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Cruising with Dementia

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Cruising with Dementia

Live Tuesday February 28th, 2017

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

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Dementia: Learning to Shift from Crisis to Comfort

November 11th – 18th, 2017

This cruise is ideal for anyone dealing with or who has dealt with dementia. If you fall into any of these categories, you will find this week-long Bahama’s cruise a must for you and your family.

  • Those diagnosed with early to mid-dementia are welcome to join us with their Care Partner (family, friends and/or professional).
  • Families and friends who have a loved one with dementia
  • Professionals working with those dealing with dementia.
  • Advocates for dementia.

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Join Us as we Relax, Rejuvenate,

Get Educated and Connected

Radio Host, Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks has pulled a very special team together for a one of kind heartfelt cruise filled with fun, life lessons, techniques and insights to assist all parties with understanding and meeting the needs of those dealing with diagnosis.

The team’s goal is to provide a comfortable setting to relax and learn. By coming together as a common community, we can assist individuals, families and friends along with professionals to integrate life with dementia; maximizing moments and identifying and creating joy.  You will learn simple techniques which have a huge impact, which allows individuals to live graciously with the disease. There will be plenty of time to relax and play while you mix in a much-needed vacation in a supportive, uplifting learning atmosphere.

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A Cruise of Hope!

Alzheimer’s Speaks and Kathy Shoaf of Elite Cruises and Vacation have given a lot of thought to this collaboration and are very excited to bring people together for a common cause to learn, share insights and build a new community of support filled with great resources.  Not only will you learn from two dynamos’ shifting dementia care here in the United States, but these two are collaborating with other around the world to give you expansive knowledge and cutting edge information.

A Dynamic Duo at Your Call: 

Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski

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Lori La Bey –

Moving Humanity Forward

Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota based advocacy group making an international impact and providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s.  Her own mother struggled with dementia for over 30 years.

Lori is a highly sought after speaker, trainer, and advocate for new delivery systems and attitudes towards those with memory loss.   In November of 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia.

Lori ignited the fire that sparked what is believed to be the first Memory Café in the U.S. in Roseville, Minnesota in 2011, and the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States, in Watertown, Wisconsin in 2013. She was also involved with the launching of Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative fall of 2016.

Named the “#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s” by Sharecare and Dr. Oz

In the fall of 2015, Lori become a Platinum Sponsor and helped launch the new Hollywood film, “His Neighbor Phil,” which highlights a wide range of emotions families struggle with, as well as the great depths of simple joys while on their path with dementia.  The film and talk back will be part of this cruise.

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Lori is driven to provide a variety of free resources to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose filled lives with dementia.

Lori La Bey’s show, Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is also believed to be the first program dedicated to dementia in the world, along with the first webinar series called, “Dementia Chats™,” whose experts are those diagnosed with the disease.  Her goal is to continue to develop and provide unique delivery systems that have 24/7 access.

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Cyndy Luzinski

A Mover & Shaker making a Difference!

Cyndy Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner. She is a strong advocate for providing person centered dementia care.  Cyndy is especially enthused to help others learn one of the person-centered care approaches called “Contented Dementia” because she has experienced how this simple approach makes remarkable differences in the lives of those who use it.  She enjoys one on one consultation with families and facilitating a Dementia Care Partners’ support group and two Memory Cafes in Fort Collins, CO.  She is passionate about helping people discover that there is still a lot of living to do and joy to be shared even when dementia becomes part of the life journey.  Cyndy is the founder of the volunteer initiative to build and sustain “Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado.”

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Actively Changing How Caregiving is

Perceived, Received and Delivered

Lori La Bey and/or Cyndy Luzinski will facilitate discussions with those who know the disease best, as part of our team is living with a dementia diagnosis!

Yes, You Read that Right

You will be shocked and grateful for the honesty and insights you will gain from those living with the disease.  Each Expert Panelist is an international advocate.

Expert Panelists are International Advocates

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Michael Ellenbogen

An International Dementia Advocate & Connector

Michael is currently in his mid-fifties. Michael was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 49. He no longer can work and had to give up his career as a high-level manager in Information Technology. Michael now spend his time increasing awareness of this disease, and works to increase funding for research. He also wrote a book called, “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s,”  Which outlines his experience with Alzheimer’s.  Michael serves on the Leadership Board for Dementia Action Alliance and is a Dementia Advisor for USAgainstAlzheimer’s.

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Laurie Scherrer

Teaches Us How to Live Beyond the Diagnosis

Laurie was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s & FTD in August of 2013. Unable to continue a professional career she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey. She is a Dementia Mentor and active in many support groups. On her website, dementiadaze.com Laurie shares her feelings, challenges and symptoms in hopes of encouraging other Persons with Dementia to explore a life well lived with disease. Laurie is on the technology committee for Dementia Action Alliance.

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Harry Urban

A Calming Voice in Trying Times

Harry has been living with dementia for 12 years.  Since his diagnosis, he has become a worldwide advocate for change through his Facebook Pages called “Forget me Not,” his blog and collaborations.  Harry is a voice that inspires us all.

