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50+ Shades of Dementia with Norms Mc Namara on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Host, Lori La Bey is excited to share her interview with Norrms Mc Namara, a long-time friend and man living with dementia.  Norrms  has done extraordinary work promoting dementia awareness and education around globally.  His collaborative efforts, creative mind set and willingness to share ideas and concepts with others has help bring the world together to fight the battle of dementia   Today he shares information about his new book, 50+ Shades of Dementia, which is a book of poems about living with dementia.

In Case I Forget by Norrms Mc Namara

In case I forget when glancing at you,
The one who makes me complete,
Dementia may have won with my mind,
But my heart it will never Defeat,

In case I forget the children we`ve raised,
Or the hundreds of stories I’ve told,
Shed not a tear “For blessed are we,
Who forget one day we are old,

In case I forget to tell you how much,
You’re cherished and treasured each day,
My best friend beside me to brighten the path,
And carry me all of the way,

I may greet you someday, with questioning eyes,
As a stranger with whom I’ve just met,
Still, I love you my darling, with all of my heart,
Please Remember…… In case I forget

Contact Norrms Mc Namara at:

Website:  www.purpleangel-global.com

Purchase 50+ Shades of Dementia:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/50-SHADES-DEMENTIA-Dementia-dementia/dp/1089449224

FaceBook:   Norm Mac

Have You Seen My Independence? by Norrms Mc Namara

Have you seen my Independence?
I can’t find it so?
I used to be right here with me,
But now I do not know?

One day there I was,
As confident as can be,
The next always surrounded,
And never only me

Oh, how I long,
To walk the meadows grass,
To sit down on a bench alone, 
And watch the seagulls pass

To get my morning paper,
To read along the way,
With nobody else, that’s right, just me!
Oh Lord, for just one day

I love my family dearly,
And they are always there,
But they must get fed up too,
Of sharing all this care,

I was so incredibly Independent
And you all will know,
Have YOU SEEN my independence?
Oh dear, where did it go ??

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The City Of Roseville, Minnesota – A Mission To Improve Life With Dementia


 A Mission To Improve Life With Dementia

Rsvl sign on becoming Dementia AwareOn April 23rd, the City of Roseville, along with the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (Rsvl A/D) and the Roseville Act on Alzheimer’s Project had their kick off event to highlight all they are doing to improve the lives of those dealing with dementia.  Roseville A/D was formed as a grassroots initiative in September of 2013 and in 2014 they received two grants through the ACT on Alzheimer’s organization to further their mission.

The kickoff meeting held a packed house along with media gathered to listen to a two hour presentation which featured information and resources from three primary groups – Government Officials, City Staff and Community Connections.

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Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speak was the   MC for the event.  She grew up in Roseville and her own mother lived with dementia over thirty years.  She is also one of the international ambassadors for the Purple Angel project, which is the new global symbol for dementia.  Everyone can help spread awareness of dementia by using this symbol.  It costs no money and takes very little time, but has a powerful impact.

RSVL A-D Logo FinalRsvl ACT LogoSara Barsel, spoke and gave the history of both the Roseville A/D and Roseville ACT on Alzheimer’s project. She also reviewed several projects which have been completed as well as the action plan for 2015, which includes an educational series and movie reviews.

sara_barsel_at_kickoffSara also highlighted all the dedicated page for Alzheimer’s and Dementia on the city website which has great resources for those living in Roseville and surrounding areas.  Sara also highlighted the new educational series that was launched.

Series of Expert Talks about Alzheimer’s is April 28 to May 21

A series of eight programs in Roseville by local experts on Alzheimer’s disease and on effective caregiving will be held April 28 to May 21. Programs will address normal aging, how dementia affects the brain and other topics that help people better understand diseases that cause memory loss.

All talks are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The talks on Tuesdays will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 County Road B West, with information about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics will be Healthy Brain; Dementia vs. Normal Aging; Virtual Dementia Tour; and Dementia-Friendly ACTion Steps.

Talks on Thursdays will be 1-2:30 p.m. at Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, aimed at helping caregivers and friends offer effective support for people with dementia. Topics will be Senior Gems/How Dementia Affects the Brain; Practical Tips for Avoiding Power Struggles; Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer; and Caregiver Stress/Burnout.

