MINNEAPOLIS and SAINT PAUL, Minn., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Participants will find this week-long cruise empowering while having fun and learning to live graciously with their "new normal" in life.
Lori La Bey, Radio Host and founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, orchestrated the event. Her Mother lived 30 years with dementia. La Bey said, "Our conference is designed to encourage open conversations, raise awareness, and build a sense of comradery while rejuvenating souls. We want to help people expand their relationships while functioning as caregiver and care receiver."
Kathy Shoaf, RN, Accessible Travel Advocate became La Bey's perfect partner. Shoaf owner of Elite Cruises and Vacations, LLC, is helping La Bey bring people together to share insights, reduce fears and eliminate feelings of isolation often caused by dementia. Shoaf has been overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by those inquiring. "People are excited and surprised this opportunity exists," she said.
According to Alzheimer's Disease International, a person develops dementia every 3 seconds in the world. It's rare to find someone who has not been touched by it.
La Bey's unique team includes professionals and what she calls the "True Experts." Four international advocates living with a dementia diagnosis will play a large role in the conference sharing their profound insights and coping strategies. Harry Urban, has lived 13 years with his diagnosis. He said, "I'm finally going to meet my family. The one I've never met." Urban refers to his "social media family" which can be a lifeline to those diagnosed as well as those caring for them.
Professionals Cyndy Luzinski and Becky Watson bring their passion and superior skill sets to the conference. Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse, dementia practitioner and founder of Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado. Watson is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Founder of Music for Wellness.
La Bey, reminisces about a family cruise with her mom with dementia, dad with brain cancer, and her siblings and their children. "What a beautiful experience it was. Now to be able to offer a supportive atmosphere where others understand dementia and are in the trenches side by side with one another -- well it's just beyond words."
The conference will provide hope and fun in a comfortable environment. Participants will be given resources, tips and tools to help them live better with and alongside dementia. Alzheimer's Speaks is seeking sponsorships and donations to provide scholarships for those who can't afford to attend.
The group sets sail November 11th, 2017. Interested parties must book their cruise through Kathy Shoaf who can be reached at 219-608-2002 or email@example.com
Alzheimer's Speaks is an advocacy group making an international impact providing education for those dealing with dementia. Dr. Oz and Sharecare recognized Alzheimer's Speaks as the "#1 Influencer online for Alzheimer's." Maria Shriver recognized La Bey as an "Architect of Change for Humanity."
Lori La Bey
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SOURCE Alzheimer's Speaks, LLC