showing me a variety of ways to be a compassionate person.

How to listen to others, not just hear their words.

To look for nonverbal signs of what others truly want or need, when their words were lost or pride held them back.

To look past the everyday judgments and see the whole person standing before me.


Through Illness Mom Taught Me:

To let go of control. To realize it is a mirage, a trap of guilt and pleasure.

To embrace the simplicity of life.

To smile and spread grace.

To love more deeply than I ever knew was possible.

To laugh hard and authentically to embed the moment into my soul.

To look for and create joy in all moments of life, no matter how difficult they are.


To talk openly and honestly with others acknowledging all emotions without embarrassment.

To understand we are all in this life together and that shame, guilt and denial shut us down. Realizing the only way to get past those crunching emotions is to be open, honest and proud you’ve recognized them and what has triggered them; allowing you to move through them. Past them. Over them.

To not only say, “I’m sorry” when wrong, but to change my behavior to avoid it from happening again.

To feel my fear, think of alternatives to remove it and to be brave enough to take action to reclaim the life I envision.

To follow my instincts even when they seem goofy or senseless.

To trust in a higher power than myself, knowing I’m never alone.


To honor everyone’s beliefs.

To realize prestige, money and objects are just things.  They will not make you a better person; until you realize they can be powerful tools to expand your work for the greater good.

She taught me the importance of being person centered and what it truly means – which is how and why I created “Your Memory Chip.”  –  Are they Safe?, Are they Happy? Are The Painfree?

Through All These Lessons And More,

I Find I Still Want Her Back In This Physical World Where I Live.

Some days my heart aches so bad I think it will explode; or maybe, just maybe it will stop beating all together.  I logically believe and know in my heart mom is in a much better place. In heaven with my dad probably dancing and laughing with many friends and family who have also passed.

But Today, My Mind Wonders…

How Long Will The Pain Of Her Loss Last?

My heart longs for the warmth of her being.

My body reaches out to touch and embrace her, wanting to feel the calmness she always gave me.

My soul wants to be in her physical presence.  The presence that grounds me and allows me to feel strong and confident; even when weak.

My nostrils want to take in one last breath of her essence.

My mind wants to create more moments of joy with her.

Yes Today I Will Go To The Cemetery,

Where I Know She Is Not.

Mom’s soul is not limited to the small patch of grass next to her headstone.

Mom is in the air I breathe.

She is in the sunlight that warms me and ignites my growth.

She is the rain that falls, filled with nutrients and washing away the toxins.

She is the snow that chills me and brings a brilliant beauty by white washing this canvas called earth.

She is the sunset that screams at me to be amazed by our God and the beauty which surrounds me.

She is the moon that calls me to reflect, regenerate and give gratitude for the life I am blessed to live.

Mom, on this Mother’s day I honor you,

and all Mothers who have warmed a child’s heart, taught us soul lessons, loved us unconditionally as we have taken missteps, stumbled and fallen.

To all women who have been then there to pick us up and wipe us off.

Who have kissed a booboo.

Given a hug when we have felt unworthy.

Who sat silently in our presence when no words were needed to make us feel safe and loved.

To your hand, when you reached out to let us know we are not alone.

To your words of encouragement when we were down.

To your thoughtful and thoughtless

celebration when we finally got it right!

Each Mother is special.

An “Earth Angel” Guiding Us In This Physical World.

Thank you to all Mother’s, for who you are and what you do for the world at large.

Thank you Mom for all you taught me.

All you gave me.

All you continue to give me from the other side.

Your continued connection through dreams and through our souls has been a beautiful gift to me.

May Your Mother’s Day Be blessed. 

May You Hear The Love My Heart Sings For You.

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I thought I would add this short video, one of many, which means the world to me.  It’s of my mom singing in her end stages.

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The Drawer of Memory

The Drawer of Memory

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Here Are a Couple Ideas To Save You Time

Here Are a Couple Ideas

To Save You Time


Dynamite Meeting Planner for Caregivers!

My mother had dementia for 30 years and keeping Doctor’s appointments,  medications and medical information current and updated was a big chore.  I usually went in with a piece of paper to keep me organized, but I have to admit I didn’t keep my notes long term. Yet I remember many times wishing I had so I could refer back. To have a meeting planner in my hand at each doctor’s appointment for mom would have been ideal.  For one, it would have made me feel more confident going in, knowing I had everything in one spot. Plus, I know it would have saved me a lot of time.

My Mother has passed, but I remember times both the Doctor and I were trying to refer back to another appointment and one that may have even been with a different Doctor and we had to rely on our memories if he couldn’t find it in his notes or on my phone.  We wasted time digging for information, while our clock time ticked by for our appointment.  I just think how nice it would have been to use a meeting planner; being able to  refer to past history, review symptoms and behavioral changes and to be able to have notes to share with family. Really, I’m embarrassed I didn’t think to use a meeting planner 30 years ago.

Now as I work with those diagnosed with dementia and their Care Partners, I hear from them all the time about trying to find ways to simplify Doctor appointments. I personally would have greatly appreciated this meeting planner back in the day when I was caring for my mom. Those of you caring for a loved one, might want to check out this meeting planner.

The House of Doolittle Meeting Planner has space for 110 meetings with space on the pages for: action items, attendees, topic, and notes. It has a 12-month 2016 calendar for your reference on each 2 sheet spread. Wirebound with a leatherette hard cover.  Although it has a hard covered, yet light to carry.   The Meeting Planner isn’t a calendar so doesn’t waste paper, as there is a blank page for each meeting/appointment.  In the back of the planner there are three year calendars for long term planning. To top it off, the meeting planner uses recycled paper so it’s Eco Friendly.

Another Idea To Keep You Organized

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Another idea to keep you organized as a Care Partner, if you like a physical wall calendar is the House of Doolittle 3-Month Vertical Compact Wall Calendar.  It’s nice to have that quick look at a glance reference of what is on the schedule.

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The Holidays are about “Being Present.”

Remember the Holidays aren’t about getting Presents.

The Holidays are about “Being Present.”

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Blessed and Safe Holiday Season!



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