For details, go to http://www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo  A second series of eight talks will be presented in October, with four films about Alzheimer’s issues to be shown on Sundays, two in September and two in November.

Next we heard from government representatives were: Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative – Betty McCollum, Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Roseville’s Mayor Dan Roe.

Kickoff 4Above are representatives of Roseville’s staff:  City Manager – Pat Trudgeon, Fire Inspector & Firefighter – Sam Baker, from the Police Department Corey Yunke – Community Relations Coordinator and Erika Scheider – Police Lieutenant.  rsvll_fire_dept

The Fire Department shared the “Vial of Life” which is for emergency contacts and healthcare information.  You can contact the Fire Dept if you are interested in receiving one if  you were not able to attend the kickoff meeting.


The police encouraged people to register their loved ones with 911.

Pat Trudgeon, announced the City is committed to becoming Dementia Aware and joining the Purple Angel project.

A recording of this event will air on Roseville Channel 16 on Friday May 1 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. plus two additional times during the month.  It is also listed on CTV page for viewing listed at the bottom of this article.

PA_join_the_cause_snap_w_urlOur representatives from the community were: Janell Wampler – Roseville Area Schools & Senior Program, Deb Nygaard – Arthur’s Residential  & J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop, Lori La Bey – Alzheimer’s Speaks, Carolyn Klaver –  Lyngblomsten & The Gathering and Catherine Engstrom – Wilder Foundations & PS I Understand.

rosevilel_school_logoJanell informed us of a variety of services the school district and senior center have for those residing in Roseville.


Deb Nygaard shared how Arthur’s Residential & J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop have become dementia friendly and how that has effected their organizations, as well as families they serve and the community at large.  Arthur’s also sponsors three Memory Cafe held on the 2nd an 4th Wednesday of each month and have been a big success for those diagnosed with dementia as well as their care partners.


Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks shared a video which featured three families living with dementia.  Each shared critical insights about life with dementia and how important it is for communities and businesses to become dementia aware and friendly.  Below is the video.

Cities Should Follow Roseville’s Lead And Have A Dedicated Web Page For Dementia Resources And Services

Roseville is believed to be the first city in the nation to dedicate a page on their official city website to dementia.

Thank you John and Virginia Sweeney, Ed and Judy Meehan and George Seiler for their willingness to share their insights with us.

lyngblonsten_logoCarolyn Klaver  with Lyngblomsten & The Gathering shared their wonderful programs and need for volunteers.

If interested in volunteering in Roseville email RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com 

wilder_logoCatherine Engstrom talked about the Wilder Foundations & their P.S. I Understand program which too is always looking for volunteers.

If interested in volunteering in Roseville email RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com

The program wrapped up with questions and answers and people gathering in the hallway talking with vendors gathering more resources before leaving.

You can go to CTV and watch the full program.

snap_of_gov_off_from_kickoff_CTVFor the feature story done by Channel 5, ABC News Click Here

channel_5_logoThe ACT on Alzheimer’s project was developed by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team, a volunteer collaboration of local residents, senior services and city officials. Roseville A/D has offered additional projects, including a guide to local resources, services and events available on the City of Roseville at http://www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo

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TO BE MADE INTO A DOCUMENTARY Large Purple white background Angel for drop box“WE NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE”

Norrms McNamara says.

Norrms I have dementia but dementia doesnt have me

Here Is What Norrms

Wants You To Know

This is the news I have been itching to tell you about for months!! The story of how the Purple Angel Campaign (this is the original and official UK site) began and what we have achieved since is to be made into a Documentary. We have a director from Prague flying in and filming will start in March here in Torbay and then Beyond!!

Click Here to get to the Official Purple Angel Campaign for the US

Please share this on every page you know, every TV station , every newspaper , every radio station, just EVERYBODY!! so we can show the world what a difference ordinary people like us can make when we all get together . So very exciting and a HUGE thank you to Laurence Kelly of Ostrich Care !!!!

If you or anybody you know / business`s etc can make a small donation towards the kick starter project it will be very welcomed. The Directors showreeel at the end is to show the wonderful atmospheric films he has directed, they are not Dementia related.



Seven years ago Norman McNamara, who lives in Torquay, was diagnosed with Dementia. Still in his 50s Norrms decided he couldn’t just sit there and do nothing.

