Dementia Cruise for Family Caregivers

Alissa Sauer
By Alissa SauerJuly 19, 2017

What if you could book a one week cruise through the Eastern Caribbean designed specifically for dementia caregivers and their loved ones to learn, rejuvenate and relax? Sound too good to be true?

Lori La Bey, founder of “Alzheimer’s Speaks” and radio host, is hosting a one week dementia friendly cruise to help caregivers and people with dementia learn to live with their “new normal” while bringing people together in a unique environment to learn from each other.

Bon Voyage! An Empowering Retreat for Dementia Caregivers and Loved Ones

Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks and radio host, Lori La Bey, is partnering with Kathy Shoaf, RN, Accessible Travel Advocate and owner of Elite Cruises and Vacation to bring dementia caregivers and their loved ones together on a one week cruise through the Eastern Caribbean.

La Bey says that the conference is, “designed to encourage open conversations, raise awareness, and build a sense of camaraderie while rejuvenating souls.  We want to help people expand the depths of their relationships while functioning as caregivers and care receivers.  Our goal is to show people how to live graciously with dementia, not become it.”

La Bey’s team on the cruise includes four international advocates who have dementia and professionals in the field — all committed to sharing their insights, personal experiences and strategies for living with the disease.

The conference aims to provide a fun and hopeful environment that will bond caregivers and their loved ones to a broad community of caregivers, with friendships lasting long after the cruise ends.

The cruise will leave November 11, 2017, from Fort Lauderdale and return on November 18th. To book your cruise and claim your spot, contact Kathy Shoaf at: (219) 608-2002 or via email at:

Would you be interested in a cruise like this for your loved one? Would something like this help you feel more supported in your caregiving efforts? We’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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