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Rick Phelps    

"While I Still Can..."

Who is Rick Phelps?

Rick is 58 years old. He lives in Coshocton County, Ohio with his wife, Phyllis June, and his family and grandchildren nearby. Rick worked in public safety for 24+ years as a law enforcement officer and an EMT for Coshocton County EMS until EOAD (Early Onset Alzheimers Disease) forced him into early retirement in June of 2010.

Rick Phelps, Founder of Memory People, Talks Openly About What Its Really Like To Live With Alzheimers Disease!

Rick Phelps has EOAD (Early-Onset Alzheimers Disease), but instead of fading away with this disease, Rick has decided to do something different. He has decided to fight a public battle against this disease with a positive attitude to educate, support, and bring Awareness.

Rick believes in being a change maker and wants to help those living and dealing with Alzheimers disease. He understands this is not a disease of a single person, but a disease of the masses. He understands the ripple effect this disease has from loved ones to businesses, from personal pocket books to global budgets. Rick knows if we dont learn how to help those struggling with dementia today, we cannot even begin to know how to help them tomorrow.

What is Rick doing to make a difference?

Rick created Memory People, a Support and Awareness group using the power of Social Networking. Memory People is hosted on Facebook for Alzheimer's patients, family members, caregivers, advocates and all those interested in learning more about the disease. At over 1,000 members strong, Memory People has grown and now encompasses a dozen sister sites. Memory Peoples mission is simple; to raise awareness about Alzheimers Disease and other dementing conditions and the ways that these dementias affect families, government, health care systems, and society as a whole. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_180666768616259 Rick was invited by the Alzheimers Association in May, 2011 to appear in Washington D.C to speak with congressmen about the impact this disease has had on his family, as well as other patients, and caregivers.

Rick is a Channel Expert on the radio show Alzheimers Speaks with Lori La Bey. The shows mission is to give voice to those afflicted with memory loss, empowering them to live a purpose-filled life. Their goal is to raise awareness, give hope and discuss the issues of living with Alzheimers disease. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alzheimersspeaks

While I Still Can Video Series. In early Fall 2011 Rick will be launching his video series in which he speaks honestly and openly about how this disease affects him and those around him. He explains what it is like to be unable to complete a simple task i.e. remembering to take his medications, or how one day he just couldnt tell time anymore. Its the little things throughout his day that can be the most frustrating. The While I Still Can videos will be marketed to Alzheimers Units to educate and spread Awareness of this disease.

While I Still Can, Rick's biography. Ricks goal is to tell the real story of Alzheimers disease, from a patients perspective. He is working with renowned co-author Gary LeBlanc to help him write his story and change how the typical Alzheimer Patient is perceived. His book, to be released early 2012,will take the reader on a rollercoaster ride as he paints a picture from the movie that thousands are living every day.

Rick is a co-host on "The Caregiver Hour", a renowned radio talk show with Tampa Bay Radio Host Kim Linder, every Monday morning at 11am Eastern Time. You can tune in to hear Rick and Kim right here at http://seniorholisticliving.com/radio-show/

Rick also teamed up with lifelong friend Dan Mitchell, a Nashville singer/songwriter and producer, and together they have taken Ricks journey with this disease and created the song While I Still Can, a tribute to the patients and caregivers who also walk with this disease.

Rick can be be followed on his Twitter Account, @MemoryPeople. Rick gives updates on the progress of his book and video series, schedules of the radio show Alzheimers Speaks, and news and notices about the great things happening on Memory People.

So how do we switch from being a fear based society to one which puts Awareness first?

Rick believes in being a change maker and wants to help those living and dealing with Alzheimers disease. He understands this is not a disease of a single person, but a disease of the masses. He understands the ripple effect this disease has from loved ones to businesses, from personal pocket books to global budgets. Rick knows if we dont educate and help those struggling with dementia today, we cannot even begin to know how to help them tomorrow.

So the real question is, what are the rest of us doing?

It is time each one of us steps up to the plate to make a difference in the lives of those dealing with Alzheimers disease and dementia. It is time for the world to join forces and start on a collaborative effort for the greater good, sharing resources and funding. It is time to push this disease forward with hope and support. Please join Rick in his quest to change how we perceive and care for those with Alzheimer's disease.


For more information or to arrange an interview contact: Leeanne Chames Personal Assistant to Rick Phelps Administrator, Memory People [email protected] Cell 253-212-7525

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