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Free Treasure Coast Symposium provides information, hope for dementia caregivers

Free Treasure Coast Symposium

provides information,

hope for dementia caregivers

lori_with_radio Lori La Bey Host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio

Lori La Bey is a nationally-known speaker for Alzheimer’s. She is the founder of the Alzheimer’s Speaks, and her mission is to bring hope into a normally hopeless situation.

You have a chance to hear La Bey speak in the Treasure Coast at the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter’s 2015 Caregivers Symposium on Friday Sept. 18. The full-day event features La Bey as the keynote speaker. La Bey, who was a caregiver for her mother, will talk about how life can still be wonderful after a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

“There are so many hidden treasures in dementia. It can bring peace and joy,” La Bey said. “I want them to leave with the feeling that they are not alone.”

The educational Symposium will be held on Sept. 18 at the Charles and Rae Kane Center Council on Aging of Martin County, 900 SE Salerno Road, in Stuart. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the conference will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


In addition to the symposium, on Thursday, Sept. 17, there will be an exclusive showing of “His Neighbor Phil.” The movie is an emotional family drama about Alzheimer’s disease, which shows the real struggles and joys of caring for a loved one with dementia. La Bey will be the host at the free showing set for 1:30 p.m. at the Grace Place located on Salerno Road in Stuart. There will be a talk back session with the audience after the film to discuss its impact. The film just had its debut in Minnesota and received amazing reviews.

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The two other speakers at the Friday symposium will be Mara Botonis, author of “When Caring Takes Courage: A Guide for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and a 2015 Jefferson Award recipient; and Dottie Carson, a younger onset Alzheimer’s advocate who will share her own personal journey.

The free events are geared toward dementia caregivers or someone seeking more information about memory loss disorders.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Symposium, and respite is available upon request.

Please RSVP to the movie and symposium

online at http://tiny.cc/issa2x or 

call Donna True at 1-800-272-3900, extension 501

This event is made possible through the Lillian Becky Brockmann Trust.

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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

The Southeast Florida chapter serves Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The chapter advances efforts for researching a cure through fundraising with its signature event Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and provides support and educational services to more than 150,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers locally. For more information, please visit www.alz.org/seflorida.

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Once again we were honored to be acknowledged for our blog here at Alzheimer’s Speaks by Assisted Living Today.  This year the Alzheimer’s Reading Room was given the #1 spot.  Congratulations Bob DeMarco who does a fantastic job with his blog. If you aren’t familiar with Bob’s blog you should check it out.  Here at Alzheimer’s Speaks we place runner up. Below are some of the other finalists.


Nominated Article Descriptions

The following is a full list of all nominees for the 2013 ALTY Awards for the “Best Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care Articles” category.

Alzheimer’s Communication — Touching Foreheads and Kindnessby Bob DeMarco, The Alzheimer’s Reading Room

The world needs more kindness, and Bob DeMarco, founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room shares a bit of his kindness in “Alzheimer’s Communication — Touching Foreheads and Kindness.” A learned technique from direct care of his mother with Alzheimer’s, he describes how he was able to combat the mean things his mother was saying with a positive and peaceful gesture.

The Best Gift of All!by Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks

To some people’s chagrin, Lori La Bey has revised her take on what constitutes a holiday gift. No longer a present-giver, she feels that gratitude is the biggest gift a person can both give and receive. Prompted to this decision through her mother’s dementia, La Bey shares ways and reasons to be a giver of gratitude.

Dementia in General…by Judith Graham, The New Old Age on NYTimes.com

It’s a broad title, but the meat of the article narrows down some ideas of prevention when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Using a whole-body approach, Patricia Grace connects the mind to the heart, the liver, the entire vascular system and more to show the relationship between a healthy overall lifestyle and a healthy brain. Alzheimer’s remains scary, but she provides good insight to wellness and prevention.

United States Lags in Alzheimer’s Supportby Judith Graham, The New Old Age on NYTimes.com

Alzheimer’s is not only an individual’s concern, but as our population ages, it’s a national concern. Caregiving costs, research, public policy–there are a multitude of reasons why our government needs to factor Alzheimer’s into the national plan. Judith Graham compares the U.S. to other countries who are developing strategies for dealing with a growing population of elderly residents, including Japan, Australia, France and Britain.

How Books, Puzzles Might Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s by MyHealthNewsDaily staff

Like brushing the plaque off your teeth, researchers say that reading a book, doing a puzzle or engaging in other mental activities actually reduces the plaque in your brain. Cognitive activity helps to scrub away the harmful protein scientists have identified at beta-amyloid, linked to memory Alzheimer’s patients. Studies show a lifelong pattern of engagement is the best defense, though there’s no downside to picking up the habit later in life.

Why Leave a 1400 Square-Foot House for a 40-Foot Sailboat? Read the Story, and You’ll Understandby Erica, Walk To End Alzheimer’s

In a way, this is two blogs in one. Delivered with a very personal note, two sisters handle their mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s in different ways. They challenge their readers to think, “how do I want to live my life?” all the while advocating for Alzheimer’s support.

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My daughter Danielle and I attended the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

 Bloomington, MN. 

We lucked out with the weather today, but the lines where long at the park and rides. 

The bad thing was people were frustrated this year with the poor planning of transportation, but…

The GOOD thing was there was a GREAT TURN OUT for the cause!

Although some people, including myself were disappointed in the delay of getting started due to the lack of transportation organization, it did not ruin the event.  Even though a few people left before they walked due to being worried they would not complete their walk in time for their  next commitment of the day.  I do believe those who left early were few in terms of over all numbers.  The majority of us hung in the lines and started chatting with our neighbors  getting to know their personal stories and why they decided to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  These conversations were wonderful and tied us all together as a community of change makers.

Lots of  People were snapping photos from the start of the walk

throughout the event.  Here are just a few of ours.

You never know who you will be walking with!

Hope you decide to join the Walk To End Alzheimer’s next year in your area.

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