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The Dementia Cruise and Conference

November 11th - 18th, 2017

All cruise/Dementia conference participants MUST book this cruise conference through

Kathy Shoaf RN, call her at 219-608-2002. This is a closed group event.

Dementia Cruise


Program Description

Nov. 11th Saturday – Ft. Lauderdale – Head Out to Sea 4:00 PM

  • “Private Cocktail Party” prior to dinner - Location to be determined
  • 5:45pm “Early Dinner” – Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

Nov 12th, Sunday - Arrives Nassau, Bahamas 8:00am - Departs 5:00pm

  • 8:00am - 8:30am – “Devotion/Inspiration” – Lido Deck
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – “Coffee Clutch” – Location TBD
  • 9:30am - 10:30am – “Welcome, Team Introduction, Overview of the Program/Cruise and Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Lori La Bey, Kathy Shoaf, Cyndy Luzinski, Harry Urban, Michael Ellenbogen, Laurie Scherrer and Mary Read)
  • 10:30am - 11:30am – “Dementia: Shifting Perceptions & Global to Local Resources” (Lori La Bey)

Learn how you can shift dementia care by your actions, bringing peace and comfort to those diagnosed and those caring for them. We will discuss Dementia Friendly; what it means, why you are hearing so much about it and what global and local initiatives look like. Find out how not only yours words matter, but your non-verbal communication can make or break a situation.

Walk away with:

  • A definition of “Dementia Friendly” and various models of support around the world.
  • Information on the Global Purple Angel and how you can use to raise awareness.
  • Identify caring roles in a new light and receive practical tips, tools and resources to shift your life from crisis to comfort.
  • A new way to identify stress triggers when interacting with a person with dementia.
  • A new tool called “Your Memory Chip™” which helps you Identify how to reduce combative behaviors and create remarkable moments

“Optional Land Excursions”

  • 5:45pm “Early Dinner” - Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

Nov. 13th, Monday - At Sea

  • 8:00am - 8:30am – “Devotion/Inspiration” – Lido Deck
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – “Coffee Clutch” – Location TBD
  • 9:30am – 9:35am – “Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Laurie Scherrer)
  • 9:35am – 10:30am - “Contented Dementia – What Is it, How & Why it Works.” (Cyndy Luzinski)

Cyndy will introduce a positive person-centered approach to care which promotes lifelong wellbeing for those with dementia. She will share her own story of discovering the Contented Dementia approach (or SPECAL ®method) shortly after her own father reported being frustrated by the dementia symptoms he was experiencing. She will discuss the remarkable differences made in the lives of those who use the approach.

You will leave with answers to these questions:

  • How do our memories work? (using a simple analogy to explain it.)
  • What are the “3 Golden Rules” of Contented Dementia?
  • What does it take to practice them?
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Cruise with Lori La Bey

Dementia: Learning to Shift from Crisis to Comfort

November 11th - 18th, 2017

This cruise is ideal for anyone dealing with or who has dealt with dementia. If you fall into any of these categories, you will find this weeklong Bahama’s cruise a must for you and your family.

  • Those diagnosed with early to mid-dementia are welcome to join us with their Care Partner (family, friends and/or professional).
  • Families and friends who have a loved one with dementia
  • Professionals working with those dealing with dementia.
  • Advocates for dementia.

    All cruise/ Dementia conference participants

    MUST book this cruise conference through Kathy Shoaf RN, call her at 219-608-2002. This is a closed group event.

10:30am – 11:30am - “Voices of Dementia” (Facilitated by Lori La Bey. Panelists: Michael Ellenbogen, Harry Urban, Laurie Scherrer and Mary Read)

This session will be similar to our Dementia Chats™ video interviews where our intention has always been to educate people living with dementia, their care partners both family and friends; as well as professionals and advocates. Each of our Experts live with a diagnosis of dementia and will share their heartfelt insights on a variety of topics. The difference between our videos and this conference setting is that we will be able to interact with the audience not only during the session but afterwards too! Our topics are not set in stone as we will poll participants so that we are meeting the needs of the group. Here is a link to learn more about “Dementia Chats™” https://alzheimersspeaks.com/dementia-chats-webinar

Walk away:

  • Knowing you are not alone.
  • With new insights and ideas to live and care better.
  • With a new common bond with others that understand.
  • Feeling you have a lot more to give and receive in this journey called dementia.
  • “Group Lunch” in Dining Room – served seating

1:30pm – 1:35pm – “Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Laurie Scherrer)

1:35pm – 2:30pm - “This is Your Life – Strategies to Live Fully” (Facilitated by Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski, Panelists: Michael Ellenbogen, Harry Urban, Laurie Scherrer and Mary Read)

In this session, we will hear from our panel of Experts as they share tips, tricks and methods they have found helpful to continue to live life connected and purposeful.

