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They Are Here! 2017 Move For Minds – Power Panel Videos

They Are Here!

2017 Move For Minds –

Power Panel Videos

Maria Shriver and Equinox Sports Clubs joined together in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event benefiting the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement in its mission to fund research that will wipe out this mind blowing disease.  Participants were able to experience a unique mind-body workout class, an exclusive marketplace with brain healthy snacks, and an engaging panel discussion featuring superstars of brain research, fitness, nutrition and more. Get involved for 2018! moveforminds.org.

I can’t wait to see what Maria lines up for next year!

Check out the video below and get great information.

For those of you that follow me, as per your request I have pulled together my segments for you, so you can take a quick peak, but please when you have time listen to all of this panels.

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Learn About The A-List & How Dementia Research Will Improve Lives

Learn About The A-List

& How Dementia Research

Will Improve Lives

 A missing piece in Alzheimer’s research is hearing from those who are closest to the disease.  Don’t miss the opportunity to be heard. Join us Tuesday, May 30th and learn how you can let Researchers know What Matters Most to you and your loved ones.

Listen and learn from our panel of experts each a powerhouse as an advocate and activist for dementia. Meryl Comer, Ginny Biggar, Terry Frangiosa and Greg O’Brien.

  • You will hear how this journey is tough, even for those with resources and those who work in the area.
  • Learn how we can all learn and grow through our dementia journeys. 
  • Find out how crucial you voice is in the fight against Alzheimer’s.


Depression, Sadness, Grief & Dementia

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Learn How To Host A Screening Of The

Hollywood Film “His Neighbor Phil”


 Meet Me in Orange County June 4th

You Can Have An Impact, Even If You Can’t Make Maria Shriver’s Event. 

Become A Sponsor Help Raise Funds for Women’s Research on Dementia


Now is the perfect opportunity to join the Move for Minds experience. Please sign up today and we’ll thank you by giving you a pair of Beats urBeats Earphones ($99 value) at our Move for Minds event on June 4.  (Limit one Beats UrBeats Earphones per person-offer ends 5/24)


Join the fun at one of the events in eight different cities where you can participate in an extraordinary workout and panel discussion.  Leeza Gibbons  will be the moderator.  All you have to do is sign up online and commit to a fundraising minimum of $250.00.

Check Out The Panel of Experts

• Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D. – Brain Health 

 • Tana Amen – Nutritionist

• Katy Bowman – Biomechanist

 • Mallika Chopra– Meditation Expert

•  Dr. Joshua Grill, Ph.D. – Alzheimer’s Research

•  Lori La Bey– Caregiving / Alzheimer’s & Dementia Activist


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Dr Peter Rabin – Updates on Dementia

Dr Peter Rabin – Updates on Dementia

On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

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

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Peter Rabins, MD, MPH, who is the Author of “The 36-Hour Day,” join us to discuss various areas of progress regarding dementia and caregiving.   He is a professor of the practice in the Erickson School of Aging Management Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was the founding director of the geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Contact Information For Dr Peter Rabin




 Meet Me in Orange County June 4th

You Can Have An Impact, Even If You Can’t Make Maria Shriver’s Event. 

Become A Sponsor Help Raise Funds for Women’s Research on Dementia


Now is the perfect opportunity to join the Move for Minds experience. Please sign up today and we’ll thank you by giving you a pair of Beats urBeats Earphones ($99 value) at our Move for Minds event on June 4.  (Limit one Beats UrBeats Earphones per person-offer ends 5/24)


Join the fun at one of the events in eight different cities where you can participate in an extraordinary workout and panel discussion.  Leeza Gibbons  will be the moderator.  All you have to do is sign up online and commit to a fundraising minimum of $250.00.

Check Out The Panel of Experts

• Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D. – Brain Health 

 • Tana Amen – Nutritionist

• Katy Bowman – Biomechanist

 • Mallika Chopra– Meditation Expert

•  Dr. Joshua Grill, Ph.D. – Alzheimer’s Research

•  Lori La Bey– Caregiving / Alzheimer’s & Dementia Activist


Learn How To Host A Screening Of The

Hollywood Film “His Neighbor Phil”

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4 Pillars of Prevention








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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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Join Memorial For Richard Taylor – Register Now!

Join Memorial For Richard Taylor

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Click Here for More Details and to Register

Date –

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (USA, Canada, UK, Europe)

and that would be

Thursday, August 20, 2015 (Australia, NZ)

Time Zones –

North America, UK and Europe: Wednesday, August 19

  • 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (San Francisco) and Arizona (Phoenix);
  • 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time;
  • 4:30 p.m. Central Time;
  • 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time;
  • 10:30 p.m. in the UK;
  • 11:30 p.m. in Paris and Budapest

Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan: Wednesday, August 20

  • 7:00 a.m. Adelaide;
  • 7:30 a.m. Brisbane;
  • 4:30 a.m. Jakarta;
  • 9:30 a.m. Auckland;
  • 6:30 a.m. Tokyo

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Healthy Food and Smaller Portions: The Key to Longevity

Healthy Food and

Smaller Portions:

The Key to Longevity

If you are like most people, you believe that your genes have predetermined just about everything about you. As you look in the mirror each morning, perhaps you see your mother’s eyes or your father’s smile. You may also be convinced that your genes have already predetermined the illnesses you are destined to suffer.

