Dementia Resilience - 9.2.18

Sunday, September 2nd

Jill Lorentz originally hails from the great farm country land of Illinois and has lived in Denver since 1984. When her mom was diagnosed with a form of dementia in the early 90's, Jill dedicated her life to learning about the disease, which lead to her career path of working with families and professionals who need assistance in this area as well. Believing caregivers can hold the key to setting the tone of emotional stability for the person with dementia, Dementia Resilience with Jill Lorentz sponsored by Belleview Heights Alzheimer’s Special Care Center will take an in depth look at how we can strengthen our techniques, strategies, and even our compassion to help people live with this disease; not to struggle with it. Our show's goal is to have a candid conversation about dementia and its effects on those it touches and to ignore ridiculous talk of a stigma attached to Alzheimer's. Resilience is your ability to adapt well and recover quickly after stress, by overcoming obstacles and adversity to find a positive outcome. People who have a resilient disposition are better able to maintain poise and a healthy level of physical and psychological awareness in the face of life's challenges. This 1/2 hour radio show, Sunday mornings from 10:00 -10:30 will explore avenues of intentional care and finding moments of joy while living with dementia. 

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Welcome to dementia resilience we chill arrest sponsored by ability heights alzheimer's special care center. A candid conversation as we learn about dementia alzheimer's and it's effects on the people we love. Jill has years of dedication and experience help you adapt to recover overcome obstacles and help find a positive outcome it's time for dementia resilience within Jill Lawrence. Give money changed all my goodness it's walking time in this Diddy. The walk and alzheimer's is coming soon to a city near you but I am super excited about the Denver walk this year. I'm always excited about the Denver wac but today in the studio I have Kristen baby who's on the board of the local Alzheimer's Association Colorado chapter good morning and I also have Rebecca angle. And Rebecca you are the development coordinator for the Denver walk greatness kerik so yeah. All little walk. So today. Girls let's just have a chat about how fun it is. But how important it is and it's given little shout out to all the people that make it happen because it's a fantastic walk. For a great cause I guess I try to put my show all around. And different types of dementia and how we can live resilient play with it and I think the walk release speaks to that so. Welcome Rebecca. Think he'll at least for having me let's talk about the timber walked we're going to have it on September 15 September 15 that's straight set their Saturday and the September and Darren Denver city park. And we'd get everything kicks off at 7 AM. And sell for about 79. We'll have live means they we have the fund can sound. We've got to zoom alarm not we have got all kinds of great staff and for everybody to come of all age just. And we've got a program that starts about 9 o'clock on stage and more Dele flower ceremony and and the local immediately followed silicon and about 915 to ninth when he. While and you need to arrive early because a lot of people show up to disarray yes we've got about eight to 101000 people so costs parking is always a little bit it's telling you yeah. It shouldn't let and we haven't we usually have that pretty well covered so an all that information is on our website at ALC dad aren't forward slash block com look up although locks there. And just select and very end and don't take it everything okay give me a map and everything yes well let's pretty Christen this conversation hello Fred. Allowed to thank you for having me. Very excited there it is here you have a personal connection to this walk like I do. I do yeah you mind sharing absolutely. So my father who is and air force veteran and a Vietnam veteran and was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease probably about twelve years ago. And down my mother who was caring for him passed away in 2012 caring for him and I just tell everyone I'm really. Feel like she died of a broken heart because. I'm it was very very difficult to watch this air force colonel. I'm just deteriorates and so he still living with the disease. He's living in a wonderful facility and we're just giving him the best that we can give him but that's why. I have participated in the walk for over six years I was the chair for a couple of years had a huge volunteer for the association because. I'm such a believer in why we raise the money to you help us support caregivers in support people with the disease and fund research. I love it yes. Send thank you listen let's first say thank you thank him for his service for us we police saying Q&A salute that's an amazing we always one acknowledge our. Our military. So you couldn't have this walk Rebecca and and Kristen without sponsors. So who's sponsoring or locked issue. So this year again. At Edward Jones is back and they actually are one and only national presenting sponsor okay so they have eighty. They wonderful nationwide presence with us there and it's all of our 625. Walks across the country each globally which is an amazing and yeah they have they added. Ever really big goal to reach this year and their had their instant there wait there's a really excited about them. And