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3 Board Certified Music Therapists Share Their Amazing New Book

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Three Board Certified Music Therapists join us to discuss

their new book “Music, Memory and Meaning.”

Tuesday, December 19th at 2pm EST, 1pm CST,12pm MST,11am PST and 7pm London

Dementia – Music, Memory and Meaning

Our radio host, Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks will be interviewing three board certified music therapists: Tara Jenkins, Meredith Hamons and Cathy Befi-Hensel; who are the authors of the new amazing book “Music, Memory and Meaning.”

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The Long Hello – Memory, My Mother and Me

The Long Hello –

Memory, My Mother and Me

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Join Us Friday, April 15th, 2016 – Click Above to Listen Live

2:00pm EST, 1:00pm CST, 12:00pm MST, 11:00am PST and 7:00pm London Time

Today we will talk with author Cathie Borrie who has written a beautiful book called “The Long Hello,” which shares her personal story of learning to live with her mother and her diagnosis of dementia in a gracious and grateful way.

Contact Cathie Borrie via her website:   cathieborrie.com

You are invited to celebrate the launch of the U.S. edition of The Long Hello ~ Memory, My Mother, and Me by Cathie Borrie 

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 For those not able to attend, books are available here: http://bit.ly/1LUHHaS

​Date: Wednesday, April 20th

Time: 6-8:30pm

The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery 

2nd Floor – 537 Broadway,  New York 

Includes a reading by Cathie Borrie, 

accompanied by actor Jill Eikenberry


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Reviews on The Long Hello – Memory, My Mother, and Me

A Powerful, Ground-Shifting Account of Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s


Maya Angelou, author, poet, civil rights activist

“A sparse yet deeply affecting poetic story of love and devotion . . . that will pierce and heal the heart.”

Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

“A graceful dance between mother and daughter through the ever-changing rhythms of Alzheimer’s disease. Beautiful and profound . . . One of my favourite books on the topic!”

G.Allen Power, MD, author of Dementia Beyond Drugs and Beyond Disease

“An exceptional book about caring for people with dementia that offers a paradigm-shifting approach to maintaining relationship.  Borrie enters deeply into her mother’s world, and a poetic dialogue of mutual love and respect is the result.  Should be required reading for everyone caring for people with dementia, and included in the syllabus of healthcare professionals learning how to do so.”

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International 

“Cathie Borrie has learned how to respect the wisdom in her mother’s free associations.  The Long Hello will touch deeply all who love.

Naomi Feil, author of V/F Validation: The Feil Method

“A loving, dutiful daughter writes about her desperate confrontation with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. Though she holds degrees in public health and law, her vocation is clearly creative nonfiction. . . As Borrie presents them, her mother’s non sequiturs, surely a badge of Alzheimer’s, make a wonderful kind of poetry, mysterious and even witty. Journal entries combine for a short, poignant record of two lives, a moving history of a mother and her child.”

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~The Book~

Cathie Borrie has advanced degrees in health and law, and even trained as a nurse, but nothing prepared her for the experience of caring for her mother, Jo, while she was living with Alzheimer’s disease. After many wrong turns in trying to bring back the person her mother used to be, Cathie realized that her role was to follow, not lead – something she learned in studying ballroom dance.

Delighted by the things Jo would say, she decided to tape their conversations, and a wondrously poetic dialogue unfolded. In Borrie’s spare prose, her mother’s story becomes a family’s story as well as a deeply loving portrait that embraces life.  Cathie performs theatrical readings at international conferences on Alzheimer’s and caregiving.

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Look out, Sudoku! Great NEW Book For Those Diagnosed With MCI

Great NEW Book

For Those Diagnosed With MCI

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Look out, Sudoku! 

Keep Your Brain Stronger for Longer offers a fantastic tool to help people exercise their brain. This book is ideal for those diagnosed with  MCI (Mild cognitive Impairment),  EOAD (Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease) as well as anyone interested in maintaining their own brain health including those caring for them.

