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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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Lori Lebay

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 week-long 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.

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 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 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 Bey

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

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My neighbor Phil

In the fall of 2015, Lori become 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

Cyndy Luzinski –

A Mover & Shaker making a Difference!

Cyndy Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse and dementia practitioner. She is a strong advocate for providing person centered dementia care.  Cyndy 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.  She 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 the founder of the volunteer initiative to build and sustain "Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado."

Lori La Bey & Cyndy Luzinski

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 is currently in his mid-fifties. Michael was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 49. He no longer can work and had to give up his career as a high-level manager in Information Technology. Michael now spends his time increasing awareness of this disease, and works to increase funding for research. He also wrote a book called, “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer's,”  Which outlines his experience with Alzheimer’s.  Michael serves on the Leadership Board for Dementia Action Alliance and is a Dementia Advisor for USAgainstAlzheimer’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 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.

Each of our Experts living with dementia is a founding member of Dementia Chats™ a free webinar series which discusses everyday topics and has brilliant insights to help those diagnosed and those dealing with dementia live better together.  Dementia Chats Mission is to Shift Our Dementia Care Culture™. Our goal is to remove stigmas related to the disease by engaging people in conversation, answering their questions, listening to their comments and raising awareness in a positive light. We are firm believers in giving hope and empowering others to live with the disease not as the disease.

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

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Join Us as We Set Sail to Shift from Crisis to Comfort Together Our Itinerary and Tentative Programing

Nov. 11th, 2017, Saturday - Private Cocktail Party prior to dinner

Ft. Lauderdale – Head Out to Sea

Nov 12th, 2017, Sunday - Time TBD - Am Devotion

Bahama’s       9:30am- 11:30am Program

Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 13th, 2017, Monday -  Time TBD - Am Devotion

At Sea      9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:30pm – 3:30pm Program

Nov. 14th, 2017, Tuesday -  Time TBD - Am Devotion

San Juan    9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 15th, 2017, Wednesday – Time TBD - Am Devotion

St Thomas    Optional Land Excursions

Nov. 16th, 2017, Thursday – Time TBD - Am Devotion

 At Sea   9:30am – 11:30am Program

Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:30pm – 3:30pm Program

Nov. 17th, 2017, Friday -       Time TBD - Am Devotion

Half Moon Cay Private Island       10:00 – 11:30am Impromptu Memory Cafés on the Island

Optional Land Excursions

Nov.18th, 2017, Saturday -      Depart Ship

Ft. Lauderdale

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