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A Note From Norrms on The Purple Angel

happy 1st birthdayTo All Purple Angel Ambassadors across the globe:









Check out this link to see the progress being made.

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Dementia – The Impact On Young Caregivers & The Power Of Poetry

Dementia –

The Impact On Young Caregivers

& The Power Of Poetry

Tuesday, Nov. 4th on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Live 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London

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Alzheimer’s Speaks loves to raise awareness and help people connect to the resources, tools and products to help those living with dementia, live in comfort and with purpose. Please join the conversation.   Call in or use the chat box to tell us your thoughts about dementia and caregiving

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Our First Guest will be Chris Wynn, Documentary Filmmaker. 

Chris Wynn picChris made the film “Forgetful Not Forgotten,” which was about his personal family experience with his Fathers dementia. Chris is currently working on a feature documentary project about younger caregivers dealing with a parent with Early Onset Alzheimer’s called “Much Too Young.”

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Our second hour we will learn how poetry can help people with dementia connect and have fun. 

molly meyers photoToday we will talk with Molly Middleton Meyer who is the founder of Mind’s Eye Poetry. She works with dementia patients using a facilitation process that includes sensory props, poetry recitation, and memory triggering questions. Molly not only helps those with Alzheimer’s recapture memories, but she also provides a much-needed outlet for creative expression and empowerment.  Listen in and feel free to call in or use the chat box to ask Molly questions.

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Glen Campbell’s Film “I’ll Be Me” Is Out And Worth Seeing!

Glen Campbell’s Film

“I’ll Be Me”

You Will Laugh and Cry,

But Most Of All

You Will Be Touched

By This Powerful Film

Call a theater close to you to find out if the movie is playing.

If Not, Let Them Know It Should Be!

Normally, I’m not a big fan of celebrity advocacy for dementia.  I know many will say big names equal a big following, but when it comes to dementia we need more then people showing up one time for a performance to be entertained.

We need people that are going to be emotionally touched by a celebrity performance or advocacy. Touched in a way that lasts long beyond walking out of a theater or event.  One which shifts their perceptions and educates them at the same time.  One that makes people think.  One having a strong impact getting people wanting to discuss what they have just experienced.  One that ignites a passion to join a cause effecting so many.  One that develops compassion and creativity to make a difference.

Glen Campbell’s Documentary, “I’ll Be Me,” Does Just That! 

Kudos to Glen, his wife Kim, his children, friends and peers in the music industry.  Each of you played a powerful role in raising awareness for Dementia.  You showed the true impact this disease has on everyday relationships. How it changes lives no matter who you are. How popular you’ve been or are, how much money made or currently have, where you live, how old you are… and the list goes on….

Nothing Can Protect You From This Disease. 

My hope is that one day soon one of the many big names in this film will take the bull by the horns and pull together a fund raising single, like a “We Are The World,” the benefit single for victims of famine in Africa. It raised over $60 Million, which was distributed to Ethiopia, Sudan, and other impoverished countries.  Or better yet maybe a “Live Aid Concert for Dementia!”  With so much talent, being just as vulnerable to this disease as the rest of us, they could truly make a huge impact on finding a cure and providing support services for those living with the disease.

Just a few of the stars featured in this film who know and love Glen Campbell are:  Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift.  If you know any of these influential people or others in power positions, please reach out to them and have a conversation about pulling a star studded group together to raise funds to improve lives of people around he world. It is done all the time for major disasters.

 This Is A Major Disaster. 

It just doesn’t happen to be weather or war related.  This is an international health crisis which will touch everyone in their lifetime on some level. A person every 4 seconds somewhere in the world is diagnosed with dementia. The numbers are frightening and our budgets to dealing with both research dollars and social support are embarrassingly low!  It is time to come together as world.  To join forces to improve lives and really make a difference.

There Is No Escaping It!

Here is where the show is playing in my area in Minnesota

Marcus Theater – Oakdale, MN

AMC Southdale – Edina , MN

Regal Brooklyn Center Stadium 20 – Brooklyn Center, MN

lori_with_radioFor all of those involved or who wished they would have been involved in this film, or for those like me who just saw the the film; I would love to have you on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio to discuss why you felt this was an important film and how it had an impact on your life, what you are willing to commit to, to help raise awareness and educate others or to help support those dealing with the disease.  What you would like to see in the future regarding dementia. What ideas do you have to make a difference to help shift our care culture?

Contact Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks to be part of a radio show.  I would actually love to set a special 2 hour show to allow people time to reflect and share their thoughts across the globe.  For those of you that know me, you know I feel strongly about having open and honest conversations which allow us to shift our care culture for Dementia from Crisis to Comfort.

Kudos to the Glen Campbell family and those involved in making this incredibly honest film.  What a beautiful gift to the world this was.

I’m sure the family has taken some heat for exposing this disease and what some might say as “using” Glen in the process.  I know what that feels like. It’s awful.  My own mother had the disease for 30 years.  We had plenty of time to discuss how to leverage an awful disease, an awful situation and make it beneficial to others. There is power in having purpose.  Glen shinned through in this film even as the disease nibbled away at him.  Glen had purpose.  He was able to link to what he loved and could do it way longer then the doctors ever imagined possible. Sharing true loving stories of real life is never a bad things, once we step outside our egos and understand it’s for the greater good.

Again, I say “Kudos Campbell family for having the strength and courage to make Glen’s life full as well as his family, friends and fans doing what he loved for as long as he could.”

