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Please join us for the first segment in a very special 4 part evening series. This evening, I will be joined by our guest, Gary Joseph LeBlanc, founder of the new Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program, recently launched nationally at a major Florida hospital. This is a truly comprehensive program to ensure loved ones with dementia receive the most appropriate, quality care while in the hospital.
Gary is the author of “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness,” “Managing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors” and co- author of “While I Still Can”. Also, a weekly columnist of “Common Sense Caregiving” published in the Tampa Tribune and Hernando Today and many other health publications.
He also founded the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project
His writings and speaking events utilize his 3,000 plus days and nights of personal caregiving experience to help other Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers cope with the everyday challenges and emotional struggles of caring for the memory-impaired.
Gary will discuss his innovative program (born out of his own personal experience) and its benefits to patients, families and medical staff. He’ll share about the program’s national launch in Florida and how other hospitals can learn about and implement this incredible program to a truly under-recognized and under-served population.
During our 45 minute segment, you will be able to submit your questions for Gary via the web chat or our call-in number.
For more on Gary LeBlanc, http://commonsensecaregiving.com/Wristband_Project.html
Thank you! Dale Carter, Transition Aging Parents
(For those with aging loved ones, you will find more resources at my website: http://www.transitionagingparents.com/welcome/)
Many of us are uneducated in the world of aging....We fail to tap into our sensitivity as we see our aging parents and grandparents...Sometimes we even assume that their cry for help through forgetfulness, is just a means for attention.
How is it possible at the age of 78 to remember what was taught during our toddler stages, but forgetting we graduated with honors from a prestigeious college? How can we remember how to cook during golden years, but forget we gave birth to 4 beautiful children?
How does it feel when you own mother no longer recognizes you? Or your dad never remembers you name?
Let us open the door to Dementia and allow the details to be shared with us....
Patients with dementia develop dysphagia ( swallowing problems) sometime during the clinical course of their disease, and it is estimated that 45% of institutionalized patients with dementia have dysphagia. Complications from swallowing problems resulting from neurological diseases and dementia can include: dehydration, malnutrition, and aspiration pneumonia, often resulting in repeat hospitalizations, and sometimes resulting in death.
Join me and guests: Roya Sayadi, PhD ,CCC-SLP, and Joel Herskowitz, M.D.,authors: Swallow Safety: How Swallowing Problems Threaten the Elderly and Others: A Caregivers Guide to Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment. Their book was written in an attempt to provide people with a basic understanding of swallowing and practical suggestions that might “prevent problems and promote greater safety.
Laura Michael, is a nutritional consultant and owner, Dysphagia Supplies Direct. When Laura’s own father was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia she committed to help her mother keep her father living well at home, and continues that work with others.
Learn more: www.dysphagiasupplies.com
Life or Death with Dementia - The Taboo Conversation
Today we will devote the full two hour show to a conversation with a variety of people and thoughts of living and dying with dementia. Should one have the ability to decide when they want to end their life? If so, when and under what circumstances? Hear from those living with the disease, care partners, a Doctor, a Hospice Worker, an Attorney and more. My guess is you are going to be pretty surprised by what you hear during this conversation. I know I was.
Please note, Alzheimers Speaks understands not everyoe will appreciate let alone agree with all comments on this show. So feel free to call in and join the conversation.
Our only rule is, that all comments be respectful.
Our goal is to get the topic off the taboo list. It is our beleif we need to learn more about how everyone deals with this diagnosis. What are their needs? What are their concerns? How can we help live better with dementia?
What questions do you have? What thoughts of yours do you want heard? Call in and join the conversation or use the chat box to let us know your thoughts.
