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Heartfelt Connections with Life Care Services

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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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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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

2:00pm EST, 1:00pm CST, 12:00pm MST, 11:00am PST and 7:00pm London 

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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.

Contact Information:

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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Dad, Dementia and Ice Cream – A Journey with Disease

Dad, Dementia and Ice Cream –

A Journey with Disease

On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Tuesday May 3rd at: 

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

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Today we will talk to DeeDee Footer, a daughter who uprooted her life and moved to take care of her father diagnosed with dementia. Learn for DeeDee’s struggles, joy and now mission to change our dementia care culture.

Contact Information for DeeDee Footer: 

206-321-0766                   deedeefooter@yahoo.com 

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Autumn Leaves™ to Host Five Major Alzheimer’s Events in the Houston Area


Autumn Leaves™ to Host Five Major Alzheimer’s Events

Featuring the Houston-area premiere of His Neighbor Phil 

On Tuesday, April 5, from 4:30-7 p.m., Autumn Leaves, a national leader in memory care assisted living, will host the first of five events that showcase the power of music to promote cognition and moments of joy for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The events will feature the Houston-area premiere of the independent film His Neighbor Phil – an acclaimed drama about the positive effects of music in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The movie screening will be preceded by a Q&A session with a panel of elder care experts. A light meal will also be served.

The event is free and open to the public, and is intended for clinical and care management professionals, as well as caregivers and family members who have a loved one with dementia.

The opening event will feature radio personalities, Lori La Bey and Dana Tyson. Lori La Bey, founder and host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio , was named the No. 1 online influencer for Alzheimer’s disease by Dr. Oz, and will be an expert speaker during Autumn Leaves’ 30 minute panel discussion. KODA morning radio show host, Dana Tyson, will act as moderator for the event. La Bey will be featured at all five Autumn Leaves events.

In conjunction with the movie premiere, Autumn Leaves is launching an innovative music program across its 40-plus communities in seven states. Called So Much More™ to Experience , the program will provide individualized playlists for residents they can enjoy on their own, or in the company of family and friends.

Pilot sessions of the program demonstrate the power of these personalized playlists to spark memories and promote cognition and engagement. Residents often smile, clap their hands, tap their toes, sing along or even dance during the initial sessions to identify music that is meaningful to them.

“It’s an amazing phenomenon – when a resident finds a song that resonates, they reconnect with the world,” says Kristin Dupont, Vice President of Marketing for The LaSalleGroup, Inc., the parent company of Autumn Leaves. “We see this as a way to enhance our residents’ quality of life and give families a way to interact with their loved ones. Being able to witness this first-hand is something special.”

Seating is limited

Seating is limited for the events, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For information about dates, times, and locations, and to register, visit AutumnLeaves.com/Phil.

His Neighbor Phil A unique educational and networking event focused on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for the Houston market.


What: Free and open to the public – Includes an 30-minute Q&A with elder care experts – Includes a screening of the acclaimed independent movie, “His Neighbor Phil” (HisNeighborPhil.com)  that explores the power of music to unlock memories in seniors with Alzheimer’s/dementia – Light breakfast/dinner offered

Who: – Suitable for clinical and care management professionals, caregivers, and the general public – Hosted by Autumn Leaves, a pioneer in memory care assisted living (AutumnLeaves.com) – Panel moderated by Lori La Bey, nationally recognized Alzheimer’s advocate (AlzheimersSpeaks.com) – Special guest appearance at 4/5 event by Dana Tyson, morning show personality on KODA-FM (99.1)


Why: – To provide information to professionals and clinicians who interact with dementia patients – To educate and support caregivers and families dealing with a loved one with dementia

When/Where: ‐

Tuesday, April 5

4:30 – 7 p.m. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center    

(Meyerland), 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096

Wednesday, April 6

7:30 – 10 a.m. The Club at Riverstone (Riverstone)    

18353 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479

4:30 – 7 p.m. Chamberlain College of Nursing (Pearland)    

11025 Equity Dr., Houston, TX 77041

Thursday, April 7

7:30 – 10 a.m. Willow Fork Country Club (Cinco Ranch/Memorial City)

21055 Westheimer Pkwy., Katy, TX 77450

4:30 – 7 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park (Cy-Fair) 

114 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77070

Information/Registration: – Seating is limited.

RSVP at AutumnLeaves.com/Phil or call 888-919-4910

Media Contact: Ann Hinshaw, SPM Communications Phone: 214-379-7087 Mobile: 917-670-9919 2 ann@spmcommunications.com 24-Hour Media Line: 817-329-3257


About Autumn Leaves™ With over 40 family‐owned and –operated memory care assisted living communities nationwide, Autumn  Leaves is dedicated to serving those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Autumn Leaves  communities are committed to providing exceptional care and research‐based programs that allow for safe,  secure, and active environments for its residents. An acknowledged leader in memory care, Autumn Leaves  combines clinical expertise, knowledge of dementia, and heartfelt compassion to create the best possible  care environment. For more information, visit AutumnLeaves.com or call 888‐919‐4910.

About The LaSalle Group  Family‐owned and ‐operated since 1990, The LaSalle Group, Inc. designs, develops, builds, manages, and  owns more than 40 Autumn Leaves™ memory care assisted living communities designed specifically for  people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as other specialized real estate and businesses  throughout the United States. For more information about its business lines, services, current projects, and  investment opportunities, visit LaSalleGroup.com or call 800‐452‐7255.

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