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One City Shares How & Why It Became Dementia Friendly

Roseville, Minnesota

Works Hard at Be Dementia Friendly

The Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team    (Rsvl A/D) has accomplished a lot since it launched in September of 2013.

  • They have partnered with the city of Roseville, MN who has dedicated a page on their official website to the Rsvl A/D efforts, which is believed to be the first of it’s kind int he county.
  • They have been providing regular free and highly attended speakers series called Caring and Coping which provides education to the public.
  • They have partnered with the Ramsey County Libraries, who now host events, have developed a kit for families dealing with dementia called Memory Minders and who will be rolling out a Memory Cafe to boot!
  • They pull together and disseminate educational and events in the community.
  • They have a list of various types of support groups for those diagnosed, their care partners and those both can attend together.
  • They post activities such as arts, music, dance, exercise, outings, memory cafés, social opportunities… for care partners and individuals diagnosed with dementia.
  • Developed a Caregiver Survey in conjunction with the University of Minnesota
  • Developed a new initiative called Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry program, for former caregivers and current care partners nearing the end of their journey. these groups offer an opportunity to move forward in life.  Partnerships with the School 623 District and the New Life Presbyterian Church made it possible to offer this program.
  • Offering a variety of resources for caregivers and those diagnosed like: Advance Care Planning, Caregiver Coaching, Support Groups, Activities for People with Memory Loss and Their Caregivers, Respite & Adult Day Services, Research Opportunities, Grief Support, Safety Tips,  Travel Documents and Procedures, Shared Resource Tools and Social Work Assistance.

As a national speaker, media outlet and member of this group, Lori La Bey is honored to share this information with individuals and organizations not just in our country but around the world.

Below are videos from:

  • The City Manager of Roseville, MN
  • A Lieutenant for the Roseville Police Department in MN
  • The Battalion Chief of the Roseville Fire Department in MN
  • The Branch Manager of the Shoreview Library, part of the Ramsey County Library system in MN
  • The Coordinator for the Roseville Area Senior Program which is part of the 622 School District in MN

Each of the above have joined the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team to improve the cities dementia care culture.

Watch and listen to their thoughts on why it’s important to become part of the Dementia Friendly Movement.

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Hear from Families the Impact Roseville Has Had On Them

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Dementia: Two Different Perspectives

Dementia:

Two Different Perspectives

These poems work in response to each other, one being from the perspective of my grandmother who died from complications with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and one being from my perspective seeing her at the nursing home.

“(Un)Familiar”

by Allison Budaj 

What is this place I cannot seem to leave?

Exit near, the flight I cannot achieve.

When did I get here? From where did I come?

Hard to recall in this ceaseless doldrums.

Who are these confined people all around?

Their fate like mine to this place ever bound.

Who is this girl by me in this bleak place?

A very calming, familiar sweet face.

Who is this child holding my hand in hers?

Seems so kind but her name I am unsure.

I do not know this girl they call my kin.

Her gaze fixed as tears glide around her chin.

Why do I not have a thought of her name?

May never know but love her all the same.

 

“(Un)Recognizable”

by Allison Budaj

Not my Nina, the woman before me,

Head hanging low without much joy or glee.

Not my Nina, laughing in days gone by,

Body broke from memory gone awry.

A hollow shell of the person I knew,

Her gaunt eyes still a radiating hue.

She looks up at me with a puzzled stare,

Her mind trying to guess me standing there.

As if she knows, her scowl curls to a smile,

Eyes burst into tears, been such a long while.

With this beaming grin years melt from her face,

How could we leave you in such a bleak place?

Mom says it’s best, she is beyond our care,

Turning to leave with heartbreak, I can’t bear.

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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

Click here for the Symposium Program

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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Stop Asking How Her Day Was

Stop Asking How Her Day Was

by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

“How was your day, Mom?”  “What did you have for lunch, Uncle Jim?”  When a loved one with a dementia diagnosis resides in a nursing home or an assisted living community, caregivers often struggle during their visits. Well-meaning caregivers typically attempt to have a regular conversation with their older loved one, forgetting that this person no longer has the ability to reason or to control impulses, and often will not even remember who the visitor is.  This person with dementia also often misunderstands questions or is unable to articulate answers that make sense to the caregiver. Boredom and frustration result for both the caregiver and the person with dementia.

It’s essential for caregivers to embrace new ways of socializing during a nursing home or assisted living visit. Some television is fine, particularly if it is a show or movie that is in the patient’s long-term memory (think Gone with the Wind or Lawrence of Arabia for someone in their eighties or nineties). But to truly connect and engage the person with dementia, caregivers should embrace activity instead of conversation.

