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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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Can Nostalgia Really Help to Amplify Dementia Treatment

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Can Nostalgia Really Help

Those Diagnosed With Dementia

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Dementia could be quite depressing for both the person who suffers from it and those who care for them. Is there a way to bring joy into a life of deteriorating mentality? Our guest today, Lori La Bey, will share with us the importance of nostalgia and happy memories when dealing with dementia. Enjoy the show!  READ THE FULL ARTICLE  on Sixty and Me.

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Attorney Turns Travel Companion

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Attorney Sees A Need &

Becomes A Travel Companion

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Carol Giuliani a former attorney with 34 years of experience as a caregiver and 23 years as a professional fiduciary and guardian for the elderly will join us.  Carol will share how she has combined her love of travel with her passion for helping seniors to safely and securely get them to their long distance destinations.

Contact Information For

Carol Giuliani, Owner/ Founder

Senior Travel Companion Services, LLC

Email                      Phone:  952)946-7997

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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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Navigating Barriers & Bridges Between Romania & America

Navigating Barriers & Bridges

Between Romania & America

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Tuesday will have Philip Choban, known as, “Flip”, with us to discuss how he has personally been “Navigating Barriers & Bridges Between Romania & America.” Philip is CEO/Co-Founder of TeleMed Europa and Managing Director of Telios Romania.  He is also the Ambassador in Romania for the Purple Angel Dementia Education Movement and a Certified Alzheimer’s Care-giving Specialist.

Philip is heavily involved in education for Alzheimer’s Disease with a specific focus on care-giving for Alzheimer’s patients. He understands it as he has personally lived it, caring for his wife Carmen. He is also working in conjunction with HealthCare Interactive in the United States to develop a Romanian version of its training curriculum.

Contact Philip Choban:

ppciousa@gmail.com

philip.choban@telios.ro

philip.choban@telemedeuropa.com

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Dementia Destroys Memories – Care Partners Help Preserve Them

I’m looking forward to being back on Blog Talk Radio January 10th, 2017 at 7pm EST, 6pm CST, 5pm MST and 4pm PST . This time I will switch roles and be the guest.

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Regifting – Simple Pleasures

The Joy Of Regifting

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I just love when our community shares

their personal stories!

Here is a note from our good friend Jane Moore after watching  our recent Dementia Chats session on “Moving, Construction and Remodeling” when diagnosed with dementia.

“Very good on Moving, remodeling and construction! I thought you would like to see what I did with my mother’s cherished dolly. Our angel Anita Moran found a new home for her with a lady who had dementia and needed a friend. I felt much better knowing someone would love this doll as mum did! Have a wonderful Christmas Lori and thanks for all your very hard work! xxxxxx”

For those of you who have not watched the latest Dementia Chats, I highly recommend you take the time to do so.  There is wonderful information for those diagnosed, family/friends as well as  professionals.

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