In her book, Living Downstream, Dr. Sandra Steingraber describes her health challenges in living with bladder cancer. Because her mother, uncle, and grandfather had all died of various forms of cancer, many people who knew Sandra assumed that she had inherited cancer genes. They were not aware that Sandra had been adopted. Her cancer, she believed, was caused by exposure to environmental pollution as a child.

Dr. Steingraber’s story reminds us of an important fact.   Rather than supposed genetic predispositions, it is external conditions ― the circumstances to which your genes are exposed ― that contribute either to maximum wellness or to disease, accelerated aging and premature death.

According to leading researchers, only about 10 to 15 percent of cancers are genetic in origin; the rest are caused by a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors.

Here’s something else that perhaps you didn’t know.

Because you eat so often, food is the single most important way to maintain your genetic integrity or to destroy it. Many excellent scientific studies underscore this vitally important truth. Richard Weindruch, Ph.D., has conducted research into how genes are affected by dietary change. The results were published in Scientific American, back in 1996.

His paper, “Nutrient Modulation of Gene Expressions,” illustrates that simply by reducing the number of total calories eaten, the lifespan of a lab mouse could be prolonged by 30 percent. In human terms, that would translate into extending the predicted life span from an average of 76 years to a ripe old 93.

You would be very satisfied with that life expectancy, wouldn’t you? I’d gladly settle in advance for 90-some good years.

There are 6,347 genes in the typical lab rat. Dr. Weindruch discovered that during normal aging, when the animal was permitted to eat as much as it desired, five percent of the rat’s genes underwent an increase in activity and five percent decreased.

Ninety percent of the rat’s genes showed no change in activity levels. Are you surprised to learn that the five percent that rose in activity were stress genes and the five percent that fell were energy genes? For the sake of longevity, these percentages should be reversed.

This is similar to what I see in patients who are aging prematurely. They are fatigued, depressed and stressed. They describe having chronic pain, arthritis, memory loss and weak immune systems. Unfortunately, until I ask, they have rarely thought about how diet may have caused many of their symptoms.

Perhaps you are not interested in being able to run a maze at age 60, but I know you would like to have as much energy as possible and you want to be active at every age and stage of life.

Here’s how you can do it. Merely by cutting down on your total calories and eating healthy foods, you can send positive signals to your genes, thereby increasing your chances for a long, robust life.

All the research on caloric restriction points out that you are constantly speaking to your genes and the words are the foods you eat. This means smaller portions of nutrient-rich foods like lean protein, Omega-3 fish, good fats like avocado and extra virgin olive oil, and fresh fruits and vegetables are sending your genes an important message ― you want to live a long and healthy life by providing every cell in your body with the right amount of nourishment it needs to enable you to enjoy a ripe old age.

At the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, we know that the food you eat not only determines your longevity; it is a primary factor in the health of your brain and Alzheimer’s prevention.  That’s why we have made it #1 in our 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention.  It’s your most important tool for a healthy mind and body at any age.

You can obtain some great recipes when you sign up for ARPF Newsletter and stay in touch, simply follow this link.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

President and Medical Director


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Life With Dementia – Why It Is So Important For Us To Listen To Those Diagnosed

Life With Dementia –

Why It Is So Important For Us To Listen

To Those Diagnosed

This is one of the most interesting and thorough book reviews I’ve ever read.  Eilon Caspi, Ph.D. really has done a nice job breaking down Michael Ellenbogen’s book, From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s for us,  He so simply shares critical insights for those diagnosed, families caring for loved ones as well as professionals.  Please read the excellent review below.

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I’ve been in the aging field for 20 years, the last 10 of which solely focusing on various issues related to improving the quality of care and life of persons with dementia. Nothing has taught me more about the lived experience, struggles, and hopes of persons with Younger-Onset Dementia than this book.

Many people think they understand dementia but they don’t really have a nuanced understanding of what it actually means to live with it. This book is precious because it helps bridge this major gap.

You often learn about discrete aspects of the lived experience of persons with dementia but rarely have an opportunity to get a holistic and ongoing picture of a person’s journey through the early stages of dementia.

The best educational materials usually come from persons living with dementia. The knowledge from inside out is unparalleled in value and could be an effective vehicle for change in our culture and approach towards persons living with dementia.

