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Clergy Against Alzheimer’s Network and Open Mic

Clergy Against Alzheimer’s Network and Open Mic

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We go live Tuesday December 23rd at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London time.

USAgainstAlzheimer’s Clergy Network will be join us to discuss their new book released, “Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers”.  Joining us will be: Dr. Daniel Potts, Rabbi Steven Glazer, Dr. Richard Morgan and Lynda Everman.

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Dr. Daniel Potts – Cognitive Dynamics or Dementia Dynamics

usaginst alz danny potts logo Cognitive Dynamics LogoRabbi  Steven Glazer

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Dr. Richard Morgan

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Lynda Everman and Stamp Out Alzheimer’s

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Open Mic On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio –

Celebrating The Holiday Season. 

Let your voice be heard.

Before another holiday season slips by us, we would love to hear from you.  What are your struggling with during this time of year?  What are you grateful for?  Are you holding to your normal family traditions or have you made some adjustments?

We all know the holidays can be a beautiful and stressful time of the year.  For some, it’s down right depressing.  Here on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio we believe it’s ok to feel a variety of emotions and we want to be a safe place for people to share  and support one another.

Call in at (714) 364-4757 or use the chat box to talk with us.  Together, we can make a difference to improve our dementia care culture.

Need a great gift for someone with dementia? 

Check out Alzheimer’s Music Connect for a variety of gifts year round.

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Join Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and Max Wallack Author Of The Amazing Children’s Book On Dementia

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and Max Wallack

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Author Of The Amazing Children’s Book On Dementia


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A Story of Love and Respect

Well you all know by now how much I love my job because I’m always excited about my guests; but today is extra special.  We are so lucky to have with us Max Wallack who is a young man who is walking his talk with dementia.  Max’s journey with his grandmother who had Alzheimer’s has set this man on a path where he is making unbelievable strides.  He is a researcher, started an organization called Puzzle to Remember and now has co-authored a book called “Why did Grandma Put Her Underwear In The Refrigerator?”

Max’s co-author, Carolyn Given will join our discussion,along with Emma Richman.  I hope you can join us as well.

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Tender Book Teaches Children about Alzheimer’s Disease

Trailblazing Teen Researcher

Wins Accolades for Best-Seller

 Tender Book Teaches Children

about Alzheimer’s Disease


July 18, 2013, Boston, MA– At age five, Max Wallack learned to cope with his great-grandmother’s Alzheimer’s symptoms. Forgetfulness was the least of her problems: Max experienced her fears, episodes of irrational behavior, incontinence – even escape attempts. But Wallack didn’t just cope. He devoted himself to easing her suffering. By second grade, he had invented adaptive equipment to help her with mobility, and at age 12 he founded www.PuzzlesToRemember.org, a non-profit charity that distributes therapeutic puzzles at no cost to Alzheimer’s facilities worldwide.

Wallack continues to dedicate his life to improving the lives of those with Alzheimer’s, but his heart has longed to calm the fears of the disease’s youngest caregivers, like the one he once was, himself. With this goal in mind, the 17-year-old college junior reached out to his teacher and mentor, Carolyn Given, to co-author a book uniquely aimed at teaching caregiving and coping strategies to children. The result is a tender, poignant story of hope, love, and learning as seven year-old Julie navigates increasing lapses in Grandma’s behavior.

Amazon’s #3 best-selling children’s book throughout its June 29 release week (and currently a Top 100 best-seller), Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? shares easy-to-understand explanations of what happens inside the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and how to cope with memory loss, a missed holiday, or even a missing Grandma! This 40-page, fully illustrated children’s book lovingly shares strategies, scientific insights, and lessons of dignity to which children and adults can both relate, and from which caregivers of any age may richly benefit.

As is Max’s way, the bulk of all proceeds will benefit multiple Alzheimer’s causes.

 Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear In The Refrigerator? provides insight into what families around the world deal with on a day-to-day basis. Max’s easy-to-understand presentation makes it perfect to help teach children about Alzheimer’s disease.

 — Lori La Bey, CEO of Alzheimer’s Speaks

 You should buy this book for any child who has a relative facing Alzheimer’s Disease…. This book is an incredible inspiration. Thank you Max Wallack for sharing from your heart.

 — Cheryl Greene, co-founder, Dr. Greene.com

Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? should be required reading for every person that teaches, guides, or interacts directly with children (worldwide).

