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Is It Possible To Be A Happy Healthy Caregiver ?

Monday – Nov. 1st, 2021 –4pm EDT, 3pm CDT, 2pm MDT, 1pm PDT & 8pm London GMT, 10pm South Africa SAST, and on the 2nd at 7am in Australia AEDT

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Our Host, Lori La Bey will be talking with Elizabeth Miller who is a family caregiver advocate, speaker, author, and Certified Caregiving Consultant. She has personal experiences caring for aging parents with chronic and terminal illnesses and for a sibling with developmental disabilities whom all inspired her to create Happy Healthy Caregiver in 2015. Today we will learn more about her services of coaching, speaking, podcast, book, and online community, Elizabeth helps family caregivers infuse caregiving and self-care with their busy lives.

We are live today so call in and join the conversation. 

Ask your questions or make a comment at (323) 870-4602

Contact Elizabeth Miller

Website:  https://happyhealthycaregiver.com/

Contact Lori La Bey  with questions, branding needs or visit www.AlzheimersSpeaks.com

Be Our Next Guest. Email us at Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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ARTS & DEMENTIA EDUCATIONAL PANEL:

After receiving multiple requests to formally continue to highlight the artwork of those living with dementia, The Arts & Dementia Educational Panel will formally launch this November. All levels of artists and all types of art are welcome. Our goal is to elevate panelists work and ability to create beauty in many forms. They will share examples of various types of art they participate in, how, and why they started, what they have learned, and what they personally get out of making art. Panelists, do not have to attend all sessions.

Anyone living with dementia interested in participating, please reach out to Lori La Bey via email, or Private message her on FaceBook

Below is an Example of What the ARTS & DEMENTIA PANEL Will Explore & Share

As you will see from the sample video above, conversations are comfortable, casual, and fascinating. We have so much to learn from one another. All recordings will be prerecorded and published to Alzheimer’s Speaks YouTube channel with a specific playlist channel for easy access. Each episode will be pushed out on Alzheimer’s Speaks social media channels as well.

Anyone living with dementia interested in participating in the ARTS & DEMENTIA EDUCATIONAL PANEL please reach out to:

Lori La Bey via email, or on FaceBook

Dementia Chats is a series of video conversations where we talk with the true experts on dementia, those living with a diagnosis. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation and is amazed by every conversation what she learns about life with dementia. She encourages everyone not only to watch these videos, but to include those living with dementia in conversations and to listen closely to their insights. They know dementia better than anyone.

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Upcoming Public Events Lori La Bey Will Be At:

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

Plymouth International Virtual Dementia Conference

Wednesday 3 November | 13:00–16:30Day

Wednesday 10 November | 13:00–16:30

More Information to Come

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

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Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

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A Tribute to Our Friend and Advocate Paulan Gordon

The above video is in Memory of Paulan Gordon a good friend to many and a global advocate who lived with vascular dementia. Paulan was fearless and progressive in her mission to improve dementia care & support. She helped people understand what stigmas where attached to a diagnosis of dementia and routinely educated people how to recognize and reduce stigmas through inclusion and giving people hope that living well with dementia was possible.

This video was pulled together in collaboration of three organizations which Paulan was actively involved in: Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), Dementia Mentors, and Alzheimer’s Speaks. We thank all of the individuals that shared their love and respect for Paulan Gordon and her advocacy.

Donate to Honor Paulan Gordon’s Advocacy Work

1) Donate at www.daanow.org
2) Click on the Donate Tab
3) Select the amount & complete your information
4) In Comment Box, note “In Memory of Paulan Gordon”

The Paulan’s family will be notified of your donation.

Click on Paulan Gordon Legacy to read a beautiful Tribute to Paulan, which includes so many videos of her work.

Above is a Video Shared by Paulan Gordon’s Family

Contact Lori La Bey  with questions, branding needs or visit www.AlzheimersSpeaks.com

Be Our Next Guest. Email us at Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

All Shows are Archived

ARTS & DEMENTIA EDUCATIONAL PANEL:

After receiving multiple requests to formally continue to highlight the artwork of those living with dementia, The Arts & Dementia Educational Panel will formally launch this November. All levels of artists and all types of art are welcome. Our goal is to elevate panelists work and ability to create beauty in many forms. They will share examples of various types of art they participate in, how, and why they started, what they have learned, and what they personally get out of making art. Panelists, do not have to attend all sessions.

