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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: 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.

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Concordia Systems, Inc.
1111 Light Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD  21230
410-484-3883                                
www.SentinelAware.com

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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

2001 West Algonquin Road, Algonquin, IL 60102

RSVP to   847-458-6800

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Proven Whole Person Senior Care

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Whole Person Care

Tuesday Jan 24th, 2017

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

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Today we are lucky to have Joel Theisen, RN, founder and CEO of LifeSprk, has been building a proven whole person model of senior care in healthcare for more than 12 years, which is changing the aging experience. Come join the conversation.  We love hearing your questions and comments.

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952-345-0919

Lifesprk.com

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Gifts Wrapped In Alzheimer’s

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Gifts Wrapped In Alzheimer’s

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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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Making Travel Dreams Come True When Disease Hits

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Making Travel Dreams Come True When Dementia Hits

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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

Today we are lucky to have Kathy Shoaf, a Travel Expert with 20+years of clinical and management experience in Geriatric, Rehabilitation and senior housing as an RN and ATP. She realized after years of counseling with families of our aging seniors that the QUEST to enjoy life “Should Never Have to Stop”. Her ability to overcome Fear and Anxiety about travel… Makes “Bucket-List Dreams come true!

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E-mail address:   Kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com

Phone: 219-608-2002

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Turning A Difficult Diagnosis Into A Defining Moment

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Turning A Difficult Diagnosis Into A Defining Moment

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Bob Savage will join us tomorrow, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.   Bob will talk to us about  how he is dealing with the challenges of being diagnosed as being in the early stages of Alzheimer’s in 2015.  Today we will hear Bob’s story and how he turned a difficult situation into a defining moment in his life.  Once again in Bob life, he is helping others through a troubling time in their own lives by creating community and tapping creative abilities and people with early onset dementia. Join us and learn more.  If you can’t listen live you can always listen afterwards at your convenience.

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Contact Information

BoHello Light Website:  https://hellolightblog.wordpress.com/

Alzheimer’s Resource Center:  www.alzheimersresourcecenter.org

Stephani Shivers, Director of Community Innovations at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center

1261 South Main Street – Plantsville, CT  06479

860.628.3020

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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.  

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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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