What is your life’s purpose?
My mission is to shift our care culture from crisis to comfort, by providing education, support and inspiration to individuals, organizations and communities dealing with care systems and services. My goal is to offer accessible and affordable information, products and tools as well as collaborate with others to expand resources to help those in need.
How are you living your purpose?
I have committed my life to actively address my purpose through my organization, Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota-based advocacy group and media outlet providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s Speaks is geared to raise all voices in shared thought and actions; to uplift, expand creativity, and diminish the negative side of competition while building collaborative efforts to improve our world. We do this via keynote speeches, my website, blog, radio show, video interviews, YouTube channel, and social media platforms.
How did you find your purpose?
My mother lived with dementia for 30 years. Her journey changed my course in this world. My mom’s disease was the biggest gift I will ever receive in my life. She taught me many beautiful life lessons, which apply to all aspects of life and which I now get to share with the world. What an honor it is to love what you do and empower others to live graciously with and alongside dementia.
What advice do you have for purpose seekers?
Don’t fight what intrigues you and brings you joy. Explore it! Embrace it! Be proud you are looking for it! I personally always ask myself and my higher power, “What is my lesson?” Then, I shift what I am looking for to finding the answers I need. Keep in mind you will only find what you are looking for, so remember to look and listen for the answers. It’s a small but powerful tool. The inner peace alone you will find, as you look for your purpose, is worth any frustration along the way.
Know your life up to now has had its share of frustration. Don’t expect that to go away. You will just learn to deal with it differently. It’s is an amazing ride. Believe you are capable of living your life with purpose and know there are others who need to learn from you, just as you will continue to learn from others as you walk your path.
What resources do you recommend?
I LOVE Maria Shriver’s “Sunday Paper.” She is so thought provoking and is always looking for answers. She interviews so many people living with purpose and shares their stories and interviews weekly along with her own thoughts. The Sunday Paper is a must on my list.
Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers – Paula Spencer Scott
When Caring Takes Courage – Alzheimer’s/Dementia: At A Glance Guide for Family Caregivers – Mara Botonis
Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp – John Medina
Wonders in Dementialand: An Artist’s Intimate and Whimsical Account of Dementia, Memory Loss, Caregiving and Dancing Gypsies – Suzka
Start with Yes! – Cathy Braxton & Tami Neumann
Music, Memory, and Meaning: How to Effectively Use Music to Connect with Aging Loved Ones – Meredith Hamon, Tara Jenkins & Cathy Befi-Hensel
UsAgainst Alzheimer’s – Is an amazing daily newsletter with the most current news on research and funding. They also have several advocacy groups doing amazing work.
Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation – Their mission is to assist those dealing with dementia or who want to prevent it through holistic and researched modes.
Call Alert Center – This is a solution to help you be prepared in case your loved one or client wanders off. It’s easy to use and very economical. Use discount code “AlzSpks20” at sign up.
Care to Plan Dementia Resource Directory – This resource directory is like nothing out there to assist both families and professionals find solid information from Doctors and clinics, to testing, medications, housing, support, training and more. It is currently in beta testing and Geo searches and sub categories will be coming in the near future.
The “Roberto APP” measures brain performance through video games and allows you to baseline and track various portions of your brain. Double your Free Trial Use, by entering the Code: “ALZSPKS” at sign-up.
As far as my own resources, people love the Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio show where I interview people living with dementia as well as their family and friends, business professionals, authors, singers and songwriters, movie directors, researchers, and more. Dementia Chats is where I facilitate a conversation with those living with dementia as we cover a variety of topics. Their insights are amazing. I am also one of the sponsors of the film “His Neighbor Phil” (it cannot be purchased) and am taking the film around the country, doing talks with the audience. It’s extremely powerful for both family members and professionals.
If you are an organization in need of an Inspiring Speaker, I would love to talk with you. I cover a variety of topics from “The Power of Purpose: Changing Your Life and Others” to a variety of topics regarding dementia and caregiving, transitions and marketing.
Connect with Lori La Bey
Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks: Shifting Caregiving from Crisis to Comfort
Recognized by Oprah as a Health Hero for 2018, Maria Shriver as an Architect of Change and
Dr. Oz and Sharecare as the #1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s
Lori La Bey is a passionate and inspiring keynote speaker and the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota based advocacy group and media outlet making an international impact by providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. Her own mother struggled with dementia for over 30 years. Her radio show is also believed to be the first program dedicated to dementia in the world, along with the first webinar series called, “Dementia ChatsTM,” whose experts are those diagnosed with the disease.
La Bey has been recognized by Oprah as a “2018 Health Hero,” by Maria Shriver as an “Architect of Change for Humanity” and by Sharecare and Dr. Oz as the “Number one influencer on line for Alzheimer’s.”
La Bey ignited the fire that sparked the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States, in Watertown, Wisconsin in 2013. In 2011, she launched what is believed to be the first Memory Café in the U.S. in Roseville, Minnesota and 2016, she was involved with developing the Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative.
In the fall of 2015, La Bey become a Platinum Sponsor and helped launch the new Hollywood film, “His Neighbor Phil,” which highlights a wide range of emotions families struggle with, as well as the great depths of simple joys while experiencing and caring for someone with dementia. Her new project is to expand Dementia Friendly Travel; after her successful Symposium and Caribbean Cruise (November of 2017); for those with early to mid-memory loss, their families and friends.
La Bey is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer and advocate for new delivery systems and attitudes towards those with living and dealing with dementia. In November of 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia.
La Bey is driven to provide a variety o free resources to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose filled lives with dementia. Her goal is to continue to develop and provide unique delivery systems that have 24/7 access.