Anyone living with dementia interested in participating, please reach out to Lori La Bey via email, or Private message her on FaceBook

Below is an Example of What the ARTS & DEMENTIA PANEL Will Explore & Share

As you will see from the sample video above, conversations are comfortable, casual, and fascinating. We have so much to learn from one another. All recordings will be prerecorded and published to Alzheimer’s Speaks YouTube channel with a specific playlist channel for easy access. Each episode will be pushed out on Alzheimer’s Speaks social media channels as well.

Anyone living with dementia interested in participating in the ARTS & DEMENTIA EDUCATIONAL PANEL please reach out to:

Lori La Bey via email, or on FaceBook

Dementia Chats is a series of video conversations where we talk with the true experts on dementia, those living with a diagnosis. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation and is amazed by every conversation what she learns about life with dementia. She encourages everyone not only to watch these videos, but to include those living with dementia in conversations and to listen closely to their insights. They know dementia better than anyone.

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Upcoming Public Events Lori La Bey Will Be At:

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

Plymouth International Virtual Dementia Conference

Day 1: Wednesday 27 October | 13:00–16:30Day

2: Wednesday 3 November | 13:00–16:30Day

3: Wednesday 10 November | 13:00–16:30

More Information to Come

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial


Find A Memory Café In Your Area

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

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Sleep Deprivation & Sundowning: Is There a Connection?

Thursday – June 10th, 2021 – 2pm EDT, 1pm CDT, 12pm MDT, 11am PDT & 7pm London BST, 8pm South Africa SAST, and on the 11th at 4am in Australia AEST

Our Host, Lori La Bey will be talking with Cathy Braxton who is the Owner, Educator, and Content Creator of www.improv4caregivers.com which was formally Silver Dawn.   Cathy believes in creating thought-provoking educational content. She has unapologetic style, which allows caregivers to dig deep into empathy while providing a safe space for exploration and learning.  Cathy leverages the important foundational rules of improv to communicate and connection with her audience and team members.

Cathy is a Registered Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and a Certified in the Neurobiology of Sleep through the University of Michigan. Her commentary titled “The Rules of Engagement” has been published in the Peer Reviewed Seniors Housing & Care Journal. She is the co-author of “Start with Yes” and a blogger for The Chicago Tribune. Cathy has been in the aging industry over 20 years managing memory care units, directing activity programs, providing case management and service coordination, and facilitating support groups.

Contact Cathy Braxton

Email:  improv4caregivers@gmail.com

Website: www.improv4caregivers.com

Phone:   630-696-5985

Join Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and Learn More!

Be Our Next Guest. Email us at Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

All Shows are Archived

Dementia Chats is a series of video conversations where we talk with the true experts on dementia, those living with a diagnosis. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation and is amazed by every conversation what she learns about life with dementia. She encourages everyone not only to watch these videos, but to include those living with dementia in conversations and to listen closely to their insights. They know dementia better than anyone.

Above: Seed Funding for 3 Challenges $50,000 to $100,000

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Calling All Senior Living Communities – Join The Challenge!

Upcoming Public Events Lori La Bey Will Be At:

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial


Find A Memory Café In Your Area

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

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The Benefits of Arts & Dementia: Told by Those Living with Dementia

Wednesday – June 9th, 2021 – 2pm EDT, 1pm CDT, 12pm MDT, 11am PDT & 7pm London BST, 8pm South Africa SAST, and on the 10th at 4am in Australia AEST

Watch The Interview Below

The Benefits of Arts & Dementia As Told by Those Living with Dementia

Today Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation with the true experts, those living with a diagnosis of dementia. Get inspired and amazed as we speak to people diagnosed with a variety of dementias as they share some of their art projects with us. You will learn when they got involved with art and the benefits they find in participating in exploring the world of art.

Listen To The Interview Below

FaceBook Group by Dementia Action Alliance US: Arts & Dementia

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Dementia Chats is a series of video conversations where we talk with the true experts on dementia, those living with a diagnosis. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation and is amazed by every conversation what she learns about life with dementia. She encourages everyone not only to watch these videos, but to include those living with dementia in conversations and to listen closely to their insights. They know dementia better than anyone.

Above: Seed Funding for 3 Challenges $50,000 to $100,000

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Calling All Senior Living Communities – Join The Challenge!

Upcoming Public Events Lori La Bey Will Be At:

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial


Find A Memory Café In Your Area

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

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What’s your Plan? Legal Considerations when Facing a Dementia Diagnosis

Wednesday – May 26th, 2021 –2pm EDT, 1pm CDT, 12pm MDT, 11am PDT & 7pm London BST, 8pm South Africa SAST, and on the 27th at 4am in Australia AEST

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio has partnered with the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team to provide resource information for caregivers and people living with dementia during the pandemic.

