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Dementia Conference and Cruise Brings Hope, Fun and Education to Families

Dementia Conference and Cruise Brings

Hope, Fun and Education to Families

Caribbean vacation for those living with early memory loss accompanied by families and friends

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Participants will find this week-long Caribbean cruise an empowering retreat rich in hope and filled with fun, all while learning tips to live graciously with their “new normal” in life.

Lori La Bey, Radio Host and founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks is the brain child behind the event.  Her own mother lived with dementia for 30 years.  La Bey said, “Our conference is designed to encourage open conversations, raise awareness, and build a sense of comradery while rejuvenating souls.  We want to help people expand the depths of their relationships while functioning as caregivers and care receivers.  Our goal is to show people how to live graciously with dementia, not become it.”

Kathy Shoaf, RN, Accessible Travel Advocate became La Bey’s perfect partner.  Shoaf owner of Elite Cruises and Vacations, LLC, is helping La Bey bring people together to share insights, reduce fears and eliminate feelings of isolation often caused by dementia. Shoaf has been overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by those inquiring about the conference. “People are excited and simply surprised that this opportunity to get support actually exists,” she said.

Most people don’t realize how many families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, a person develops dementia every 3 seconds in the world.  It’s rare to find someone who has not been touched by the dementia.

La Bey’s unique team includes both professionals in the field as well as what she calls the “True Experts.” Four international advocates living with a dementia diagnosis will play a large role in the conference sharing their profound insights and coping strategies.  They are: Michael Ellenbogen, Mary Read, Laurie Scherrer and Harry Urban.

As Harry Urban, a man living with dementia for 13 years said, “I’m finally going to meet my family.  The one I’ve never met.”  Harry refers to his “social media family” as a major source of support to him. Like so many living with dementia and those caring for them, these social media platforms can be lifelines.

Professionals Cyndy Luzinski and Becky Watson bring their passion and superior skill sets to the conference.  Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner, along with being the founder of Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado. Watson is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Founder of Music for Wellness, a company that provides engaging, energizing and empowering music wellness programs and services to enrich the mind, body, and spirit.

La Bey, reminisces with us about a family cruise with her mom with dementia and her dad with brain cancer.  “What a beautiful experience it was for my parents, all siblings and our children.” She goes on to say, “To be able to offer a supportive atmosphere where others understand the dementia experience and are in the trenches side by side with one another — well it’s just beyond words.”

This conference will provide a fun and hopeful environment to share life stories and lessons learned which in turn builds a strong sense of comradery.  Participants will be given resources, tips and tools to help them live better with and alongside dementia. Alzheimer’s Speaks is seeking sponsorships and donations to provide scholarships for those who can’t afford to attend.

Johns Hopkins University Press has donated a couple of their best-selling books on dementia for the conference, “The 36 Hour Day” and “A Loving Approach to Dementia Care.” La Bey encourages individuals and organizations to donate services, products or tools to enhance this experience.  La Bey is also seeking sponsors through cash or frequent flier miles… at any level to provide scholarships for those who can’t afford to attend on their own.

The group will set sail November 11th, for the Eastern Caribbean and return to Fort Lauderdale, on November 18th, 2017.  All interested in this amazing conference and cruise must book their cruise through Kathy Shoaf who can be reached at 219-608-2002 or via email kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com

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Alzheimer’s Speaks is an advocacy group making an international impact providing education for those dealing with dementia.  Dr. Oz and Sharecare recognized Alzheimer’s Speaks as the “#1 Influencer online for Alzheimer’s.”  Maria Shriver recognized La Bey as an “Architect of Change for Humanity.”

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Dementia Chats Educational Webinar Recorded Session – March 10th 2015

Dementia Chats Educational Webinar

Recorded Session – March 10th, 2015

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By Kevin Woo for Alzheimer’s Speaks

 

A few months ago my mother died from Alzheimer’s. She suffered from the disease for more than a quarter century. While her passing was not a surprise, you can never really prepare yourself for the inevitable.