The book also helps us understand cognition affects much more than just memory loss, dispelling some of the myths and stigmas associated with dementia. Kudos Tonia Vojtkofsky, PsyD, for pulling together such a great resource!

Anyone who takes a look in the book will see immediately these are not just memory or recall exercises. Through a variety of specific exercises one will they have been purposely developed to work the areas of the brain that manages:



Executive Functioning



Processing Speed



Visual-Spatial Skills

Personally I love the wide variety of exercises offered in “Keep You Brain Stronger For Longer.”  I found each of them challenging, fascinating and fun to do.

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The File Clerks of Our Minds

By Carole Larkin 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was an office where two clerks took important information people gave them and filed it away for later use. This office looked much like most other offices of its type. There was a long front counter where people would come to bring their information, two desks for the two file clerks and, in the back, rows upon rows of file cabinets to hold the information brought into the office. The file clerks’ names were Ella and Fino. Ella was the clerk who took the information from the people as they came in. She put the papers in a basket for Fino to pick up and put into the file cabinets in the back. They had worked together for years and years. They knew each other very well. They worked perfectly together. All was well.

But one day, Ella wasn’t feeling well, not well at all, but she didn’t want to go home from work; she needed the money. Ella was tired and a little cranky. She really didn’t want to carry the information she received over to Fino’s basket. So that day, instead of taking everything she received to Fino’s basket, she started throwing some of it in the trash can located right under the counter; not much, just a little bit. Fino, who was busy filing, never noticed. The trash was taken away that night, and all evidence of Ella’s little secret duty-shirking was gone.

Ella came back the next day and thinks, “ Hmmmm, maybe I’m on to something here. Life can get a little easier for me at work. All I have to do is throw the information in the trash instead of giving it to Fino. I think I’ll do it again today and see what happens.” And so she did. Again, Fino didn’t notice. She just kept on with her filing of the information.

As time goes by, Ella starts throwing a teeny bit more into the trash can every day, but more people are bringing more information in as well, so Fino never notices.” Well,” Ella thinks to herself, “I’ve got a great thing working for me here: less work for the same pay! I’m gonna keep doing this, and throw away even more, from now on.” And so she does.  More time passes, and by now Ella is throwing away almost half of what was taken in. Amazingly, Fino who is still hard at work never notices Ella throw the information into the trash because she’s frantically rushing around trying to do her job.

More time goes by. Then one day, Fino stubbed her toe while rushing around like crazy, and stopped to rub it. She looks up, and for the first time sees Ella throwing papers in the garbage instead of putting them in her basket. Fino is outraged. “How dare she (Ella) be a slacker while I (Fino) am rushing around like crazy to get the job done? Well, I’ll show her!” and with that Fino gets a garbage can from behind the building, drags it into the back corner and starts throwing a little bit of  information from the file drawers into that garbage can. “Two can play this game.” She harrumphs. So on and on they go, Ella in the front, and now Fino in the back, dumping more and more information into the trash.

One day, someone come in and wanted the information that Ella and Fino filed away. Ella went back to the file cabinet where it was supposed to be filed and, oops, it wasn’t  there!  Ella called Fino and they both searched for it, but It was nowhere to be found. Ella must have thrown it out, or if it was very recent, maybe Fino threw it out. Either way, it was not there to be given back to the person. The person stomped out angry as all get out, and Ella and Fino were embarrassed. Nevertheless, they both went back to throwing out the information in their areas at an even greater level than before.

You know what’s coming now, don’t you? Yep. Finally, it was all thrown out. Fino and Ella have nothing to do. The company decided they weren’t needed any more. They were fired! Woe is me!!!!! They ended up homeless and living under the bridge.

So, what is our take away lesson? The first lesson is: if it’s never taken in it can’t be retrieved. The second lesson is:  after a long period of time, even if it was taken in, it still may not be retrieved.