Lori La Bey will be talking with Leah R. Gilbert, Attorney who has her own private practice; Gilbert Legal, PLLC.  Leah’s firm focuses on estate planning, post-death administration, and elder law.  She works with families and businesses alike, assisting her clients with disability planning, succession planning, entity planning, tax planning, and long-term care planning.  

Join us and learn more!

Can’t Make the Live Radio Show? Listen Later – Click Below

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Be Our Next Guest on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

Contact Leah Gilbert, Attorney

Website:   www.gilbertlegal.org

Email:  leah@gilbertlegal.org

Phone:  952-567-9905

Located in Waconia, Minnesota 55387

Series #1 – Caring and Coping During the Pandemic Playlist (Episodes 1- 8)

Series #2 – Caring and Coping During the Pandemic Playlist (Episodes 1- 6)

Contact Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team:

Website: https://www.cityofroseville.com/2721/Alzheimers-Dementia

Email:  RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com

Contact Lori La Bey with questions or branding needs at Alzheimer’s Speaks  www.AlzheimersSpeaks.com

Seed Funding for 3 Challenges by Maude’s Ventures – $50,000 to $100,000

Please Help Spread the Word of this Wonderful Opportunity!

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Calling All Senior Living Communities – Join The Challenge!

Upcoming Public Events Lori La Bey Will Be At:

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

“Stress, Dementia & Gratitude.”

Dementia Chats is a series of video conversations where we talk with the true experts on dementia, those living with a diagnosis. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation and is amazed by every conversation what she learns about life with dementia. She encourages everyone not only to watch these videos, but to include those living with dementia in conversations and to listen closely to their insights. They know dementia better than anyone.


Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

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Free Webiniar- You Can’t Know What You Don’t Know – Explore Dementia Resources

Can’t Make the Live Radio Show? Listen Later

Be Our Next Guest on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

All Shows are Archived

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Due to the great response we are getting to Dementia Map, we are making it easier for people to learn more about all the features of the site. We have set up group sessions for individuals and organizations to attend and learn more about how to maximize your exposure through Dementia Map.

Learn how and why this directory is critical to those living with dementia, their family & friends, as well as professionals in the industry.

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial


Find A Memory Café In Your Area

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Downloadable Tips Below

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Why Dementia Map Global Resource Directory Is More Than The Name Implies

Tuesday – Dec 15th, 2020 -2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST & 6pm London, 8pm South Africa and on the 16th at 5am in Australia AET

Lori La Bey talks with Dave Wiederrich Co-founder of Dementia Map Global Resource Directory. The two have had fun building out this 36-year-old vision of Lori’s to connect people to the services, products, tools, and knowledge sources they deserve.  They will tell you how they came to work together, how their skill sets complement one another making the development of Dementia Map very purposeful and multi-faceted.

Learn about the four major sections of the website: Resource Directory, Event Calendar, Guides, and Blog. If you have a resource to share check out the three plan: Starter (free), PRO ($365/yr) and FEATURE ($800/yr). Take advantage of the Launch50 discount code which is available for a limited time and offers members 50% off plans annual pricing.

Check Out Plans & Pricing

Learn how and why this directory is critical to those living with dementia, their family & friends, as well as professionals in the industry.

Call in and chat with us at 323-870-4602

Live Demo Tours

of Dementia Map Global Resource Directory with Lori La Bey

Due to the great response we are getting to Dementia Map, we are making it easier for people to learn more about all the features of the site. We have set up group sessions for individuals and organizations to attend and learn more about how to maximize your exposure through Dementia Map.

Register for a Live Demo Tour of Dementia Map on Zoom!

Contact Dave Wiederrich

Email  dave@dementiamap.com

Website  https://www.dementiamap.com/

Plans & Pricing https://www.dementiamap.com/pricing/

Also Check Out the Memory Café Directory   https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

Be Our Next Guest

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

Today Lori La Bey, founder of Dementia Chats and Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation with the true experts, those living with a diagnosis of dementia. Lori has always understood the importance of listening to those living with an illness and she wants to share their voices with you.

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Downloadable Tips Below

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Gains Alzheimer's Trail - Premiere on Alzheimer's Speaks YouTube Channel

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Poem: The One’s in Blue – Written by a Nurse

The One’s in Blue

I know I should remember my name and how to dress, Yet I cannot fathom why I remember less and less.

Last week I went out shopping and

forgot where I called home,

I didn’t know where or who I was, I forgot I had a phone.

