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Dementia: Learning to Shift from Crisis to Comfort

November 11th – 18th, 2017

This cruise is ideal for anyone dealing with or who has dealt with dementia. If you fall into any of these categories, you will find this week-long Bahama’s cruise a must for you and your family.

  • Those diagnosed with early to mid-dementia are welcome to join us with their Care Partner (family, friends and/or professional).
  • Families and friends who have a loved one with dementia
  • Professionals working with those dealing with dementia.
  • Advocates for dementia.


Join Us as we Relax, Rejuvenate,

Get Educated and Connected

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Radio Host, Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks has pulled a very special team together for a one of kind heartfelt cruise filled with fun, life lessons, techniques and insights to assist all parties with understanding and meeting the needs of those dealing with diagnosis.

The team’s goal is to provide a comfortable setting to relax and learn. By coming together as a common community, we can assist individuals, families and friends along with professionals to integrate life with dementia; maximizing moments and identifying and creating joy.  You will learn simple techniques which have a huge impact, which allows individuals to live graciously with the disease. There will be plenty of time to relax and play while you mix in a much-needed vacation in a supportive, uplifting learning atmosphere.


A Cruise of Hope!


Alzheimer’s Speaks and Kathy Shoaf, RN, BSN, ATP of Elite Cruises and Vacation have given a lot of thought to this collaboration and are very excited to bring people together for a common cause to learn, share insights and build a new community of support filled with great resources.  Not only will you learn from two dynamos’ shifting dementia care here in the United States, but these two are collaborating with others around the world to give you expansive knowledge and cutting edge information.

A Dynamic Duo at Your Call: 

Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski


Lori La Bey –

Moving Humanity Forward

Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota based advocacy group making an international impact and providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Her own mother struggled with dementia for over 30 years.

Lori is a highly sought after speaker, trainer, and advocate for new delivery systems and attitudes towards those with memory loss.   In November of 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia.

Lori ignited the fire that sparked what is believed to be the first Memory Café in the U.S. in Roseville, Minnesota in 2011, and the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States, in Watertown, Wisconsin in 2013. She was also involved with the launching of Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative fall of 2016.

Named the “#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s” by Sharecare and Dr. Oz

In the fall of 2015, Lori become a Platinum Sponsor and helped launch the new Hollywood film, “His Neighbor Phil,” which highlights a wide range of emotions families struggle with, as well as the great depths of simple joys while on their path with dementia.  The film and talk back will be part of this cruise.

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Lori is driven to provide a variety of free resources to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose filled lives with dementia.

Lori La Bey’s show, Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is also believed to be the first program dedicated to dementia in the world, along with the first webinar series called, “Dementia Chats™,” whose experts are those diagnosed with the disease.  Her goal is to continue to develop and provide unique delivery systems that have 24/7 access.

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Cyndy Luzinski

A Mover & Shaker making a Difference!

Cyndy Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner. She is a strong advocate for community collaboration and providing person centered dementia care. She is especially enthused to help others learn one of the person-centered care approaches called “Contented Dementia” because she has experienced how this simple approach makes remarkable differences in the lives of those who use it. Cyndy enjoys one on one consultation with families and facilitating a dementia care partners’ support group and two Memory Cafes in Fort Collins, CO. She is passionate about helping people discover that there is still a lot of living to do and joy to be shared even when dementia becomes part of the life journey. Cyndy is part of the Northern Colorado Music & Memory team and is also on the B Sharp Arts Engagement team responsible for the innovative program which allows people living with dementia and their care partners to attend the Fort Collins Symphony and participate in a research study related to music and cognition. She was named by the Coloradoan’s Mind + Body magazine as one of the 2016 Northern Colorado Superwomen.   Cyndy is the founder of the volunteer initiative to build and sustain “Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado.”

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Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski

Actively Changing How Caregiving is

Perceived, Received and Delivered

Lori La Bey and/or Cyndy Luzinski will facilitate discussions with those who know the disease best, as part of our team is living with a dementia diagnosis!

Yes, You Read that Right

You will be shocked and grateful for the honesty and insights you will gain from those living with the disease.  Each Expert Panelist is an international advocate.

Expert Panelists are International Advocates

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Michael Ellenbogen

An International Dementia Advocate & Connector

Michael is currently in his mid-fifties. Michael was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 49. He no longer can work and had to give up his career as a high-level manager in Information Technology. Michael now spends his time increasing awareness of this disease, and works to increase funding for research. He also wrote a book called, “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s,”  Which outlines his experience with Alzheimer’s.  Michael serves on the Leadership Board for Dementia Action Alliance and is a Dementia Advisor for USAgainstAlzheimer’s.


Laurie Scherrer

Teaches Us How to Live Beyond the Diagnosis

Laurie was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s & FTD in August of 2013. Unable to continue a professional career she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey. She is a Dementia Mentor and active in many support groups. On her website, dementiadaze.com Laurie shares her feelings, challenges and symptoms in hopes of encouraging other Persons with Dementia to explore a life well lived with disease. Laurie is on the technology committee for Dementia Action Alliance.

