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Getting Creative Yet Back To Basics With Dementia, Engagement and Covid 19

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Today’s weekly Covid Special features Barbara Lee Friedman a vocalist and guitarist with Music Memories MN, Cathy Braxton, Author and Co-founder of Dementia Raw living with MCI and Trescia Dunn from Blessences, who is always implementing ways to improve the world. Our host has a fun conversation which will give people a lot of ideas on ways to engage with those with dementia and their families.

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Seniors Resource Hub Can Help You, Your Loved Ones & Your Clients

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Talks with Kathy Smith, Founder of

Seniors Resource Hub

 Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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Thursday, October 4th, 2018 – Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio interviews Kathy Smith, Founder of Seniors Resource Hub a wonderful APP which helps families find the resources they need and deserve.  Come listen and learn how this APP can save you time, gain you insights of others in similar situations and help you move forward with life in a confident and positive fashion.


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Website:        www.seniorsresourcehub.com

Email:             info@seniorsresourcehub.com

Phone:           937-866-7496

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Today our Dementia Chats Experts, those diagnosed and living with cognitive impairment, discuss what they would like to see their communities provide them to show they are truly a “Dementia Friendly Business or Communities.”  You will find great tips for businesses and communities to consider.

Our experts today are: Michael Ellenbogen, Laurie Scherrer, Bob Savage and Truthful Loving Kindness. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates the conversation. Lori can be reached at or visit Alzheimer’s Speaks website.

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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.

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Learning a Language Can Be Good for Your Mental Health

 Learning a Language Can Be Good for Your Mental Health

By Christina Comben

Learning a language can have many positive effects on our health and happiness. It’s like taking our brains to the gym! We learn new words and meanings, and the old gray matter benefits from our efforts.

Yep, conjugating verbs and perfecting pronunciation helps to improve our cognitive abilities, stimulate creativity and keep us younger!

When we speak two, three, or more languages, our brains stay active for longer, among other benefits.

Here’s what science has to say:

Scientific Study: Bilingualism Helps You Slow down Dementia

Bilingualism helps slow down dementia, according to one of the biggest studies on the effects of language learning by Edinburgh University and Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India.

The study confirms the theory that language learning is a form of mental training. In fact, the most efficient form of training, by now. When you learn a language, you teach your brain to recognize new meanings, sounds and symbols. Your mind learns to think using two different set of rules – defined by grammar and syntax.

You manage to go from one language to another and to think in two different ways. This exercise keeps your brain in good shape and can slow down degenerative processes. This means that bilinguals develop dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life (about 4.5 years later). 

The discovery puts learning a language on top of the most effective therapies for preventing brain degeneration – better than medicine, according to Dr. Thomas Bak, of the Center of Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.

This news certainly gives new perspectives to linguists and language specialists. Carina Cesano, Managing Director of Clear Words Translations, is fluent in three languages and learning a fourth. She says, “I have always been fascinated by languages, but I didn’t know until recently that they also had surprising benefits for your mental health.”

Language Learning Improves Memory

Another study by the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy revealed that learning a language can make brains grow! Students who went through an intense language learning program were tested before and after the course. Their brains developed during the 13-month period – the hippocampus and three areas in the cerebral cortex were larger than at the beginning of the study.

The hippocampus is responsible, among other things, for converting short-term memories into long-term memories. And, the cerebral cortex plays an essential role in perception, language, consciousness, attention and memory.

So, by learning a new language, you can improve your long-term memory and work with information better (the so-called working memory). That’s to say, you become more productive, as you analyze situations faster and come up with creative solutions to daily problems.

Learning and memory are linked at deep levels. When learning a language, your brain gets stronger. Its connections become more flexible and the gray matter denser. In the long run, your brain will work more efficiently. Which means you not only improve your memory, but you actually become more intelligent!

This is good news for language lovers! “I can’t look into the future, but what I have already noticed is that my memory has improved since I have been learning other languages,” Cesano enthuses. “I will keep on with my learning as long as possible!”

Learning a Language Helps You to Stay Concentrated on Your Tasks

As you learn to switch from one language to another, you become better at switching between daily tasks, as well. This ability allows you to work on several projects at a time and pass from one activity to another with less effort.

In time, you learn to differentiate the relevant information from fluff and prioritize. This way, you manage to maintain your concentration on things that matter and to ignore distractions. You develop patience, as well, meaning you’ll be able to follow long-term goals without letting yourself get influenced by possible immediate results.

You also learn to listen to people around you. You get better at accepting different points of view. You can also look at challenges from different angles, determining better decisions – in financial, professional, and personal matters.

You Can Start Learning a Language at Any Age

Bilinguals develop a wide series of abilities, no matter when they start learning a second language. A few decades ago, scientist believed that language learning could change brain development only on children.

More recent studies have shown that age is less relevant. People who started studying languages after their 18th birthday registered improved results in intelligence tests, as well. According to Dr. Thomas Bak, bilingualism can help aging brains, even when acquired in adulthood.

In simple words, it’s never too late to learn a new language. It makes you stronger, happier and can even increase self-esteem and self-confidence. You have fun and improve your mental health while discovering new people and new cultures at the same time.  

Christina Comben is a freelance copywriter and columnist, who is also a language lover and world traveler. Fluent in Spanish and French, Christina works with companies in the language services industry, as well as other small businesses, to improve their digital presence. 



