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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.

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 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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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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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Live Tuesday with Jytte Lokvig & Rick Phelps

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Live Tuesday

with Jytte Lokvig, Rick Phelps & Leeanne Chames


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Live Tuesdays at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London Time!

All shows are archived to so you can listen anytime.

Call in  (714) 364-4757 or

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Jytte Lokvig picHaving Fun & Getting Creative with Dementia

Our first guest will be Jytte Lokvig, Ph.D. an Alzheimer’s Specialist and Author of “Alzheimer’s A to Z, Secrets to Successful Caregiving,” “Alzheimer’s A to Z, A Quick Reference Guide” and “The Alzheimer’s Creativity Project.”  As always we will have a fun and lively conversation that will inspire you.

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Rick Phelps, founder of Memory People and Leeanne Chames the Executive Director of Memory People, an Alzheimer’s and dementia support and awareness group on Facebook, will join us for the second half of the show. We will be talking about a new project of theirs called “Faces of Dementia Quilt.” To see the quilt, search Memory People “Faces of Dementia Quilt,” on Facebook or send an Email to them at facesofdementia@gmail.com

A Sampling of Some Quilt Patches.

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 Therapeutic Music:  The Portal to Spirit

By Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., Executive Director of CoroFaith

Not long ago, Debi Cost was introducing a dementia-care community to the power of therapeutic music.  As Director of Client Enrichment for Coro Health, a media healthcare company offering MusicFirst: Alzheimer’s, this was nothing new for Debi.  But this time, by the time the presentation was over, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. 


On that particular day, Debi had come face-to-face with Marcia, a resident in the final stages of Alzheimer’s.  Often, Alzheimer’s patients are surrounded by familiar items supplied by loving family members: photos, mementos, favorite clothing.  But in this case, under state guardianship, Marcia had arrived into the community without a single personal item.  She spent much of her waking hours agitated, rocking back and forth.  All Debi had been told was where she had been born and her approximate age.  It wasn’t much—but it was enough.


Debi had done her research.  Since MusicFirst: Alzheimer’s was developed by a team of neuroscientists and music therapists, Debi had access to the latest brain research.  New studies indicate that the Medial Prefrontal Cortex is the hub where music, memory and emotions meet.  It is also one of the last brain regions to atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. Based on Marcia’s date of birth and geographic origins, Debi selected the category of “Gospel music” and chose the desired outcome “relax” from the MusicFirst library, and soon, the iPad was playing “The Lord Will Find a Way.”


“Immediately, Marcia stopped rocking repetitively back and forth and instead, started swaying to the rhythm of the music.  But most exciting of all was that she spoke three spirited words:  ‘Hymn, Wow, Amen.’” The caregivers in the room were electrified.  As they explained to me later, they had never heard Marcia’s voice before,” says Debi. 


Therapeutic music stands in sharp contrast to the selection of music based solely on genre and popularity, such as that available over radio or on CD’s.  Rather, therapeutic music consists of programs thoughtfully built by a team of music therapists, designers and neuroscientists. While this has traditionally been prohibitively expensive for individual caregivers, Coro Health has developed an mHealth mobile app that is revolutionizing the delivery of therapeutic music to individuals with Alzheimer’s.   Early adopters of Coro Health’s MusicFirst include over 1000 long-term care communities, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, home health companies, individual caregivers and third party media distributors, supporting over 100,000 people per day.  


As Marcia’s story illustrates, familiarity is one of the considerations that go into the therapeutic use of music.  For Marcia, Gospel was the key that unlocked the door to her spirit.  But depending on individual backgrounds, equally effective music is offered in the R&B, Country and Classical genres. Familiar songs engage people on multiple levels with such positive outcomes as the stimulation of memory senses, providing comfort and creating higher-quality physical engagement by singing, tapping feet and swaying.  But other factors other than familiarity go into the therapeutic programming of music for specific outcomes. 


“Simple musical themes, regardless of level of familiarity, can provide a level of consistency and connection that are designed to create an environment of comfort,” explains Leanne Flask, Chief Operating Officer of Coro Health, and an expert in the delivery of therapeutic music. “The more complexity a song has—the more instruments, singers, chord, key and tempo changes and so on—the harder the brain has to work to process the sound.  Simple songs that are lower in tempo are a good choice for creating an atmosphere of calm and trust.”  

MusicFirst: Alzheimer’s draws on over 1000 hours of music and is delivered over most mobile devices.  Easy-to-use, the Alzheimer’s app targets outcomes for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory impairment as well as behaviors associated with Sundowning syndrome.