You are also getting tired, it’s plain for all to see, and I am not the same person, i am no longer ‘me’.

I cannot control my emotions, I shout out hit and curse, That’s why they came and got me, that’s where I met that nurse.

I can no longer tell you where I am or what is meant to be, But I do know that those ones in blue are there to look after me.

They help me with my clothes, they help me brush my hair, They help me try to understand why you’re no longer there.

I now feel less stupid by those ones dressed in blue, They care they love they laugh, my tears now falling few.

They point you out in photos, and talk of our life had, My memories of us together no longer feeling sad.

Our lives have turned out different, this was never part of our plan, But those ones wearing blue have turned “I can’t” into “i can”.

About Maria Weeks:

After qualifying as a registered nurse in 2019, she worked within a hospital ward setting until recently moving into a role within a nursing home on a dementia unit. Although she felt she would miss the clinical chaos of the wards, maria has been nothing but astounded at the level of care the care/nurse staff provide on a daily basis on the dementia unit. She wrote this poem as an example of how the staff here can transform a life lost to honour a ‘life lived’.

Maria Weeks – mariadzioba@hotmail.com

It’s Almost Here:

Do you think you know what we are rolling out tomorrow? If so, submit your guess via comments and you will find out tomorrow if you are right! Either way, check back for some exciting news!

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

Accepting Dementia in Your Life

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Downloadable Tips Below

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Gains Alzheimer's Trail - Premiere on Alzheimer's Speaks YouTube Channel

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Poem – REMEMBERING MARY

REMEMBERING MARY by Phil Ginsburg

In the end maybe it doesn’t matter that they never wrote back
That he didn’t apologize
That the salsa stain on your cardigan never came out
That your dreams fell asleep in the womb
That you were often passed over
passed by and never learned to conjugate verbs in the past perfect,

That you lost your will to live but kept on living

Failed geometry twice
Never did Vegan, never did Vegas

Never did what they told you,
Never told them what you did

Never got what you deserved
Never deserved what you got

That you flossed twice a day
Took your blood pressure meds regularly

Watched your sodium intake,
The nightly news
Once snoozed three Facebook friends

Never saw Elton John perform live
Or viewed Lenin’s dead body.

In the end what does matter is the day when Mary’s DNA pressed the
SELECT ALL option on the keyboard of her cerebellum

Then its index fingerprint on the DELETE KEY

Making one last withdrawal from Mary’s memory bank

Maybe it does matter
How two days after that
Mary’s husband Bernie sat at table
With a half eaten English muffin and a Kodak Moment photo of their summer Vacation in the Costwolds decades ago

He reminded Mary of a pub where they dined on Sheep Street

And how the One who is able to restore the heavenly Manna of memory
Will, in the end, make all things new

Even perhaps offering them both a platter of Bangers and Mash in Paradise

At that moment something lit up in the dark hallways of Mary’s hippocampus

And, after not speaking a complete phrase in sixteen months, suddenly blurted

“Bangers and Mash? I had almost forgotten how much I loathe that dish”

Mary never spoke again after that

At the church. during Mary’s brother’s solemn eulogy
Bernie remembered his wife’s last words and broke out, in what some described unholy spasms of laughter

It was an awkward moment, to be sure

But Bernie didn’t care

In the end, he reasoned, maybe it doesn’t matter if there’s Bangers and Mash in Paradise

He’ll have Mary again

And, hopefully, maybe some decent Chinese takeout.

Author Byline:

Phil Ginsburg is a playwright/poet who lives in Colorado Springs, CO.  His most recent theater piece is a virtual play entitled “Voices Beyond the Veil” that can be viewed on VillageArts.AnywhereSeat.com “Remembering Mary” is a work prompted by witnessing the effects of Alzheimer’s on several friends in his life.

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

Accepting Dementia in Your Life

2 FREE SERVICE OFFERS BELOW

For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Downloadable Tips Below

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Gains Alzheimer's Trail - Premiere on Alzheimer's Speaks YouTube Channel

Read Full Post »

Poem: Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

by Jane Locker Willis

You understand, don’t you

that I no longer do?

But my eyes smile just the same,

yet I can’t recall your name.

Have I met you before,

how much do you know,

how long will you stay

and why don’t you go?

You understand, don’t you

that I no longer do?

Yet I feed and sleep and eat

just as you do.

My bed is not my own

that much is true.

The nurses come, they go

some old, some new.

You understand, don’t you

that I no longer do?

Unlearning every day

the narrowing of my view.

When you have gone from here

Your memory intact

Write on a card myname

and send it back.

Contact Author Jane Locker Willis

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