A Weekly Column On Caring for the Memory-Impaired

Gary Joseph LeBlanc 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.

Also the author of two fictional novelettes
Shannon's Journey and Profile of a Fisherman.

Founder of the Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project
Co-Founder of Dementia Mentors

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.

Global Purple Angel Documentary
Kick Starter Campaign

Being released in August
My newest book on caregiving.

      Back Cover Synopsis

Throughout the many years that you, as a caregiver attend to the countless needs of your loved one, or ones, you will lose fragments of your life that may take years to recover. You may come crawling out of your caregiving campaign wondering if there’s any of the original “You” left.

    Is this you?  Are you feeling a little lost, fragile, maybe hesitant to move forward in life? This book was written specifically for you!  We want to help you find yourself again or at least show you ways to reinvent yourself.  We know from personal experience that the aftereffects of caregiving can be catastrophic.

   Our intent in writing this book is to help you open your front door and step back into the world. There is life still out there waiting for you.

My dad and I made the cover of Parade Magazine
and also we got a shout out on the
Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program

To read the article, click the image below.

Written by Paula Spencer Scott

Just finished training the entire staff at
Sunshine Gardens Assistant Living
in Crystal River, Florida
This senior community has now gone above and beyond the state requirements of dementia training two years in a row.

My recent dementia training session was a great education opportunity for the crew of Lighthouse for the Blind as well as myself. These folks are facing an unique situation training more and more people that are visually impaired and also living with dementia. Hats off this special group of people.

Dementia Care Training Sessions
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department (Tampa)

Nature Coast EMS,
Citrus County, Florida.

Just received this from Nature Coast EMS:
Mr LeBlanc,
Thank you for the excellent education sessions you provided on Dementia Education for our EMTs, and Paramedics as part of our EMS Week Celebration. This education is essential to everyone and you provided unique information and education on how to handle the Dementia patient in the 911 setting.
Thank you!
Jane Bedford, BA.,RN, CCP
Education Director
Nature Coast Emergency Medical Service

Here's some of the Bayshore Home Care staff I trained on dementia care. Very passionate people, it was a pleasure to extend their knowledge on dementia.

Sun City Center Emergency Squad

"Gary - thank you for an excellent program on Alzheimer's and dementia for first responders. I heard many great comments from our volunteers about the value of what they learned. Not only is it important for us professionally, but since our average age is 72, many of our volunteers are already caregivers for someone with memory issues. Your input on dementia behaviors and communication, recognizing the early signs and symptoms and the importance of keeping family members with the patient in the ER, was timely and spot on.

We look forward to having you return in 2015.”

Robin Watt, Assistant Chief

This is the International logo for Dementia Awareness.
It stands for all types of dementia.
The "Purple Angel" will soon be
coming to a town and hospital near you.
Click on the Wristband Project page for more details.


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Thank you Caring.com for naming me a
Senior Care Thought Leader
Click the link below to read a recent interview with them.
This poem was written by a dear friend who is a caregiver to her mom with Alzheimer's.

All around us every day are Angels
to guide us along the way.

A caring smile, a gentle hug,
time to take to ease our fear.

Some, we know them, cherished friends.
Most are strangers, heaven sent.
Placed in our midst, at a time, in a place,
to take us through a troubled space.

To calm, and peace and rest and hope.
They wait a while, then disappear.
Moving to ease anothers' fears.
They have not wings or heavenly guise,
They look just like me and you.
For these are Gods angels here, on earth,
 who do His work

With love and care.
Those special people who come our way,
We see them, meet them, every day.
So never pass that kind person by,
For, its one of Gods angels, in disguise.

By Bernadette Brady
Dublin, Ireland

Check out the new page on the website for all Common Sense Caregiving Discussions.
Just click on the upper left tab labeled
"Video Discussions"

The 5th Annual
United Way/Common Sense Caregiving Workshop
was a great success. Everyone left with bundles of newly attained knowledge. I would like to thank Angie Bonfardino of Hernando County United Way.
    I would also especially like to thank John Winans of the Alzheimer's Family Organization and Diana Winoker FTD patient/advocate  for being my guest speakers.
 But best of all, the room full of caregivers that left feeling they are now better prepared to take on their journey.

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