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The World Dementia Council Needs Our Help

Gathering Global Evidence on Dementia Friendly Programs

The World Dementia Council is leading an international network of organizations to investigate and report on the global evidence base for the delivery of meaningful Dementia Friendly Initiatives (DFIs).

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5 Technological Innovations For Those With Dementia

by Holly Clark

5Technological Innovations for Those With Dementia

Dementia can be terrifying and devastating to both caregivers as well as the loved ones affected by this disease. People with this disease can now feel some relief due to technological advancement which is meant to improve the quality of their lives. This technology can enhance autonomy as well as independence, manage possible risks in homes and get rid of stress.

In this article, we are going to look at the 5 technological innovations for those with Dementia.

1. Communication Aids

Interacting with others is necessary for the quality of life in memory care. Individuals with dementia can remember how an event has made them feel, even if they are unable to recall the faces and names. Technology has simplified the interaction process with loved ones. Adapted telephones are now programmed with contacts that are frequently dialed and usually have bigger buttons which simplify their usage. It’s now possible to stay connected with loved ones who are distant apart via the video chat services.

“Changes in the brain caused by dementia begin years before diagnosis. And throughout this timeframe, there are no clear signsthat that person has dementia.” comments Jane Byrne, Project Coordinator at FirstCare.

2. Electrical applianceuse monitoring

This innovation is meant for caregivers who do not stay together with their loved ones. It controls the use of electrical apparatuses through plugging into a power strip or wall outlet as it will notify caregivers when their appliances have been switched on or off. These technologies do not makethe diagnosis of dementia easy. This disease is yet overwhelming. The dementiais now more manageable; this is due to the innovation in new technologies.

3. Reminder messages

Reminders play an important role as the caregiver does as they help to keep the loved ones safe and also retain their relationships. The recording of these messages is done on a device in the residential area and then played out loud at the most suitable time. Caregivers can record a message that when played reminds an individual to take medication at the appropriate time. Some gadgets are designed to play messages based on individuals activity. Some devices are meant to remind individuals with dementia to lock the front doorwhen leaving home. There are other reminder messages designed to help people with dementia on when to close the door when to go to bed and provide reassurance at times when the caregiver is not present.

4. Home care robots

Technological advancement has led to the invention of home care robots which will help reduce the caregiver duty. They are not designed to replace human caregivers, but instead, they are meant to do overall housework and remind individuals who are suffering from dementia on when to take medication or notify medical experts when assistance is required. With further inventions, home care robots may replace caregivers and handle their responsibility fully.

5. In-home cameras

In-home cameras are another technological innovation that is meant to enhance the safety of your loved ones from a distance. By either positioning the camera focusing on medication or in the entrance room can increase your confidence as you are sure your loved one is taking the necessary medication and also active. These cameras can monitor movements and also enable one to communicate with his or her loved one. It will also notify you if no movements have been detected for a particular period.

About the Author –

Holly Clark has been working in the care industry for 5+ years as a project coordinator. She regularly blogs about both the personal and practical challenges of caring and is always actively working on producing informative content. Holly is currently writing for Firstcare.

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See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “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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In Honor of Susan Suchan

One voice that has been significantly missed this past year is Susan Suchan.  She lived her life fully even when diagnosed with dementia. We continue to celebrate her birthday and the love, compassion and dear friendship she brought into our lives.

Through Death,

Our Connection Remains

It was an honor to work with Susan on Dementia Chats.  Her insights were brilliant and her laughter contagious.

A few of us gathered to honor what would have been Susan’s 62nd birthday.  Please watch and feel free to share Susan’s life and the impact she had on others.  Remember each one of us have the opportunity to lift and inspire others by sharing our authentic self with one another, just as Susan did.


For poems by Mary Radnofsky read on the above video Click Below: https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/images/Poetry/2_poems_mary_R_about_susan_suchan.pd

To see Truthful’s blog on Susan Click Below: https://truthfulkindness.com/memoriam/susan-suchan/

You never knew what would happen next….

A Bit More About Susan

Susan Suchan was the mother of two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren. She was a nurse for 23 years and was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD) at the age of 48; an additional diagnosis of Frontotemporal dementia(FTD)/Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). Susan advocated for and about the “lived experience”, working to change perceptions, stigma and help bring to life, and the realness of her disease process. She has had the opportunity to speak Nationally and locally. Susan was awaiting the release of a documentary featuring her life, showing the effects on friends and family relationships, finances and end of life discussions. The film is called, “Susan’s Story” and is still in need of funds to complete.

Here Are Some of Our Dementia Chats Sessions Featuring Susan

Help Make “Susan’s Story” a Documentary, a Reality 

In honor of what would have been Susan Suchan’s 62nd birthday, her family and the producers of the documentary, invite you to help complete the film.  The documentary is in post-production and the final $125,000 is still needed to complete the film. 

Please contact Russ Kirkpatrick, the Producer/Director of the film, if you have questions or would like to make a contribution. Tax deductible contributions can be made to one of two 501(c)(3) organizations associated with the film. 

Contact information: russ@kkp.film

Link to the trailer of Susan’s Story: https://vimeo.com/302739507

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Alzheimer’s Music Fest Expands in Fun Ways

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Thursday July 19th, 2018

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

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Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio chats with Vince Zangaro, founder of Alzheimer’s Music Fest regarding its expanded vision and his journey with his father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over 10 years ago at the age of 62.  Vince was only 29 at the time and little did he know his world would completely change.

I was honored to be part of the Alzheimer’s Music Fest several years ago and had the chance to meet Vince and see this amazing man in action.

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http://alzheimersmusicfest.org/

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https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersMusicFest/

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Vince Zangaro vincezangaro@gmail.com

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Quality Memory Care – Myth or Magic?

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Quality Memory Care Myth or Magic?


Thursday, June 28th, 2018 – Lori La Bey host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio talks with Tommaso Commarano, Programming Director & Events Manager and Jessica Boonstra, Resident Services Coordinator both part of the Abiitan team at the Terraces. Their discussion will focus on the Abiitan difference in the Terraces Memory Care along with how they attract and keep quality staff.  In addition, Ruth Colby who is a wife of a former Memory Care resident.will join us. 

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Contact The Terraces of Abiitan:

Website:  https://www.theterracesatabiitan.org/index

Website:  https://www.abiitan.org

Phone:  Vicki Gunderson (612) 418-5994

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Healthcare Advocacy – Becoming a Powerful Patient Partner™

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Talks with

Tiffany Mathews on 

Powerful Patient Partner™

Tuesday – May 8th, 2018

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

Lori La Bey the host and founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks will be talking with Tiffany Matthews who is founder & CEO of Live Better Boomer! also known as LBB!,  Tiffany  is a  Healthcare Advocate. who delivers products and services to educate and empower patients and their care partners to manage their care confidently and correctly in our current and confusing healthcare system. She will share how her Grandmother served as an inspiration to launch LBB!.

Contact Tiffany Matthews​:

Phone: 215 260 7782                    Website: LBBhealthcareadvocacy.com 

                           Join her Facebook Group, The Caregiver & Patient Protection Project at www.Facebook.com/groups/LBBcap3www.LBBhealthcareadvocacy.com

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Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge Washington

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