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm - “Life Lessons – Gifts Wrapped in Dementia” (Facilitated by Lori La Bey. Panelists: Michael Ellenbogen, Harry Urban, Laurie Scherrer, Mary Read & Cyndy Luzinski.) In this session, our panel will expose the hidden treasures of living with and walk beside a person diagnosed with dementia. Our goal is to shift mind sets from grief to gratitude. Join us as we all walk away with a new perspective, feeling lighter and filled with hope.
  • 5:45pm “Early Dinner” - Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

Nov. 14th, Tues - Arrives San Juan, Puerto Rico 1:00 PM - Departs 11:00 PM

  • 8:00am - 8:30am – “Devotion/Inspiration” – Lido Deck
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – “Coffee Clutch” – Location TBD
  • 9:30am – 9:35am – “Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Laurie Scherrer)
  • 9:35am – 11:30am – “Screening & Talk Back of the Hollywood Film - His Neighbor Phil” (Lori La Bey)

We will take an Intimate look how one family dealing with dementia launches a ripple effect upon it’s community, as we see how attitudes drive our lives and our relationships. Come join the discussion on “caring roles” and the power of perception. Learn how the roles of care partners are changing and why. You will feel the impact how caring relates to your own family, circle of friends, workplace and business.

You will leave with a changed perspective of:

  • How and why caring roles change.
  • Identify how dementia can affect us and our relationships.
  • What “normal” is when dealing with the disease.
  • “Group Lunch” in Dining Room – served seating

“Optional Land Excursions”

5:45pm “Early Dinner” - Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

Nov. 15th, Wednesday – Arrives St Thomas 8:00 AM - Departs 5:00 PM

  • 8:00am - 8:30am – “Devotion/Inspiration” – Lido Deck
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – “Coffee Clutch” – Location TBD
  • “Optional Land Excursions”
  • 5:45pm “Early Dinner” - Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

Nov. 16th, Thursday – At Sea

  • 8:00am - 8:30am – “Devotion/Inspiration” – Lido Deck
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – “Coffee Clutch” – Location TBD
  • 9:30am – 9:35am – “Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Laurie Scherrer)
  • 9:35am – 10:30am - “Voices of Dementia” (Facilitated by Lori La Bey. Panelists: Michael Ellenbogen, Harry Urban, Laurie Scherrer and Mary Read)

This session will be similar to our Dementia Chats™ video interviews where our intention has always been to educate people living with dementia, their care partners both family and friends; as well as professionals and advocates. Each of our Experts live with a diagnosis of dementia and will share their heartfelt insights on a variety of topics. The difference between our videos and this conference setting is that we will be able to interact with the audience not only during the session but afterwards too! Our topics are not set in stone as we will poll participants so that we are meeting the needs of the group.

Dementia-Friendly Cruise Event… It is "TIME TO ENJOY LIFE"

Join us as we cruise the Caribbean on our Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Cruise event with Key Note Speaker:
Lori La Bey and her skilled team.

Traveling with Dementia is possible.

Click Here for Lori La Bey's Website

All cruise/ Dementia conference participants

MUST book this cruise conference through Kathy Shoaf RN, call her at 219-608-2002. This is a closed group event.

Here is a link to learn more about “Dementia Chats™” https://alzheimersspeaks.com/dementia-chats-webinar

Walk away:

  • Knowing you are not alone.
  • With new insights and ideas to live and care better.
  • With a new common bond with others that understand.
  • Feeling you have a lot more to give and receive in this journey called dementia.

10:30am – 11:30am – “The Best Tips & Resources” (Facilitated by Lori La Bey Panelists:

Michael Ellenbogen, Harry Urban, Laurie Scherrer, Mary Read & Cyndy Luzinski) This session will give you a variety of resources, tips and tools our Experts feel have enriched their own lives. We also want to hear from our audience! All resources will be combined and will be put in an easy access format to be utilized once all are back home.