Over the years I spent hours asking the question, “Why mom?”

Last month the Alzheimer’s Association released a report that helped put things in perspective. The report estimated that 1-in-6 women, age 65 or older, are likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease compared with 1-in-11 for men of the same age.

The real news from the report was this: “Women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to developing breast cancer.” Think of all the awareness and money that’s allocated by the government or donated to finding a cure for breast cancer. Is the same amount earmarked for Alzheimer’s? Not by a long shot.

“I won’t get Alzheimer’s,” many women and men say. “No one in my family has it.”

They mistakenly believe is that Alzheimer’s runs in families. It doesn’t. Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate between race, or social status. The only commonality is age—the longer you live the more likely your odds of getting the disease.

My mother was one of five million Americans who currently have the disease. By 2050 that number is expected to triple to 16 million. It will cost the American taxpayers $1.2 trillion.

My mother lived for more than thirty years with dementia. She spent the last 13 years in a nursing home that provided 24/7 care for her. The cost for caring for mom both at home and in a care facility took a toll in multiple ways on family members and pocket books.

So what do we do? First, we need to lobby Congress to provide more money for Alzheimer’s research and caring support systems. Second, we need to fast track research projects so that a cure can be found sooner rather than later. Third, we need to educate the public so it understands disease and consequences. Just like organizations like Susan G. Komen have raised awareness about breast cancer, so too must the Alzheimer’s community.

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Dementia The Power of Simplicity – Addressing Real Life Stigmas Associated With Dementia In Arizona

Lori La Bey Chief Executive Officer

Of Alzheimer’s Speaks,

Addresses Real Life Stigmas Associated With Dementia

At Upcoming ARPF Meeting

ARPF_logoThe Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF) today announced that Lori La Bey, the chief executive of Alzheimer’s Speaks, will be the featured presenter on February 27 at the ARPF- sponsored workshop in Scottsdale, in association with Affordable Home Care. Alzheimer’s Speaks provides information and social media communities for those coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

La Bey’s presentation, entitled The Power of Simplicity; Explore the Myths & Magic of Disease, will look at what you can do to understand the world in which a person with dementia lives.

There are five objectives for La Bey’s presentation:

  1. Get new insight into an old problem;
  2. Learn to identify stress triggers when interacting with a person who has dementia;
  3. Get empowered to change your personal care culture;
  4. Walk out with new tools that are simple to implement and share with others;
  5. Discuss resources available for professionals and the public.

The ARPF and Alzheimer’s Speaks also announced a global partnership to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Together the organizations will provide caregivers with education and tools that will enable them to take care of loved ones.

“The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is honored to collaborate with Alzheimer’s Speaks to improve our Dementia Care Culture and empower all caregivers and people at risk of developing dementia to lead a healthier lifestyle, which can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. President and Medical Director, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.

“If you are like millions of Americans and others around the world, your top health priority is ‘staying mentally sharp as I age.’ ARPF has been working on prevention for 21 years through education and research on lifestyle-based interventions. It’s going to take all of us working together to defeat this multi-faceted disease and we are delighted to join forces with other organizations that have a similar mission.”

Lori_040_1LQSoftCroppedLa Bey has been working tirelessly for years to destigmatize Alzheimer’s and dementia.  “They say that it takes a village to raise a child,” says La Bey. “It also takes a village to take care of those who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  In my presentation, I’ll give the attendees concrete advice on how to take care of loved ones suffering from dementia. We’ll talk about taking care of the person and we’ll also discuss how to take care of yourself because that’s equally important.”

Through its multi-channel platform Alzheimer’s Speaks and Premier Partners at, Sharecare gives people accurate, clear and concise health and wellness information. The power behind Sharecare’s unique Q&A format is its collective wisdom, providing health-seeking consumers with answers reflecting multiple expert perspectives – greatly simplifying the search for quality information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications.

