My TEDx Talk

This is a talk given by an old friend of mine from grade school. Even back then I knew he was going to go places in life. Well, I was right and I’m proud to share this video which is truly inspirational. (don’t let the title “Graduation Day” stop you from watching because it will be an inspiration no matter where you are in your life)
Fantastic talk John!

Manner of Speaking

It was an honour to be invited to speak at the 2014 TEDx Lausanne. The members of the organizing committee were professional, hard-working and enthusiastic. The other speakers were passionate and supportive. The audience was amazing!

Here’s my talk:

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Casey Kasem and Mama Jean: The Faces of Lewy Body Dementia | Jamie Brickhouse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-brickhouse/lewy-body-dementia-casey-kasem_b_5343758.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

Mama Jean’s mind was already gone, but her reflexes — the ones that declared, “Don’t mess with me, I’m in charge,” — were still firing. It was the kind of moment — a brilliant spark of lucidity — that crystalizes the essence of a person after their mind has been hijacked.

Open, honest, heartfelt article. Click the above link to read more.

I was in tears before I finished reading this article because of the similarities with our experience with Mom. I still find it difficult to understand how it is that the medical community does not know more about Lewy Body Dementia and how to recognize it.

I find myself missing my mom more now when we are together than in the past when we were apart. The sadness and grief are overwhelming.

I hope beyond hope that the author, Jamie Brickhouse, is correct in thinking Casey Kasem will give a face to LBD and therefore the much needed awareness.

♥We are all just walking each other home♥

Montessori for Seniors

Excellent idea, I hope this idea catches on and expands for those with Lewy Body Dementia and their special needs. Specifically their inability to read and difficulty with spacial sense.

Across the Divide

In my earlier post today about the similarities between people with dementia and very young children, I briefly mentioned Montessori methods as being good for both age groups. The following video shows how one retirement home in Toronto uses Montessori techniques as part of its dementia care programming.

When my son was two, he was given the same clothes pin exercise while attending a Montessori. It helped with his fine motor skills

The L’Chaim Retirement Home is on Sheppard Ave. west of Bathurst St. I’m not familiar with it, but might have to check it out for my mother.

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Are Your End of Life Wishes Known?

http://judilevita.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/have-you-had-the-talk/

Follow this link to another blogger who has written about the importance of talking about end of life wishes and even gives us a list of the questions to ask. In my opinion I’m not going to wait to be asked by my children, I’m going through the list and answering it for myself. Then I will share it with them. Done.