And so, everybody, this is how our memory works. Ella is our hippocampus (a portion of our brain). If she dogs it- the information never is put in and so can’t be taken out. If Fino dogs it, even if the information is taken in, it may still not be able to be taken out. Depending on when the information came to the office, you may or may not ever get it out.

Your final take away lesson is: think before you use the word “remember?” to a person with a dementia, because maybe they won’t be able to remember, and you will both be embarrassed.

carole_larkin_pic_jpegBy Carole Larkin  MA, CMC, CAEd, DCP, QDCS, EICS is an expert in Alzheimer’s and related Dementias care. She has a Master’s of Applied Gerontology from the University of North Texas, is a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator, is a Dementia Care Practitioner, is a Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, and an Excellence in Care Specialist at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, as well as a Certified Trainer/Facilitator of the groundbreaking dementia care training tool, the Virtual Dementia Tour Experience She is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She consults with families telephonically nationwide on problems related to the Dementias. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX, and her website is www.thirdageservices.com.

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Memories Of Music by our friend Norrms McNamara

Music plays such a big part in my life. If I am in the kitchen, The radio`s on, if we are eating a meal, the CD`s are on and even in the bathroom the radio plays away as I wash and shave. Because of my night terrors (which can keep half the street up!! LOL) I now go to bed about an hour before my wife and listen to my local radio station through my headphones on my walkman and have found that because of this my night terrors have almost diminished into nothing but normal nightmares. Who knows why? But if it works for me then it gives everybody else including my long suffering “Angel” Elaine some much needed sleep!!

Last night whilst listening to the radio it played an hour of the sixties and a number one from 1967 called “When you Going to San Francisco” Suddenly I was transported back to being 10 years old again. I felt the same nervousness as I did way back then about leaving primary school and going on to big school. As I closed my eyes I imagined being sat there on a cushion in front of the telly at mum and dad’s with the fire roaring at my back. At the side of me were two wall cupboards where mum used to keep all her shoe polishes and dads tools were in there as well. I could actually smell the Cherry Blossom polish wafting up my nose like a smell of a long gone age. On the television was wrestling from the Wryton Stadium with Mick Mc Manus and the Royal Brothers. I was ten again and loved every minute of it!!!

Before I knew it I had opened my eyes and I was back in my bed in Torquay (With Alzheimer’s) and the reality of everything that is going on hit home once again!!

BUT!!! And as you know, there is usually a BUT with me, this got me thinking????

There are some great groups starting up in this country regarding Dementia and particularly in the south west of England where I live called “Singing for the Brain” Amongst people with Dementia this has proved to be a great success in helping people who have been withdrawn to come out of their shell a little more and not only to join in the singing but remembering the song without looking at the words!! These are great strides towards helping people who suffer from this awful disease to learn how to socialise again and get a little bit of their memories back as well as a little independence.

I am honoured that I have been asked to speak as guest speaker on the recruitment drives to hopefully find volunteers all over the south west of England to set up these “Singing for the Brain” groups and hopefully help them on their way to being successful.

Adding to this I wondered if it would be a good idea not only to play songs from “Long Ago” to a loved one or a client, but also music from five or ten years ago, as sometimes memories from long ago are the last to go and as I know from personal experience these are easy to remember, it’s the last few years/months that I have trouble with.

A conversation could be held with loved ones and relatives to find out if the person with dementia enjoyed a particular concert just before being diagnosed, or what was their favourite music which they have forgotten? This could then be played to see if there is a reaction or a memory stirred from within? I have always thought that music plays a much bigger part in our lives than we realise so to play music from down the years and not just from years ago could be so beneficial.

I suppose the million dollar question is “Does it help me?” And my answer is a resounding YES!!!! So if it works for me, it might just work for others.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you as hopefully I have helped to maybe, in my own humble way, to stir a few memories amongst people with this awful disease, and if not, I would love to bet they enjoyed the music anyway so what harm can it do???LOL LOL

As always, very best wishes, Norrms, Elaine and family xxxxxxxxxx

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