  • “Group Lunch” in Dining Room – served seating
  • 1:30pm – 1:35pm – “Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Laurie Scherrer)
  • 1:35pm – 2:30pm “Passports for Life” (Cyndy Luzinski)

Cyndy will discuss what must be present for any of us to experience well-being in our lives

She will explain what crucial information needs to be communicated so that anxiety can be minimized and contentment and joy can be maintained for the person living with dementia. Since emotional and spiritual needs become much more apparent in the presence of dementia, Cyndy will guide you in participating in the plan to meet those needs as you begin completion of a passport for life.

As a person living with dementia, you will consider:

  • What is most important for my loved ones to know about me?
  • What kind of music makes me feel happy? calm? safe?
  • What do I do/what did I used to do that made me feel confident and valued?

As a care partner, you will consider:

  • What do I need to live with a sense of well-being, even as I serve as a care partner for my loved one?
  • What can I do to help my loved one regain or maintain his/her sense of well-being?
  • What do I need to paying attention to promote contentment for my loved one now and as the disease progresses?

2:30am – 2:35am – “Learn 3 New Sign Language Cues” (Laurie Scherrer)

2:35pm – 3:20pm - “Voices of Dementia” (Facilitated by Lori La Bey. Panelists: Michael Ellenbogen, Harry Urban, Laurie Scherrer and Mary Read)

This session will be similar to our Dementia Chats™ video interviews where our intention has always been to educate people living with dementia, their care partners both family and friends; as well as professionals and advocates. Each of our Experts live with a diagnosis of dementia and will share their heartfelt insights on a variety of topics. The difference between our videos and this conference setting is that we will be able to interact with the audience not Only during the session, but afterwards too! Our topics are not set in stone as we will poll Participants so that we are meeting the needs of the group. Here is a link to learn more about “Dementia Chats™” https://alzheimersspeaks.com/dementia-chats-webinar

Walk away:

  • Knowing you are not alone.
  • With new insights and ideas to live and care better.
  • With a new common bond with others that understand.
  • Feeling you have a lot more to give and receive in this journey called dementia.

3:20pm – 3:30pm – “Pre-Wrap Up” – (Facilitated by Lori La Bey)

5:45pm “Early Dinner” - Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

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CRUISE EVENT:

“LEARNING TO Shift FROM CRISIS to COMFORT”

November 11, 2017
7 Days Eastern Caribbean on the New Amsterdam from Holland America

This program is ideal for those with early memory loss, family, friends as well as professionals. Join Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks and her team of experts for a one of a kind cruise filled with fun, heartfelt stories and insights that will make your life with dementia easier. Alzheimer’s Speaks will facilitate discussion with those who know the disease best, as part of our team is living with dementia! Yes, you read that right. You will be shocked and grateful for their honesty and insights. In addition, you will be given access to resources, tips and tools to help all live better with and alongside dementia. Join us as we set sail together to become dementia friendly.

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Nov. 17th, Friday - Arrive Half Moon Cay, 8:00 AM - Departs 3:00 PM

  • 8:00am - 8:30am – “Devotion/Inspiration” – Lido Deck
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – “Coffee Clutch” – Location TBD
  • 10:00 – 11:30am “Impromptu Memory Café’s” on the Island

“Optional Land Excursions”

“Wrap Up Gathering” Time and Location TBD5:45pm “Early Dinner”- Served Seating - Assigned seating with rotating speakers at tables

Nov.18th, Saturday - Arrives 7:00 AM - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

  • “Depart Ship"

Join Us as We Relax, Rejuvenate,

Get Educated and Connected

Radio Host, Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks has pulled a very special team together for a one of the kind, heartfelt cruise filled with fun, life lessons, techniques and insights to assist all parties with understanding and meeting the needs of those dealing with a diagnosis.

The team’s goal is to provide a comfortable setting to relax and learn. By coming together as a common community, we can assist individuals, families and friends along with professionals to integrate life with dementia; maximizing moments and identifying and creating joy. You will learn simple techniques which have a huge impact, which allows individuals to live graciously with the disease. There will be plenty of time to relax and play while you mix in a much-needed vacation in a supportive, uplifting learning atmosphere.

A Cruise of Hope!

Alzheimer’s Speaks and Kathy Shoaf RN of Elite Cruises and Vacation have given a lot of thought to this collaboration and are very excited to bring people together for a common cause to learn, share insights and build a new community of support filled with great resources. Not only will you learn from two dynamos’ shifting dementia care here in the United States, but these two are collaborating with others around the world to give you expansive knowledge and cutting edge information.

