Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia

December 2, 2016

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Early deficits, stage prediction in terms of skill loss, caregiver needs, cost of care and care options, the problem of aggression and other challenging behaviors, difficulty discerning level of function, competence vs incompetence, recommendations

I’ve been through the evaluations that were completed at this morning’s meeting and you were a hit with our attendees! All gave you the highest rating and thought the information you presented was very informative. Thank you again for sharing so much timely information from your head and heart with our membership.
— Mia Spaulding, Chapter Executive, Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia

Community Ideas Station

November 17, 2016

How to Encourage Others to be a Better Friend to You and Your Loved One

ReFresh, ReFuel & ReTool, from the program brochure: This interactive workshop will be a time of engagement for family caregivers with experts in the field of Alzheimer's and dementia. Sessions will explore positive approaches to living with the disease from the perspective the caregiver as well as the loved one with Alzheimer's. It is presented in partnership with The Community Idea Stations, Public Broadcasting System, National Public Radio, and the Alzheimer's Association.

Your presentation was such an important and successful element to the program. I know I have said this before, but whether you are speaking or we are reading your book, you make us feel like we are talking to a well-loved friend. Your presentation was moving and so packed with useful information.
— Debbie Mickle, Science Matters Project Manager, The Community Idea Stations

15th Annual Alzheimer's Education Conference

November 10, 2016

How to Support Friends and Relatives Coping with Alzheimer's Disease

Enhancing the Quality of Life in Dementia Care, from the program brochure: This conference brings together health professionals and families to understand a person-directed approach to caring for those living with Alzheimer's. It is presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Virginia in partnership with the Virginia Geriatric Education Center.

Your message of compassion is so powerful that I was not surprised when you received a standing ovation from the audience. Thank you for sharing your moving personal story and methods that are both practical and transformative.
— Ellen Phipps, CTRS, MSG, Vice President for Programs and Public Policy, Alzheimer's Association CVWV

"Often Overlooked": Caring for Those with Alzheimer's and Their Caregivers

Mary Cail, author of Alzheimer's: A Crash Course for Friends and Relatives will discuss specific techniques for supporting patients who are coping with dementia, as well as their caregivers. 

University of Virginia Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

August 29, 2016

Hearing Mary Cail speak of her story and her writing reminded me what being a healthcare practitioner and a friend should be about. She has inspired me to be a better listener and to see others with renewed respect, compassion and grace. The practical advice contained in her presentation is applicable to any relationship, but specifically helpful when it comes to connecting with those who are going through significant loss; whether functional or relational. I give her my highest recommendation as a speaker and a teacher.
— Alan P. Alfano, MD Associate Professor University of Virginia Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical Director, UVA-HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital University of Virginia Health System

"Easy Ways to Support Friends with Alzheimer's and Caregivers"

The Lodge at
Old Trail

August 18, 2016

An Evening with Author Mary Cail, from the flyer: This month we welcome Mary Cail,  PhD, the author of Alzheimer’s: A Crash Course for Friends and Relatives, and founder of The All-Weather Friend, an organization which helps people support friends during life’s most difficult circumstances. Mary will be on hand to discuss easy ways to support friends with Alzheimer’s and caregivers, as well as share the backstory behind The All- Weather Friend. 



Your presentation was both incredibly moving and informative. After the session I was moved to buy your book. I’ve just now completed it and have been reflecting on your remarks that evening and the information in the book. Thank you so much for sharing your story in such eloquent and heartfelt fashion at the Lodge and for the sage advice in your book. As I read it, I could not help but wonder why you have not also considered a career in creative writing. Apart from the advice it contained, my favorite part of your book is the beautiful way in which you convey your information.
— Larry Goldstein, President, Campus Strategies, LLC (