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Creative Engagement for Those Living with Dementia

Creative Engagement for

Those Living with Dementia

 on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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Thursday we will have Lola Fraknoi the creator of an Art Kit for people with memory loss and a professor of art in the Older Adult Program at the City College of San Francisco.  Lola has over 25 years of experience in the aging field and as the founder and director of Ruth’s Table (a center for multi-generational creative learning) She trained as a professional artist who always finds a way to bring art, music, and creativity of all kinds into the programs she has led.

Contact Information for Lola Fraknoi

Art Kit Website: www.arttimeprograms.com 

My Art Website: www.lolafraknoi.com

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Join Lori La Bey at Move for Minds in Orange County, CA

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“Shay’s Way” Approach to Dementia

“Shay’s Way” Approach to Dementia

On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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Thursday, March 30th, we are lucky to have Mindy Bolton back with us!  Mindy is a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist.  She uses evidence-based creative engagement to help people connect, explore, and create.  Mindy refers to her approach as “Shay’s Way”— and declares herself to be the least interesting component of the situations she finds herself in.

Contact Information For

Email: yesandthankyou@gmail.com

“Shay’s Way” community page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yespleaseandthankyou

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Our Experts have Dementia

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 – family, 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 had an interesting conversation regarding communication.  You will here from those diagnosed and what they think about all the tips given by “Professionals” to communicate with them.

You will gain insights which will help you care better.  Learn how their senses change, how their emotions and behaviors are affect by their surroundings and how that impacts them in their daily living.

Thank You To Our Experts Living With Dementia:

Michael Ellenbogen
Paulan Gordon
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Brian LeBlanc
Laurie Scherrer
Mary Howard
Susan Suchan
Harry Urban

Here are the links to “20 Sign Language Words”

Laurie Scherrer’s Website
https://dementiadaze.com/about/videos/
https://www.dementiamentors.org/videos.html

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You’re invited to join Maria Shriver and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement for a fun, one-of-a-kind event to wipe out Alzheimer’s. Sign up, fundraise and be a part of this exciting three hour experience featuring an exclusive mind-body workout just for Move for Minds participants!

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Libraries Offer Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers!

Now available at

Ramsey County Library in Roseville and Shoreview:

Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers!

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 Memory Minders are specially created for caregivers

caring for people experiencing memory loss

MMkits_2The materials in these kits are specifically selected to spark memories, create conversation and provide positive and engaging interactions between people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and their care partners. The kits are divided into high, middle and low activity levels.

Each Memory Minder kit is unique and features an interactive activity for use with those with memory loss (such as a puzzle, bingo, games or conversation cards), a book with colorful illustrations created for individuals with memory loss, a cd with music to soothe and spark memory, and A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia by Laura Gitlin, which explores the use of activities and other techniques to prevent, reduce and otherwise manage the behavioral symptoms of dementia.

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The Memory Minder Kits are available at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville and Shoreview, and be checked out for three weeks. The kits are renewable and requestable via the library’s catalog at www.rclreads.org.

These kits were created out of a unique partnership between:

Ramsey County Library, Roseville Alzheimer’s & Demential Community Action Team, and sponsorships by Cherrywood Pointe, Lyngblomsten, Sunrise Senior Living, New Perspectives Senior Living, and the Friends of Ramsey County Library.

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Ramsey County Library – Shoreview

4560 Victoria St. N.

Shoreview, MN 55126

651-724-6006

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CaringKind on Comfort Matters®

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Feb 23rd, 2017 – Thursday

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

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Thursday, Jed A. Levine the Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Services at CaringKind will join us, along with my Co-Host Harry Urban, who is living with dementia.  CaringKind was formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter.  CaringKind has been New York City’s leading expert in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for more than three decades.

Jed has been at the organization for 27 years. He holds a Masters degree in Applied Human Development with a specialization in Gerontology and Community Recreation Services from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and he is trained as a Creative Arts Therapist.

Contact Information For

24-hour Helpline: (646) 744-2900

helpline@caringkindnyc.org

http://www.caringkindnyc.org/palliativecare

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Dementia: Love’s Light Can Remove The Darkness

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Love’s Light Can Remove the Darkness of Alzheimer’s& Other Dementia’s

021417-asr-graphic-rick-naymark 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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Dementia: Aging In Place – Services & Tools

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio  

Our Next Show:  Aging In Place – Services & Tools

020917-asr-paul-mThursday we will have Paul Merenbloom, founder of Concordia Systems in Baltimore, Maryland. Paul was a former Wall Street Analyst, and he changed careers to take care of a 95-year old grandmother after she collapsed following a medication error.    Concordia Systems focuses on health and wellness for the US aging-in-place community, and provides services and tools to connect seniors, their families, caregivers, and medical professionals.

Contact Information For

Concordia Systems, Inc.
1111 Light Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD  21230
410-484-3883                                
www.SentinelAware.com

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Join Lori La Bey for Screenings of the Film & a Fascinating Conversation Afterwards

Feb. 13th, 2017 –

Clarendale of Schererville, IN

at the AMC -11:30am-2:30pm

1400 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville, IN  46375

Feb.14th, 2017 –

Clarendale of Mokena, IL – Belvedere Room

Two showings:  at 10:00 a.m., and  1:30 p.m.

RSVP to Kathryn Dietrich  815-464-4418.

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Clarendale Algonquin, IL –Belvedere Room

11:30am to 3pm

2001 West Algonquin Road, Algonquin, IL 60102

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Cheers To The New Year

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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