Each of our Experts living with dementia is a founding member of Dementia Chats™ a free webinar series which discusses everyday topics and has brilliant insights to help those diagnosed and those dealing with dementia live better together.  Dementia Chats Mission is to Shift Our Dementia Care Culture™. Our goal is to remove stigmas related to the disease by engaging people in conversation, answering their questions, listening to their comments and raising awareness in a positive light. We are firm believers in giving hope and empowering others to live with the disease not as the disease.

Receive Resources, Tips & Tools

In addition to having a great time while you meet others with similar interests, you will receive access to resources, tips and tools to help you live better with and alongside dementia. Join us as we set sail together to become dementia friendly.

Learn About the New Global Symbol

for Dementia

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The Purple Angel symbolizes a guardian over those living with dementia, their families and friends and those helping to raise awareness of the disease. The Purple Angel Project became embraced by individuals and organizations around the world and so the globe was added to show the impact and collaboration of this movement.  Now, there is one symbol representing a global message raising awareness, hope and empowerment for all people living with dementia, their families and care partners.

Join Us as We Set Sail to

Shift from Crisis to Comfort Together

Our Itinerary and Tentative Progaming

Nov. 11th, 2017, Saturday – Private Cocktail Party prior to dinner

Ft. Lauderdale – Head Out to Sea

Nov 12th, 2017, Sunday – Time TBD – Am Devotion

Bahama’s       9:30am- 11:30am Program

Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 13th, 2017, Monday –  Time TBD – Am Devotion

At Sea      9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:30pm – 3:30pm Program

Nov. 14th, 2017, Tuesday –  Time TBD – Am Devotion

San Juan    9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 15th, 2017, Wednesday – Time TBD – Am Devotion

St Thomas    Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 16th, 2017, Thursday – Time TBD – Am Devotion

 At Sea   9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:30pm – 3:30pm Program

Nov. 17th, 2017, Friday –       Time TBD – Am Devotion

Half Moon Cay Private Island       10:00 – 11:30am Impromptu Memory Café’s on the Island

Optional Land Excursions

Nov.18th, 2017, Saturday –      Depart Ship

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Make Your Reservations Now

Contact Kathy Shoaf

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Phone: 219-608-2002 

Website:   EliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.com

E-mail:   Kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com

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Leveraging Medical Fitness to Boost Quality of Living

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Live Feb. 28th, 2017

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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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Talking Dementia

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Talking Dementia

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Tuesday we will have Dr. Macie P. Smith, a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Social Work Case Manager, and a Social Worker in Gerontology.  Dr Macie has over 17 years of experience working with aging and vulnerable populations in South Carolina. She serves as an Adjunct Faculty and a Subject Matter Expert on the collegiate level in the areas of social work, social sciences, and public health. She has also appeared in several editions of Faculty Matters Magazine.

Contact Information For

info@dtconsultant.org

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Valentines Day: The Side Not Talked About

Valentines Day  –

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The Darker Side

Most people think of love, happiness and joy on Valentines Day. The day is wrapped around those currently in our life as we celebrate our relationships.  Tokens of love like flowers, chocolate and jewelry allowing those feeling to linger, but for many others Valentines Day can be extremely painful.

The loss of a loved one in our life can trigger thoughts of longing for what once was.  Grief can take hold as tears roll down ones face and and the heart longs for the precious connection it once had. The longing of physical touch; a kiss, a hug or just holding hands is no longer possible.

For some, the pain of loss lingers way past the day marked on the calendar as Valentines Day.  For some, each and every holiday triggers the loss of the physical presence of the one they loved.

Earlier this week, I was in Indiana and Illinois at three Clarendale properties doing screenings of “His Neighbor Phil.” At the last screening, a woman in the audience can up and gave me a beautiful poem about love and loss. I wanted to share it with all of you.

The Poem is Titled

“Grief is the Price of Love”

The Author is Unknown

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May this poem give those grieving some peace of mind and heart knowing the greatest gift one can receive in a life time, comes with two price tags…. grief and gratitude.

May we all be lucky enough to love so deeply and completely to feel both “grief for a great love” knowing it’s “sister gratitude” will help fill the holes in our heart and help us find peace in our life once again.

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A CAREGIVER’S VALENTINE

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A CAREGIVER’S VALENTINE

-Karen Brenner, Author of You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello”  

                                              

We were impossibly young and so beautiful

When we met and fell in love.

You were the cool guy from the big city,

I was the shy small town girl.

 

I bring you photographs of those days long ago.

You look at me and smile and ask me who those people are.

I take your hand.

It is warm and strong in mine.

 

You don’t remember but you know that we belong together.

I tell you the stories of those two young people.

You listen intently and study their faces.

And look into my face with wonder in your eyes.

 

I have come to understand that it doesn’t matter

that you no longer remember who we were then.

It only matters that we can sit and hold hands

While I tell you stories of those two young lovers:

You and Me

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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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