we've cats hmmm my cash are so many sponsors as they're so excited and so blessed to have them. We've got to Denver hush things we have health whiny. Just to name a few open that there are planning out there and feared there in the park you'll see I'll everybody's tents up then. Ready to go to talk with everybody. But I love that I'm the sponsors SE I guess that. I'm originally is straining my dementia resilience so. We are one of the army sponsors create absolutely Dave yeah she's at very match that the radio station back to me on that. So fun fun fun the walking is fun I don't want to give people the impression. That you go and 101000 people just crying their eyes out and being sad not to case. It's a fun walk. Kristen tell us about some of the funding to go one that you can remember were past few years maybe somebody gonna share. Absolutely and that's why have chosen to participate in walk you know the Alzheimer's Association doesn't lots of fundraising activities but this one is the most joy yes Sonny. Happy signing day to come out and celebrate our loved ones and so. We have had. Hula dancers and balloon blow Bob balloon makers of plow unless. And high school Albanians and drilled teens chairman I was. Cheerleaders cheering everyone on our round of the walk my favorite group is a ukulele Hawaiian singing group. It is air every single year and we really enjoy having all of those people come cheer us on any we even have mascots frowned this CU buffs. And I'm trying to remember the other ones that Revere and think and see issue ring hands. And a couple of other mascots and sometimes. I'm we have broncos' super fans that come out on occasion. And Dan have had a lot of support from the Broncos organization as you know so we're very fortunate and to have a lot of those teams also supporting. Let's talk about that a little bit will and a bill be there again Rebecca to cut the ribbon this year we are hoping infants and she will be there. And our hearts go out to the entire family in organization. We love the Broncos. Terry hinted that her daughter can hundreds since and this is Null and has come out. And with her diagnosis there's been a whole lot of backing and support for the family and for the team and we're so appreciative. Of that so we're really excited that there that they're part of it and sent continue we're hoping that the family is going to be there. This year and I don't wanna say yes or no thanks he but we're hoping that they're there and she's able to commend. Hang out with this for the day and cut the ring and then in and locks on some. I wanna talk about the fun activities for children people can bring their each. Older and now when I managed the walk. For several years. We always talked about dogs being there that sometimes people with alzheimer's get very afraid of dogs in this just. In my mind. Not a great place for animals. Folks please leave your animals at home delegates step John. Kids running around. People with alzheimer's get afraid any thoughts on that Kristen. I disagree with everything that you said I know we're a very dog friendly city and people love their pets and my family even you know wants to bring their pets that we encourage them not to because. Is such a large group of people. And a lot going on and I think your point about time. Alzheimer's patients on you know having the little bit of discomfort with that frame would be encouraged people to leave them right. Are you gonna have the kids' play area the share we share our enemies and some find new things this year so going to be even. Well finally going to many secretly root for us and that's how she parents he added I. And that's what we're doing a little bit since this year we had the Olympics were gonna do a little bit of Olympics dial things Freddy Keiaho loans is. Oh we're gonna have they're gonna get their own gold brick then they're going to be able to make it and we've gad Al kinds of our games for an. Kenseth so are really excited of course we've got the clowns are going to be doing faced gaining and balloons and bills and we got everything for the kids we can't Herridge though parents too and stay there with big kids. This cinematic Hijab zone by any means so we want the parents to have fun with the kid knows and and again it's and they go mainly friend me. I meant I love it well when we come back with our next segment I want dive into the teams let's talk about the teams and the people who walk. And why are they walking in how to start a team hunt joined team it's up OK so we will be right back after work for my sponsor. With the folks from the also. Amber's association talking about the Denver were making the decision to place your loved one in the care of others is one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever have to make. If that someone special is in your life and is needing memory care. Bellevue heights is the place to call home. Bellevue heights part of the GA's senior living Stanley is deeply committed to serving people living with alzheimer's and other related dimensions. Living with purpose and meaning is the best reward at Bellevue heights alzheimer's special care center. Your loved one will live life to its fullest licensed nurses are instead 24 hours a day. Compassionate caregivers Krewell balanced meals and three healthy snacks are a few key elements of the G-8 eat a difference. 