A Dynamic Duo at Your Call:
Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski


Lori La BeyMy neighbor Phil

Lori La Bey –

Moving Humanity Forward

Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota based advocacy group making an international impact and providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Her own mother struggled with dementia for over 30 years.

Lori is a highly sought after speaker, trainer, and advocate for new delivery systems and attitudes towards those with memory loss.   In November of 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia.

Lori ignited the fire that sparked what is believed to be the first Memory Café in the U.S. in Roseville, Minnesota in 2011, and the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States, in Watertown, Wisconsin in 2013. She was also involved with the launching of Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative fall of 2016.

Named the “#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s”

by Sharecare and Dr. Oz

For additional information on our Event/ Program Host, Founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, Radio Host and International Advocate for Dementia, Lori La Bey...

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In the fall of 2015, Lori becomes a Platinum Sponsor and helped launch the new Hollywood film, “His Neighbor Phil,” which highlights a wide range of emotions, families struggle with, as well as the great depths of simple joys while on their path with dementia. The film and talk back will be part of this cruise.

Lori is driven to provide a variety of free resources to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose filled lives with dementia.

Lori La Bey’s show, Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is also believed to be the first program dedicated to dementia in the world, along with the first webinar series called, “Dementia Chats™,” whose experts are those diagnosed with the disease.  Her goal is to continue to develop and provide unique delivery systems that have 24/7 access.


Cyndy Luzinski

Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski

Cyndy Luzinski –

A Mover & Shaker Making a Difference!

Cyndy Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner. She is a strong advocate for community collaboration and providing person centered dementia care. She is especially enthused to help others learn one of the person-centered care approaches called “Contented Dementia” because she has experienced how this simple approach makes remarkable differences in the lives of those who use it. Cyndy enjoys one on one consultation with families and facilitating a dementia care partners' support group and two Memory Cafes in Fort Collins, CO. She is passionate about helping people discover that there is still a lot of living to do and joy to be shared even when dementia becomes part of the life journey. Cyndy is part of the Northern Colorado Music & Memory team and is also on the B Sharp Arts Engagement team responsible for the innovative program which allows people living with dementia and their care partners to attend the Fort Collins Symphony and participate in a research study related to music and cognition. She was named by the Coloradoan’s Mind + Body magazine as one of the 2016 Northern Colorado Superwomen. Cyndy is the founder of the volunteer initiative to build and sustain "Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado."

Actively Changing How Caregiving is Perceived, Received and delivered Lori La Bey and/or Cyndy Luzinski will facilitate discussions with those who know the disease best, as part of our team is living with a dementia diagnosis! Yes, You Read that Right You will be shocked and grateful for the honesty and insights you will gain from those living with the disease.  Each Expert Panelist is an international advocate.


Expert Panelists are
International Advocates

Michael Ellenbogen

Michael Ellenbogen –

An International Dementia Advocate & Connector

Michael Ellenbogen was diagnosed with Young-Onset Alzheimer's Disease at the age of 49. Prior to his diagnosis, he was a network operations manager for a Fortune 500 financial institution. Difficulty with work-related tasks eventually led to his early retirement.

As a world-renowned International Dementia Advocate & Connecter, he has been featured in nationally syndicated TV, radio and other media outlets. He has written for blogs, newspapers, journals and websites and shared his personal perspective as a guest speaker.

Michael currently served on the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee and other advisory councils. He is a regular speaker at the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services and has been featured in the Alzheimer's Disease International's 2012 World Alzheimer's Report. Represented the U.S./World for people living with dementia at the World Health Organization.

He is interested in motivating those with Alzheimer’s to raise their voices and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease. He believes that his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease is not the end for him, because he has so much more to give to the world. Michael wrote about his journey with the disease in his latest book entitled “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer's.”


Laurie Scherrer

Laurie Scherrer –

Teaches Us How to Live Beyond the Diagnosis

Laurie was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's & FTD in August of 2013. Unable to continue a professional career, she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey. She is a Dementia Mentor and active in many support groups. On her website, dementiadaze.com Laurie shares her feelings, challenges and symptoms in hopes of encouraging other Persons with Dementia to explore a life well lived with the disease. Laurie is on the Technology Committee for Dementia Action Alliance.


