Building Blocks for Addressing the Dementia Crisis: Collaborative Solutions and Initiatives

Posted by Pam Brandon on Apr 26, 2024 11:15:00 AM

The rising incidence of dementia and its toll on families is one piece of a significant domino effect on public health. As a caregiver for both my parents affected by dementia, I can say firsthand that there are no words to describe the emotional and physical price of this journey. I want to explore the broader crisis we face: the cost to our communities, public health, health systems, and the stakeholders who are all invested in this space.

First, let's face the reality: the looming aging tsunami, as it has been referred to for decades, is here. It is no longer a futuristic term. With this in mind, planning is accelerating into action at the federal, state, and local levels.

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia Awareness, #Dementiastrategies

Unsilencing the Dementia Crisis: Bold Initiatives for Communities of Color

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 19, 2024 11:30:00 AM

The alarming statistics surrounding Alzheimer's and dementia in communities of color cannot be ignored. Black Americans are twice as likely as older Whites to have Alzheimer's or another dementia, and Latinos are 1.5 times as likely, according to the Alzheimer's Association. While higher rates of cardiovascular disease may play a role, some studies suggest that these differences disappear after accounting for overall health and socioeconomic status. Regardless of the cause, the prevalence of dementia in Black and Brown communities is a public health crisis that demands immediate attention.

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia friendly community, Dementia Awareness, Dementia Empathy Training

Dementia Challenges & Strategies in the Local Community

Posted by Laura Ellen Christian on Nov 9, 2023 9:30:00 AM
You're in for a treat!  AGE-u-cate is honored to welcome a guest blogger, Laurie Scherrer.  Laurie is Programs Director of Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and is an active member of DAA's Executive Board. 

    Through her extensive work in supporting initiatives of DAA and her experience living with dementia, Laurie is a strong advocate for quality of life.  She was diagnosed with young onset dementia in August of 2013 at the age of 55. Unable to continue a professional career she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey, Laurie and her husband, Roy, work continuously to identify triggers that cause her confusion and they make adjustments to overcome obstacles. Laurie is a Dementia Mentor and is active in many support groups. On her website,, Laurie shares her feelings, challenges, symptoms, and adjustments in hopes of encouraging other individuals and families living with dementia to explore ways to live beyond dementia.  

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    Topics: dementia friendly, Dementia Friendly America, understanding, dementia education, Dementia friendly community, Dementia Awareness, kindess

    Empathy in Action: Enhancing Dementia Care in Hospice through Experiential Learning

    Posted by Pam Brandon on May 25, 2023 11:30:00 AM


    Patients with dementia form a fast-increasing proportion of those entering hospice care. Is your staff prepared to compassionately care for the unique needs of people living with dementia?

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    Topics: Hospice, Dementia Awareness

    From A Great Dementia Coach to an Extraordinary Dementia Champion

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 16, 2023 12:00:00 PM


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    Topics: dementia care, dementia, dementia friendly, dementia training, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, dementia care training

    Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress for People Living with Dementia  

    Posted by Ann Germany on Dec 15, 2022 12:15:32 PM


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    Topics: Dementia Awareness

    Here's Why Dementia Live®'s Flexibility Stands Out

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 14, 2022 9:00:00 AM

    In dementia simulation programming, there's a lot to say about what makes Dementia Live stand out. Since its launch in 2015, the team here at AGE-u-cate® has spent more time listening to our client partner's needs than talking. The result?

    A program that is indeed what our tag line says: Proven. Powerful. Effective. Tag lines can get wordy, so we'll discuss another significant benefit:

    Dementia Live is incredibly flexible.

    As empathy and skill-building training, Dementia Live brings together a transformational experience, care partners empowerment session, and practical tools to professionals and families across the aging care spectrum. The team at AGE-u-cate believes that EVERYONE needs to better understand dementia.

    We are at the crossroads of unprecedented growth in our aging population, which will continue to affect every aspect of our society. Therefore, aging and dementia education is necessary for breaking the cycle of ageism and exclusion for persons living with cognitive changes. Our provider partners are key catalysts to offer this critical dementia awareness experience and education to the world.

    Dementia Live coaches receive organized, easy to deliver training which allows them (provider organizations) to take the Dementia Live program beyond the walls of their own organization. We provide the tools and resources to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, such as a virtual version of the Experience developed in response to the COVID pandemic. This Virtual Dementia Live Experience allowed providers to continue to use the program as an outreach education tool while social distancing restrictions were in place. Here's what The Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of IRC had to say about AGE-u-cate's pivot to a Virtual Experience during Covid. 

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    Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live, Dementia Live®Training, leadership, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, dementia care training, Dementia simulation

    People with Dementia Can Read? Who Knew!

