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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!


 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.


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.


Ramsey County Library – Shoreview

4560 Victoria St. N.

Shoreview, MN 55126




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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


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.

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24-hour Helpline: (646) 744-2900






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Dementia: Love’s Light Can Remove The Darkness

Live On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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.

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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






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.

Feb. 15th, 2017 –

Clarendale Algonquin, IL –Belvedere Room

11:30am to 3pm

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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.  


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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Regifting – Simple Pleasures

The Joy Of Regifting


I just love when our community shares

their personal stories!

Here is a note from our good friend Jane Moore after watching  our recent Dementia Chats session on “Moving, Construction and Remodeling” when diagnosed with dementia.

“Very good on Moving, remodeling and construction! I thought you would like to see what I did with my mother’s cherished dolly. Our angel Anita Moran found a new home for her with a lady who had dementia and needed a friend. I felt much better knowing someone would love this doll as mum did! Have a wonderful Christmas Lori and thanks for all your very hard work! xxxxxx”

For those of you who have not watched the latest Dementia Chats, I highly recommend you take the time to do so.  There is wonderful information for those diagnosed, family/friends as well as  professionals.

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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.

Watch The New Dementia Chats Video

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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