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Dementia Conference and Cruise Brings Hope, Fun and Education to Families

Dementia Conference and Cruise Brings

Hope, Fun and Education to Families

Caribbean vacation for those living with early memory loss accompanied by families and friends

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Participants will find this week-long Caribbean cruise an empowering retreat rich in hope and filled with fun, all while learning tips to live graciously with their “new normal” in life.

Lori La Bey, Radio Host and founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks is the brain child behind the event.  Her own mother lived with dementia for 30 years.  La Bey said, “Our conference is designed to encourage open conversations, raise awareness, and build a sense of comradery while rejuvenating souls.  We want to help people expand the depths of their relationships while functioning as caregivers and care receivers.  Our goal is to show people how to live graciously with dementia, not become it.”

Kathy Shoaf, RN, Accessible Travel Advocate became La Bey’s perfect partner.  Shoaf owner of Elite Cruises and Vacations, LLC, is helping La Bey bring people together to share insights, reduce fears and eliminate feelings of isolation often caused by dementia. Shoaf has been overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by those inquiring about the conference. “People are excited and simply surprised that this opportunity to get support actually exists,” she said.

Most people don’t realize how many families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, a person develops dementia every 3 seconds in the world.  It’s rare to find someone who has not been touched by the dementia.

La Bey’s unique team includes both professionals in the field as well as what she calls the “True Experts.” Four international advocates living with a dementia diagnosis will play a large role in the conference sharing their profound insights and coping strategies.  They are: Michael Ellenbogen, Mary Read, Laurie Scherrer and Harry Urban.

As Harry Urban, a man living with dementia for 13 years said, “I’m finally going to meet my family.  The one I’ve never met.”  Harry refers to his “social media family” as a major source of support to him. Like so many living with dementia and those caring for them, these social media platforms can be lifelines.

Professionals Cyndy Luzinski and Becky Watson bring their passion and superior skill sets to the conference.  Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner, along with being the founder of Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado. Watson is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Founder of Music for Wellness, a company that provides engaging, energizing and empowering music wellness programs and services to enrich the mind, body, and spirit.

La Bey, reminisces with us about a family cruise with her mom with dementia and her dad with brain cancer.  “What a beautiful experience it was for my parents, all siblings and our children.” She goes on to say, “To be able to offer a supportive atmosphere where others understand the dementia experience and are in the trenches side by side with one another — well it’s just beyond words.”

This conference will provide a fun and hopeful environment to share life stories and lessons learned which in turn builds a strong sense of comradery.  Participants will be given resources, tips and tools to help them live better with and alongside dementia. Alzheimer’s Speaks is seeking sponsorships and donations to provide scholarships for those who can’t afford to attend.

Johns Hopkins University Press has donated a couple of their best-selling books on dementia for the conference, “The 36 Hour Day” and “A Loving Approach to Dementia Care.” La Bey encourages individuals and organizations to donate services, products or tools to enhance this experience.  La Bey is also seeking sponsors through cash or frequent flier miles… at any level to provide scholarships for those who can’t afford to attend on their own.

The group will set sail November 11th, for the Eastern Caribbean and return to Fort Lauderdale, on November 18th, 2017.  All interested in this amazing conference and cruise must book their cruise through Kathy Shoaf who can be reached at 219-608-2002 or via email kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com

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Alzheimer’s Speaks is an advocacy group making an international impact providing education for those dealing with dementia.  Dr. Oz and Sharecare recognized Alzheimer’s Speaks as the “#1 Influencer online for Alzheimer’s.”  Maria Shriver recognized La Bey as an “Architect of Change for Humanity.”

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Lori La Bey                                                 Lori@AlzheimersSpeaks.com
651-216-5413                                              https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

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GMO Information – Dr. Oz Needs Your Help!

GMO Information – Dr. Oz Needs Your Help!

dr_ozHe is being threaten for exposing Genetically Modified Organism known as GMO’s.  This has been a hot topic for years.  Few of our food products are natural anyone.  It’s important Dr. Oz’s voice and others be heard on this topic, if for no other reason then the right to free speech here in our county.

