Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias are among the loneliest diseases.
When I was growing up, it was cancer. So much so many people referred to it in whispers or “The Big C.” Then in the 1980s it was surpassed by AIDS. Now both of those have received more acceptance, while dementias seem to be lonelier than ever.
Just at the time when they are becoming more widespread.
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s,
- Alzheimer’s is now the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.,
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
Are you an Alzheimer’s caregiver or know one struggling daily?
It’s likely you will know someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, their caregivers or become a caregiver yourself.
While caregiving can be the best thing you ever do for love, it can also be the hardest. You can get so involved in giving care that your own wants and needs take a back seat, often ignored.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be additionally challenging and isolating.
Additionally, there’s a social stigma too often attached to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. People often are uncomfortable around someone with dementia. Even talking about dementia and the changes is brings can be upsetting and embarrassing.
Caregivers get included in this isolation due to the disease itself, the caregiving and the lack of time for a social life.
The causes of isolation are multiple and often chronic, easily going on for years.
That’s why I’m thrilled to have founded the first Alzheimer’s Telesummit for caregivers, February 1- through 15, 2014. It’s free and available online or by phone. No travel involved! Replays will be available if you can’t make the sessions “live.”
The “Triumphing Over the Isolation of Alzheimer’s: Simple Solutions for Family and Professional Caregivers” Telesummit is a place for experts in Alzheimer’s and other dementias to share their resources and information about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It truly is a worldwide problem, affecting more people every day.
And predicted to just increase over the next few decades.
Wondering who will be speaking in this telesummit?
The speakers include…
Lori La Bey, Recognized as the #1 Alzheimer’s Influencer by Sharecare and Dr. Oz, speaking on “Improving Dementia Care Through Economical & Global Collaborations”. She explains how Memory Cafes, The Purple Angel Project and Dementia Friendly Communities reduce the isolation of Alzheimer’s care.
Five years ago on a summer vacation, James Creasey discovered new connections with his father in the silence and confusion of dementia. Playing croquet together, Maxwell smiled. And his family now had an activity to enjoy with their ‘Poppa’.
Since then, James has been running a weekly croquet program for the Alzheimer’s Association in Denver, Colorado. He founded Jiminy Wicket to make smiles for people living with dementia.
Janet Edmunson, Inspirational Author and Speaker with over 30 years experience in health promotion. She cared for her husband Charles who fought a degenerative neurological disease. Janet will speak on the “Importance of Positive Emotions for Caregivers.” She uses science, personal stories of caring for her husband during his neurological illness, and practical activities to explore positive ways to get through this challenging life experience.
Gary Joseph LeBlanc of Commonsense Caregiving will speak on “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program.” How this simple program identifying dementia patients, alerting hospital staff to their special needs, and improving their care.
Lisa Hirsch, is a popular blogger with a worldwide audience. When her mother Ruth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Lisa was surprised how it brought the two of them together. Her book, “My Mom My Hero” tells this mother-daughter story from entries in her blog.
And 12 more!
This is your opportunity to connect with these Alzheimer’s experts and with other caregivers who understand the isolation and pain of giving care to someone with dementia.
You need this information, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Join now to discover the secrets of moving from stressed to blessed… from isolated to nurtured… from just surviving to thriving!
From my heart to yours… Laugh Well, Love Well and Live Well!
Ina Gilmore, M.D.
Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com