Alzheimer’s and Dementia Friendly Cruise and Conference to Alaska Inspires and Empowers Caregivers and Family Members
A cruise aboard Holland America's Signature-class cruise ship, ms Eurodam that is specially designed for caregivers and their loved ones living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is set to sail to Alaska!
THIS CRUISE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMMING CREATED FOR THE COMPLEX AND STRESSFUL DAILY LIVES OF ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.
WE FEATURE AN IMMERSIVE CONFERENCE DURING THIS CRUISE. JOIN US TO DISCOVER YOUR JOURNEY AS A CAREGIVER IN A WHOLE NEW WAY AND RETURN HOME WITH A RENEWED SPIRIT! WE OFFER YOU EXCLUSIVE HEART-BASED SESSIONS AND STRATEGY-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS. DAILY CAREGIVER RESPITE (ADULT DAYCARE SESSIONS) WILL BE INCLUDED WITH THIS CONFERENCE.
In addition, ALASKA IS A TOP TRAVEL BUCKET LIST DESTINATION, so this is a perfect pairing! We are also happy to connect families who may have special needs with trained support staff so that everyone can enjoy this trip with peace of mind.
Contact Kathy Shoaf RN, BSN, ATP at Elite Cruises and Vacations (219) 608-2002
"Living Everyday to Enjoy Life"
1.RNs and geriatric care professionals will lead a dedicated cruise support team from Elite Cruises and Vacations LLC. 2. Senior-Friendly activities and social events specifically geared to our group. 3. Daily Senior Zumba with Loretta 4. Respite sessions for caregivers will be included with the conference 5. Interactive conference topics created to “Enjoy Life” +” Living Well with Dementia” + “Diabetes and a Great Life” + Mobility safety… Live safe, Be safe… Enjoy + Capture Life’s best and simplest memories with pictures. + Overcome the obstacles and Keep going. 6. Daily agenda of activities to be incorporated with the daily activity schedule of Holland America Cruise Line. 7. Private Group Welcome cocktail party. 8. Group dinner seating available every evening. 9. Optional group shore excursions in each port escorted by a staff member. (shore excursions are at an additional cost) 10. Pre-cruise group hotel with Cruise Support Team staff to meet and greet you upon arrival and manage transportation to the cruise departure port. (hotel at additional cost) 11. Accessible accommodations and mobility assistance.
Special Diets Make a Splash on this Cruise!
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"Because we won't have these moments again"
"Living Everyday to Enjoy Life" will include:
An opportunity for attendees to find inspiration aboard from stories about the journeys of global caregivers through a brand new Book Circle sponsored by featured writers at the Alz Authors group.
Caregiver respite sessions, time for the caregivers to relax, experience an adventure or simply take a nap.
Available RN private duty care one-on-one client support at a minimal hourly fee.
Accessible accommodations (at no additional charge) and rentable mobility scooters.
Dementia / Alzheimer's interactive conference sessions intended to educate, inspire and create new ideas.
Opening night private cocktail party. Our first opportunity to meet and greet.
A unique CRUISE and CONFERENCE all in one! You and your family will sail round trip from Seattle, Washington on Holland America's ms Eurodam and experience the beauty of Alaska with stops in Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria, Canada! Attendees will also experience diverse programming during the cruise that includes: healing pain and grief through sharing their stories; adapting homes for dementia; creating care partnerships; nutritional care for caregivers and their loved ones; and MUCH MORE! You will meet and spend time with others who share many of the same joys and sorrows as you do, so there is an opportunity to build new friendships as well. Return home with a renewed spirit, reconnected to joy and ease in your daily life!
This is an inclusive cruise and conference event created for Dementia clients and their caregivers and the family/ caregiver.
Muli-Generational cruise and conference event
Join us for this Bucket List Adventure
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Friendly Cruise and Conference to Alaska Inspires and Encourages Caregivers and Family Members to Enjoy Life
This is a truly Multi-Generational cruise experience with options to entertain or provide relaxation for the entire family.
Clients Having Fun
Sr. Zumba with Loretta
July 6-13, 2019 -- A new cruise specially designed for caregivers and their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is set to sail to Alaska.
At this time, Alzheimer’s disease cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. In the U.S., it is estimated that 5.5 million people are living with Alzheimer's disease, and every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Approximately 15.7 million adult family caregivers in the U.S. care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Kathy Shoaf, RN, BSN, ATP and owner of Elite Cruises and Vacations. “This cruise is an opportunity to benefit from a wide range of programming created for the complex and stressful daily lives of Alzheimer’s caregivers and their family members,” said Shoaf. “In addition, Alaska is a top travel bucket list destination, so it is a perfect pairing. We are also happy to connect families with special needs with trained support staff so that everyone can enjoy this trip with peace of mind,” she added. Shoaf, an accessibility travel specialist with an adaptive technology professional (ATP) certification, is also a geriatric neurology specialist, with 25 years in senior care management.
Our Cruise and confrence programming is apropriate for senior care practitioners and advocates who focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia as well s caregivers and their family members with Alzheimer’s and dementia. This seven-day cruise sails to Alaska. On Holland America’s MS Eurodam and departs from Seattle. We will visit Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria, Canada.