The new mHealth app is available in the Apple iTunes store.

You can download and receive the three hours for free and then the app is $4.99 a month. 

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Well how fun is it to get this award.  I love the idea.  Here are the rules below.

Nominees for this award are required to:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated them.  I my case that was Theresa Hupp.  Her blog is called

“Story & History~ One writer’s journey through life and time”  Thank you Theresa for picking Alzheimer’s Speaks for this award.

2.  Post the One Lovely Blog emblem on their blog.  Proudly done!

3.  List seven random facts about themselves.  Here goes everyone:

    • I was a Grandma before I was a mom…figure that one out…LOL
    • Being around water makes me peaceful
    • Laughter is a must in my life, not an option
    • I can be an introvert… I know for many that is hard to believe
    • Friendships are the best of all treasures in the world
    • My favorite color is PURPLE
    • There is nothing more precious to me that truly connecting with a person

4.  Nominate fifteen other bloggers for the award, and let them know of their nomination. 

In no particular order the nominees are…

My Demented Mother by Kathy Ritchie. Kathy’s raw honesty has always seared my soul as she shares her ride on the emotional roller coaster of Dementia.  Kudos Kathy for your bravery.

Dr. Richard Taylor, Ph.D. by Dr. Richard Taylor. Richard was diagnosed with Dementia probably of the Alzheimer’s type and has been an international advocate for the disease.  Recently Richard was diagnosed with cancer and so he will be taking a break from posting, but his website and blog are a wealth of information and should not be ignore.  Richards insights are life changing. Prayers are coming your way my friend. You have made an incredible difference in the world regarding Dementia.  It is an honor to call you  my friend.  Thank you for all you do.

Mind-Start by Monica Heltemes.  Monica is a Occupational Therapist by trade.  Her commitment to change Dementia Care Culture through her insights and products is phenomenal.  I just love this woman and how she thinks and addresses things. Thanks for your friendship and wisdom Monica.

AARP Caregiving Resource Center & Blog  This site is a wealth of information.  We all want to live purposeful lives as we age, even when ill.  AARP can help us do just that.  Thank you ARRP for making critical  information to everyone.

Sharecare Blog  This site is rich and full of great information.  Sharecare was created by Dr. Oz and Jeff Arnold and is loaded with amazing information and resources to live a healthy life at any stage or age.  Make sure to check out Sharecare’s Top 10 Influencers on a variety of subjects.  Thank you Jeff and Dr Oz for your big vision to make the world a better place.

Alzheimer’s Reading Room by Bob Demarco.  Bob has done an incredible job building a great community for those dealing with dementia.   He has personally lived the journey with his Mother Dotty and inspired many through his life lessons, updates on research and honest thoughts.  Keep up the great work Bob.

Real Women on Health by Kelley Connors. Kelley has a wonderful blog which is a great resource for a variety of topics important to women. Kudos girlfriend!

Alzheimer’s Association Blog has update to date information and resources for those dealing with dementia. I thank you for your work.

Care Space is an online community addressing social care over in the UK.  My good friend Norrms McNamara, who has Lewy Body Disease posts here often.  Norrms is an amazing writer sharing his insights, thoughts and vision to shift our Dementia care culture around the world.  Norrms I raise my glass to you buddy.  Cheers for making such an impact world wide!

June K. Berg a Journey through Alzheimer’s by Stanton O. Berg.  This is a true love story written by a husband and driven by his love for his wife to improve our Dementia care.  Stan offers his personal insights and often posts updated statistics prior to the other large organizations.  He is great source of information. Kudos Stan for your diligence I’m sure June is looking down on you and bursting with pride.

Oprah’s Blog.  As with everything Oprah does her blog is spirited, fun, uplifting and thought provoking. I love the work you do Orpah! Thank you for being you.

About.com Alzheimer’s/Dementia Blog  by Esther Heerema.  This blog is loaded with tons of information from research and daily living ideas.   Kudos Esther for keeping us informed.

Sharing my life with Lewy Body Dementia.  This blog documents ones’ persons journey with  Lewy Body Dementia. Thank you for sharing your life experiences with us.

Early Onset Blog  This blog gives great insight to the progression of the disease from early onset. Once again honest insights from one on the journey with Dementia. Your work here is important.  Thank you.

Changing Aging Blog by Dr. Bill Thomas.  Bill has been leading the world in culture change for years.  He covers an expansive array of topics that are always thought provoking. Bill you have and continue to make such huge strides in shifting our care culture.  Thank you for your work.

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