Honoring A Dear Friend & Invaluable Role Model

“Every man is worth just as much as the value of the things he’s set his heart upon.” Marcus Aurelius Alexander “Sandy” Halperin, DDS,  retired dentist, author, entrepreneur, public servant, and person living with dementia has, for the past three years, been featured in CNN segments presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Sandy has chosen to not allow dementia to define him. Indeed, his love of life, family, and advocacy for others living with dementia, [...]

2017-05-29T09:25:49-04:00February 1st, 2016|

Understanding Uncontrollable Crying or Laughing

by Sheila, a mother living with early-onset Alzheimer’s dementia After my father passed away in ’99, I went into a depression. Coincidentally, at about the same time, I started getting Alzheimer’s symptoms. My daughter, Dominique, says it was like I was going into a daze. In addition to my other symptoms, I found myself having these episodes where I would just start crying out of the blue and I would have to shut myself [...]

2017-05-29T09:25:58-04:00December 29th, 2015|

Cognitive Resilience

 by Brian LeBlanc, member of the DAA Leadership Board Hi, my name is Brian LeBlanc I am: the Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Advocate for the AL/FL Panhandle ALZ Assoc, a member of the National Early-Stage Advisory Group for the ALZ Assoc. located in Chicago. A member of the Leadership Board of Dementia Action Alliance In an effort to provide you with a clear understanding of where I am drawing my experience with Cognitive Resilience, I would [...]

2017-05-29T09:26:08-04:00November 10th, 2015|

“You See Me, and Yet, You Don’t Know Me?”

You see me , and yet you don't know me? You hear me, and yet you ignore me? You talk about me, and yet, don`t talk too me? You laugh at me, yet i am not Funny? You Pity me, and yet know nothing about me? You whisper about me, and yet i can hear you! You dress me, and yet never ask me? You feed me, and yet i dont feel hungry, You [...]

2017-05-29T09:26:50-04:00September 21st, 2015|

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|

PURPOSE AND DREAMS

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|

Blogging: An autobiography in progress

Saul Alinsky wrote:  “We learn, when we respect the dignity of the people, that they cannot be denied the elementary right to participate fully in the solutions to their own problems. Self-respect arises only out of people who play an active role in solving their own crises and who are not helpless, passive, puppet-like recipients of private or public services. To give people help, while denying them a significant part in the action, contributes nothing to [...]

2017-05-29T09:28:49-04:00December 19th, 2014|