With this book, Michael gives us a rare opportunity to come closer to understanding the avalanche of losses and emotional pain caused by dementia. As importantly, it demonstrates how misinformed perceptions about persons living with dementia can have tremendous effects on the person’s psychological well-being.

Through his persistent commitment to detailed documentation of his daily experiences, Michael teaches us about the emotional roller coaster commonly experienced by persons with dementia on a daily basis.

Through his experiences we learn about serious gaps in services, programs, and policies that cause tremendous frustration and suffering to persons with dementia. These often under-recognized issues in our communities and society limit these individuals’ ability to reach their full potential and preserve their dignity. They also prevent family members from getting the support and respite they sorely need.

The insights and lessons shared in the book (such as the long and excruciating journey for getting a diagnosis) will prove critical for many others who currently experience early signs of dementia as well as for those who will develop dementia in the future. They will substantially reduce the suffering of these individuals and their family members, save precious years of life, and help minimize loss of income.
The book could also be used as an excellent teaching tool for various health professionals who are committed to truly understanding the lived experience of persons with Young-Onset Dementia and the wide spectrum of cognitive disabilities caused by this set of conditions. This, as Michael points out, while taking into account that every person is impacted by the disease differently and Michael’s experience may not be representative of all persons with similar conditions.

If used to inform educational materials and training programs, the heartbreaking examples in the book could help improve practices, skills, and sensitivities of diagnostic centers / memory clinics and ensure that clinicians will always listen to persons with dementia and take their concerns seriously.

The struggles experienced by Michael also include numerous frustrations at home in general and with loving, caring, and dedicated family members. The insights shared about these struggles will go a long way in educating family members in dealing with these issues (e.g., denial of dementia, misperceptions, helpful communication techniques, finding joy, and safety issues). They will increase sensitivity among family members to the person. The book also shows how the power of love can sustain persons with dementia in their constant efforts to maintain hope.

The devastating financial impact of the disease on Michael and his family is an underlying theme throughout the book. This knowledge could be used to inform initiatives that will transform federal and state agencies’ decision-making processes, practices, guidelines – and eventually laws that govern and oversee operations of these agencies – to ensure that lifelong hard work of citizens will not be forgotten during times of dementia-related disability and that their rights for financial security will be protected.

The book could be used to increase sensitivity among employers to employees who gave their heart and soul for many years to ensure the financial stability and success of their companies. No dedicated and honest employee should go through what Michael has gone through when he was fired from his 18-year job. We must find ways to ensure that employers will become dementia-friendly and treat their employees with dignity during times of disability.

An excellent chapter in the book is dedicated to important considerations and suggestions pertaining to the process of applying for disability benefits (written by an experienced attorney – John Tucker, Tucker & Ludin, Legal Solutions).

The book addresses other important issues such difficulties with short-term memory, reading and writing, reaching desired destinations, the impact of the physical environment (e.g., noise), driving; dementia work-up for doctors; and assisted suicide. It also provides a strong reminder that persons with dementia may experience other health conditions that tremendously impact their quality of life.

Using numerous examples, Michael teaches us about how he copes (often creatively) with the many functional, cognitive, and psychological losses and challenges along the way. The book contains dozens of concrete suggestions, tips, and helpful resources for dealing with the limitations imposed dementia and those caused by others’ misperceptions, lack of awareness, and insensitivities.

The book also highlights the urgent need of our society to develop dementia-friendly work and volunteer opportunities to ensure that the wealth of life experience, knowledge, professional skills, and wisdom of persons with dementia will be used wisely and creatively to benefit our local communities and give life-sustaining meaning and purpose to these individuals.

The book could inform efforts to reduce the harmful stigma commonly held about persons with dementia and in so doing increase the likelihood that these individuals will be approached with empathy and respect.

It is a powerful, honest, and inspiring testament of the strength and resiliency of the human spirit despite a cruel disease, its many devastating and heartbreaking impacts, and the lack of awareness and sensitivity in our society to this condition.

I highly recommend you to receive this precious (if not life saving) gift Michael has given us. It was an extremely frustrating process for Michael to write the book with his cognitive limitations and we should be grateful that he found the inner strength to complete the writing with the help and support from his wife and his family.

In the words of the late Prof. Tom Kitwood, author of the groundbreaking book Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First,

“People with dementia may have something important to teach the rest of humankind. If we make the venture one of genuine and open engagement, we will learn a great deal about ourselves.”

Reading this book will bring us one solid step closer to the realization that at the end of the day we are all interdependent on each other and that only with this deep understanding we will be in a position to realize Michael’s vision for a truly dementia-friendly society.
Hope you’ll find the book useful as I did,

Yours sincerely,

Eilon Caspi, Ph.D.

Center for Prevention of Resident to Resident Aggression In Dementia

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