For Family and Professional Care Partners:
Keynote Title: When Caring Takes Courage
Watching someone you love fight so hard against a disease that currently knows no cure, the hurt that comes from taking care of someone that may never be able to say “thank-you” or remember your name, increasing your own heartbreak to ease another’s. This is “When Caring Takes Courage”. However, even amid the devastation of dementia, there are many reasons to find hope, joy and even happiness if you know where to look for it. An uplifting and inspirational approach to creating the best days we can, despite dementia.
Caregivers will learn to recognize the daily triumphs they are already having by re-defining their definition of successful caregiving. Participants will learn how to better evaluate their caregiving efforts by measuring success in moments instead of outcomes, connections instead of cures and purpose instead of pain.
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Workshop Title: “Failure-Free” Solutions from Countless Family Caregivers
Did you ever notice how some caregivers seem to be handling things with less stress? Coping with the challenges of caregiving more comfortably? Balancing their life, caregiving commitments, relationships with friends and family and even self-care with more coordination? Learn best-practices and top tips from countless family caregivers to help you create your own combination of “failure-free” solutions based upon what is most relevant for you! Fun and fast-paced, offer a wealth of ideas to choose from and are delivered with equal parts compassion and humor.
Participants will gain “real-world” solutions to common caregiving challenges such as how to take control of their day (no matter what!), how to ask for and get only the extra help you want on your terms, how to manage stress and mitigate guilt, how to keep connected to friends and family. Caregivers will learn, most importantly how to carve out time (in an already over-crowded day) to make space for more moments that really matter.
For Law Enforcement and First Responders:
Course Title: “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Emergency Response:
Mara Botonis and Project Lifesaver International have developed the only scenario-based Alzheimer’s response training designed for by and with Law Enforcement inputand incorporating the best practices available from Alzheimer’s experts today. Decrease liability, improve officer safety, foster more positive call outcomes and build better community relationships with the general public. These courses help you pro-actively embrace the needs of very vocal and growing Alzheimer’s family caregiver and healthcare constituents so often in the media today, in your area.
Participants will gain “real-world” solutions to support a greater number of positive outcomes during calls involving persons with cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s/dementia. Attendees will gain specific techniques to improve communication with persons living with dementia, better assess risk and injury, create opportunity for agreement and cooperation more quickly and learn more about community based resources for persons with dementia and their care partners.
or contact PLI Headquarters at 772-446-1271 to schedule the Project Lifesaver Alzheimer’s
Dementia Emergency Response Course in your area.
Here’s what our nation’s leading Law Enforcement and Alzheimer’s experts are saying about Project Lifesaver’s Alzheimer’s course:
“WOW Project Lifesaver and Mara Botonis have pulled together a powerful and needed program to save lives of those living with dementia. This curriculum is well designed, follows naturally and uses simple touch points which will stick with officerseasing the implementation process into departments and communities.
In addition, there is a great form which could be utilized by the public when registering their loved one with dementia into the 911 system. This form would save time, reduce stress and would decrease data collection needed at the time of a crisis and in turn shorten response time for recovery.”
Lori La Bey, CSA, COS, AOSAD, is recognized by Dr. Oz and Sharecare as the #1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s. Lori is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a passionate advocate who searches for ways to shift our dementia care culture from crisis to comfort worldwide, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and the webinar series Dementia Chats™. Lori connects people to best practices and facilitates conversations regarding needs for dementia care worldwide.
“Mara Botonis and Project Lifesaver International’s Alzheimer’s course is a vital training resource for every first responder. The training affords all first responders with specific tools that can be utilized on calls involving persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I highly recommend this training program.”
Captain Robert Greenberg, CEO, Law Enforcement Today. Law Enforcement Today is a leading law enforcement community with a weekly reach of over 3 million persons per week. Law Enforcement Today (LET) is administered and owned by law enforcement officers and serves to embrace law enforcement personnel, sworn and unsworn, as well as retired LEOS and civilian supporters. LET uses the experience of the law enforcement community to meet the challenges ahead. Publishing first-hand accounts of how officers have successfully faced adversity or practiced excellence in law enforcement, LET strives to provide cutting-edge articles and information from subject matter experts in many law enforcement disciplines. Offering a chance to network with like-minded members of the law enforcement family, LET is not corporately owned, but exists for law enforcement by law enforcement.
“WELL DONE MARA AND PROJECT LIFESAVER —I hope your Alzheimer’s and Dementia training for law enforcement and first responders spreads like wild fire across the U.S.”
Jolene Brackey, author”Creating Moments of Joy“, #1 Best Seller in Caregiving Health Services and founder of Enhanced Moments, Jolene realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer’ special care unit as an activity director. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike.
“Mara Botonis has joined Project Lifesaver International to write an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training Manual for Emergency Response Officers in local communities. The resulting program is a much-needed tool to aid first responders in interacting with Alzheimer / Dementia folks. This course is full of significant information from the initial call to subsequent encounter to positive resolutions. Hopefully it will someday be found in very Police Department in the U.S.”
Joanne Koenig Coste, author, “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s” and nationally recognized expert and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care, is a board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Currently in private practice as an Alzheimer’s family therapist, Koenig Coste also serves as president of Alzheimer’s Consulting Associates. She lectures around the country and is the recipient of a National Award for Health Heroes from Reader’s Digest. She was named a “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century” by NBC Nightly News.
