A new cruise is setting sail on a Caribbean vacation for those living with early memory loss.
The week-long cruise is designed to be a full, empowering and fun "Dementia Conference".
Lori La Bey, Radio Host and founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, orchestrated the event. Her Mother lived 30 years with dementia. La Bey said,
"Our conference is designed to encourage open conversations, raise awareness, and build a sense of comradery while rejuvenating souls. We want to help people expand their relationships while functioning as caregiver and care receiver."
Kathy Shoaf, RN, Accessible Travel Advocate became La Bey's perfect partner. Shoaf owner of Elite Cruises and Vacations LLC, is helping La Bey bring people together to share insights, reduce fears and eliminate feelings of isolation often caused by dementia. Shoaf has been overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by those inquiring. "People are excited and surprised this opportunity exists," she said.
Social Media FamilyFour international advocates living with a dementia diagnosis will play a large role in the conference sharing their profound insights and coping strategies. Harry Urban has lived 13 years with his diagnosis. He said, "I'm finally going to meet my family. The one I've never met." Urban refers to his "social media family" which can be a lifeline to those diagnosed as well as those caring for them.
Professionals On-BoardProfessionals Cyndy Luzinski and Becky Watson bring their passion and superior skill sets to the conference. Luzinski is an advanced practice nurse, dementia practitioner and founder of Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado. Watson is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Founder of Music for Wellness.
Cruising with DementiaLa Bey, reminisces about a family cruise with her mom with dementia, dad with brain cancer, and her siblings and their children. She said,
"What a beautiful experience it was. Now to be able to offer a supportive atmosphere where others understand dementia and are in the trenches side by side with one another -- well it's just beyond words."
Set SailThe group sets sail November 11th, 2017. Interested parties must book their cruise through Kathy Shoaf who can be reached at 219-608-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who's on the CruiseThis 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 an enjoyable and lifting learning journey for you and your family.
- Those diagnosed with early to mid-dementia are welcome to join , 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.
Cruise GoalThe 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. The objective is to 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 mixing in a much-needed vacation in a supportive, uplifting learning atmosphere.
Scholarships & SponsorsThe conference will provide hope and fun in a comfortable environment. Participants will be given resources, tips and tools to help them live better with and alongside dementia. Alzheimer's Speaks is seeking sponsors and donations to provide scholarships for those who can't afford to attend.
- Alzheimer's Speaks is an advocacy group making an international impact providing education for those dealing with dementia. Dr. Oz and Sharecare recognized Alzheimer's Speaks as the "#1 Influencer online for Alzheimer's." Maria Shriver recognized La Bey as an "Architect of Change for Humanity."