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Harry Urban

A Calming Voice in Trying Times

Harry Urban’s life changed 13 years ago, when his world came crashing down on him with a diagnosis of dementia, of the Alzheimer’s type. Harry has refused to let the diagnosis ruin his life and so he created a social medial group called “Forget Me Not,” on Facebook which expanded to several sub – groups along with a Spanish group called No Me Olvides which is a dementia group designed for the Spanish community.

Harry writes a blog called “My Thoughts on Dementia” where he records his daily thoughts and feeling living with dementia. He also Co-founded a group called “Dementia Mentors” that provides mentors for any form of dementia.

Harry’s latest attempt to raise dementia awareness is creating a webinar called “Welcome to My World with Harry Urban” which features people living with dementia discussing ways they have adapted to their dementia and what they do to find happiness living with dementia.  Harry is a voice that inspires us all.

Each of our Experts living with dementia is a founding member of Dementia Chats™ a free webinar series which discusses everyday topics and has brilliant insights to help those diagnosed and those dealing with dementia live better together.  Dementia Chats Mission is to Shift Our Dementia Care Culture™. Our goal is to remove stigmas related to the disease by engaging people in conversation, answering their questions, listening to their comments and raising awareness in a positive light. We are firm believers in giving hope and empowering others to live with the disease not as the disease.

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Receive Resources, Tips & Tools

In addition to having a great time while you meet others with similar interests, you will receive access to resources, tips and tools to help you live better with and alongside dementia. Join us as we set sail together to become dementia friendly.

Learn About the New Global Symbol

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The Purple Angel symbolizes a guardian over those living with dementia, their families and friends and those helping to raise awareness of the disease. The Purple Angel Project became embraced by individuals and organizations around the world and so the globe was added to show the impact and collaboration of this movement.  Now, there is one symbol representing a global message raising awareness, hope and empowerment for all people living with dementia, their families and care partners.

Join Us as We Set Sail to

Shift from Crisis to Comfort Together

Our Itinerary and Tentative Progaming

Nov. 11th, 2017, Saturday – Private Cocktail Party prior to dinner

Ft. Lauderdale – Head Out to Sea

Nov 12th, 2017, Sunday – Time TBD – Am Devotion

Bahama’s       9:30am- 11:30am Program

Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 13th, 2017, Monday –  Time TBD – Am Devotion

At Sea      9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:30pm – 3:30pm Program

Nov. 14th, 2017, Tuesday –  Time TBD – Am Devotion

San Juan    9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 15th, 2017, Wednesday – Time TBD – Am Devotion

St Thomas    Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 16th, 2017, Thursday – Time TBD – Am Devotion

 At Sea   9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:30pm – 3:30pm Program

Nov. 17th, 2017, Friday –       Time TBD – Am Devotion

Half Moon Cay Private Island       10:00 – 11:30am Impromptu Memory Cafés on the Island

Optional Land Excursions

Nov.18th, 2017, Saturday –      Depart Ship

Ft. Lauderdale

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Contact Kathy Shoaf, RN, BSN, ATP


Phone: 219-608-2002 

Website:   EliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.com

E-mail:   Kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com




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Join Clarendale For Screenings Of “His Neighbor Phil”

Join Clarendale and

Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks:

FREE Screenings Of “His Neighbor Phil”


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There will be two showings, one at 10:00 a.m., and the other at 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Kathryn Dietrich at 815-464-4418.








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Screening Of His Neighbor Phil

Screening Of His Neighbor Phil

Join Us November 16th

At Saint Therese Of Woodbury at 1pm



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Free Treasure Coast Symposium provides information, hope for dementia caregivers

Free Treasure Coast Symposium

provides information,

hope for dementia caregivers

lori_with_radio Lori La Bey Host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Lori La Bey is a nationally-known speaker for Alzheimer’s. She is the founder of the Alzheimer’s Speaks, and her mission is to bring hope into a normally hopeless situation.

You have a chance to hear La Bey speak in the Treasure Coast at the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter’s 2015 Caregivers Symposium on Friday Sept. 18. The full-day event features La Bey as the keynote speaker. La Bey, who was a caregiver for her mother, will talk about how life can still be wonderful after a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

“There are so many hidden treasures in dementia. It can bring peace and joy,” La Bey said. “I want them to leave with the feeling that they are not alone.”

The educational Symposium will be held on Sept. 18 at the Charles and Rae Kane Center Council on Aging of Martin County, 900 SE Salerno Road, in Stuart. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the conference will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


In addition to the symposium, on Thursday, Sept. 17, there will be an exclusive showing of “His Neighbor Phil.” The movie is an emotional family drama about Alzheimer’s disease, which shows the real struggles and joys of caring for a loved one with dementia. La Bey will be the host at the free showing set for 1:30 p.m. at the Grace Place located on Salerno Road in Stuart. There will be a talk back session with the audience after the film to discuss its impact. The film just had its debut in Minnesota and received amazing reviews.

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The two other speakers at the Friday symposium will be Mara Botonis, author of “When Caring Takes Courage: A Guide for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and a 2015 Jefferson Award recipient; and Dottie Carson, a younger onset Alzheimer’s advocate who will share her own personal journey.