“According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3 out of 5 people with Alzheimer’s will wander. Project Lifesaver offers peace of mind to families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, another form of dementia, or anyone at risk of wandering. There is no way caregivers can monitor a loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Project Lifesaver’s inexpensive GPS system allows families and law enforcement to quickly find loved ones who wander. To date, well over 3,000 people have been rescued. If you have a loved one with dementia who is mobile, Project Lifesaver’s GPS bracelet is a ‘must have’.
As encounters between law enforcement and persons living with dementia are on the rise, we recommend supporting Project Lifesaver’s Alzheimer’s course in offering more educational resources to assist first responders in meeting the unique needs of persons with dementia. “
Ellen W. Potts, MBA and Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, Authors of A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver . Dr. Potts serves as one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, is a noted neurologist, author, educator, and champion of those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. He was chosen by the American Academy of Neurology as the 2008 Donald M. Palatucci Advocate of the Year, serves as an AAN national media spokesperson for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and is a faculty member at both medical schools in his home state of Alabama. Inspired by his father’s transformation from saw miller to watercolor artist in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Potts formed Cognitive Dynamics Foundation dedicated to quality of life improvement through the arts.
“We highly recommend the Project Lifesaver Law Enforcement Alzheimer’s Curriculum developed by Mara Botonis and Project Lifesaver International. What is so ingenious about this program is that it was developed for law enforcement, by law enforcement. SeniorAdvisor.com applauds their mission to bring awareness to the special needs of persons with dementia and equip law enforcement and first responders with the proper tools to help them.”
Amelia Wilson, Content Manager, SeniorAdvisor.com
“Studies indicate that 60 percent of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s will wander. This is a growing problem and issue that must be addressed. Both law enforcement officials and the public must be made aware of this problem. The Law Enforcement and First Responder Alzheimer’s and Dementia training course Project Lifesaver and Mara Botonis created is a first necessary step in providing a solution that will work.”
Bob DeMarco, Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, and an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Bob’s mother Dorothy lived with Alzheimer’s disease and he was her primary caregiver.The Alzheimer’s Reading Room is the number one source of life news for the entire Alzheimer’s community. Our goal is to educate, sometimes entertain, and empower Alzheimer’s caregivers and their families worldwide. Articles written by Bob De Marco have been syndicated on Reuters, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Time Warner, Chicago Sun Times, Houston Chronicle, Livestrong, Cox News, and Palm Beach Post (to name a few).
“These are remarkably well designed and practical resources for all branches of public service and law enforcement personnel. Mara has definitely used her professional and personal background and skills to produce a two-tiered training program (with support materials) that can change how those who have chosen a career or volunteer in roles that serve and protect the public can make a difference in the lives of those living with dementia, everyone who cares for them, as well as those who encounter them in one setting or another. Mara has used her talent for writing and course development to provide a MUCH NEEDED standardized system to help offer training in dementia at two distinct levels (Basic and Advanced) throughout the country and beyond.
Just as Project Lifesaver (now known as Project Lifesaver International) went well beyond an ‘identifier bracelet’ to help identify those at risk for wandering and elopement and devise an effective way to reduce risk and recover people, if they did roam, this course and support materials could do the same for public service providers everywhere.
THANK YOU, Mara, for choosing to make this happen!”
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first hand caregiving interactions. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach™ to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.
“It is with great pleasure that the National Preparedness Institute at Indian River State College (NPI-IRSC) expresses its support of the Project Lifesaver International’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia Emergency Response Basic and Advanced Certification Course materials. These course materials have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for the target audience and effectively constructed to achieve active learning based on the following:
• Specified learning objectives for each module;
• Continuous assessment of learning; and
• Alignment between learning objectives and assessments.
The National Preparedness Institute supports the mission of Project Lifesaver International to use state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome and any other cognitive condition that cause wandering. NPI encourages local law enforcement agencies and social service providers to explore the services and resources provided by Project Lifesaver International.”
Bryan Beaty, Director
National Preparedness Institute at Indian River State College
The National Preparedness Institute (NPI), serves as Florida’s banner center for homeland security, defense and public safety professional development. The mission of the National Preparedness Institute is to enhance the readiness of public service professionals through education, training and consulting services. The Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College (IRSC) was named the Employ Florida Banner Center for Homeland Security and Defense in 2008. Since that time, IRSC has become a statewide, industry-driven leader focused on education and training in the public service sectors of law enforcement, homeland security, fire, emergency management, legal assisting and human services.
“Mara Botonis is very sincere and passionate about her topic. I think it’s great that she’s ‘NOT just another civilian’ thinking she can train us how to do our jobs better. She’s been awesome!”
–Officer F. Rodriguez
“Excellent speaking and information gained from Mara’s knowledge. New understanding and perspective gained about how to interact with and understand persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia.”
“Class was fantastic, Information presented was dead on. Instructor Botonis is very passionate and the perfect fit as an instructor for law enforcement.”
-Officer A. Cecala
“Excellent class. The tools gained were excellent. Expand it everywhere.”
-Master Officer C. King
“Excellent presentation. Mara Botonis did a great job. Instruct ALL officers with this training.”
–Det. T.J. Scherle
“Training was really geared specifically toward Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s). Mara is the perfect instructor for us and an excellent speaker. I have to say I really enjoyed this class and got a lot out of it”