Worldwide, 13 percent of people aged 60 and older will require long-term care with about half having dementia. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with dementia care needs is expected to triple from 101 to 277 million. The economic impact of dementia is staggering. The worldwide cost of dementia care is US $600 billion or 1 percent of global GDP.

Join the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, Alzheimer’s Speaks and Affordable Home Care in shifting our dementia care culture.

When:        Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time:          4:00pm until 5:30pm

Where:       Har Zion Congregation
6140 E. Thunderbird Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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RSVP:         RSVP to Zach Shaw-zshaw@affordablehomecare.com; 480-451-8183480-451-8183

Seating is Limited, Register Today!

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About Alzheimer’s Speaks

Alzheimer’s Speaks has been recognized by Sharecare for its multi-channel platform, giving

Alz Speaks multi logo_091113Alzheimer’s Speaks has been named the #1 influencer online for Alzheimer’s by Sharecare with Dr. Oz. Alzheimer’s speaks provides a variety of platforms and forums to educate and shift our dementia care culture for both professional and family caregivers along with the public at large. Alzheimer’s Speaks believes collaborative and alternative approaches push society forward in search for answers and that working together and sharing knowledge is the best way to win the battle against this disease. Alzheimer’s Speaks believes it is time to shift caregiving from crisis to comfort by removing the fear and providing economical services, tools, concepts and products to those in need. For more information please visit: www.AlzheimersSpeaks.com or http://www.sharecare.com/group/alzheimers-speaks

About Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

ARPF_logoNow in its 21st year, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an alternative to the conventional, “magic bullet” drug approach. We believe that you can help yourself, right now, by utilizing a holistic or integrative medical approach, based on the lifestyle tools we advocate. Modern medical research reveals that all of the aspects of the ARPF’s Four Pillars of Prevention Plan, especially when used together, help build a healthier and stronger brain and memory.

For More Information Contact:

Conni Ingallina, Alzheimer’s Research Prevention Foundation 

7949 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 207,  Scottsdale, AZ 85260
      (888) 908-5766(888) 908-5766

 Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks

PO Box 9846,  St. Paul, MN 55109     (651) 748-4714(651) 748-4714

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Two of the Top 10 most influential online experts on Alzheimer’s disease according to ShareCare – the health and wellness experts site launched by Dr. Oz – Lori La Bey (#1) of Alzheimer’s Speaks and Sherri Snelling (#4) of Caregiving Club announced today a joint project in November to celebrate National Caregiver Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

The “Let’s Talk Tuesdays” series of caregiving radio programs on La Bey’s Alzheimer’s Speaks blog talk radio channel features both ShareCare experts interviewing other thought leaders on caregiving topics to help empower, enlighten and engage the nation’s 65 million family caregivers. In addition to La Bey discussing the growing trend in Memory Cafes and Snelling talking about the tipping points and health risks caregivers face, the hosts have selected a line-up of experts ranging in topics from technology to volunteerism to entertainment and education programs.
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The programs will air live every Tuesday in November from 10 a.m. to Noon CT and features: Eric Hall, Chairman of the Board of the newly launched Alzheimer’s Global Initiative; Brooks Kenny of Lotsa Helping Hands will talk about volunteering to help caregivers; Cathie Borrie, author of The Long Hello, will talk about adapting her memoir for the stage; Daniel and Ellen Potts will talk about the first middle school language arts curriculum for Alzheimer’s awareness Let Me Be Your Memory; Gary Kaye, founder of IntheBoomBox.TV will talk on caregiving technology; Walter Greenleaf Stanford Center on Longevity will discuss a global student design challenge to help early-stage dementia sufferers with safety and independence; Karen Love CCAL will discuss Advancing Person Center Living & Dementia Action Alliance on Building Alliances for Person-Centered Care; Carole Larkin from Third Age Services will discuss Memory Cafes.  Some members will also tell us what they think about these groups and Ruth Curran creator of Cranium Crunches will discuss brain games and smartphone apps to help caregivers engage with loved ones and learn to relax. Check the host web sites for detailed guest information.