Each individual has the right to know and right to decide what is best for them.

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I Typically Try To Stay Neutral

But I can’t in this case. 

Haven’t you wondered what is causing dementia?  Is it our food?  Our cell phones?  All the wireless transmission?

I have thought a lot on the cause.  Is it that we just have better technology toady and the disease has always been this prevalent?  Is it that we are defining our terminology in diagnosing the disease?

Or could it be GMO’s?

Or maybe all of the above?

No Matter What The Cause, All We Do Know Is

Non Of The Research Knows For Sure

I believe it’s important the general public has access to all information.

If You Agree – Check Our This Petition Below

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I Did!

Check out the DR OZ SHOW this Thursday when he addresses the threats he is getting because he is talking about GMO’s.

Thanks for taking the time to consider my call to action.

Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

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A Huge Step In The Right Direction – Festival Foods In Wisconsin Becomes Dementia Friendly

A Huge Step In The Right Direction –

Festival Foods In Wisconsin Becomes Dementia Friendly

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Beautiful Song on Early Onset Dementia – You Are Here

A Beautiful Song on Early Onset Dementia –

“You Are Here”

Please Share with others.

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Your Vote Is Needed For The Film “Finding the Why” for Dementia – It’s up for a People’s Choice Telly Award!

Your Vote Is Needed

This brilliant short film, “Finding the Why” is up for a People’s Choice Telly Award and we need to get the most votes to win. Please CLICK HERE to vote.  Make sure to register and log in order for your vote to count.

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friends, groups, circles, tribes and colleagues…

Thank you for your assistance. 

This is a beautiful short film having big impact around the world.

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Feeling So Blessed

alz Lori mom photo logoToday I am feeling so blessed and humbled by a beautiful article written by Mara Botonis the author of “When Caring Takes Courage.”  Not only does it honor my work, but more importantly my mother’s thirty year journey with dementia.

Needless to say, without my mother being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I would probably still be selling residential real estate. I wouldn’t be known as an advocate on steroids for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I wouldn’t have met such terrific new friends and colleagues all over the world.  I surely wouldn’t be a speaker or a writer. In fact, I actually can’t  imagine missing out on all of the life lessons I was taught through moms illness.  Yes, life would be much different, and much less then it is today for me.

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“Lori La Bey, the “Oprah” of Alzheimer’s”

Chronic illness and loss can and will be difficult there is no doubt about that, but it can also give us great life lessons, increase our drive and passion to live life fully, simply and respectfully. How are you going to chose to look at an live life?

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WALA’s 20th Annual Spring Conference – Creating a Dementia Friendly Culture

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There is still time to REGISTER!

I hope you can join us!

 Wednesday, March 18, 2015

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Everyone Is Welcome To Attend!

Creating a Dementia Friendly Culture – One Community At a Time: A Panel Presentation

Every person with dementia has the right to live well in their community and everyone- from governments and communities to businesses and individuals – has a role to play in making this a reality. It is now the time for action to improve the lives of people living with this condition. Creating a Dementia Friendly Community focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia through a high level of public awareness and understanding of dementia.

Dementia Friendly Communities are popping up in every corner of Wisconsin – each with unique characteristics that tap into local interests and talents. While this is a larger cultural issue, learn why assisted living providers are seeing increased census through participation. During this session, panel experts will discuss the barriers people with dementia face in their community and provide you with detailed methods on running a DFC from a global, national, state, and local perspective.

Sponsored by Senior Living University

Meet & Greet Reception – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Let’s play “Memory”! This meet-and-greet will put you in front of more industry leaders and decision makers in one night than you would normally be able to connect within a month. Attendees will not only have the chance to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections, but will also participate in a networking game of “Memory” for a chance at a prize!

Networking reception sponsored by Wipfli LLP

Cash bar service sponsored by M3 Insurance

Download a registration form or register at the WALA Store!

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