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.

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.

Dementia Care Training Sessions at Nature Coast EMS.
I'm training First Responders in the basics of dementia care in 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.


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.




Great article written by Ann Napoletan promoting the Wristband Project


http://www.alzheimers.net/resource/2013-06-12/purple-angel-wristband-projec/




 


 


UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS

 

July 15th





Arden Courts Two Events
Professional's Seminar
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Caregiver's Seminar
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
10451 Linn Station Road
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 423-8776



July 16th
Autumn Woods Health Campus
2911 Green Valley Rd,
New Albany, Indiana 47150
(812) 941-9893




July 28th 10:00 am
Spring Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center
12170 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL,
(352) 597-5100

Aug. 5th 11:00 am
Alzheimer's Support Network
First Presbyterian Church of Naples
250 Sixth Street South
Naples, Florida

 

Aug. 14th 12:30 pm
Ashton Gardens at Tampa Bay
12951 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 343-4673

Sept. 16th
Dementia Forum
Inverness, Florida
 
Cleveland, Ohio & Hartford, Connecticut
events are

also in the near future

 

 
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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.
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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

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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 4th Annual
United Way/Common Sense Caregiving Workshop
was a great success. Everyone left with bundles of newly attained knowledge. I would like to thank Kathy Jones and Angie Bonfardino of Hernando County United Way.
    I would also especially like to thank Christine Hamacher of Bayshore Home Care for being my guest speaker and doing a presentation on fall prevention. But best of all, a room of caregivers left feeling they were now better prepared to take on their journey.

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