Dementia Friendly Cruise & Symposium

 Compassion & Camaraderie  with Us!

 

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 Dementia: Learning to Shift from Crisis to Comfort

November 11th - 18th, 2017

This cruise is ideal for anyone dealing with or who has dealt with dementia. If you fall into any of these categories, you will find this week-long Bahama’s cruise a must for you and your family.

  • Those diagnosed with early to mid-dementia are welcome to join us with their Care Partner (family, friends and/or professional).
  • Families and friends who have a loved one with dementia
  • Professionals working with those dealing with dementia.
  • Advocates for dementia.

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Shift from Crisis to Comfort Together

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Join Us as we Relax, Rejuvenate,

Get Educated and Connected

Radio Host, Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks has pulled a very special team together for a one of kind heartfelt cruise filled with fun, life lessons, techniques and insights to assist all parties with understanding and meeting the needs of those dealing with diagnosis.

The team’s goal is to provide a comfortable setting to relax and learn. By coming together as a common community, we can assist individuals, families and friends along with professionals to integrate life with dementia; maximizing moments and identifying and creating joy.  You will learn simple techniques which have a huge impact, which allows individuals to live graciously with the disease. There will be plenty of time to relax and play while you mix in a much-needed vacation in a supportive, uplifting learning atmosphere.

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A Cruise of Hope!

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Alzheimer’s Speaks and Kathy Shoaf of Elite Cruises and Vacation have given a lot of thought to this collaboration and are very excited to bring people together for a common cause to learn, share insights and build a new community of support filled with great resources.  Not only will you learn from two dynamos’ shifting dementia care here in the United States, but these two are collaborating with others around the world to give you expansive knowledge and cutting edge information.

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A Dynamic Team Offering

An Amazing Experience

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Lori La Bey –

Moving Humanity Forward

Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota based advocacy group making an international impact and providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Her own mother struggled with dementia for over 30 years.

Lori is a highly sought after speaker, trainer, and advocate for new delivery systems and attitudes towards those with memory loss.   In November of 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia.

Lori ignited the fire that sparked what is believed to be the first Memory Café in the U.S. in Roseville, Minnesota in 2011, and the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States, in Watertown, Wisconsin in 2013. She was also involved with the launching of Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative fall of 2016.

Named “#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s”by Sharecare and Dr. Oz

In the fall of 2015, Lori become a Platinum Sponsor and helped launch the new Hollywood film, His Neighbor Phil, which highlights a wide range of emotions families struggle with, as well as the great depths of simple joys while on their path with dementia.  

The film and talk back will be part of this cruise!

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Lori is driven to provide a variety of free resources to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose filled lives with dementia.

Lori La Bey’s show, Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is also believed to be the first program dedicated to dementia in the world, along with the first webinar series called, “Dementia Chats™,” whose experts are those diagnosed with the disease.  Her goal is to continue to develop and provide unique delivery systems that have 24/7 access.

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Cyndy Luzinski

A Mover & Shaker Making a Difference!

Cyndy Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner. She is a strong advocate for community collaboration and providing person centered dementia care. She is especially enthused to help others learn one of the person-centered care approaches called “Contented Dementia” because she has experienced how this simple approach makes remarkable differences in the lives of those who use it. Cyndy enjoys one on one consultation with families and facilitating a dementia care partners' support group and two Memory Cafes in Fort Collins, CO. She is passionate about helping people discover that there is still a lot of living to do and joy to be shared even when dementia becomes part of the life journey. Cyndy is part of the Northern Colorado Music & Memory team and is also on the B Sharp Arts Engagement team responsible for the innovative program which allows people living with dementia and their care partners to attend the Fort Collins Symphony and participate in a research study related to music and cognition. She was named by the Coloradoan’s Mind + Body magazine as one of the 2016 Northern Colorado Superwomen.   Cyndy is the founder of the volunteer initiative to build and sustain "Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado."

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Becky Watson

Music Therapist - Engaging Our Souls

Becky Watson, is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Owner of Music for Wellness, LLC. After serving her country as a Navy Supply Corps Officer and achieving the rank of Captain, her new life's mission is to serve older adults living with dementia, care partners, and health care professionals with engaging, energizing and empowering evidenced based Music Therapy and Music Wellness programs. Becky is also a trained HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drum Circle Facilitator, experienced Inter-generational music program facilitator and a Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care Coach/Trainer. Becky deeply believes that music enriches the Mind, Body and Spirit through the entire lifespan.

Lori La Bey, Cyndy Luzinski and Becky Watson

Are Actively Changing How Caregiving is

Perceived, Received and Delivered

Lori La Bey and/or Cyndy Luzinski will facilitate discussions with those who know the disease best, as part of our team is living with a dementia diagnosis!