“Caregivers often say they feel all alone which is why Lori and I teamed up for this special effort on her talk radio program to encourage caregivers, especially the 15 million Americans caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, to call in and talk to us as well as learn from other experts about resources and services to help them and to know they are not alone,” says Sherri Snelling, founder and CEO of Caregiving Club and author of “A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrities Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.” “Part of our role as ShareCare experts is providing guidance and advice to caregivers who don’t know where to turn. My personal mission is to help caregivers navigate caring for their loved one while also finding time to care for themselves – what I call the Sandwich Generation juggling act.”

“My goal is to shift the dementia care culture worldwide, from crisis to comfort, by giving a voice to all which is why this November we’re going to highlight caregiver challenges and solutions,” says Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks. “If we can help even one person with dementia or those caring for others as a result of these radio shows and help change how dementia care is perceived, received and delivered, then we’ll start the spark that will ignite a huge difference caregiver’s lives.”

About Caregiving Club
Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club and author of A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrities Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, is a nationally recognized expert on America’s 65 million family caregivers with special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance self-care while caring for a loved one. Sherri has been honored as one of the Top 10 Influencers on Alzheimer’s by Sharecare, the online health and wellness experts site created by Dr. Mehmet Oz. She is a caregiving contributor reaching 15 million readers monthly through the Huffington Post, Forbes.com, PBS/Next Avenue, MariaShriver.com, MORE.com, Alzheimer’s Association and Caring.com. She is also a TV producer, program host and celebrity interviewer at red carpet galas, creator of the Me Time Monday℠ weekly videos in support of the non-profit Healthy Mondays Campaign, Caregiver’s Network Webinar host for Lifecare’s 61,000 employer clients and the former Chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving based in Washington, D.C. Sherri has been a caregiver for her maternal grandparents and recently for her father who passed away from prostate cancer.

Follow on Twitter: @SherriSnelling and @CaregivingClub and learn more at: caregivingclub.com

About Alzheimer’s Speaks
Lori La Bey is founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a U.S.- based advocacy group that provides education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She was named the #1 Influencer online for Alzheimer’s by Sharecare with Dr. Oz in November of 2012. Her training programs are designed for people with memory loss, care partners, professionals and the public. She is a highly sought after speaker, trainer, and advocate for new delivery systems and attitudes towards those with memory loss. Her mission is to deliver programs such as her Dementia Chats Webinar™, platforms and collaborations such as Memory Cafes and Dementia Friendly Campaigns to the US. Along with the newly launched Resource Directory which allows the world to share knowledge in an easy to use format. In addition to her radio show, Lori has been a contributing author in four books and is currently working on two books. Lori is a long-time caregiver for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease and has also been a caregiver for her father.

Follow on Twitter at: @AlzSpks and learn more at: www.alzheimersspeaks.com

About ShareCare
Sharecare, created by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, is the online destination for content contributors including the most prestigious associations, leading brands, eminent hospitals and significant healthcare organizations and professional societies that represent the world’s foremost medical expertise. From the American Red Cross to Colgate to Johns Hopkins Medicine to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Sharecare.com is bringing together diversity in thought leadership from the top minds in the healthcare field to provide consumers with multiple perspectives within a single web site dedicated to improving health. SharecareNow, a partnership of Sharecare and powered by WCG, is dedicated to facilitating more meaningful online conversations about health and wellness among patients, physicians, brands and associated healthcare organizations and professionals. They have identified the Top 10 influencers on a variety of topics including Depression, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Eye Health, Breast Cancer and Children’s Health. In 2012 they added influencers for Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more at: sharecare.com

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Mark Your Calendars – Nov. 7th You Won’t Want To Miss

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Nov. 7th You Won’t Want To Miss

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) Presents: Super Brain Lifestyle, a Free Online Seminar November 7, 4pm PST/7pm EST  

Join these enlightening speakers from the comfort of your own living room: Lori La Bey –  Alzheimer’s Caregiving Advocate, Actress and Health Expert Mariel Hemingway, and Dr. Dharma – leader in Alzheimer’s prevention.

