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U.S. Department of Defense studies TBI and Alzheimer’s

U.S. Department of Defense Studies

TBI and Alzheimer’s

This is a great video from Mara Botonis, who works with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. Above you will hear Mara talk about the DoD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP). What a great initiative!

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Come To A Screening Of His Neighbor Phil In St Paul, MN On Oct 13th

Come To A Screening Of

“His Neighbor Phil”

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“Grandma” New Dementia Book For Children

“Grandma”

New Dementia Book For Children

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Come join the conversation at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST 11am  PST and 4pm London Time!

We will have an interesting conversation with Author, Jessica Shepherd from the UK.  Find out what motivated her to write a book for children about dementia.

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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.

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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.

mara_botonis_crop Mara Botonis,

2015 Jefferson Award recipient

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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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New Alzheimer’s and Dementia Film, “His Neighbor Phil,” Announces Release

    New Alzheimer’s and Dementia Film,

“His Neighbor Phil,” Announces Release

Realistic and Heartwarming Storyline

Touching Families Far and Wide

 A new film spotlighting the effects of Alzheimer’s disease is set to make its debut on August 29th in Minneapolis.

His Neighbor Phil, produced by My Town Pictures, tells the story of Harvey and his wife Mary, who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Mary’s memory loss and seeming obsession with their neighbor makes Harvey question his marriage. Through a touching twist, Harvey discovers the secret to bringing his beloved Mary back into the present.

The moving film stars several well-known actors, including Stephanie Zimbalist (“Remington Steele”), Daniel Roebuck (“The Fugitive”, “Lost”, “Glee”), Ellen Dolan (“As the World Turns”) and Oscar nominee Sally Kellerman (“M*A*S*H”).

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Written and directed by Scott Thompson, His Neighbor Phil also highlights the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on the family as a whole, not just the primary caregiver. His Neighbor Phil will debut Saturday, August 29th at a private screening at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis.

The film not only was produced in the small town of Zumbrota, Minnesota, but citizens of Zumbrota banded together to fund the majority of the film, provide meals and lodging to the cast and crew, and even had local actors take significant roles in the movie itself.

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The production also was funded significantly by a coalition of Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care related agencies including principal sponsor SYNERGY HomeCare, a national non-medical in-home care franchise organization. Additional funding and enormous support came from HealthStar Home Health and Alzheimer’s Speaks, where the idea to form a coalition of sponsors began. The Lutheran Home Association and Saint Therese senior care and communities were also key parts of the coalition dedicated to bringing this movie and its important message to the public. Additional sponsors are: Avinity Senior Living, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, KeyStone Senior Living, LeadingAge GA and Senior Care Authority.  Additional organizations are already expressing interest in joining the collaboration.

Healthcare experts weigh in on His Neighbor Phil:

“I LOVED this film…there were so many relatable, funny, poignant, humorous, heartbreaking and hopeful moments all captured within the fabric of a single family trying to stay connected to each other and their community through the power of music and love. You will recognize your loved one, your family, your friends and yourself somewhere in this film. I laughed, cried, cringed and cheered. It’s a must-see!”

Mara Botonis, Author of When Caring Takes Courage and the recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award

“This moving film shows the need for family and friends to rally together to help each other deal with Alzheimer’s disease, motivates our researchers to continue to develop promising treatments and methods of prevention and emphasizes the necessity to support research at centers such as ours.” – William H. Frey II, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Research Director, HealthPartners Center for Memory & Aging

““His Neighbor Phil” is a love story wrapped up in the complexity of a disease that shows no mercy. It’s real. It’s raw and yet through all of the trials and tribulations, it provides hope.” – Josie Di Chiara, Senior Vice President, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

“Alzheimer’s doesn’t just impact the affected; the disease takes a devastating toll on caregivers and the family as a whole. “His Neighbor Phil” accurately depicts that impact. It may provide some validation for Alzheimer’s patients and families and help them realize they’re not alone.” – Peter Tourian, Founder and CEO of SYNERGY HomeCare

““His Neighbor Phil” is indeed a great film and right on the money for accuracy in typical ‘key players’ and behaviors, reactions, approaches, beliefs, and common concerns regarding dementia. I am sure ‘first timers’ as well as those who have made their journey will resonate with the film allowing new conversations to happen, awareness to grow, and belief that we can CHOOSE to make a positive difference in how people living with dementia are able to live their lives.” – Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA Dementia Care & Training Specialist

“And also as someone who was diagnosed with dementia myself 7 years ago aged just 50 it resonated and touched me so much. It’s so refreshing to see such a positive ending at the end when many of these films are not. It’s a film not only for carers, but also for those with early to mid-stage dementia to enjoy. It’s also a story of hope and important family values, through thick and thin times, thoroughly enjoyable.”

Norrms Mc Namara, Diagnosed with dementia (at age 50) seven years ago and STILL FIGHTING IT! Founder of the Global Purple Angel dementia awareness campaign

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About My Town Pictures

In 2004, My Town Pictures began producing original feature-length films in communities of any size and anywhere, as an opportunity for those communities to experience the creative excitement of making a movie in their own hometown. More than fifty films later, My Town Pictures remains dedicated to that mission. For more information, please visit www.mytownpictures.com

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An Amazing Lady Leading The Charge Against Dementia

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Leading The Charge!

Get your tissues as you listen to a very humble Mara Botonis as she receives the National Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.  This woman is amazing, and I am so lucky to be able to call her my friend.  Please check out her website and pick up the free tools she has to offer. 

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Don’t forger to check out her book “When Caring Takes Courage” and drop her a line of thanks for all the wonderful work she has one and is doing to raise awareness and help those live with dementia.

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Dementia: Keeping Safe In Todays World – Project Life Saver

Keeping Safe In Todays World –

Project Life Saver

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For World Alzheimer’s Month Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio has done several additional programs, but todays show will be a full two hour show dedicated to “Keeping Safe in Todays World.  We will be highlighting Project Life Saver and how it can be utilized to live safely.

project lifesaver logoOur Guests Today Include:

project lifesafer gene suanders photoChief Executive Officer and Founder of Project Lifesaver International,

Gene Saunders

Mara Botonis Head ShotAuthor Mara Botonis of “When Caring Takes Courage”

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rick phelps with samRick Phelps, diagnosed with dementia and founder of “Memory People”

& Author of “While I still Can”

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We would also appreciate your efforts to share this episode with family, friends and colleagues on FaceBook, Google Circles, LinkedIn, Twitter and more.

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