Prices start at $1,900 per person, based on double occupancy, for an inside cabin. Airfare, insurance, and gratuities are extra. All cruise reservations are required to be made by Kathy Shoaf who can be reached at (219) 608-2002 or via email at Kathy.Shoaf@cruiseplanners.com
Kathy is a Travel Expert with 20+years of clinical and management experience in Geriatric, Neurology, Rehabilitation and senior housing as an RN and Adaptive Technology Professional. She realized after years of counseling with the families of our seniors that the QUEST to enjoy life "Should Never Have to Stop". Her ability to overcome Fear and Anxiety about travel... Makes travel possible and "Bucket-List Dreams come true.
Kathy is uniquely qualified to understand travel challenges and create rational solutions. Her passion is to deliver Senior Group Cruise Events, in an environment where support and friendships increase confidence, even when accessibility challenges and clinical issues exist.
All seniors, and those afflicted with limiting diagnosis, deserve to ENJOY EVERY DAY THAT GOD GIVES US!
Her Senior Accompanied Travel programs include RN support, Integrative group conference events, Educational and supportive presentations, Respite sessions for the caregivers, Topical “Enjoy Life” activities, Supported pre-cruise group hotel and Accessible/mobility accommodations.
Let’s experience Life together without Limits
International Dementia Advocate Living with Alzheimer’s Dementia Action Alliance
Brian is Living With Alzheimer's Disease each and every day. Challenging? You bet, but not challenging himself every day is like giving up. He has too much living to do to even think about giving up.
He spends his time Advocating to Care Partner Support Groups as well as Support Groups for Persons Living with Dementia-Related Illnesses. "We have Alzheimer’s / Dementia conversations, learning from one another and supporting one another."
As the keynote speaker, Brian will present “Living with Alzheimer’s ... an Up Close and Personal look at life with Alzheimer’s Disease.” Explaining the good, the bad and the “all in between” of what's it's like to live with a disease that affects your brain which then affects everything else. He will give individuals a new perspective of the disease that is largely still misunderstood.
Travel and Accessibility Expert: Lesli Jenkins Wang
President & CEO at Free2Go Mobility Products, Inc.
Lesli Wang is fiercely committed to developing products that enhance the lifestyle of the aging and mobility impaired, enabling them to retain their independence and - most importantly - their dignity.
Her product, the Free2Go Rollator, makes it possible for those with reduced mobility to safely, confidently and discreetly use a toilet in ANY restroom - at home, the homes of others, in public restrooms. The 3-in-1 benefits of a walking aid, raised toilet seat, and toilet safety frame make it the ideal travel companion. She created the Free2Go Rollator to meet her mother's needs and recognized the product could serve people around the world.
Please visit their website. You can view this transformative product, a video with Lesli's inspiration (aka "Mom"), and how this product is changing her life - and will for many like her.
Barbara Roberts - RN
Former Director of Residential Care facility specializing in Dementia Care CRMA, C.N.A. Instructor Owner & CEO Barbara Roberts Consulting, LLC Specializing in Education, Regularity Compliance, and Recertification Medication Competency Currently works near Kennebunk Maine in Eldercare services as a Nurse Consultant Currently enrolled at York County Community College with the goal to obtain a degree in Gerontology Has worked as a Registered Nurse working in Eldercare Services for over thirty years Four Star Mariner on Holland America Cruise Line Compassionate about helping families with loved one with cognitive impairments
Owner and CEO of “Lou-retta's Custom Chocolates, Inc.”
Loretta Kaminsky at the age of 81 is enjoying the joy of sharing her love of music and movement with people of all ages. After a bout with breast cancer at the age of 37 she began a path of exploration to find a way to be remembered. That path found her starting her own chocolate manufacturing business, Lou-retta’s custom chocolates, Inc. From 1984-1999 Lou-retta’s became a world class company with clients such as Wegman’s food chain, Walt Disney World, Saks Fifth avenue, and the Japan travel bureau and others.
She has served on many local and national boards and has been a frequent speaker nationally. After selling her business, she found herself ready to pursue her love of exercise, and after 25 years of taking Zumba, she became an instructor. Wanting to share her joy with others her age, she is currently teaching Zumba gold at 3 independent living centers as well as a local YMCA where her class totals 60-70 seniors each class ranging from 65-92. Age is only a number, and life is a precious gift, we need to celebrate each and every day, hope you will come and share it with me!
Loretta will create Sr. Zumba classes for our cruise group on a daily basis. Her music choices and senior friendly dance moves will create memories of joyful life experiences and get you motivated to move.
Robert Chick DDS
Born in Brooklyn New York, he became a Pharmacist before moving to Buffalo, New York to attend Dental School. Deciding to stay in Buffalo, he opened his dental practice in 1969. He joined the Air Force in the Air Force Dental Corp, where he was diagnosed as a Diabetic. After 2 Years he returned to Buffalo to continue his practice and became very active in the local, state, and National Dental Society., serving a President of many of them.
Bob is very active in many local men's groups, often asked to speak on living with Diabetes. He has found a way to have a very active healthy life and looks forward to sharing his message with you.