    Posted by Julie Boggess on Oct 21, 2021 9:35:43 AM


    This is something that should not have come as a surprise to me, but it did.  Persons living with dementia, even in the mid to later stages, can call upon their long term memory and actually read!  Not only can they read, they can enjoy themselves!

    It turns out that I was partially correct, in that people with dementia are unable to read text dense, visually overwhelming materials.  I think back to my early days working in the nursing home when we would place a National Geographic magazine or USA Today Newspaper in front a person with dementia thinking that would keep them busy and engaged.  Sheesh.

    Created by Susan Ostrowski, MA, MS, CCC-SLP,  Reading2Connect® is a life enrichment program centered on books adapted for adults living with dementia. The R2C® strengths-based program enables a higher level of wellbeing through reading independently, expressing individuality, recalling pasts, sharing humor, and emotionally connecting with peers, family, and caregivers.

    This works because reading is a skill that is generally preserved and intact in the procedural memory of an elderly person.  Like brushing teeth or using a spoon, the ability to read is automatic and often remains to some degree functional even in the later stages of dementia.  

    Bring Back The Joy of Reading

    The Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA), located in Barrington Illinois, recently integrated Reading2Connect® with the members of their Adult Day Program.  This testimonial put a smile on all of our faces:

    reading to connect #5

    "Our Adult Day Program members look forward to our Reading2Connect sessions. The highly readable print with the accompanying photos allows everyone to connect in their own way. The wide variety of themes help evoke conversation. I observe intimate connections, social engagement and expressive language within the group members".

    Pam Pellizzari, CDP
    Memory Programs Manager

    Reading2Connect® is a perfect program for Area Agencies on Aging searching for innovative ways to reach isolated elders living with dementia.  Memory and Nursing Care Communities and Adult Day Programs can make life enrichment programming stand out with Reading2Connect®!

    Learn more today!  
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    Topics: dementia friendly, Dementia Awareness, Dementia and Reading, dementia programming, Joy of Reading, Dementia-related

    Concerned about Census?  Think Outside the Box!

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 13, 2021 4:55:22 PM

    Marketing Team - are you ready for 2022? I suspect you are either shaking your head in agreement or feeling stuck in planning what to do next.

    Senior living providers have had a plateful of challenges to address, and one that ranks high on the priority list is to rebuild census.

    Let’s talk about how to differentiate yourself from the crowd, build quality relationships that result in move-ins, and create an ongoing stream of referrals.

    I started in the aging and caregiver space over 27 years ago as a family caregiver.  Almost three decades later what I needed most then is exactly the same as what study after study supports is desperately needed now - education!  

    Be Your Community Resource

    I talked in my last blog about the importance of community collaboration - that is, a care community's collaboration within their geographic region. For example, working with a local Dementia-Friendly Initiative, Alzheimer's Association or Parkinson's Foundation, or others working hard to build widespread awareness of critical aging issues. This helps to expand community relationships, build awareness and develop connections with referrals, and all the while contributing to the greater good.

    The need today for effective dementia education is through the roof!

    Marketing team - add to your toolbox a "Wow" experience to help people better understand life with dementia.

    2022 will be a year for:

    • A game-changing referral source strategy.
    • Families and professionals seeking out in-person activities, conferences, education, etc.
    • Senior care providers to offer something different that will help engage and connect with their referral sources in more meaningful ways.
    • Communities to invest in programs, activities, and events that will engage people and set them apart from their competition.

    Become a Dementia® Live Coach

    AGE-u-cate®️ Training Institute's highly acclaimed Dementia Live®️ Simulation Experience is the game-changer. It's what people talk about a year after they've gone through the experience. It offers the care community representative the opportunity to speak one-on-one with participants, build a meaningful relationship, and in the process, provide one of the most powerful dementia education experiences available today.

    As much as your staff needs Dementia Live®, your community does as well. This program offers the benefits of flexibility, practical tools, and resources to allow senior care providers to use as staff training AND community outreach education. And if in-person is not an option, the program includes an online option!

    "Dementia Live is hands-down, our most valuable census building tool. Beyond its incredible educational value, it's our #1 marketing investment." ED, Texas.

    AGE-u-cate is on a global mission to ignite change!  Want to join us?  

    If you want to learn more about having Dementia Live® in your sales toolbox, contact us today!

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    Topics: Dementia Live®Training, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, Dementia simulation, Sales, improving census, Marketing

    5 Reasons Why the Community Needs YOU Now More than Ever

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 11, 2021 4:18:27 PM

    Let's be honest. 2021 felt like we had our foot on the gas AND brake at the same time. Make plans, cancel plans, make plans, reschedule plans. Make PLANS? Uh, let's wait and see. Sound familiar?  

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    Topics: dementia training, dementia education, Dementia-Friendly neighborhoods, Dementia Awareness, Dementia simulation

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