Connecting in the Land of Dementia

and other presentations:

Connecting in the Land of Dementia

We love sharing easy and innovative ideas for staying connected throughout the dementia journey and we love sharing the gifts and blessings we discovered in the dementia journey.

These presentations include dozens of engaging, easy, and action-oriented ideas that help you keep those meaningful moments of connection with those you care for and about.

Love in the Land in the Land of Dementia

Based on Deborah’s true stories, these presentations offer listeners insights into the caregiver’s emotional and spiritual journey. Deborah’s presentation, Love in the Land of Dementia, performed with Ron Zoglin, offers insight, humor and hope to family members, friends, and caregivers.

Laughing all the Way

Ron and Deborah are both Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders. We have enjoyed sharing these uplifting laughing techniques with others.  We have facilitated Laughing Your Way to Health and Happiness sessions for memory care centers, retirement communities, and more. If you’re interested in hosting a laughing class, email us at

The Hero Project

We continue to use the Hero Project to celebrate and honor people’s life stories. In Hero Project presentations, we teach this method of helping care partners connect in a delightful, powerful and affirming way. For more about this meaningful and fun project, visit our archives:

Recent presentations include:

  • The Brookdale Foundation, national conference in Denver for day care and respite care professionals

  • Indiana Alzheimer’s Association conferences, for family care partners and healthcare professionals

  • Stephen Ministry, for spiritual outreach leaders

  • Arts and Aging Conference, for museum directors

  • Rotary Club, for community and business leaders

  • Kansas City Hospice, for volunteers

  • Shepherd Centers, for seniors and family care partners

  • Age Positive Conference, for community leaders in aging

  • Quaker Church

  • Dementia and Family Friendly Movies and Memories film series in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Kansas City Missouri Public Library, and the Kansas City FilmFest.

  •  Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas Medical Center


  • Laugh Your Way to Health presentations for Americare’s SummitView Terrace, Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter, Prairie Elder Care, and Care Haven

For information about the early years of The Creativity Connection please visitour archives at


Articles and Podcasts:

AFA’s Caregiver’s Magazine

Brookdale Foundation newsletter

Signpost Journal, Wales

E-Care Diary

E-Care podcast

Mainstreet Vegan podcast

Healing Ties—blog article and podcast interview

Together in This podcast


Other Media:

Over the past months, we were honored to share ideas for connecting through the dementia journey with 40 fascinating radio hosts and several wonderful TV hosts. Our thanks to each one of them for talking with such insight and interest on this important topic.

2016 September/October/November/December

September 7th:  KCUR Public Radio:  The Toll Of Caring For Those With Alzheimer’s 

September 8th:  Psychology Today article interviewing Deborah Shouse  

September 13th: WCCO-AM  Minneapolis MN  Interview 

September 14th:   Alzheimer’s Speaks Interview with Deborah and Ron

September 15th: The Full Power of Living interview with Ilene Dilon

September 16th:   Article by Deborah on Joan Lunden’s website: Staying Connected With Expressive Arts Activities         

September 18th:  WIP-AM&FM Philadelphia PA Conversations with Peter Solomon

September 19th:  WOCA-AM/FM Orlando FL  Interview with Larry Whitler

September 21st:  WSVA-AM/FM Washington, D.C.  Interview with Mike Schikman

September 21st:   WSRQ-AM/FM Tampa FL   Interview with Heidi Godman 

September 21st:  BlogTalk Radio  Interview with Robert Sharpe

September 22nd:   WKRC-AM Cincinnati OH  Interview with Brian Thomas

September 22nd:  WAMV-AM/Richmond VA  Interview with Bob Langenstaff

September 29th:  Alzheimer’s Foundation of America conference  in Washington D.C.  Presentation on Connecting in the Land of Dementia by Ron and Deborah

October 4th:  WFIN-AM/Toledo OH, Interview with Chris Oaks

October 5th: LIVE w/Aleksander Danilov, Nationally Syndicated

October 6th: WSVA-AM/FM Washington, DC  Interview with Mike Schikman

October 9th:   Kansas City Public Library Ron and Deborah present  Connecting in the Land of  Dementia at the Truman Forum of the Plaza Library, with musicians Cynthia Schroer and Rod Fleeman  

October 11th: Ron and Deborah perform Connecting in the Land of Dementia at Brookdale Overland Park, KS                                       

October 20th:   KCRHCA presentation at Westwood City Hall,  Westwood, KS

October 21st: WYRQ-FM/Minneapolis MN, Interview with Al Windsperger

October 21st:  WYLD-FM/New Orleans LA, Interview with Harold Clark

October 21st WQNA-FM/Springfield IL, Interview with Larry Corley

November 14th-19th: Virtual Summit for Intentional Caregiving 

December 3rd:  National Caregiving Conference, Chicago Ill. For details: visit

December 19th:   LA Talk Radio:  Answers for the Family, National Syndicated 


For nearly two years, we have been immersed in writing a new book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. We have reduced our speaking schedule so we could interview dozens of experts who are doing ground-breaking work with dementia and the arts, expressive therapies, and creativity. We will resume our speaking and sharing of ideas and stories after the new book comes out. Meanwhile, should you need an inspiring presentation for professional or family care partners, do let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

2014, January/February/March Events

January 6th Deborah appears on “News and Talk,” WAMV-AM Radio, Roanoke, Virginia

February 3rd “Charlie and Ernie in the Morning,” WVMT Radio, Burlington, Vermont

February 7th “Diane Jones Morning Show,” KLPW Radio, St. Louis, Missouri

February 10th “Health Notes,” KFAI Radio, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

February 11th “Prime Time Drive”  WNWS-FM,  Jackson, Tennessee

February 13th “It’s Your Turn” WISR Radio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

February 19th Ron and Deborah are hosted on WVWI-AM 1000, St. Thomas, USVI

February 21st Deborah and Ron appear on “The Lucky 13” WSTA-AM 1340

February 25th Ron and Deborah conduct a storytelling workshop for Americare in St. Louis, Missouri

March 14th Deborah and Ron conduct a workshop and perform at the Pistarckle Theatre in Tillet Gardens, St.Thomas, USVI.

March 19th Deborah and Ron perform Alzheimer’s stories for the Hallmark Caregiver’s 

March 28th Deborah shares tips for navigating the caregiver’s journey in a one-hour radio interview on iHeart Radio:                                                          

2013, Fall and Winter Events

: Deborah guest blogs on McKnight’s Long Term Care News

October: Deborah guest blogs on My Better Nursing Home

October  22nd  Deborah and Ron are interviewed on Lori LaBey’s  award-winning Alzheimer’s Speaks radio program 

November : Deborah guest blogs on McKnight’s Long Term Care News

November 10th 
Deborah and Ron appear for a performance and book signing of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch. Michelle Niedens, Education Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter, will also be speaking. The event is co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, the Landon Center on Aging, and Open Circle.

November 12th 
Deborah and Ron present Alzheimer’s stories at Central Exchange South’s luncheon program.

November 13th 
The Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas hosts Deborah and Ron for a performance of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey at the library in Winfield, Kansas.

November 17th 
Deborah and Ron share Alzheimer’s stories at the Topeka Public Library.

Nov 20th 
Deborah appears on Victoria Moran’s radio program on Unity FM.

December 24th Deborah is interviewed on “Coastal Daybreak,” WTKF/WJNC-AM, North Carolina Region

December 27th Deborah shares Alzheimer’s information on “Drive Time,” WKCT Radio, Bowling Green, Kentucky