Free Treasure Coast Symposium
hope for dementia caregivers
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.
2015 Jefferson Award recipient
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.
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.