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Today I have some friends on the show it's super excited about this Kristen baby and Rebecca angle from the Alzheimer's Association caller had a chapter and we're talking about that Denver walk. I love the walk for I think it's been and I wanna say I'm Vietnam my fifteenth year now. I BM part of the Milwaukee and I always had a team called she's somebody's hero. And it's based on a Jamie on the old country song about her mom having alzheimer's and I just love that so I always base set. My team on that. Let's talk about the teen is so much fun and they get very create eighty. They do get emotional all but it's awesome. Concept love love love atlas talk about it so Rebecca. Started near. So what I'm really wanna stresses this is such a fun day at his celebration there's not being sad about it there's nothing summer about it everybody comes to celebrate their loved ones together area somebody once said it's the biggest support group they've ever seen that's what snow is there really cool laments. I have tons of teams anywhere from 1%. To 25 people. So we really want to encourage everybody to sign up a team add to timeline however you can do it is greats. And we appreciate all the help. And support so we've got some great teams and they've got some great fundraising efforts that they're doing it. We've got of course team's Super Bowl and who has done a really amazing job this year they did a man you know. Purple today at training camp and a couple of weeks ago it was amazing. And then Broncos matched everything that was donated that day in person an online so that was incredible we'd really appreciate all of that. We have a couple other teams and doing some really great things we have. We have as his name is Jack and he's a high schooler and he does a golf a Thon for his grandma. And his team name is gulping for agree any sign that absolutely adorable as his second year and heat golf's all day long it really is a golfer trying to and he this year he did a 126 holes in one day wow cell that was incredible. So I'm just really fun things like that basically turning something unity that you love it into a fund raiser well exactly. So. For me I would. Co C. A party in my backyard. And bring in tables and chairs and candles and table cause some flowers all kinds of stuff my husband I would play a couple of sets of music and raise money for the walk I had shirts for everybody that had that home the song she somebody's hero in a picture my mom and my multifamily gridlock. Kristen what do you do you know had lows this year. What if I can't yeah yeah that's funny I have even forgotten about bags on Savard down sundry. My had a blind tasting event but it was at a mattress store because I have friends who do both of those things we can and had discounted pillows that are really cool pillows from a company called infinite noon. But I gave way purple pillow cases to everyone who came. But I missing wanna emphasize and stress is that it. Doesn't have to be anything full blown out like that really is if you just wanna come the day of the walk and you haven't yet signed up a team or done any fundraising you still can just calm on September 15. If we make registrations super easy. And make an initial donation and just see what it's all about how and then you build up to them my very first year that's exactly what I did. And now I'm you know to get 5000 dollar fund raiser but I built up to it so where I wanna tell people it's super easy you don't have to do all of these. Big full blown up parties Regis do because we've been doing it for so long. But I am come and join us that day and just get started and see what it's all about that's what I wanna and life. First year Christen. I have friends meet me at a local pub. And they paid 25 dollars per margaritas. And just have a a fun time be so we did that back and then I got really. Picky and start telling people please donate to my team and it's a hundred dollar minimum. You won't put much thought do you get on the night. Don't get nervous about everybody here it. So. A lot of teams. And where different T shirts they put up signs. One of my favorite things about the walk is going around and talking to people saying. Who are you honoring today. Is that somebody's memory yours is somebody who's still with us I delightful as I'm walking along the route. Talking to different families and having them tell me. Why they're walking and that's why it amid having radio remote that day. Two with a cruise and at 1430 van to talk to teams and have them come over and tell me why are they walking. Does it movies that way. Absolutely I absolutely love seeing. All of these mean big beautiful families coming and supporting their loved ones would be enters and made me there on T shirts they've capped TomTom users they've that's purple. News. I am not all kinds of things saying hey creative and make it. Their own and it's really incredible to see the just said passion and people put into the day you know I eat it rip hard as they kids. You know they've got their tapes on and their purple baseball hats and their holding up their memory flowers. And you know that's why we're really doing this is T make sure that the next generation. Has medication Andorra cure if we can get there and doing all that fundraising so I love watching kids and always tear up about. Then coming to support their families and learning what this is all about at a young age. Let's expand on that a little bit the flowers. Love love love their phones. Every here at people that walk can choose a flower. When they registered mingle and get one. And that flowers represent. Something so blue I believe as they