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The Gift Of Music – Creating Joyful Moments through Rhythm

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Music is a Gift –

Creating Joyful Moments through Rhythm

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Today we are lucky to have Becky Watson, a Board Certified Music Therapist and is the Founder and Owner, Music for Wellness.  She is former Navy Captain who served our country for over 25 years.  Becky has always been passionate about supporting the health and wellness through music. After her Navy retirement, she completed multiple training programs including Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care.  Today we will have a fascinating conversation about the gift of music and how to create joy through rhythm.  Here is s FREE PDF

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Owner, Music for Wellness, LLC

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Enriching the Mind, Body and Spirit with MUSIC!
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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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Dear Santa… A Child’s Wish For Christmas At Grandma’s House

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Dear Santa,

Last year I asked you if you could help us have Christmas at Grandma’s house. We had it at what mommy calls ‘the home” instead. It just isn’t the same Santa. Mommy says that’s just the way it is. We are going there again this year because Grandma is still sick. I know she has doctors, why can’t they fix her so we can have her at home? A little while ago, I don’t think she knew who I was and I was her favorite she always whispered to me.

Maybe you can fix her Santa. I miss her smile. My mommy cries and says “that’s just the way it is” I miss Christmas at Grandma’s. The home just isn’t the same. There are some people there that scare me. There are some who just sit there and never move. Mommy says Christmas is about Jesus being born and not about you. She talks a lot to Jesus lately. She talks to him about Grandma, but still cries. We all want to know why Grandma got sick, mommy asks Jesus all the time. I don’t know why daddy left us two years ago. Mommy says he didn’t like how much time and money she was spending on Grandma. Santa why can’t we just have a Christmas at Grandma’s house as a family like we used to?
Anonymous Loving child

Use Music to Engage those with Dementia

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Alzheimer’s Music Connect has some beautiful music to ease the pain of dementia and help you create some wonderful moments, which will last a life time.   I only which my mother was still alive,so I could share with her the new Christmas CD they just released – Memories – The Songs and Spirit of Christmas.  I know she would have loved listening to it, even though the last four years she could no longer sing the words.  Holiday music always put a smile on her has and she would release small giggles of joy as she listened to the music and tapped her fingers and toes to the rhythm.

Click here to listen to some samples of the CD or MP3.

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Altus Oscillation Enhanced Music. Electroencephalography (EEG) testing, which measures electrical impulses occurring in the brain, of this patent pending process conducted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers, included some or all of the following results:

  • Amplified brain activity in the frontal or parietal lobe;
  • Greater alertness to the present moment;
  • Demonstrated calmness and contentment;
  • Became animated by singing or humming along with the music; and
  • Showed increased brain activity.

Altus Oscillation™—enhanced music will have the same effect on non-Alzheimer’s/Dementia listeners.

Here is a collection you can listen to year round.

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CD 1: Big Band Medleys (New York City Studio Orchestra) of Al Jolson, Roseland, Boogie Woogie, Dixieland, Palladium Days, Perez Prado – Tito Puente Latin,  Be Bop For Dancing, Stan Kenton (Includes 42 hit songs such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Woodchoppers Ball, S’Wonderful and The Saints Go Marching In. [Playing time: 43:34]

CD 2: The Vocal Standards Collection (The Glenn London Quintet) has 15 hits including Blue Moon, Night and Day,  I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover and Sentimental Journey. [Playing time: 46:44]

CD 3: Instrumental Medleys (The Cherry Valley Trio) features 30 all-time favorites such as An Affair To Remember, The Days Of Wine And Roses, Summertime, I Got It Bad, September Song, When You Wish Upon A Star, Ebb Tide and Georgia On My Mind. [Playing time: 52:04]

CD 4: Light Classical Favorites (Molly Stier, piano) include piano works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and other masters. [Playing time: 61:27]

CD 5: Meditation for the Caregiver (Michelle Elan) has 12 soothing and restful tracks — Angel Air, Heaven Tonight, Featherbed,  Gentle Breath, The Dreamer and more. [Playing time: 53:48]

“Accepting the Challenge — Providing the BEST CARE for PEOPLE with DEMENTIA” (Teepa Snow) [Viewing time: 2:39:09]

This multi-disciplinary training program is used throughout the world to help both professional and family Caregivers provide the best dementia care possible.Its content, divided into 4 modules, provides interactive classroom lectures and demonstrations including interactions with people with dementia.

Divided into four separate modules for progressive learning, Accepting the Challenge provides training on multiple levels for all learning styles. Interactive classroom lecture and demonstration, for example, is followed by on-site interactions with actual assisted living residents to show both the use and effectiveness of the techniques.

Each training module is 45 minutes and covers these important topics:
Module 1: What is Dementia? / Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Module 2: Physical Approach / Communication Skills
Module 3: Offering Assistance / Evaluating Cognitive Levels
Module 4: Meaningful Days (Activities) / Problem Behavior

The DVD also features review capabilities for specific segments within each module and a testing section that allows learners to demonstrate proficiency and receive continuing education credits for dementia-specific training. This valuable training DVD was produced by Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc.

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Mark Your Calendar

Teepa Snow & Christina Luca

Are With Us

Tuesday Dec. 24th On

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Tuesday December 24th, 2013 at

11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST, 4pm London Time

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She will be a great holiday gift to anyone dealing with dementia!

  “Teepa’s insights and sense of humor will hug you like a warm blanket. I promise you will walk away with new insights that will be life changing for you and those you care for.”

Lori La Bey

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In addition we will also be talking

with Christina Luca Author and Trainer

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Hope You Can Join The Conversation!

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Teepa Shares Lessons about

Letting Go at the End…

For more information and tips from Teepa put December 24th on your calendar.  Alzheimer’s Speaks will be interviewing Teepa and you too can ask your questions and make comments.

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As a Speaker and Trainer myself I can honestly say Teepa Snow is one of my favorite instructors.  Watch this and you will see why.

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Dementia Conference March 19, 2011 in Minnesota

The Alzheimer’s Association Annual Meeting of the Minds

Saturday March 19, 2011 at the St Paul River Centre

If you have the time, do yourself a favor and go to this Dementia Conference

I am sorry to say I will not be able to go myself as I am speaking at the Montana Healthcare Association Conference at that time, but I did want to help spread the word of this fantastic conference.  One of my all time favorite speakers and trainers, Teepa Snow will be speaking.  She is also doing a special session on March 18th prior to the conference but that session is expected to fill quickly as seating is limited. So call today and sign up!  You won’t be disappointed.   

The opening Keynoter for the conference is Barry Peterson who wife was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s.  Their story is a true love story with a practical twist as the disease progressed. I have seen the video he put together which is wonderful as well as the book has written about his journey. 

Reisa Sperling is the second Keynoter and she is the Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment.  Reisa will address the question “Can we detect Alzheimer’s disease a decade before dementia?”  This should be great information for all.   

The Closing Keynote will be a local couple Tom and Julie Allen.  Julie has Easy Onset and they will reflect on the two sides of Alzheimer’s disease.  I have had the privilege of meeting both Tom and Julie this last fall via some friends.  I know Tom and Julie will share an honest perspective of the ups and downs on their journey. 

Again, I wish I could be there with you as this will be a fantastic conference, but you can be my eyes and ears and let me know what you liked best about the conference.  In addition the Keynote session you will be able to pick from a variety of breakout sessions which cover a board section of topics.  You will also be able to meet many vendors who will be sharing their services with attendees.

For more information on the conference please click on the link below:

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