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Ode To Annie – A Journey Of Love and Dementia

I am so proud of George Seiler for sharing his deep love for his wife Annie.  George and Annie were such a gift to not only to all of our members and facilitators at Arthur’s Memory Cafe, Minnesota in general but the world as a whole as they shared their life, their love and their insights of living graciously with dementia.

Lori La Bey, founder  of Alzheimer’s Speaks

Ode to Annie

By George Seiler

Her Smile

From across the floor

a warmth engulfed me

from a distant smile.

The smile neared,

The warmth grew.

I flushed, then stiffened.

From the smile a hand extended.

The touch connected and

stayed forever as

Two souls became one.

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She made me feel

warm when I felt cold.

wanted when I felt alone.

excited when I felt dull.

proud when I felt insecure.

rich when I felt poor.

strong when I felt weak.

There was a magic in her spirit.

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Her final breath

She lie unmoving.

Her face taut and pale.

Her breath- barely.

Her eyes closed- unseeing.

I don’t know if she hears me

or the soft music she loves.

I think of her beauty and warmth.

My heart beats of fondness.

My eyes flow with sadness.

Her pulse slows, then stops.

Her spirit leaves.

I am alone.

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Her Spirit

in soundless night I

Sleep.

Then hear the soft step

Creak.

Is she coming in to

Sleep?

I wait………………………

Then

into my pillow

I weep.

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Resources for Dementia & Caregiving

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Roseville, Minnesota Launch a New Program Called

The Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative

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Roseville Kicks Off A New Dementia Initiative

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Roseville, Minnesota  Kicks Off

Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative

The Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team formed September 6th, 2013, to improve conditions for Roseville individuals with A/D and to improve conditions for unpaid caregivers of individuals with A/D. More information can be found on the

City of Roseville’s Dedicated Page To Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

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Watch Team Members Below Explain

Why this initiative is important

Meetings Are As Follows:

Former Dementia Caregivers’ Re-Entry Group

Date:    Starts Tuesday, October 4, 1-2:30 pm

(Call for future dates & place)

Where: Roseville City Hall — Bur Oak room

(Lower level behind cafeteria)

 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113

Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Group

Date: First Wednesday of each month,

Beginning October 5th, 1-2:30 pm

Where: Fairview Community Center, Room 116A

1910 County Rd. B, Roseville, MN 55113

Watch the full two hour kickoff below:

You will find the comments from panelists who are actual caregivers for a person with dementia about 1 hour and 14 minutes into the program.

Additional Resources for those

Living and Dealing with Dementia

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

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

You could make a difference for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

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Today, J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe had the Honor of Several Visitors.  

We had two new couple join our group.  Judy George of Mindful Movement taught us  some t’ai chi chih which is the meditative art of movement and healing,  John Bird and John Harrison of The Living Tree a new video legacy company with an amazing new tool to capture joy, history and the relationships we all cherish in life.  Gail Rosenblum, a reporter with the Star Tribune also came out and spent over two hours with us.

Please take the time to read the article Gail wrote as you will see the insights and the beauty these memory Cafes have to offer those dealing with Memory loss.  Click Here To Read The Article

Thanks Gail for helping us raise awareness and give hope to those in need!

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