passed. The Liz either they have they're living with the disease. They're living with the disease SoHo attorney that I'm reluctant path purple as they are passing patsy lost someone if you're carrying purple and yellow is her cared caregiver and oranges here an advocate you mean I have a direct connection that you still want to support the cause there's nothing more moving any emotional. Then when they ask everybody raised their flower color for whatever reason their caring as let's say can have a flyer of different color. But why how when you see 101000 people in the line getting ready to walk and they're all raising their flowers what a picture. Wow. You know one of the things it always struck me. Was I would say to myself look don't look there's a lot of people here. And I say oh my gosh there's a lot of people here. That always kind of blows my mind Yunel nick makes me feel comforted. Eddie Silva that. Rebecca. Can I go back to that it's a statement about it being ten biggest support group. People in urban and my mom when UCL a flowers and when you see that. Huge big crowd everybody's there for the same reason he they're supporting. There either eleven on that they've lost or they're supporting the love line that they have right now that's living with the disease. Or they're a caregiver for so many may not be a family member of but. We couldn't get through any of this without all the caregivers that are around amen to that. And you actually have some risers were. Where teams can gore and get their fabulous pictures taken in yes absolutely be encouraged that as well so you know bring your teacher tenure signs your manners what every you got to break. Go there and get a team photo we have a really great. Obviously beautiful natural backtrack and backtrack which is the mountains and Jill and her crew will be raked area as well ill. Yeah wait yes except that's. It's an exciting day and there's nothing like walking in oh please tell me you're gonna have sent TI goes burritos this year. Mean somebody's burritos we have somebody's very. Oh. They are yes they happen again plus is Rihanna. It is first numbers Serbs though we had gained at 101000 Marino's but you're hanging where. Music planned fun going on when we come out Brent talk about the exact logistics of the walk help treaty it is. And some. Just some great ideas for. Apart keying in just enjoying the day okay so we'll be right back after worried about my company. And we'll talk more about the Denver walk in May be some other walks around the state in the month of September can we do that Rebecca absolutely awesome. 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And we are talking about the Denver walked to end alzheimer's although we do wanna highlight a couple of other walks that are going on in the month of September. So let's start with that let's get that off the the top so it is there one coming up over Labor Day weekend and the weekend Nat Turner do we have any. No doubt yeah nothing's really ready weekends and kind of little reprieve from all the locks and back and September 8 we do have our Pueblo lock nice which is an awesome awesome deal I'll be down there's a female and said come hang out we would love to CEO and. Shout outs and no code northern Colorado's. Loveland is having their walk on September 22 the weekend after the Denver walk OK so there's always a walk close to use somewhere in collar women always we can't forget Colorado Springs America the beautiful Lawrence isn't that the same is the same days and Andrew Luck September 15. Yeah so if there is not. And he can't make the Denver lock we have when he around a state we actually have twelve walks around the entire state of Colorado hopes so. Again take a look at that website and find your nearest block he ends come and hang with us and form my listeners nationwide. Please note there are 625. Walk she said Rebecca yeah process. The and the United States and other may be some internationally I don't know from my international listeners but. Eight if they want to see a walk they can just go to ALC dot org and find a walk anywhere in the country right out yet we re awesome. I love that so again ALC dot org join a walk somewhere. Be part of the cure be part of the process to get us. To that finish line okay folks we really need to do that and just be a part of it give money. Yeah net money at it we need the money because though Alzheimer's Association this year actually gave money. Worldwide. For research projects going on in seven different places I've talked about it that link. On my shows earlier in the year because I was so proud of that that's so awesome. It's a great distinction because they all go Colorado chapter themselves had to. Money available and gave one point one million. To research and we raise a lot up to the national. Office that gives it all over the world but this was something that. Our local chapter did and made a decision as the board to donate that money or contribute got money to research still music. Thank you for being a part of that perhaps celeb loved that Kristen I think it's super super important it's why hey you walk not only that. But the services at the Alzheimer's Association provide aids. Couldn't be available if we didn't have the different events that go on throughout the year and I try to cover all of them and keep you up on what's going on. Let's paint a picture of the beauty of the walk so it's on the grounds. Behind the zoo. And on the grass area. That leads up to the museum. Yes it does say in big beautiful