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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

By: Michelle Remold

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It’s a day when we remember those who have served our country in the military. As my family was decorating my grandfather’s grave today, I can’t help but think about him as he had such a profound effect on me. My grandpa served in World War II. Although I was fairly young, I can still remember some of the stories he told me about serving in the army.

When I was in second grade, my teacher gave us an assignment to write about someone that was our hero. I chose my grandpa. I can remember drawing a picture of him in his army clothes and writing ever so carefully on the lined paper, “My Hero is my Grandpa .” At the time I wrote about how my grandpa was in World War II, told me stories about the war, and showed me things he had from the war. Most of all the last words I wrote were “he is very special to me.”

However, as my grandpa got older, he developed Alzheimer’s. Even then he was my hero. He lived with Alzheimer’s for a little more than ten years. As I watched the disease progress and think back, I realize that he was still my hero. Living with Alzheimer’s, he still managed to smile and laugh every time we visited him.

In my mind, I will forever be the little girl who was attached to my grandpa’s hip and holding his hand when he was around. As I write this, the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” is playing in my mind. Each time I hear this song, I realize that my grandpa will always be my hero and the number one person I look up to. As I continue on my journey of working in the Gerontology field, my grandpa will continue to be ‘the wind beneath my wings.’

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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Students And Dementia – What’s The Connection

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??????????????????????????????? michelle_northfield_senior_center_logoMichelle Remold, a college student and one of her professors Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh, at the University of Northern Iowa will join us today to discuss the impact of dementia on up and coming generations.

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Our second guest will be Marla Kurtz, CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) whose main population are individual’s suffering from various forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. She has taken her education, knowledge, years of experience, and skills set to create opportunities for those who are unable to participate in community based programs and bring leisure opportunities to those who are remaining at home “aging in place.”

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Expanding Your Tool Box for Dementia

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Our first guest Rae-Lynn Cebul Ziegler is the author of Let’s Look Together – An Interactive Picture Book for People with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Memory Loss. I think you will be surprised at what you learn via her research and how it can help both professionals and family members.  We had a great conversation and a surprising one I think for many, at what types of pictures were chosen, how and why they were positioned on the page and the fact there are no words with the photos.

Get some great insight how to have an engaging “failure free conversation.”

raelynn picRae-Lynn’s professional experience is in occupational therapy with a specialty certification in sensory integration (learning theory based on how the body’s nervous system takes in information and then organizes it for meaningful daily use).  This sparked the concept of how the book was created to work. She successfully engaged minds that were less able to concentrate and respond. The book is a tool to empower supportive communication, meaningful interactions – to keep, and maintain connections both neurological and relational!

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???????????????????????????????Michelle Remold is one of Alzheimer’s Speaks interns. Come hear her story and why she is a passionate advocate for dementia and what she is doing to make a difference. If you have not read any of her blog posts, I encourage you to do so. Michelle always shares great insights on how we can make a difference to shift our dementia care culture.

You can reach Michelle by Email: remoldm@uni.edu

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