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Hello, Richard: Your Legacy Lives On

“I want to be remembered for my spirit, my commitment, my determination as one of the first persons to add a voice, a presence to something that was previously just a diagnosis” --- Richard Taylor, Accepting the Carter Williams Legacy Award at the Pioneer Network Conference, August 13, 2009 Richard Taylor was famously known by his friends and colleagues as starting conversations, speeches, and emails with “hello”.   Richard passed away at his home from [...]

2017-05-29T09:27:07-04:00August 1st, 2015|


by Robert Bowles, Jr., a retired pharmacist diagnosed with LBD at age 64. "Think back where you would be today if you had not had a purpose in life. The same is true after a diagnosis of LBD (Lewy Body Dementia). Finding your purpose in life is important. As I mentioned for me, it was advocate, educate and sharing my experience strength and hope. Yours might be different. My challenge to you today is to [...]

2017-05-29T09:27:15-04:00July 28th, 2015|

Amplifying the Voices of Those Living With Dementia

by: Chris Laxton, Executive Director of AMDA, the Society for Post-acute and Long-term Care Medicine.Too often, decisions affecting those living with dementia are made without including them in the discussion or decision-making process. We can change this, and we need to change this. […]

2017-05-29T09:27:21-04:00July 2nd, 2015|

Setting Standards for Dementia Care

by: Anne Ellett, Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N., Gerontology Consultant, has worked in the arena of elder care and gerontology for more than 2 decades. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Vice President at a national company that was a recognized leader in caring for elderly, specializing in dementia care. It was good news to read that at the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) most recent national conference in May, setting standards for dementia [...]

2017-05-29T09:27:31-04:00June 2nd, 2015|

SOMETHING WILL BE DONE! (The caretaker’s affirmation)

By Iona Morris, an American voice actress Hope, Faith that something can be done And, money… Is all we have To add to the action of those in the field journeying Into how the mind works. Oh. And, our love And, our tears of what was lost to a mind Changed. Drifting away so fast We cannot keep up. Can’t take a pill Can’t go to the gym Can’t juice THIS away… “Who took [...]

2017-05-29T09:27:42-04:00May 13th, 2015|

Person-Centered Dementia Care Encourages International Exchange of Ideas

by: Mara Botonis, Access and Utilization Work Group Co-Chair, Dementia Action Alliance I leaned in and asked the former zookeeper, "Which animal in the zoo was the most difficult to care for?" She responded "The monkeys" without hesitation and with a knowing sparkle in her eye that wordlessly conveyed that she knew more than a little something about this topic. She quickly added that the reason she chose monkeys was because "they are always SO naughty!" before [...]

2017-05-29T09:27:51-04:00May 8th, 2015|

“Empower the Least Empowered”

by: Jill Harrison, PhD., Planetree Experience Advisor On a recent visit to a nursing home, I overheard the following conversation while I was in the dining room of a locked memory care unit. “What is this?” a resident asked pointing at a mug on the table. “It’s coffee. You like coffee. Go ahead and drink it,” said a staff member who was busily wiping off nearby tables. The resident took a sip and recoiled. “But, it’s [...]

2017-05-29T09:27:58-04:00May 1st, 2015|