grassy area between the zoo and museum. Right by a and fountain and again we got that beautiful natural backtrack peering collar around with the mountains in the back ground. We'll have all of our tents up and available and there's big beautiful trees great hair. And the water straight hair and some call it a lake. It's of Mino. Via a big big honey. I had mile anyhow so the grow house is raid there the pavilion is right there it's yeah absolutely beautiful. And again color at a leather has been very good test. McEnroe led to we still have some good weather again this year the sun comes up. It's a gorgeous day. Everybody takes them short two miles around the park it's more of a stroll. We do have a short cuts and if nobody can make that two miles sent we've cat brow entertainment. All along the route to keep everybody excited and here green. We've cats like Kristin said the ukulele players we've got Irish dancers we've got clowns we have all kinds of thing. Songs sound much too glad to keep everybody gallons and I encourage everyone to come early to be has the festival area has all of our sponsors there and I find as my friends. Learn that their loved ones are our our. May be being diagnosed or are faced with this disease they don't know where to go we're ready start. The Alzheimer's Association has a huge ten with education and brochures. And to the sponsors all have information about. I'm in home care givers or am care facilities. So that you can really spend some time and talk to people one on one and in a really beautiful informal setting that I don't think is and threatening her challenging because. You have the pertained to go talk to all of these people so I was encourage everyone to get there before 9 o'clock so that you can talk to the people at the festival area. And usually they have really fun giveaways we actually had the dentist giving away if they had their teeth feet. No antidepressant and things like that for the children which isn't always associated with alzheimer's alzheimer's necessarily but. Geary fun things that the sponsors due to try and make the festival fun and enjoyable and educational for people. I'm really glad you brought that up. Not only are the sponsors important that your committee who puts it on. Is just phenomenal. And you can always use a new committee members every year. Who can bring something to the table and help. You know put this amazing event. On for all the people who need it right yeah that's absolutely and and again to our web say we have Alley in myself I am. She's my fellow at the moment coordinator at association tallied rescue yet this. Our emails are on our website so contact one of last and we will send you all the information we can on the committee each. We've got act pretty much everything wrapped up this year obviously with that only been sixteen days away from the I only missed. But we start early and should 'cause there is a ton of planning to do. So we blood to have everybody and no matter if you have a connection or not you just wanna help out she needs to volunteer hours or whatever it might be. It's such a great group of people and I am so much. Love and passion for anatomy each other but for the association and for their level and they're doing at Fort Knox that's awesome. And even if you don't have a team. You can still donate ALC dot org slash sleep CEO. Just go on their website CEOs for Colorado obviously. But it could be for anybody so for all life again all my national and international listeners. Please contact your local alzheimer's. Association find out where walking is near you did throughout the year. So it's and you can give to the end of the year December 30 purses Selassie Eaton gives so you can even get that team together on that data inspires you. Keep raising money throughout the year and help them raise a lot of money for research. And for administrative cost. Again I will be there as a media sponsor with my crews in 1430 band but my summit resilience training. Tandem that a great Big Ten 10 X 10 ten. Yeah we'll have. People that are working on my behalf to tell you about what I do on what I bring to the table with training and family care and it just classes I provide for professionals and for. Families as well in home assessments and things like that come by saying hello to me I can't wait to see you all have had this very everybody. I'm going to be interviewing some families first come first serve and my show on the following Sunday the city the sixteenth will be all about the walk in the families telling their story. And a bye get some really good stories I'll put it over two weekends. After I can't wait for that so look for decrees and van come by and say hi. At my summit resilience Booth and girl's sister has been unless some yes thank you so much for your sponsorship and our. Letting us be on the radio with you to talk about this. Really awesome day we appreciate. Thank you I appreciate all of you my heart and missiles with the Alzheimer's Association. Everything you do and just Lovett and a million say courier new app president love ahead necessity is now flying them Z is it an aging. So alright folks next week is going to be a strategy show. We're all have some good strategies and techniques for caring for your loved ones with alzheimer's I'll see you next week on dementia resilience. Children. You've been listening to dementia resilience would chill horrendous sponsored by build your rights alzheimer's special care center. 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