Comfortable Conversations To Educate & Raise Awareness
Shifting Dementia Care To Improve Lives
Welcome to our Dementia Star™ Program. We want to give you a little background on why this program was developed as it will give you great insights as to the importance of Dementia Star.
For years our founder, Lori La Bey struggled when caring for her mother living with dementia for thirty years. It didn’t seem to make a difference if it was family, friends, healthcare professionals or community businesses or services; little support was available. She found education and awareness was slim pickings. A true acceptance and understanding of dementia were far from common knowledge.
Disconnect To Reconnect
What Lori did find, was a total disconnect via lack of communication and education between; those living with a diagnosis, their family and friends, healthcare professionals and general community services or businesses. There was, and still is in most cases a fear of having an open and honest conversation regarding dementia. There continues to be an unwillingness to understand and accept that the best people to learn from about dementia are those diagnosed and those caring for them.
People In the Trenches Are Walking Encyclopedias
People in the trenches are walking encyclopedia filled with knowledge just waiting to be heard. They are so appreciative of being included in the conversation that matters to them the most. They are eager to give a hand to support others on this journey. Their understanding is through the actual lived experience.
Sustainable Change Requires Inclusion
La Bey believed at her core that sustainable change in dementia care would never happen if as a society we didn’t start including all voices in the conversation. So, in 2009, she switched careers to step into this industry to change how the world looks at and deals with dementia. Since then, she has learned so much by embracing this concept of inclusion.
Breaking One Belief Barrier at a Time
Lori has broken one belief barrier after another; pushing the globe forward in thinking what’s possible and who is a resource when it comes to dementia. She launched the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States. Other first of its kind ventures; are her radio show Alzheimer’s Speaks and Dementia Chats giving voice to those diagnosed. Lori has connected with families, businesses, government agencies, researchers, and advocates around the world.
Dementia Star Was Born to Educate, Share Hope, and Resources
The program can be customized to address various businesses and communities. Our goal is to support you and your organization. We work with you from education and awareness of employees, clients, vendors, and families to creating more efficient and functional processes to support those living with or who care for someone with dementia. We have tools and resources to increase people’s understanding of dementia; and to ease implementation of change.
Lori La Bey is a change agent shifting dementia care around the world.
Just ask Oprah, Maria Shriver, Sharecare, AARP MN, or The National Institute for Dementia Education who have recognized her cutting-edge approach to shift global dementia care.
Lori's own mother lived with dementia for thirty years, so you can be comforted knowing she truly understands the needs of those diagnosed, their families, and professionals who care for them.
Lori La Bey named "Health Hero & Alzheimer's Empath" by O Magazine.