Seven years on, Normans’ quest to create more Dementia friendly communities is well under way. His Purple Angel campaign has literally gone global – with more than 300 Ambassadors helping to spread awareness across the UK and now the World.

This very real life story, without dramatization nor fiction, is to be told in an upcoming documentary. The project’s producer feels that “the work of the Purple Angels and Norman McNamara, deserves to be told,”. Laurence Kelly is keen to “show the variety of the work these volunteers engage in – running memory cafes, dementia drop in centres and making those in their area dementia aware plus so much more.”

You Can Support This Project

Go To Kickstarter

“We’re making this independently” says Director Will Thomas Freeman “your support will help us tell an inspiring story and showcase the incredible work of this man and all the good his organization has done for others. We want to bring the topic of dementia to the main stage.”

You can receive rewards for your pledges on Kickstarter, “the more funds we raise, allows us to film more content, more people, more stories.” says Freeman ” please, help us to achieve this.”

Norman McNamara has achieved so much, along with his army of volunteers, that fitting everything in is one of the biggest challenges! “It may turn into a series” jokes Kelly “as The Purple Angel is showing no signs of slowing down!”.

“To help improve the lives of people you will probably never meet has to be the kindest act of all.” – Norrms McNamara

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The other day I spoke at the Bloomington Optimist Club.  First, I have to say I was not even aware there was such a club, but if you know me you know I leaped at the chance to talk to any group about Alzheimer’s disease and dementias.  The group was, exactly what I was expecting.  I mean what else would one expect given their name. They were upbeat, friendly and excited to learn.  This group is similar to Rotary, except you don’t have to represent a business to join.  All people are welcome.  They focus their fundraising and efforts on children’s needs, which there is a high need to educate our young regarding dementia.  There are some great opportunities with inter-generational learning; like Jiminy Wicket – the croquet game which engages all.  In addition so businesses were interested in becoming Dementia Friendly and Dementia Aware and using the Purple Angel symbol to help educate their clients, prospects and staff.

The members recited their credo and I was touch by their words and asked permission to share with all of you as I feel they are wise words for us all to live by.  Click Here for written credo.

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Lori La Bey, Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks Appointed as Global Purple Angel Ambassador

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer's Speaks

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks founder, to become an

Official Global Purple Angel Ambassador

Saturday November 16th, 2013.

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In order to give wings to the Purple Angel project, the new symbol for dementia, Ostrich Care decided to partner and launch a worldwide campaign with Norrms McNamara to promote 50 Ambassadors around the world. Their locations range from the UK, Nepal, Australia, the United States and Germany.  La Bey will be one of 11 Ambassadors appointed to represent the US.

Norrms himself will appoint each of the 50 Ambassadors as they are inducted to play a paramount role in raising dementia awareness in surrounding communities, mentor those interested in shifting our dementia care culture and help those who are in need of dementia support.  For information on all 50 Ambassadors click here.

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Our wonderful friend from the UK Norrms Mc Namara has made another HUGE stride forward on an international level to shift our dementia care culture.  Watch, Learn and then take action in your own community or business.

If you or organization needs help please feel free to contact Alzheimer’s Speaks and we can assist you in the process of becoming dementia aware and dementia friendly.  We have all kinds of programs, tools and free content to help you.


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FREE International Collaborative Resource Directory!

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Dementia Aware And

Ostrich Care Team Up To Do Big Things!


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The UK is Becoming Dementia Aware

and The Rest of the World Can TOO!

If you are interested in learning more about Becoming “Dementia Aware” contact us at Alzheimer’s Speaks and we will connect you to Norrm’s in the UK.  Learn how to get your badge to promote awareness and make a difference in your community.

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If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Dementia Friendly here in the US or anywhere in the world, Alzheimer’s Speaks has a full campaign to which can raise awareness and educate your employees, your clients and your prospects in your businesses and communities.  In addition, we want to share our resources and knowledge with you. Why  recreate the wheel when we can work together having a greater impact at a faster pace to shift our dementia care culture?  Plus our platforms allows us to position your company,  build your brand and distinguish your service from your competitions.  Find out the multitude of options available to you and your organization or community.  It’s all very exciting!


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