My guest, March 18, was my brother Dave as we discussed his FTD diagnosis and how he is doing now! A fun conversation for me with my big brother! Dave shares his inner most thoughts and hopes for others to stay positive throughout their journey! Happy Birthday to my big brother!
The Summit is organized around four critical health action areas pertaining to fostering a healthier rural West. These action areas, based on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Action Framework, inform AHW’s objectives and the Summit’s key results.
- Making Health a Shared Value
- Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration
- Creating a Healthier, More Equitable Communities
- Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems
Building from the initial Summit, AHW will continue to convene, collaborate, and commit rural stakeholders. Most importantly, AHW serves as the incubator for the initiatives identified and proposed during the Summit, and defines next steps needed to achieve our health transformation objectives. Join us as we create a healthier rural west!
The Healthier Rural West Summit is being held on March 19-21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Summit, produced by A Healthier WE (not-for-profit organization) and co-sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare. It aims to address many key challenges by offering an inspiring vision of rural cooperation and leadership in the coming information and health economies.
This unique and highly interactive and participative Summit will draw 400 stakeholders from across health providers, policymakers, Rural
West public leaders: federal, state and county health directors, University policy, research, and teaching faculty, community activists, business and technology leaders, Health systems and payors. Over the course of two days, they will listen to inspiring talks, and participate in sessions to debate, discuss and formulate successful strategies for creating well-being in the West.
March 11, 2018 My guest is Stacie Naslund from Spring Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. We discussed the information from last week’s Report on the Journal of Gerontology which released its finding and recommendations on Person Centered Care (PCC) and related it to how PCC looks when use as practical application in real time and life. This is my favorite type of conversation!
My guest this week is Rosalyn Reese, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado. Today we talked abut the need for the Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia, what it is, why we need the education for families and professionals and what the breakout sessions entail. You should fight to have a conference in your area or attend one if possible! Rosalyn also speaks about the statistics of Black Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I will be a speaker at the Conference in Denver on April 29th at the Hyatt in DTC. Learn more and register by clicking on the link below.
On March 4th, my friend Amelia Schafer & I discussed the report released by the Journal of Gerontology in February regarding what the basic tenants and best practices of Person Centered Care (PCC) should look like. Amelia is the Executive Director of the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association. We discuss our thoughts about why PCC is not only important, but paramount and why care communities would benefit by using the practical applications outlined.
The show today is a little longer than usual because I had two very special guest in the house. My friends Cherie Conway and Deborah Gardiner were kind enough to join me in the studio today to talk about their husbands and their journey with different types of dementia’s. Both women were caregivers for their husbands, Tim and Ken, who had younger onset with Alzheimer’s and Frontal Temporal dementia.
Both Cherie and Deborah had an extraordinary journey of trials and tribulations, and joy, but their love stories with the men, loves of their lives, will stir the emotions in your heart as you listen to this podcast.
were kind enough to join me in the studio today to talk about their husbands and their journey with different types of dementia’s. Both women were caregivers for their husbands, Tim and Ken, who had younger onset with Alzheimer’s and Frontal Temporal dementia.
They chronicle the history of their lives, their families; who they were before and after their loved ones were diagnosed with dementia’s. It’s a heartwarming conversation about love and loss, and the struggles to maintain your identity, sense of self and positive self-esteem. Finding purpose in their lives today, as they are living lives, they didn’t expect and in ways they didn’t anticipate, and the changes that have come since their husbands have passed away recently.
Their stories of hope, resilience, and going forward from here, is inspiring to me and I hope to others. They share their bravery, their tears, their anxieties, and their hopes for the future.
Starting over is never easy and these ladies may not have all the answers, but they are doing their best to go forward from here. Their journey of moving on without Tim and Ken is not going to be easy, but they are up to the challenge.
I hope you enjoy listening to their journey, and the way they candidly share their deepest thoughts, emotions, and insights. Getting through grief is never easy, but these ladies are doing everything they can to get up in the morning, breathe in-breathe out, and put 1 foot in front of the other to begin each day. They’ve had to learn things they never expected, like living alone or how to sell their home. Removing the possessions of their loved one as they prepare to move. Learning how to start a snowblower and finding moments of peace. Being able to enjoy others company as well as enjoying their own company and alone time.
