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Dementia Spotlight Foundation – Respite Care, Education & More on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

Tuesday – Dec 29th, 2020 -2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST & 6pm London, 8pm South Africa and on the 30th at 5am in Australia AET

Lori La Bey talks with Gary Joseph LeBlanc and Vince Zangaro with the Dementia Spotlight Foundation.  Gary is the Director of Education, while Vince is the Director of Community Outreach.  Gary is also the found of Dementia Mentors, while Vince founded the Alzheimer’s Music Fest. Today they will discuss their educational events as well as their respite program both continue through the Covid pandemic.

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Due to the great response we are getting to Dementia Map, we are making it easier for people to learn more about all the features of the site. We have set up group sessions for individuals and organizations to attend and learn more about how to maximize your exposure through Dementia Map.

Learn how and why this directory is critical to those living with dementia, their family & friends, as well as professionals in the industry.

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Today Lori La Bey, founder of Dementia Chats and Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation with the true experts, those living with a diagnosis of dementia. Lori has always understood the importance of listening to those living with an illness and she wants to share their voices with you.

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Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

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I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Tuesday Feb. 19th , 2019

Live at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST, 

7pm London and 6am Australia

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Join Lori La Bey, the host of Alzheimer’s Speaks and their many platforms on Tuesday February 19th.  Alzheimer’s Speaks was built on raising all voices concerning dementia and caregiving. 

Are you working on a research project, book or have a service, product or tool to help people deal with dementia?  We want to hear your thoughts on everything dementia.  Call in (323) 870-4602

Join a wide range of people expressing their thoughts on how we care and find out what is still needed to assist families and professionals to allow them to do a great job when caring of others.  Find out what those with dementia have to say as their insights are brilliant!

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Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado

Cyndy Luzinski with Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado        cluzin63@gmail.com

Dementia Spotlight Foundation

Alzheimer’s Music Fest 

Vince Zangaro    770-547- 3244          Vince@AlzheimersMusicFest.Org

Gary LeBlanc      352-345-6270          Gary@DementiaSpotLightFoundation.Org

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

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Managing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors in Healthcare Settings

Managing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors in Healthcare Settings

Friday June 17th, 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 Gary Joseph LeBlanc back with us along with his new co-author Lisa Rodriguez.  Together they wrote the training text book Managing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors.”  Together they also co-created a Dementia Training for Hospitals.

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Gary Joseph LeBlanc,

Common Sense Caregiving
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Dementia Mentors

Lisa Rodriguez, LLC


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The Aftereffects of Caregiving with Gary Joseph LeBlanc

The Aftereffects of Caregiving

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Today we are lucky to have an author and a caregiver on a mission, Gary Joseph LeBlanc.  His new book “The Aftereffects of Caregiving,” which he co-authored with Holly Beth Michels, is making waves around the world.  Come and join the conversation and learn why this book is impacting those that have cared so deeply.

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Common Sense Caregiving

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Help Spread The Global Symbol For All Dementias – The Purple Angel Documentary

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Learn About The New Dementia Mentors Program on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

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We go live on Tuesday at 11am EST, 10am CST 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London time.

Tuesday we will have talk with some of the foundering members of Dementia Mentors: Gary Joseph LeBlanc, Richard Taylor, Michael Neuvirth and Harry Urban. Dementia Mentors was built to help those newly diagnosed understand their life is not over, by connecting them with a mentor who has been living successfully with the disease himself. This is a fantastic program and resourceful website which will help people around the world.

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Our second guest will be Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) Scientific Advisory Council Member, Karen Koffler, M.D., will speak on Food and Nutrition. Dr. Koffler is the Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Miami Beach and will be answering questions like “what effects does food have on us as we age?

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The Voice of Alzheimer’s disease Speaks

Here is a link to an article Gary Joseph LeBLanc, of Commonsense Caregiving and a writer for the Hernando Today Newspaper in Florida, did on our founder Lori La Bey.  Check out the article!

We would also like to add that on our website Alzheimer’s Speaks there is a whole page dedicate to Memory and Alzheimer’s Cafes.  We have even rounded up Mentors to help people learn more and get set up.  Click Here for more information on Memory and Alzheimer’s Cafes.

