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Quality Aging Survey – Take it Now!

Take The Survey Now and Help Define

What “Quality” Means to You and Your Family!

Open To All In The U.S.

University of Minnesota PhD candidate Heather Davila describes a survey to get input from people age 55+ family members, and professionals who work in the field of aging services about which aspects of “quality” in aging services matter most.

To take the survey go here: www.tinyurl.com/Qagesurvey

Contact: Heather Davila,

Email:  wood0132@umn.edu

 

Join the Dementia Friendly Cruise –

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We are honored by your response to our offering of the Dementia Friendly Symposium and Cruise and we are encouraging people to book their cabins before we are sold out!

For more details on the symposium and cruise go to https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

Click here for the Symposium Program

Kathy Shoaf the travel agent handling the symposium and cruise can be reached at: 219-608-2002 or email her at Kathy.Shoaf@CruisePlanners.com

 

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An Important message from our friend Meryl Comer:

Only twice in my twenty plus years as an Alzheimer’s caregiver has a doctor ever asked whether I was doing okay. Yet my husband would have never made the clinic appointment on time if I had not gotten up extra early to bathe, dress, feed, manage his resistance and drive him there. Now here’s a chance to be heard!

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic want to learn what matters most to you when you go to the doctor with your loved one. They need volunteers for an online focus group who are current or former caregivers for a loved one with dementia.

Click here to learn more about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study asking what matters to you when you go to the doctor with a loved one.

Study participants will be asked to join an online focus group and answer several questions over a week and a half posted by the moderator. Participants can choose to remain anonymous. Their goal is to help healthcare providers better support and communicate with caregivers by learning:

  • How health care providers can best help caregivers provide optimal care to loved ones while maintaining their own health.
  • How involved caregivers want to be their loved ones’ healthcare.
  • What the ideal “care team” looks like.

Please click here for more information about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study.

Your opinions are critical to improving the experience for all caregivers when they accompany loved ones to doctor’s appointments. Let’s not miss this opportunity to make doctors tune into what matters to us.

Meryl Comer, A-List Team Member & 20-year Alzheimer’s care partner

 

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Reducing the Stress of Caring for a Loved One

Reducing the Stress of Caring for a Loved One

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, we are lucky to have Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, the author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One.  She is a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and also the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc. a full service training company.

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Dementia Friendly Cruise –

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We are honored by your response to our offering of the Dementia Friendly Symposium and Cruise and we are encouraging people to book their cabins before we are sold out!

For more details on the symposium and cruise go to https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

Click here for the Symposium Program

Kathy Shoaf the travel agent handling the symposium and cruise can be reached at: 219-608-2002 or email her at Kathy.Shoaf@CruisePlanners.com

 

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Color Your Mind by Maria Shriver

“This is an amazing book which brings a holistic approach to engaging those with dementia and their care partners.  I love how Maria intertwines the simple yet creative works of coloring which has been embraced by so many people looking for a peacefulness within and now has created a product specifically designed for those living with dementia.”

~  Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

 

 

 

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Dementia Friendly Cruise – Find Out What All the Excitement Is About

 

Celebrate The 4th of July 

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While Supporting One Another

Dementia Friendly Cruise –

Find Out What All the Excitement Is About!

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We are honored by your response to our offering of the Dementia Friendly Symposium and Cruise and we are encouraging people to book their cabins before we are sold out!

For more details on the symposium and cruise go to https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

Click here for the Symposium Program

Kathy Shoaf the travel agent handling the symposium and cruise can be reached at: 219-608-2002 or email her at Kathy.Shoaf@CruisePlanners.com

Color Your Mind by Maria Shriver

“This is an amazing book which brings a holistic approach to engaging those with dementia and their care partners.  I love how Maria intertwines the simple yet creative works of coloring which has been embraced by so many people looking for a peacefulness within and now has created a product specifically designed for those living with dementia.”

~  Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

 

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Heartfelt Connections with Life Care Services

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Thursday we will have Sam Rinke, Director of Sales and Marketing for Gable Pines.  Sam has been in senior living for 6 years. He says the best part about his job is being able to sit down with families and talk about how Gable Pines can meet their needs and then seeing them so happy with the results of their senior living community.  Learn about Heartfelt Connections Gable Pines is doing different.

Phone: 651-829-3171

Email:  Marketing@gablepines.com

Website:  www.GablePines.com

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Today we had an interesting conversation regarding communication.  You will here from those diagnosed and what they think about all the tips given by “Professionals” to communicate with them.  You will gain insights which will help you care better.  Learn how their senses change, how their emotions and behaviors are affect by their surroundings and how that impacts them in their daily living.

Thank You To Our Experts Living With Dementia:

Michael Ellenbogen, Paulan Gordon, Truthful Loving Kindness, Brian LeBlanc, Laurie Scherrer, Mary Howard, Susan Suchan and Harry Urban

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Move4MindsBlogMARIA SHRIVER’S EXCITING EXPERIENCE

FOCUSED ON THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION

One Day. Eight Cities. Millions Impacted.
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Orange County | San Francisco | Washington DC

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Dementia: Love’s Light Can Remove The Darkness

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Love’s Light Can Remove the Darkness of Alzheimer’s& Other Dementia’s

021417-asr-graphic-rick-naymark Rick Naymark, is the Author of the book; “Alzheimer’s Gifts, How Caring For Someone With Alzheimer’s Brought Unexpected Blessings.” Rick lives in Edina, Minnesota where he was the principal family member responsible for his mother’s care during her 8 ½ years with Alzheimer’s.  Join us and hear Rick’s story.

