Camano Island, WA (PRWEB) April 19, 2009
Dan Koffman, author of the innovation book series "Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors©", will be interviewed on the "Coping with Caregiving" Internet radio program on Saturday, April 18, 2009. He will discuss how simple photo illustrations of recognizable objects create smiles and connections between people with Alzheimer's disease and those who love and care for them.
The program airs live from 3:00-4:00 pm Pacific Time, with Koffman's interview at 3:15 pm. To listen in, simply click on the yellow "listen live" button at the upper left of the website: http://www.wsRadio.com/CopingWithCaregiving.
Koffman speaks from heartfelt experience as his own father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease over 20 years ago. As the disease took hold of the part of the brain that controls language, thought and memory, communication with his father became more difficult until finally it was all but impossible. The family was desperate to find ways to connect with his father, but though they searched they were unable to find effective tools.
Koffman, an artist whose career is based on communication through the power of images, knew then that he wanted to create tools and activities that would create connections for Alzheimer's patients and their families. His final inspiration -- to use the power of images to create those connections -- came as he watched former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner testify before the Senate Committee on Aging, recognizing her red-rimmed eyes as those of a devote, but weary caregiver.
Koffman's ground-breaking "Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors©" books have received rave reviews from memory loss professionals and family members alike, but Koffman says he is most honored by the happy responses of the Special Seniors themselves. This positive impact has allowed Koffman to realize his dream, his passion, to make a real difference in the Alzheimer's care community. http://www.SimplePleasuresBooks.com
Alzheimer's Disease affects more than 5.2 million people in the United States with numbers about to soar as Baby Boomers fast approach the age of onset. It is the most common form of dementia and most victims are cared for at home by family members. In 2008, there were nearly 10 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S., providing 8.5 billion hours of unpaid care which is valued at $94 billion.
If you miss Koffman's live interview, a few days later you can listen to the archive anytime via listening-on-demand by date on the "Coping With Caregiving" website (http://www.wsRadio.com/CopingWithCaregiving.) or thru a link on the "Simple Pleasures" website (http://www.SimplePleasuresBooks.com). The host of the seven-year old popular "Coping With Caregiving" program, Jacqueline Marcell, is an eldercare advocate, international speaker and author of the best-selling book "Elder Rage": http://www.ElderRage.com.
Contact: Dan Koffman