LEGO-Themed Events for Caregivers
Encouraging Stories is honored to have author, motivational speaker, and trainer, Loretta Veney to share LEGO-Themed Events for Caregivers!
Loretta Woodward Veney is a thirty-five-year security management professional who spent the first fifteen years of her career managing security personnel before starting her own training company offering topics including security management and operations, leadership, conflict resolution and communication skills.
In 2006 when Loretta's Mom Doris was diagnosed with dementia, Loretta began learning everything she could about the disease and hoped to share that information so others could be more prepared for this devastating diagnosis than she had been. In 2013, that hope turned into Loretta's first book, Being My Mom's Mom, which highlights the first six years of the family's dementia journey.
Loretta had the unwavering support of her husband Tim who did everything possible to be of help to Doris along this journey, and together they were Team Veney! In the summer of 2016, after almost 31 years of marriage, Tim died after a very brief illness while he and Loretta were traveling in NY. To help with her grief, Loretta took photos that she and Tim had taken over their many years of travel, added her motivational words to them and compiled them into her second book called Refreshment for the Caregiver's Spirit. Loretta dedicated the book to Tim and hopes it will inspire caregivers through tough days and long nights.
Loretta has delivered over 300 speeches and presentations on dementia and caregiving. She and her mom have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, AARP Caregiver Stories, as well as a PBS special titled "Alzheimer's the Caregiver's Perspective." In 2019, Loretta was selected as Trailblazer of the Year by Johns Hopkins Medicine.