Harry Urban

Harry Urban –

A Calming Voice in Trying Times

Harry has been living with dementia for 12 years.  Since his diagnosis, he has become a worldwide advocate for change through his Facebook Pages called "Forget me Not," his blog and collaborations.  Harry is a voice that inspires us all.

Mary Howard was 50 when she lost her job as a Nurse because of Alzheimer's. After getting over the depression she becomes a big Advocate for Alzheimer’s. She has been part of the Alzheimer’s National Early Stage Advisory Team, the Ambassador to Congressman Smucker the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district and a Mentor for the newly diagnosed people with dementia. Mary also started the first Memory Cafe in Lancaster County in PA for the people in the early stages of dementia. She still enjoys traveling and recently went to Europe. Mary tells people who are just diagnosed with dementia to enjoy life now while you can, keep active, volunteer in something you enjoy and don't give up. Just because you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's doesn't mean your life is over. You still have a lot to do and offer to the Community.

Receive Resources, Tips & Tools.  In addition to having a great time while you meet others with similar interests, you will receive access to resources, tips and tools to help you live better with and alongside dementia. Join us as we set sail together to become dementia friendly.  Learn About the New Global Symbol for Dementia


Mary Read

Mary Read –

Exploring New Avenues in the Next Phase of Life 

Mary Howard was 50 when she lost her job as a Nurse because of Alzheimer's. After getting over the depression she become a big Advocate for Alzheimer’s. She has been part of the Alzheimer’s National Early Stage Advisory Team, the Ambassador to Congressman Smucker the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district and a Mentor for the newly diagnosed people with dementia. Mary also started the first Memory Cafe in Lancaster County in PA for the people in the early stages of dementia. She still enjoys traveling and recently went to Europe. Mary tells people who are just diagnosed with dementia to enjoy life now while you can, keep active, volunteer in something you enjoy and don't give up. Just because you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's doesn't mean your life is over. You still have a lot to do and offer to the Community.


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All cruise/ Dementia conference participants

MUST book this cruise conference through Kathy Shoaf RN,

call her at 219-608-2002.

This is a closed group event.

See the program description


Make Your Reservations Now

Contact: Kathy Shoaf Travel Professional, RN, BSN, ATP


Kathy Shoaf, Travel Professional, RN, BSN, ATP Cruise Planners Elite Cruises & Vacations
Kathy Shoaf, Travel Professional, RN, BSN, ATP is uniquely qualified to understand travel challenges and create rational solutions. Her passion is to deliver Multi- Generational Travel, Safe Dementia Travel and Bucket-List Adventures, even when accessibility challenges and clinical issues exist. All seniors and those afflicted with limiting diagnosis still deserve to ENJOY EVERY DAY THAT GOD GIVES US!

Kathy has 20+years of clinical and management experience in Geriatric, Rehabilitation and senior housing as an RN and ATP. She realized after years of counseling with families of our aging seniors that the QUEST to enjoy life "Should Never Have to Stop". Her ability to overcome Fear and Anxiety about travel make the Dream come TRUE.

Her Focus on Dementia- Friendly Cruises opens up doors that were formerly closed. Traveling with Alzheimer’s or Dementia is a challenge that CAN be managed and Enjoyed.

SNG Certified Special Needs at Sea, a Special Needs Group, Inc. company, is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. Recommended by the world's major cruise lines for superior service and value, a Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers.

Two Insurance Options are Available for Your Trip:

A. INSURANCE (Allianz Global Assistance) WorldWide Travel Protection and Emergency Health Coverage/ Evacuation (This option allows for cancellation of your trip for COVERED medical condition changes or emergencies and medical coverage/ evacuation during the trip)

B. INSURANCE (Allianz Global Assistance) WorldWide Travel Protection w/ Cancel Anytime Emergency Health coverage/ Evacuation (This option allows for cancellation of your trip up to the day before departure for ANY RAESON and provides for Medical care and emergency evacuation during the trip.) WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you choose ONE of the options… your US Health Insurance or Medicare is NOT in effect out of the USA. The decision is yours, I am happy to answer all questions and assist you with evaluating your options.

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Phone: 219-608-2002
Website:
EliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.com
E-mail:
Kathy.shoaf@cruiseplanners.com

Listen to "Cruising with Dementia – Bahama’s Here We Come!" on Spreaker.

Kathy Shoaf, Travel Professional, RN, BSN, ATP, will accompany this Dementia-Friendly Cruise. She travels with all of her groups that can benefit from her accessibility/ medical expertise.