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Musician’s Record 4 Songs on Dementia & Caregiving

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Awareness Songs

bakhus_4_songs_coverBakhus Saba, a caregiver himself for his mother with dementia and his musicians Friends co-wrote 4 Songs to help advocate for Dementia/Alzheimer’s. They are now available on CD Baby -4 Artist’s come together to bring awareness to Dementia/Alzheimer’s through music. John Law sings (The Laws) Still a Child a song on how difficult it is to place a loved one in Long term care. You Are Here Karen Morand sings a song about Younger Onset. Joan Charette sings Love is the Cure a song about couples facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s, and David Light Sings Stay for a Little While bringing out the message how visits by Children to loved ones living with Dementia is so important in their daily lives.

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The Forgiving and The Forgetting: Hope and Healing for Alzheimer’s

The Forgiving and The Forgetting

Hope and Healing for Alzheimer’s

On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Tuesday December 13th, 2016

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

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, we are thrilled to have Jade Angelica join Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio.  Jade’s most important and rewarding ministry, to date, was when she cared for her mother who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2011.  Jade designs workshops, services, and trainings for Healing Moments and offers presentations throughout the country.  In addition, she offers spiritual direction for individuals and groups.  She is the playwright of The Forgiving and The Forgetting: Hope and Healing for Alzheimer’s, and author of Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer’s Disease and Meeting Alzheimer’s: Companionship on the Journey.

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Email: jadeangelica@gmail.com

Phone: 563-582-4724

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Bakhus Saba and his Musicians Friends co-wrote 4 Songs

to help advocate for Dementia/Alzheimer’s

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Children Caregiver – What a Great Musical Video

Children Caregiver –

What a Great Musical Video

Daylight(  DAYLIGHT.).Bring in the sunshine

Make me smile.(MAKE ME SMILE)……Stay for a little while

I’m so glad……..you came by today

I don’t get……..much company these days

I’m old, and I lose my way……..yes I lose my way

 

Sunshine(SUNSHINE)……..Bring in the daylight

Make us smile.(MAKE US SMILE)…..Stay for a little while

It’s so good……..to see the both of you, (Grand Ma, AND Grand Pa)

In my life…….there’s always time for you

I’m young, and you can teach me.  So much to teach me

 

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If only for a moment, I could see the world through your eyes ( I     am told )

( Once a man, twice a child )

Those eyes would be (at least for me) the windows on a very special soul

(Once a woman twice a child)

 

Daylight(DAYLIGHT)……Bring in the sunshine

Make us smile (MAKE US SMILE)…..and stay for a little while

We’re so glad you came by today

We don’t get much company these days

We’re old and we lose our way….. Yes we lose our way

 

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So Long…. I’ll see you again

Thank you for the time we’ve  spend together…. X 2

Daylight (DAYLIGHT)bring in the sunshine.

Make us smile (MAKE US SMILE)  and stay for a little while…. Stay for a little while …. Stay

This Song was written by David Light and Bakhus Saba.

It’s all about seeing children connecting with people with Dementia.

It’s Down Right Powerful!

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J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe Live on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio July 11th

Here is the link to the Radio Show.  If you can’t listen live the show will be archived to listen to later!

Come learn about this amazing collaboration!

What is a Memory Café?

A Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers get together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. People can connect and interact with peers in similar life situations. There is no embarrassment and no explanations are needed.

Where did the Memory Café Start?

The concept came from the United Kingdom. The UK government coordinates and sets up Memory Cafés, which are in high demand. After talking with David Light who wrote the guidelines for the Cafés, Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks here in the United States asked David if he would be willing to share program details with her.

“There was no hesitation in David’s voice. He generously shared all start up documentation. The UK’s attitude is one of collaboration and the greater good.” Lori said.

ACR Healthcare Group, The Alzheimer’s Research Center, The Minnesota Memory Project, The Center for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care of Health Partners, joined Alzheimer’s Speaks to launch the first “Memory Café” here in the US!  

Norrms McNamara from the UK will also be joining us.  He has Alzheimer’s and he loves his Memory Cafe

Our mission:

To provide a social environment which allows individuals with memory loss and their caregivers a safe, supportive, and engaging place to interact with peers.  They named their first cafe “J. Arthur’s Memory Café

Here is the link to the Radio Show.  If you can’t listen live the show will be archived to listen to later!

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UK Freely Shares it’s Memory Cafe Concept

It amazes me every day the information and resources that are shared to improve the lives with those afflicted by or dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.   Recently I was introduced to a concept called “Memory Cafes,” through a friend of mine Norrm’s McNamara who lives in the UK.  Norrm’s has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, known as EOAD. 

Norrm’s attends a Memory Café and raves about it.  Basically they are a form of support for both patient and Caregiver.  These cafés offer peer support and provide regular and informal sessions for people with dementia and their caregiver.  Health and social care professionals are on hand to answer questions and offer advice, with volunteers providing information, entertainment and activities. 

The County of Devon has 40 Memory Cafes with 5 more up and coming and they are run by  National, County and local organizations.  David Light is a volunteer working closely with the County of Devon’s Joint Strategic Planning & commissioning Manager (Older people’s mental health) in setting up 31 of these memory cafes in all the market and seaside towns in Devon.    He has now passed on all the documentation to get memory cafes set up and running here in the USA.  His time, energy, and passion to bring awareness and comfort to those dealing with memory loss is touching; yet comes from a very personal experience. 

David and Pam Christmas 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam when she was younger

David’s wife Pam, had dementia for over ten years.  Their 53 years of marriage held a bond strong and true, ebbing and flowing through better or worse, and sickness and health.           7 years of dementia, then a stroke following which the diagnosis of frontal lobe dementia was announced.  Then, over the next 18-24 months Pam had a series of mini strokes.  During this time David would get 3 hours to himself a week, which allowed him to go grocery shopping.  His local mental health team also provided 3 hours respite a week. After 50 years of marriage, Pam became difficult to handle and it took Doctors 25 weeks to get her stabilized. Pam then had to go and live in a nursing home.  David now lives alone.  I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and loss he felt, even though he knew this was the best decision for Pam.  Throughout this period Pam still knew who David was, but this past Christmas she stopped eating and the progression of the disease kicked in to the final stages.  Recognition as David once knew it was gone.  Pam passed away on January 4th, 2011.   My prayers and thoughts go out to David as he journeys forward trying to make sense of this disease and help others who have found themselves on the same journey.       

If you are interested in contacting David Light he is very willing to chat. Just shot me an email and I would be glad to pass David’s contact information to you.    

The Rotarians UK have developed their own group called “Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia” (REPoD) aimed at finding ways to ease the problems of dementia.   They are working on a variety of community based support schemes across the UK.  On their website you can download more information on how to set up a memory café in your area.                            www.repod.org.uk

There is also another website which is being developed and will be a directory of all the Memory Café’s in the UK. This will enable a relative or friend to locate a memory café for their loved one in another part of the country.          www.memorycafes.org.uk

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