Kathryn Harrison is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Kathryn Harrison is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Kathryn is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Author / Illustrator Kathryn Harrison started in science then became a business professional, communicator and, finally, an artist.  After she earned a B.Sc. in Neurology, she went on to receive an M.B.A and then worked for over a decade in Marketing and Communications. Following her business career, she turned to art obtaining a Fine Art Diploma from the Toronto School of Art. In writing and illustrating her award-winning picture book in 2016, Weeds in Nana’s Garden, Kathryn brought all her varied abilities together. She was compelled to create this resource for children following her family’s experience with her mother’s Frontal Temporal Degeneration. Kathryn has continued her commitment to provide resources for families impacted by dementia as a member of the team running AlzAuthors.com, an online community offering a vast collection of dementia related-resources. Most recently, she collaborated with dementia care expert, Jaclyn Guenette, to launch another children’s book, I Smile For Grandpa.

During her mother’s dementia, Kathryn’s children were young; her son was born within months of receiving her mom’s diagnosis and her daughter had just turned 2. They grew up with their Nana living with dementia but along this journey, Kathryn uncovered many benefits from their relationship together. Overall she found her children were valuable members of the caregiving team and this connection enriched both her kids and her mom. The experience led Kathryn to make it her mission to find ways to help other children better understand dementia diseases and encourage them to get more involved. To spread awareness and knowledge globally, her books are being translated into multiple languages. What’s more, proceeds from her books support the Alzheimer Society of Canada.*

Her topic is: Talking With Your Children About Dementia

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

Sonja Shute and Christina DeSantis are participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Sonja Shute and Christina DeSantis are participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Sonja and Christina are participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Sonja is Senior Director of Presbyterian Senior Services’ Circle of Care program in New York City. Originally from Canada, Sonja received her Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. She joined the PSS Circle of Care team in 2017, and recently became the program’s Senior Director.

Christina is Co-Director. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Adelphi University. Upon graduating from Fordham Christina joined PSS Circle of Care as a Care Consultant and recently became the Co-Director of the program.

Their topic is: “Start with YES: Using the Techniques of Improvisational Comedy and Empathy to Improve Caregiver Communications”

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

The Importance of New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors – Charlotte Today

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The Importance of New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors – Charlotte Today

NEW YEAR’S Resolutions are just for the young, right? Not necessarily. They actually has practical value for older people and can impact your overall health positively.

Provide Purpose

If nothing else, they provide us with goals and purpose in our lives. Rush University has conducted studies that show people who view life with a sense of purpose are two to four times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Purpose gives you discipline. Another Rush study notes that self-disciplined, highly organized people are less susceptible to Alzheimer’s.

And, a study in Journal of the American Medical Association showed that older adults with a solid sense of purpose tend to retain strong hand grips and walking speeds – key indicators of how rapidly people are aging. Watch my segment on the Charlotte Today program.

The Importance of New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors – Charlotte Today

resolutions for seniors

The Importance of New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors – Charlotte Today

NEW YEAR’S Resolutions are just for the young, right? Not necessarily. They actually has practical value for older people and can impact your overall health positively.

Provide Purpose

If nothing else, they provide us with goals and purpose in our lives. Rush University has conducted studies that show people who view life with a sense of purpose are two to four times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Purpose gives you discipline. Another Rush study notes that self-disciplined, highly organized people are less susceptible to Alzheimer’s.

And, a study in Journal of the American Medical Association showed that older adults with a solid sense of purpose tend to retain strong hand grips and walking speeds – key indicators of how rapidly people are aging. Listen to my segment on the Charlotte Today program.

Lisa Cini is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Lisa Cini is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Lisa is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Lisa is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio, a global senior living design, project management and procurement company. She is also founder of www.BestLivingTech.com, which curates the best products to Embrace Living as we age.

Her award winning company has expanded 149% over the past three years helping a diverse clientele that includes the top global senior living operators, the United States Air Force and Navy, the National Hockey League and many more.

Her newest book, Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living How Our Family Makes it Work is Lisa’s personal account of how her family has designed a home in which 4-Generations live together and lead productive, happy and healthy lives, even as the eldest member of the family struggles with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. She is also the author of 2016’s THE FUTURE IS HERE…Senior Living Reimagined. And her 3rd book BOOM The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that You Can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive pre-release has already made #1 on Amazon Kindle in 4 countries!

His topic is: Leveraging Technology for Aging in Place

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

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