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Rick’s book, is on Amazon

The quickest way to find it is through www.tinyurl.com/alzheimersgifts

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An Inspirational Man

An Inspirational Man

Positively Changing lives of People with Dementia to Honor his Father’s Legacy

By Carole Larkin

I met Alex Nameth and his wife Barbara in 2009 when he was just starting his Adult Day Center called Friends Place of McKinney Texas. I’ve told clients’ families to have them go there, off and on thru the years. It was an excellent Adult Day Center. I visited a number of times and observed how engaged and happy his participants were. I even spoke to his support group, caregivers and persons with dementia both. I was sad when he sold the Day Care to new owners from California last year. Fortunately for the people of McKinney and surrounding towns, they have carried on with his tradition of quality programming, love for their participants and with tremendous compassion for their participants and their families.

It wasn’t until earlier this week when he and I had lunch and a “what are you up to now?” session that I really began to understand in depth what an inspirational human being he is. Here is his story, much condensed.

He was from Michigan. He graduated with a Social Work degree from Michigan State. As time went by, his career morphed into marketing in the world of technology, which was growing by leaps and bounds.  Somewhere in that period of time he moved to the Dallas Texas area.  His father and 2nd wife were still up in Michigan. His stepmother became very ill. After she passed away, Alex discovered that his father had dementia. That is an all too common occurrence nowadays. A spouse cares for the other spouse, who has dementia, and it is covered up, even to the children out of town. When that spouse dies, the cover up is over. The children discover the truth.

Alex moved his dad to Texas to live with him and his wife. Where they cared for him until he died. His dad didn’t have a lot of money, and Alex wished for a place that was reasonable in cost, but would give his dad some enjoyment, a chance to socialize with others without stigma, and to give his wife and himself some break from the 24/7 caregiving.

After his dad died, Alex decided to create a place for others with a dementia who were in the same situation as he, Barb and his dad. He researched and researched, and found an owner of a (relatively) local day care that was ready to branch out. They got together and Alex bought the rights to open his own day care, under the “Friends Place” Banner. With some mentoring, and a lot of hope, he eventually opened his own Day care, called Friends Place of McKinney.

Even though it was extremely reasonable in price, and was chocked full of wonderful activities for his people to do, it struggled to stay in business the first few years. (Adult Day Centers are very, very, difficult small businesses to own, for a multitude of reasons, not the least is the difficulty of letting the local families find out that his care center existed. They are isolated in their homes, due to the nature of dementia).

Still he persisted, and eventually found grants from the Veteran’s Department and from Texas Medicaid  that finally helped populate Friends Place of McKinney enough to allow the business some breathing room to finally have a firm foundation to count /continue on.

After some years, of success with Friends place, he sold Friends Place, and retired (or so he said at the time). Really it turned out to be the incubation period of his next endeavor to expand the benefits of quality Adult Day services to families across the United States, albeit from one step back from direct care himself.

He has partnered with a woman who has many contacts with Adult Day Cares across the country and has developed Webinars to teach them how to make their day cares not only profitable, but also be centers of excellence in programming (activities) and care for people with dementia. He’s a consultant to them, if you will. He teaches the day cares a multitude of techniques designed to help them be the best they can be for their participants. Everything from how to market themselves to their community to which activities work and which don’t.

What a wonderful way to improve the lives of those with dementia, while improving the lives of their caregivers and families.  And to top it off, at the end of our conversation, Alex told me that he has done this whole thing as a tribute to his dad, and as a way of continuing his legacy. That comment alone impelled me to consider him inspirational, and to write this article about him.

If there is anyone out there whose loved one goes to a day care, and you think things can be improved from where they are now, show your day care this article. If your day care wants to improve, they can contact Alex at Anameth@tx.rr.com.

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Sports, Concussions, & Dementia on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Sports, Concussions, & Dementia on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Today we are lucky to have Dr. Jason Carthen and Mike Duerson.

Dr Jason is known by some as “The Leadership Linebacker™”.  He is a former Professional Football Player with the World Champion New England Patriots, an international speaker, author, avid blogger, media-personality, and philanthropist. Today we are going to discuss his views on concussions and football.

Mike Duerson suffered a  concussion while playing college basketball for IUPUI, at the age of 18.  He is now 57 years old.  In 2009, Mike was ruled as “Gravely Mentally Disabled” by the government and removed from the workforce.  Currently, he is a philanthropist and the Founder of Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund, Inc. which provides nationwide Concussion Testing called (ImPACT) for student athletes in grades 7 – 12, in honor of his brother.

The foundation also provides Concussion Education curriculum to school districts for children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Dr Jason

Website:  www.jasoncarthen.com

Michael Timothy Duerson

Phone:  (847) 707-2332

Email:  mike@ddfund.org

Website:  www.ddfund.org

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