         Your Benefits When You Attend This Life-Changing Seminar:

  1. Discover how to make your brain bigger and your DNA younger

  2. Implement Dr. Dharma’s tips for maintaining a sharp brain with age NOW

  3. Stop stress from killing your memory

  4. Receive valuable resources to help you stay healthy as a dementia caregiver

  5. Learn the Meditation Proven to Improve Brain Function

  6. Revealed: the healthiest diet for today, including the pitfalls of healthiest diet

  7. Uncover Mariel’s guide to living with purpose, passion and excellence

  8. Hear about how playing computer games may help your memory

  9. Discover the hidden gifts in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

  10. Learn Mariel’s secrets for creating optimal health naturally

  11. Uncover the brand-new optimal exercise prescription

  12. Renew your hope and empowerment in your caregiving journey

  13. Discover The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention

  14. Find out Mariel’s anti-aging lifestyle

  15. Know why Mariel loves silence

And so much more!

Register Now: It’s Free!

Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks, was named the # 1 influencer online for Alzheimer’s by Sharecare with Dr. Oz.   

Lori’s mother started having memory problems over 30 years ago, so dementia has been a big part of her life. This journey has taught her to see the gifts that come wrapped in the package of this illness. It is her mission to shift caregiving from crisis to comfort worldwide. She now speaks, writes, trains and consults on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving.

Lori’s training programs are designed for both family and professional caregivers, people suffering from memory loss, and the public. She is a highly sought- after speaker, trainer, and advocate. Dr. Dharma and The ARPF are excited and honored to have her share her insight and experience.

Mariel Hemingway: Keynote Speaker,famed actress and best selling health author, is considered an expert in natural solutions to create your greatest sense of balance, peace, joy, fitness, integration and authenticity. A prolific writer, Mariel’s works include; Finding My Balance, Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living from the Inside Out, and Mariel’s Kitchen, as well as her latest work, Running with Nature, a guide to living with health, purpose and passion. Mariel is an adventurer, eco activist, healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate, yoga video star, food brand entrepreneur and expert speaker focused on mind-body-spirit optimization; a combination our research shows can keep your brain working at its best well into your Golden years.

                                                                                                            

Most recently, Oprah Winfrey produced a rich, evocative documentary about Mariel and the Hemingway family, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, entitled Running from Crazy. The film includes focus on Mariel’s boundless advocacy for mental health and awareness.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear live and in person from Mariel Hemingway, Keynote Speaker at this FREE 20th Anniversary online seminar!  

Yes! Register Now!

Dr. Dharma and the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation are celebrating 20 years of leading Alzheimer’s prevention. Since founding the ARPF in 1993, Dr. Dharma has shared breakthrough methods you can use to keep your brain sharp as you age. Through the ARPF, he has spearheaded research revealing many things people can do to keep from developing Alzheimer’s disease, including the surprisingly simple 12 minute yoga meditation proven to have dramatic anti-aging and Alzheimer’s prevention benefits. The ARPF accomplished the first study in history demonstrating a reversal of memory loss using this meditation. Dr. Dharma will share this and many more useful tips to keep your brain sharp, including the number one aspect of psychological and spiritual well being shown to decrease the incidence of memory loss. Also revealed will be the top six foods that stop brain-drain AND the #1 way to keep your brain healthy.

Learn these proven methods to developing and maintaining a Super Brain in honor of the ARPF’s 20th anniversary at this Free Webinar.

REGISTER NOW and join the brilliant Doctor, Lori La Bey and Mariel Hemingway on this enlightening webinar.

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