The free events are geared toward dementia caregivers or someone seeking more information about memory loss disorders.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Symposium, and respite is available upon request.

Please RSVP to the movie and symposium

online at http://tiny.cc/issa2x or 

call Donna True at 1-800-272-3900, extension 501

This event is made possible through the Lillian Becky Brockmann Trust.

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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

The Southeast Florida chapter serves Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The chapter advances efforts for researching a cure through fundraising with its signature event Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and provides support and educational services to more than 150,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers locally. For more information, please visit www.alz.org/seflorida.

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Red Carpet Event For “His Neighbor Phil” Was Massive Hit!

His Neighbor Phil Was Massive Hit

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What a beautiful evening at the Music Box Theater this past Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  HealthStar Home Health hosted the premiere of the new dementia film “His Neighbor Phil,” for the collation formed to get this film out to public.

Two Hollywood Stars Graced The Red Carpet

along with several local actors from Zumbrota where the film was shot.


Daniel Roebuck, well known for his roles in Matlock, Glee, Lost and the movie The Fugitive played Harvey, a loving husband doing the best he can to care for his wife Mary diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, played by Stephanie Zimbalist.  Their daughter, Isabel, is played by new comer Kristi Knudson, who delivers a powerful performance.   Isabel, helps for care her mother, but struggles not only with her own grief and loss, but the frustration of others in denial of Mary’s disease.Kristi by posterEllen Dolan, who played Margo in As the World Turns, plays the role of Charlie; a loving sister of Mary’s in search of alternative methods to support Mary.  While Mary’s mother played by Sally Kellerman, (Hot Lips on MASH) has to face the fact her daughter has dementia.

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Ellen Dolan (Charlie), Bob Bird (Phil) and Tim Balderramos (Lyle)

Additional Local Actors, Musicians And Crew Also Joined The Fun.

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Pam Potter Langley, Kristi Knudson, Lauren Jenkins (makeup artist) and Ronda Anderson

audience in the theaterThe audience laughed and cried together as this realistic and emotional film touched hearts showing how one person with living dementia impacts a whole community.  Here is what Gerontologist & Dementia Behavior Specialist, Eilon Caspi, had to say about this film:

“A rare, authentic, intimate, and attentive depiction into what it means for each individual in an ordinary family and to the family as a whole when a loved one develops Young-onset Alzheimer’s Disease (also called Early-onset Alzheimer’s or Working Age Alzheimer’s). The film represents a major contribution to raising awareness to this relatively unrecognized, often misunderstood, and grossly underserved subgroup of people living with this form of dementia (i.e. relative to the common form of Alzheimer’s disease which develops later in life).

Moving and powerful moments in the film capture beautifully some of the tremendous daily challenges, struggles, frustrations, and tensions caused by the disease. As importantly, it offers inspiring and uplifting portrayal of creative and effective approaches with which it is possible to alleviate the emotional pains experienced by people with this condition and bring them comfort, joy, and hope. These include the frequent engagement in personally tailored and enjoyable live music, active listening, and the…eventual…realization of the critical need to genuinely “tune into” the person’s subjective experience and inner world…no matter how illogical it may seem to family care partners.

Terrific way to start an open heart-to-heart conversation in every community about the personal, familial, community, and societal implications of living with Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease and the ways to support and preserve the dignity and personhood of these individuals and their family members.

Phenomenal acting! it was hard to believe after watching it that it was the first film of two of the main characters! ”

Here what people are saying about the His Neighbor Phil.

After the film Actors: Daniel Roebuck, Ellen Dolan, Kristi Knudson and Bob Bird took to the stage along with Director Scott Thompson for a Q and A with the audience.

Actors on stage Daniel Ellen Kristi Bob ScottThe audience loved hearing how the script came to be and why the Actors decided to get involved with this project.   There were a few behind the scenes stories shared and people wanted to know how the film will get out to others.

Director Scott Thompson and Actor Daniel Roebuck explained they are working on distribution deals.  Lori Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks who Emceed the event along with Brian McDonald of Synergy HomeCare explained the sponsor collation which has rights to show the film.  The marketing plan is to have sponsors host viewings, which will also have talk back sessions after the film to engage the audience and connect them to resources and local support services.

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The Sponsors Are:

Platinum Sponsors

HealthStar Home Health

Alzheimer’s Speaks

Synergy HomeCare

Gold Sponsors:

The Lutheran Home Association

Saint Therese Senior Living Communities

Bronze Sponsors:

Avinity Senior Communities

KeyStone Senior Living

Country Meadows Retirement Community

Leading Age Georgia

Senior Care Authority

A Big Thank You To Our Photographers Who

Volunteered Their Time To  Cover Our Event.

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Twin Cities Hit Show Discusses Dementia & His Neighbor Phil Launching This Week

Twin Cities Hit Show Discusses Dementia

& New Hollywood Film “His Neighbor Phil” Launching This Week


Listen in to our conversation about dementia and learn a bit more about the Hollywood film His Neighbor Phil as well as common questions family members ask and more about how to live with the disease.


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