Tim Dolan of Dolan Homes talks about the philosophy used to care for individuals with dementia in his group homes. Tim Dolan has been involved in memory care for over twenty years and has witnessed significant changes in the perception of the illness along with the vast resources now available to families.Dolan specializes exclusively in the care of those afflicted with the disease.Dolan uses the concept of small households within residential communities accommodating ten or fewer residents.Tim was very close to his grandparents and when faced with having to place them in traditional nursing homes, the thought of having to place them in that kind of environment was simply unacceptable. So he set out to develop what he thought would be an acceptable alternative.In 1999 Dolan Residential Care was chosen as one of only two facilities in the St. Louis area to participate in the State’s Alzheimer’s Pilot Program to investigate and develop new environments and care techniques for Missourians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. During that period he developed three state-of-the-art households that included numerous environmental design features that address the cognitively impaired along with several new innovative building techniques.In 2010 Tim was chosen by the Governor to be a member of the Missouri State Alzheimer’s Task Force representing the long term care industry in the state.If you’d like to learn more about it, please visit our web site www.dolancare.com
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Music Therapy. After her husband's brain injury in 1992 and her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's in 2006, Carol felt the need to learn about the brain. As her knowledge increased, she became more intrigued and determined to become an equipped and prepared caregiver. Her company, Senior Life Journeys, was born from this desire to learn and help others.
Carol is the author of IF MY BODY IS A TEMPLE, WHY AM I EATING DOUGHNUTS? It tells of the "amazing miracle" that helped her lose 100 pounds. The book is written with the humor and sincerity Carol is known to display in her own life.
Carol also authored LET'S TALK DEMENTIA - A Caregiver's Guide. This easy to read book is full of helpful tips for caregiving, information about dementia, and 23 SMILES that will brighten your day.
Carol resides in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, and they are the proud parents of a daughter who is a physician assistant in Florida.
Join us on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT as we continue recognition of World Alzheimer's Month. Our special guest, G. Allen Power, MD, is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, New York. Dr. Power has been interviewed by BBC Television, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Singapore’s Straits Times, and many more. In Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, Dr. Power addresses the development of guidelines for sustainable communities that embrace people of all ages and abilities. His critically acclaimed book won the "Book of the Year" Award from the American Journal of Nursing and a Merit Award from the National Mature Media Awards. His work abroad includes a Bellagio Residency in Italy by the Rockefeller Foundation and collaboration on the International Advisory Board for Australia's Dementia Foundation and the South Africa Care Forum. Dr. Power's contributions to the "Hand in Hand" educational materials will enhance care for patients and compassion for caregivers, plus enlighten the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Dr. Power is featured in the new documentary Alive Inside, awakening the healing power of music. As a musician and songwriter he has worked with well-known artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary. His song, “I’ll Love You Forever” was played by Walter Cronkite in a Discovery Channel profile of American families. We look forward to a compelling hour with Dr. Power, uncovering his blueprint to change the culture of care for families living through Alzheimer's, as well as other forms of dementia.
Our first guest is Ellayne Ganzfried, the Executive Director of the National Aphasia Association. We will discuss what Aphasia is, how it affects people, potential treatment and research and how it's different from other forms of dementia. Website Email - Ganzfried@aphasia.org Resource Line (800) 922-4622
Laurie Ellis-Young and Nancy Chakrin will be our second guest today. Laurie is a pioneer in breathwork as an empowering and healing modality. Nancy is an award-winning photographer, graphic designer and landscape painter. Together they published the book, "FRIENDSHIP The Art of the Practice," which includes inspirational friendship quotes and photographs of women ages (10-100) doing partner yoga poses in spectacular nature settings around the globe. I think you will find this to be a very informative conversation on the power of breath. Laurie will even take us through a breathing exercise you can do anywhere any time. Contact Info Website: www.BreatheTheChange.com Email: Laurie@BreatheTheChange.com Nancy's Website: www.NancyChakrin.com Email: Nancy@BreatheTheChange.com
Our 1st guests, are two sisters; Mary Jane McPhee and Carol McPhee. Both retired teachers who together created "Lifetimes The Game of Reminiscence." We will learn how and why they developed the game and how it is having an impact on those with dementia as well as those caring for them.
Our 2nd guest, is Jane Snyder, an entrepreneur and founder of "Puzzle with Me," which is an engaging way to socialize for those with dementia. Learn how and why these special puzzles can be beneficial to both the caregiver and the person with cognition issues.
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