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Quality Aging Survey – Take it Now!

Take The Survey Now and Help Define

What “Quality” Means to You and Your Family!

Open To All In The U.S.

University of Minnesota PhD candidate Heather Davila describes a survey to get input from people age 55+ family members, and professionals who work in the field of aging services about which aspects of “quality” in aging services matter most.

To take the survey go here: www.tinyurl.com/Qagesurvey

Contact: Heather Davila,

Email:  wood0132@umn.edu


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We are honored by your response to our offering of the Dementia Friendly Symposium and Cruise and we are encouraging people to book their cabins before we are sold out!

For more details on the symposium and cruise go to https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

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Kathy Shoaf the travel agent handling the symposium and cruise can be reached at: 219-608-2002 or email her at Kathy.Shoaf@CruisePlanners.com


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An Important message from our friend Meryl Comer:

Only twice in my twenty plus years as an Alzheimer’s caregiver has a doctor ever asked whether I was doing okay. Yet my husband would have never made the clinic appointment on time if I had not gotten up extra early to bathe, dress, feed, manage his resistance and drive him there. Now here’s a chance to be heard!

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic want to learn what matters most to you when you go to the doctor with your loved one. They need volunteers for an online focus group who are current or former caregivers for a loved one with dementia.

Click here to learn more about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study asking what matters to you when you go to the doctor with a loved one.

Study participants will be asked to join an online focus group and answer several questions over a week and a half posted by the moderator. Participants can choose to remain anonymous. Their goal is to help healthcare providers better support and communicate with caregivers by learning:

  • How health care providers can best help caregivers provide optimal care to loved ones while maintaining their own health.
  • How involved caregivers want to be their loved ones’ healthcare.
  • What the ideal “care team” looks like.

Please click here for more information about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study.

Your opinions are critical to improving the experience for all caregivers when they accompany loved ones to doctor’s appointments. Let’s not miss this opportunity to make doctors tune into what matters to us.

Meryl Comer, A-List Team Member & 20-year Alzheimer’s care partner




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Living in a Dementia Care Community

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Today we will be talking with Rachael Wonderlin, Author of When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community.” Rachael has her Master’s degree in Gerontology.  She has worked in several senior living companies throughout the country as a Dementia Care Director. She has a blog, Dementia By Day,” which inspired her to write her book,  recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Walking The Tight Rope Of Sanity when Caregiving

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016,  we will be talking to have Roger Renik who found caring for an aging parent had many additional emotional aspects and challenges. Balancing on a tight rope and juggling many roles like a stressful second shift job, being a husband and father to two, plus caring for a parent can set life up to be unbalanced.  In Roger’s case, the conclusion of the caring for his mom was just the beginning of another challenging chapter in his life.

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By Kevin Woo

I am an unapologetic sports nut. There’s nothing better than watching a great football game. Unless, of course, you’re watching a great baseball game. You never know how it’s going to end.

That having been said, I hate soccer. It’s boring to watch players run up and down the field, and nothing ever seems to happen.

I’ve watched one soccer game in my entire life. It was the 1999 World Cup Finale. The American women’s team played China, and Brandi Chastain scored the winning goal in a shootout.

After her shot, Brandi ripped off her shirt, and pumped her fists in celebration. The accomplishment of the American team, and her pure joy made the cover of Sports Illustrated. The magazine has called that cover the second most memorable in its history.

As I watched Chastain, and her teammates celebrate I wondered how excited they must have felt in victory. It’s something few of us will understand.

There are moments in sports history that will be cemented in my mind: my first major league baseball game, my first NFL playoff game, my first NBA game, and Brandi’s shootout goal.

Seventeen years later Brandi made headlines again. This week she announced that when she dies she wants her brain donated to Boston University so researchers can study it for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.

CTE is a disease that can result in Alzheimer’s-like symptoms including memory loss, and mood swings.

It’s common for soccer players to hit the ball with their head. Research has shown that repeated blows to the head can lead to a build up in the brain of a protein called tau.

In a statement, Brandi said, “Having played soccer since I was little, I can’t even attempt to guess at how many times I’ve headed the ball. It’s scary to think about all the heading and potential concussions that were never diagnosed in my life.”

A 2013 study determined that some players head the ball up to a dozen times a game, sometimes while the ball is traveling at 50 mph or faster. Even worse, players sometimes head a ball up to 30 times in practice.

Brandi is involved with a group called, Safer Soccer, which prohibits kids under 11 from heading the ball, and limiting heading for kids who are between the ages of 11 and 13.

I wonder if Brandi knows more than she’s letting on. The cynic in me thinks that the timing of the announcement is odd.

Brandi is an American icon. I want her to continue to be an ambassador for youth sports. Her joy and exuberance is forever captured in that photo.

I hope that the cynic in me is wrong, and that Brandi will continue to live a long, and healthy life. If she does have signs of Alzheimer’s disease, I for one am doubly proud of her for leaving her brain to the researchers at Boston University where her greatness will live forever.

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Viki Kind – Helping Families Make Decisions

Viki Kind, The People’s Bioethicist

Discusses Her New Workbook To Help Families Make Decisions

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Today we are lucky to have clinical bioethicist, Viki Kind with us to discuss her new workbook “The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making.”  Viki is known as the “The People’s Bioethicist,” because she is a rare individual who bridges two worlds, that of the health care professional and of the family struggling to make the right decision.

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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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