There is nothing easy about being a caregiver! There is nothing easy when the love of your life has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Frontal Temporal. There is nothing easy when they are young and contract this disease. There is nothing easy when you’re confronted with dreams that are lost. There is nothing easy about watching your grandchildren grow up without your husband by your side enjoying it with you. This was not how it was meant to be. What is the new normal? Where do I go from here? How do I move on? How do I enjoy another man’s company? How do I live in this house without my husband?
We think the caregiving part is hard, moving on from caregiving can be almost as hard. We have to start again, we need to know how to begin. I hope you enjoy this candid conversation with Cherie and Deborah, and wish them well as they go forward from here!
The Healthier Rural West Summit is an inaugural event for health and healthcare stakeholders who want to impact the future of rural health. The 2019 Summit is being held March 19-21 and features both mainstage panels and two breakout tracks featuring more than 60 industry leading speakers and over 30 sessions.
The Summit will draw 400 rural healthcare providers, public leaders in local and state government, education, community advocacy organizations and business and technology leaders. In a highly participative format, the event will debate, discuss and formulate success strategies for creating well-being in the West through inspiring talks, interactive sessions, panel discussions and networking.
Health care in the United States has reached an all time expensive high, as the one on one care is often disappearing! I will be there with my panel to talk about the prevalence of TASK centered care in nursing homes and why it MUST CHANGE to Person Centered Care in order to provide the best care possible for our loved ones. My panel includes, Dee Reda, Community Services Section Manager
Home and Community Facilities Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Stacie Naslund, Executive Director of Spring Ridge Park Assisted Living – A Memory Care Community owned and operated by Continuum Health. Stacie’s property is more than a memory unit, She works to help people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s to Live, not to Die. Her staff takes resident’s out for dinner, to the movie’s, has a Friday night Mocktail Evening. They have resident lead activities. It is a concept every community should have, but rather, is the exception. Dee Reda and her CDPHE group have enacted new and sweeping changes for care communities/nursing homes who work with anyone with memory loss and more. new State Regulations passed April 18, 2018 were the 1st in 34 years and should be celebrated by families looking for better care!
One of the most critical and underreported health crises in the United States today is individual and community health and well-being in the rural American West. Although rural health care is deficient everywhere in the United States, nowhere more so than in the West, where considerations of distance, lack of sufficient number of qualified health providers, culture, economic status, education, and environment pose special challenges.
But poorly nuanced policy, underfunded public health, rising healthcare costs, and disparities in access to care are exacerbating poor health outcomes in rural areas, increasing poverty, an aging population, antiquated educational approaches, and a rapidly changing environment now pose imminent challenges to the health and wellness in the rural America West and beyond.
The Healthier Rural West Summit’s Core Objectives and Key Results are:
1. Assemble civic, faith, healthcare and citizen leadership at the community, county, state, regional and federal level to address current rural health’s critical issues from a 360 degree perspective
2. Present, in an engaging manner, proven best practices and lessons learned in transforming health needs to well-being in rural communities
3. Provide experiential learning by using a presentation format where attendees are given time to conceptualize and visualize how best practices can work in their community
4. In closure of Summit identify minimum of 5 new initiatives for incubation
5. Define next steps needed for leaders to achieve their health transformation objectives
Showing the love and compassion of Valentine’s week, I wanted to have a candid conversation about how memory loss starts and how it affects everyone connected to it. I give some examples of the first stages and remind us all how patience is a virtue. When the world is spinning out of your control, how do you ask for help? As the person you love is losing their memory how is your role changing? Grab a cup of coffee and learn all you can to be resilient!
My husband Jim Lorentz, who is a Division Chief of Police in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, joins me to discuss issues such as wandering, difficult behaviors, firearms in the home. We discuss issues such as driving privileges and when is it no longer safe to drive when cognitive impairment is present.
Season 3 is a new beginning for me and I am thrilled. Some shows will be 1 hour if I have a guest on that has such great information I cannot fit into an hour. I think listeners will love the new format! I also revisited what dementia is and isn’t.