Many persons with advanced dementia, whether male or female, tend to most appreciate interaction and visits with others that are what I would call “dude-like.” While certainly not true of all boys and men, the vast majority of males in our society do not necessarily need to talk to each other to enjoy each other’s company. A woman often doesn’t get it when her husband goes to a baseball game with a buddy, and they never talk about that buddy’s impending divorce. The two men simply enjoy watching the baseball game together, and that is the way her husband is there for his buddy. Extensive conversation is not always necessary, nor is it always welcome. When trying to connect with your older loved one who has dementia, try to think of two dudes hanging out—no matter the gender of either party.

Often you are going to have the most satisfying experience with loved ones who have dementia when you do an activity with them rather than initiate a discussion. While persons with dementia may not be able to speak, they still might be able to sing. Music penetrates the long-term memory, and many persons with dementia can sing along, tap their feet, or even dance to an old favorite tune. (Think the Temptations’ “My Girl” or The Rolling stones’ “You Can’t Always get What You Want” for patients in their sixties or seventies.)

Try some art activities. If your older loved one knitted before she was diagnosed, maybe she still can. She also may be able to paint, draw or garden. If your older loved one enjoys animals, bring your dog to her nursing home or assisted living and let her pet Rover.  Go out for a walk and look at the fall foliage or enjoy the beautiful sunset together. Give Mom a manicure, massage her back or just hold her hand.  Listen to talk radio.  This can be a super activity for those older than 70 as listening to radio shows will be familiar in the long term memory. Sometimes just sitting together without the pressure of having to come up with questions or discussion topics can be very relaxing for you both.  It takes some getting used to, but eventually you will be more comfortable with silence.

Obviously there will be trial and error to see which activities your loved one responds to most favorably.  But typically an activity or spending quiet time together is going to be more satisfying for both of you than asking her how her day was.

Thanks for reading this excerpt of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP!  The founder of Jenerations Health Education,  Jennifer is also an instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program and has been an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland for a decade.  You can reach her at www.jenniferfitzpatrick.com.   To purchase Cruising Through Caregiving

 

Click Below & Follow The Radio ShowDementia Cruise of Compassion & Camaraderie

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

Click here for the Symposium Program

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

Click Below to Download the Tips

Insights from Arthur’s 

Here is One of Many Free Tips

Push Research Forward. Join the A-List

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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Movement that Matters With Dementia

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

With Katy Bowman

Thursday October 5th, 2017

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

Lori La Bey was lucky enough to meet Katy Bowman in California this summer at Maria Shriver’s “Move for Minds” Event in Orange County.  She was so impressed with her work and outlook, she immediately asked Katy if she would consider being a guest on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio.  Lori wanted her to share her insights with our audience.  We are thrilled she said YES!

Katy Bowman is part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover and shaker.  She has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role of “Nutritious Movement” and how it plays out in the body and in the world.

Website 

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Instagram: NutritiousMovement

Twitter: @NutritiousMvmnt

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How Relationships Change with a MCI Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

With Cheryl Stevenson on

  How Relationships Change

with a MCI Diagnosis

Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

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

Tuesday, Oct 3rd, Lori La Bey will interview Cheryl Stevenson who is 59 years old and has been living with a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) for several years. Cheryl will share how her relationships have changed with family, friends and even dating. She will openly talk about strategies and insights as well as share some of her poetry with us.

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Young Onset Dementia

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Young Onset Dementia with

Dr. Dan Nightingale and Tracey Maxfield

Today we are going to discuss a topic which raises a lot of fear and also takes people by surprise – Young Onset Dementia.  We are feeling grateful to have with us Dr. Dan Nightingale, a world leading clinical dementia specialist in the US and U.K. and  Tracey Maxfield who is an RN, Dementia Consultant, Educator and Advocate.

Dr. Dan’s Website     

Dr Dan’s Email 

Tracey’s  Phone: 250-826-3535

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Selfcare: Stress, Empathy & Sympathy

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Selfcare: Stress, Empathy & Sympathy

with Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

Today Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, a licensed clinical psychologist joins us.  He has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Ciaramicoli has written numerous books and has appeared on national TV shows like CNN, Fox News Boston, Good Morning America Weekend, The O’Reilly Report, and other shows.  His latest book, The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience was recently published in China.

Contact Information for Dr. Ciaramicoli:

Book: “The Stress Solution”

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