Please don’t forget that  you can be part of our International Collaborative Resource Directory for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s, if you have a tool, product or services that deals with caregiving or dementia.  You can also recommend a resource, tool or product!  Here is the link to become a member and than you can share that you care!  

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Helping Caregivers Support

Those With Dementia –

The Gait Belt

By Gary Joseph LeBlanc

I’ve had this idea brewing in the back of my mind for the last couple of years; or maybe I should call it a “wish.”

I “wish” to get a few physical therapists to donate an hour of their time to attend an Alzheimer’s caregiver’s support group meeting. I would like to see them give a 20 minute demonstration on the correct way to use a gait belt (transfer belt). Also, an explanation of the importance of using this helpful device.

There are so many ways for caregivers and their loved ones to get hurt. Not knowing the correct way to transfer is high on the list. A simple move from a bed to a chair, just a few feet away, can cause injuries to both parties.

Nothing seems to sink in better than watching a live presentation. I believe it is one of the best ways to learn.

If your loved one is unsteady on his or her feet for whatever reason, the use of this device can infuse confidence and a feeling of security.

A gait belt is usually made of canvas and is 2-3 inches wide. The length may vary depending on the size of the patients, and there is a choice of either a metal or plastic buckle. As for myself, I prefer a metal one as they seem to be more secure. There also are some that can be fastened by Velcro. Readily available, they can be purchased at WalMart or most other large chain pharmacies.

Before attempting to place the belt around patients, first show it to them and let them touch it, then gently begin explaining to them that this is meant to be used to prevent them from falling and that it will be removed after the transfer.

The belt is placed around the lower waist and is to be tightened to where two fingers of width can be slipped between the belt and the body. The belt should always be placed over clothing and never over bare skin. The tautness may have to be readjusted once they are upright.

If you are the caregiver, consider this; by using the beneficial mechanics of bending your knees, keeping your back straight and grabbing the sides of the belt, you can assist them to stand with decent leverage. Repeat this procedure when it comes time to sitting them back down. It’s all physics, my friends.

While escorting them as they walk, remember that the purpose of the gait belt is to steady them, not to drag them around. Try not to disrupt whatever fragile balance they may still have.

There are some situations where the belt should be avoided altogether. For instance, if they are complaining about any abdominal pain or if feeding tubes or other lines are involved, extra caution must be used.

For those who have been struggling to move or lift their loved ones, this device could become a blessing. There are many websites that show illustrations on the proper ways to use a gait belt. I suggest Googling them.

The patients’ safety, and yours, should always come first. I’m sure you wouldn’t place them in your car without wrapping the seatbelt around them. Use this same train of thought when it comes to a gait belt. If they are weak in the legs or have poor balance, get in the habit of using this belt. It could save all of you a trip to the emergency room.

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Assisted Living Today wrote a great article check it out!

The Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease:

20 Memory Care Experts on Caring

Caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia can be a confusing, emotionally taxing and overwhelming experience for caregivers and family members. Often, it’s tough to know where to turn to get the best, most informative answers to your questions about Alzheimer’s care. With that in mind, we reached out to 20 memory care experts to tap into their years of experience and collective advice on the topics of Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and memory care. We asked each of our 20 experts three important questions on memory care and compiled their answers into a comprehensive caregiving guide to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

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We Will Discuss Genetics & Alzheimer’s Disease

Plus Get An Update From Rick Phelps, Founder of Memory People

One known Alzheimer’s risk factor is family history, and research has shown that those who have a family member with Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease.  Our understanding of genetics is rapidly evolving and research is now working to identify ways that genetics may be used in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter is hosting an event featuring a panel of experts who will engage in an interactive discussion on the role of genetics in Alzheimer’s disease, including how genetics is influencing diagnosis and research today on Wednesday, March 14.  The Role of Genetics in Alzheimer’s Disease: An Evolving Landscape

Our guests today will share with us what panel discussed at the conference.

Dr. Richard Mayeux, Chairman, Department of Neurology and Co-Director, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, Columbia University

Jennifer Williamsonworks closely with Dr. Mayeux at Columbia University as a genetic counselor at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University


The 2nd half of the show will feature Rick Phelps, Founder of Memory People and Gary Joseph LeBlanc, Author.  Both will be sharing some exciting ventures.

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