Yes, You Read that Right

You will be shocked and grateful for the honesty and insights you will gain from those living with the disease.  Each Expert Panelist is an international advocate.

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Expert Panelists are International Advocates

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 Michael Ellenbogen

An International Dementia Advocate & Connector 

Michael Ellenbogen was diagnosed with Young-Onset Alzheimer's Disease at the age of 49. Prior to his diagnosis, he was a network operations manager for a Fortune 500 financial institution. Difficulty with work-related tasks eventually led to his early retirement.

As a world-renowned International Dementia Advocate & Connecter, he has been featured in nationally syndicated TV, radio and other media outlets. He has written for blogs, newspapers, journals and websites and shared his personal perspective as a guest speaker.

Michael currently served on the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee and other advisory councils. He is a regular speaker at the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services and has been featured in the Alzheimer's Disease International's 2012 World Alzheimer's Report. Represented the U.S./World for people living with dementia at the World Health Organization.

He is interested in motivating those with Alzheimer’s to raise their voices and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease. He believes that his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease is not the end for him, because he has so much more to give to the world. Michael wrote about his journey with the disease in his latest book entitled “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer's.”

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Laurie Scherrer

Teaches Us How to Live Beyond the Diagnosis

Laurie was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's & FTD in August of 2013. Unable to continue a professional career she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey. She is a Dementia Mentor and active in many support groups. On her website, dementiadaze.com Laurie shares her feelings, challenges and symptoms in hopes of encouraging other Persons with Dementia to explore a life well lived with disease. Laurie is on the Demenatia Action Alliance Advisory Board and Technology Committee.

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Harry Urban

A Calming Voice in Trying Times

 Harry Urban’s life changed 13 years ago, when his world came crashing down on him with a diagnosis of dementia, of the Alzheimer’s type. Harry has refused to let the diagnosis ruin his life and so he created a social medial group called “Forget Me Not,” on Facebook which expanded to several sub - groups along with a Spanish group called No Me Olvides which is a dementia group designed for the Spanish community.

Harry writes a blog called “My Thoughts on Dementia” where he records his daily thoughts and feeling living with dementia. He also Co-founded a group called “Dementia Mentors” that provides mentors for any form of dementia.  Harry’s latest attempt to raise dementia awareness is creating a webinar called “Welcome to My World with Harry Urban” which features people living with dementia discussing ways they have adapted to their dementia and what they do to find happiness living with dementia.

Each of our Experts living with dementia is a founding member of Dementia Chats™ a free webinar series which discusses everyday topics and has brilliant insights to help those diagnosed and those dealing with dementia live better together.  Dementia Chats Mission is to Shift Our Dementia Care Culture™. Our goal is to remove stigmas related to the disease by engaging people in conversation, answering their questions, listening to their comments and raising awareness in a positive light. We are firm believers in giving hope and empowering others to live with the disease not as the disease.

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Mary Read -

Exploring New Avenues in the Next Phase of Life

Mary Howard was 50 when she lost her job as a Nurse because of Alzheimer's. After getting over the depression she become a big Advocate for Alzheimer’s. She has been part of the Alzheimer’s National Early Stage Advisory Team, the Ambassador to Congressman Smucker the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district and a Mentor for the newly diagnosed people with dementia. Mary also started the first Memory Cafe in Lancaster County in PA for the people in the early stages of dementia. She still enjoys traveling and recently went to Europe. Mary tells people who are just diagnosed with dementia to enjoy life now while you can, keep active, volunteer in something you enjoy and don't give up. Just because you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's doesn't mean your life is over. You still have a lot to do and offer to the Community.

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Receive Resources, Tips & Tools

In addition to having a great time while you meet others with similar interests, you will receive access to resources, tips and tools to help you live better with and alongside dementia. Join us as we set sail together to become dementia friendly.

Learn About the New Global Symbol

for Dementia

The Purple Angel symbolizes a guardian over those living with dementia, their families and friends and those helping to raise awareness of the disease. The Purple Angel Project became embraced by individuals and organizations around the world and so the globe was added to show the impact and collaboration of this movement.  Now, there is one symbol representing a global message raising awareness, hope and empowerment for all people living with dementia, their families and care partners.

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INSURANCE for medical emergencies and trip cancellation IS REQUIRED or a WAIVER must be signed and is covered in your trip. The insurance will allow trip cancellation up to the day prior to the cruise for a change in medical condition, emergency evacuation and medical care.    US Health Insurance and Medicare are not in effect outside of the USA.

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