 — Bob DeMarco, founder, Alzheimer’s Reading Room

Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?

 By Max Wallack and Carolyn Given


 Available at Amazon.com

The Authors:

WALLACKMax Wallack is a 17 year old junior at Boston University as well as a researcher in the Molecular Psychiatry in Aging Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. Max was a caregiver to his great grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease.  In 2008, he founded http://www.PuzzlesToRemember.org, a 501(c)3 organization that has supplied more than 23,000 puzzles to Alzheimer’s facilities around the world. A Max Wallcke cropped 2member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Max gives research presentations at national conferences and publishes articles in respected scientific journals. He has received numerous national awards for his work on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients, including the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award and the President’s Call to Service Medal. Max plans to become a geriatric psychiatrist, working with Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

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Carolyn_GivenCarolyn Given is an experienced caregiver herself and an acclaimed middle and high school educator with particular interest in intergenerational programming. Prior to her teaching career, she served as her town’s Council on Aging Director and later became cover-story writer and editor of The Senior Advocate (now called the Fifty Plus Advocate Newspaper), a Massachusetts-based mature market publication. Most recently she was the recipient of an award from the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women. Wallack and Given have created a book that is a necessity for the 35.6 million families worldwide currently touched by this incurable disease.

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A Dementia  Book

Every Family & Professional Needs


Here are my thoughts after reading the book. 

Keep in mind I had tears running down my face as I read the book, not because it was sad or scary, but because it explained dementia in such a beautiful and simple fashion.  I still remember forty years ago at the age of 13, when my great aunt forgot my name and who I was.  I was devastated.  No one, not even my mother had a good explanation for what was happening.

All I heard over and over was,

“That’s what happens when people grow old Lori.  They go senile.  You didn’t do anything wrong.  It’s just what happens.”

It’s Time Celebration


This book shows and explains to the reader what is happening and why.  It answers the questions of what do we do now?   It shows the reader how to interact with someone who has been diagnosed in a loving and respectful fashion.  It teaches us not to loose our relationship to illness, but to adapt life to the imperfections we all have.

Consider me a raving fan who will shout from the mountain tops the need for this book to go viral.  Although written as a children’s book, don’t miss the lessons it offers because you are an adult.  This book is for everyone!

What a perfect gift for a family dealing with the disease.  Even for those recently diagnosed, what a beautiful story it tells of love, compassion and inclusion.

Kudos to Max Wallack and Carolyn Given  for this fantastic book which paints such a beautiful picture for us about what person centered care is truly about.  Please know it is an honor for me, to tell others about such a wonderful book that I truly feel with help millions of people who are struggling to cope with this disease.

Keep in mind 50% of the proceeds of this book will go for

Alzheimer’s Research and the care of Alzheimer’s Patients.

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This is a great article from the Boston University (BU) Today.

Max Wallack is not your ordinary teen.  He is on a personal mission to end Alzheimer’s disease.  This is a fascinating story of an extraordinary person.  I hope you take the time to read the full story.

During last month’s spring break, when many students were sunning themselves on beaches or catching up on sleep, Max Wallack traveled to Los Angeles to deliver a poster presentation at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s annual conference. His subject was the role that ACE inhibitors—a class of drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease—could play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Heady stuff, especially when you consider that BU sophomore Wallack is just 16.  READ MORE


Photo by Vernon Doucette

Wallack with his mentor, Wendy Qiu, who heads the Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry in Aging at BU’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

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Photo courtesy of Max Wallack

Max Wallack (CAS’15) with his great-grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, who died of Alzheimer’s disease when he was 10.

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Help Max Wallack win  so he can donate the funds to Alzheimer’s Research
On Thursday, Max found out that he is the recipient of $1000 for my “cause” from KidsWhoGive.com. This will be donated for Alzheimer’s research. He also found out that this morning the Kids Who Give website went live with their “run off” competition between their 9 2012 winners. One student will get $10,000 for their cause. Max would certainly like to bring in $10,000 for Alzheimer’s research! Each person is allowed to vote once per day from today until Feb 5. It would be great if you could vote, post on facebook, post at work, and anywhere and everywhere else in order to get as many votes as possible. It’s a great opportunity for people to provide funds for Alzheimer’s research at no cost to themselves! Here is the URL:

Thanks for your help in advance!
Lori La Bey

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