Dementia Knows No Boundaries.

We Shouldn’t Either.

So Join the Global Cause

To Shift Our Dementia Care From Crisis to Comfort

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A Big THANK YOU To National Tour Sponsors

Of  “I’ll Be Me”

PointClickCare, Pathway Health, CliftonLarsonAllen, Covenant Health Network, HJ Sims, Essential Decisions, Inc., Attitude Edge Companies, Messerli & Kramer P.A., Disney Family Fund, Easter Seals, Leading Age and to our Minnesota Sponsors where I saw the film: UCare, Volunteers of America, Mayo Clinic, Open Heart Foundation and Aging Services of Minnesota

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The Seven Steps of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet

The Seven Steps of the

Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet

Everyone wants to boost their brain power, retard brain age, avoid dementia and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as all the chronic diseases of our modern times.  These days we have instant news, instant money, instant communication, instant information, and instant gratification, and we’re stressed out like never before. Stress, no longer an abstract concept, is a physiological condition that can affect all of our bodily systems and contribute to heart disease, many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other prevalent diseases of our time.

What you eat can either help prevent disease or help cause it. The standard American diet, with its emphasis on refined grains, big portions, and unhealthy fats, exacerbates the effects of stress and pushes the body’s nutritional limits. Using food as peaceful medicine can help to bring balance back to your body and fend off illness. The steps described below are not part of an extreme diet or rigid food pyramid, which, based on my 25 years of experience as a physician, are neither effective nor necessary for most people. They are a set of basic, flexible principles which will put you on a continuum, moving toward a plant-based diet that’s low in calories and high in nutrient-dense, organic foods.  This program is a foundation for you to build on as you strive for the best possible health and the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.

1) Detoxify Your Body

The human gastrointestinal system is like an elastic pipe; this pipe can trap waste, and toxins may be absorbed as a result, creating a foundation for illness. Periodic fasting – two or three times a year – is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It cleanses your digestive tract, detoxifies and revitalizes your body, and lifts your spirit – and it’s a great way to start the transition into the complete program.

2) Beware of “Alarm Foods”

Certain foods and substances – such as sugar, pasta, red meat, deep-fried snacks, caffeine, and alcohol – tend to cause an “alarm reaction,” a signal of artificial stimulation and inflammation, in your body. Eating alarm foods regularly, particularly when you’re stressed, can put your body in a state of perpetual arousal. Chronic stress creates free radicals, which can cause gene mutations that may lead to cancer, as well as the cellular inflammation that can contribute to illnesses such as heart disease, memory loss, arthritis, anemia, fibromyalgia, asthma, and allergies.

 3) Seek Out Omega 3s and Increase Your Intake of Fruits and Vegetables

Clearly, the type of fats you consume has a powerful effect on your health. While many alarm foods contain saturated fat, which causes inflammation, food containing omega-3 fatty acids or good fats has been shown to inhibit inflammation. So start incorporating omega-3-rich flaxseed oil, olive oil, salmon, and tuna into your diet, and keep snacks such as almonds and pumpkin seeds on hand. Vegetables and fruits are the antithesis of alarm foods: They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and they distribute antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds to all your cells. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only a third of US adults consume two or more fruits per day, and only a quarter eat three or more veggies per day. As you can tell, as a population we are still a long way away from using food as medicine.

4) Go Organic and Steer Clear of GMOs

Pesticides may be  contributing factors in a long list of diseases-including Parkinson’s, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and several forms of cancer-and they may be hazardous to the developing immune and nervous systems of small children. Some research shows that from a nutritional standpoint, organically grown food is higher in many minerals than conventional food. Less is known about the health effects of GMOs – no long-term studies of genetically engineered (GE) foods have been conducted on humans.  The new organic-food laws should make buying organic less of a guessing game. And while it’s difficult to completely avoid GMOs – nearly 70 percent of produce, on U.S. grocery-store shelves contain some GMO ingredients – it’s critical to look for “GMO free” labels in health-food stores and on package labeling.

5) Discover Juicing

Many fruits and vegetables, when juiced using a juice extractor, become a concentrated form of nutritional energy.  Unlike processed, packaged juices, fresh juices are alive, with enzymes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and all the phytonutrients you need to send a positive healing message to your body and brain. Juicing should not be used instead of eating your fruits and veggies, though. It can be a very nice complement to a healthy diet, but your body still needs the fiber from the produce, because it aids digestion and regulates blood sugar levels.

6) Clean Up Your (Protein) Act

This approach allows for plenty of protein while limiting your intake of fat. I have seen countless patients on low protein diets complain of low energy, fatigue, depression, and poor memory; these symptoms improve or disappear when their protein intake is increased. For people who exercise frequently, I recommend a diet containing about 40 percent protein (which is essential for building and maintaining muscle strength), 15-20 percent good fats, and 35-40 percent complex carbohydrates (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables).

7) Shop Consciously and Eat Mindfully

Healing with food should begin even before the food arrives at the table. It’s important to be mindful when selecting food; if you are frenetic when shopping, you will tend to make the wrong choices. Take a moment to clear your mind with a few deep breaths before entering the supermarket. This will help you buy healthy food and avoid responding to subliminal advertising messages. Mealtimes themselves can be an oasis of comfort and healing – or quite the opposite. With a little conscious effort, you can create a divine space in which to enjoy your food.

Follow all 7 of these guidelines and you will give a huge boost to your brain power!  To find out more and stay in touch, click here.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

President and Medical Director


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