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A Valentine That Filled My Heart

I want to wish each of you a wonderful Valentines Day.

Many of you reading this are lucky to have that very special someone at your side. To you I say, “Cheers and may you appreciate the many blessings in your life.”

For those of you who have lost the love of your life, or maybe never found one or who may be dealing with dementia and feel your relationships have changed, even changed a lot; to you I say “You are not alone! You are loved and lifted by others just like you. They may not be in your home or even in your community, but they too have experienced loss and love and don’t want you to feel alone. So know deep down you are never alone. There are other people just like you in the world who care about you.

A Beautiful Crafted Card

The Graphic above is a beautiful handmade card I received from one of the many people I have had the honor to meet while building Alzheimer’s Speaks. A person I am lucky enough to call a dear friend.

Truthful Loving Kindness, a woman living with dementia, remembered me on this very special day and it touched my heart deeply. It reminded me that love and respect and acknowledging one another on Valentines Day doesn’t have to be limited to a spouse, a partner or a lover. We can, if we choose, let others in our life know that they matter to us. So thank you Tru for remembering me on Valentines and know you card made a big difference to me and your friendship means even more. May you have a blessed Valentines Day.

So reach out to your friends, extended family, coworkers, neighbors, fellow students… and wish them a Happy Valentines Day. Let them know they matter to you and have made a difference in your life.

And maybe, just maybe they will do the same to others and we can spread a wave of kindness around the world and make every person feel they matter and belong.

Wishing you each a blessed day filled with love – Lori La Bey

Dementia Quick Tips Launched January 10th, 2020 Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks shares all the things she wished someone had told her while caring for her mother who lived with dementia for 30 years. These short video vignettes will be posted weekly. We hope you find them helpful. Please feel free to share with others.

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Our topic is confusion when dealing with dementia. Our experts living with dementia give us wonderful real life examples of how and when confusion occurs in their lives and how they dealing with it. They talk about routines, anxiety, depression, executive function, cognitive crutches and so much more. Families, professionals along with others living with dementia will find this video very informative. Please feel free to share with others and subscribe to Alzheimer’s Speaks Youtube channel.

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I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

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Happy Valentines Day

Alzheimer’s Speaks is a

Releasing Love, Light and Hugs

Just For You

Join me and pass the love along.  Everyone deserves a little extra love.

Thank you for being part of our community.

Know we will continue to stand beside you and support you.

Lori La Bey, Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

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Valentines Day: The Side Not Talked About

Valentines Day  –

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The Darker Side

Most people think of love, happiness and joy on Valentines Day. The day is wrapped around those currently in our life as we celebrate our relationships.  Tokens of love like flowers, chocolate and jewelry allowing those feeling to linger, but for many others Valentines Day can be extremely painful.

The loss of a loved one in our life can trigger thoughts of longing for what once was.  Grief can take hold as tears roll down ones face and and the heart longs for the precious connection it once had. The longing of physical touch; a kiss, a hug or just holding hands is no longer possible.

For some, the pain of loss lingers way past the day marked on the calendar as Valentines Day.  For some, each and every holiday triggers the loss of the physical presence of the one they loved.

Earlier this week, I was in Indiana and Illinois at three Clarendale properties doing screenings of “His Neighbor Phil.” At the last screening, a woman in the audience can up and gave me a beautiful poem about love and loss. I wanted to share it with all of you.

The Poem is Titled

“Grief is the Price of Love”

The Author is Unknown

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May this poem give those grieving some peace of mind and heart knowing the greatest gift one can receive in a life time, comes with two price tags…. grief and gratitude.

May we all be lucky enough to love so deeply and completely to feel both “grief for a great love” knowing it’s “sister gratitude” will help fill the holes in our heart and help us find peace in our life once again.

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Love Is All Around Us, Just Waiting For Us To Find It!

Love Is All Around Us,

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Just Waiting For Us To Find It!

Some days as we walk our path into the world of dementia, the road can feel bumpy and hard; not knowing where we are going or how the next moment will roll out.

But during my journey

I have learned one very important lesson.

You find only

what you are willing to see. 

heart_in_skyIf we focus on the past and what we feel we have lost, we don’t allow gratitude to enter our life. The pleasure of appreciation for what we did have. 

If we focus on the scariness of the future and all the unknowns, we shut down the opportunity to create or allow brilliant moments to occur.

BUT…

When we live in the moment before us RIGHT NOW, we have the power to create and allow into our lives that which we crave… love, engagement, acceptance, comfort, peace… laughter.

heart_sunset_treeI wish for you this Valentines Day that you see and accept the promise of hope and love that surrounds you in every nano second of each day, especially when it it not obvious. I personally know how difficult this can be to do, but I also know it is well worth the effort.

It is our individual choice to decide what we want to focus on. What we want to believe.  What we want to create.  What we want to allow to in our life.  I encourage you to slow down and look at the rocks, the sky, the trees and all that surrounds you. You may be very surprised and the signs of hope and love you see in places you never imagined.

Look For The Signs

They will warm your heart and bring you peace

in the most difficult and loneliest of moments.

May you each have a blessed day wrapped in love knowing you are not alone.

Lori La Bey of Alzheimer's Speaks & Senior Lifestyle TrendsLori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

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