The Perfect Thing on Patreon

Dear friends, I have some exciting news. I’m establishing a presence on Patreon.

This is my way of making sure that The Perfect Thing blog will always be a free and open resource for everyone.

You see, the web hosting and data plan behind The Perfect Thing have been self-funded for four years now.  It’s time to take it to the next level. I hope and expect that a presence on Patreon will sustain this blog, ensuring it offers free content forever, for everyone who loves someone with Alzheimer’s.

More Than Funding

This is not just about funding The Perfect Thing blog—though it is that. It’s also about the assurance that my work has a community around it.

Patrons (a lot like the ones back in the Renaissance) give creators and educators a pathway to financial stability for their work, providing for supplies and resources, and enabling the mobility that serious outreach takes.

Today’s patrons, like the “angel investors” of tech startups, see something has potential to grow and something people need. But in this case, patrons really are angelic—their rewards involve not a monetary payback, but the sense of contributing to a social good. Contributing to something that makes the world a better place.

How It Works

You may have heard of the Kickstarter portal, where people collectively fund one-time projects.  Patreon makes it possible for people to collectively support creativity and outreach over time (different from one effort).

Jack Conte founded Patreon in 2013—in part, to help fund his own music. So Patreon itself is a labor of love. Today, Patreon has more than a million patrons who contribute an average of $12 monthly to the artists, writers, and educators of their choice.

Patrons become members of a creator’s support system. There they inspire and shape what’s produced.

If you want to see my work flourish and you’d like to become part of my support system, please join my community on Patreon. And let others know about it. You’ll be enriching the variety of resources available to a growing number of people who love someone with Alzheimer’s.

Thank you for reading, and for your vote of confidence.

Your Friend on the Journey,

Barbara

Barbara Ivey to present at Third Annual National Caregiving Conference

Curiosity and Learning: Evidence you are doing a good job caregiving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Mill, SC

 

The Third Annual National Caregiving Conference (NCC18) takes place on November 9-10, 2018 in Chicago Illinois.  The agenda features family caregivers and former family caregivers sharing their experiences, insights and solutions.

The conference is available to those available to travel to Chicago as well as those who benefit from attending via Livestream.  Pre-conference training programs and workshops will be held Thursday, November 8th, and a day of service will be held on Sunday November 11th.

Barbara Ivey will present Curiosity and Learning: Evidence you are doing a good job caregiving.  Often, Caregiving is a life-long vocation. Barbara encourages healthy Caregivers to measure success by what they learn.  In this session, Barbara introduces proven Lean Process Improvement principles and tools to make this a simple and rewarding practice. Ivey’s presentation is part of the Coping track on Saturday, November 10, 2018

The preliminary agenda for the Third Annual National Caregiving Conference can be found at https://www.caregiving.com/ncc18/agenda/

Caregiving.com was founded by Denise Brown in 1996 to help and support family caregivers.  Caregiving.com is a community of supportive individuals caring for a family member or friend. We care for parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and anyone we consider family. We care for you before, during and after caregiving.  http://www.caregiving.com

Barbara Ivey (@alzbarbie) writes THE PERFECT THING blog for people with a parent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and a parent who is their Caregiver.  Barbara’s belief is that Caregivers-to-Caregivers experience Alzheimer’s differently from their Caregiver.  This means they need different resources during and following their journey.  Barbara is dedicated to sharing those resources – those Alzheimer’s life-preservers – because she believes they might actually help save the lives of Alzheimer’s Kids. Based in Fort Mill, SC, Barbara Ivey is the author of Patterns in Time® and Patterns at Hand, which were both published in 2017.

Contact Author

Barbara Ivey

The Perfect Thing LLC

+1 704-877-9283

 

 

Patterns in Time wins Gold 2017 MarCom Award

Visual Guide to One Family’s Alzheimer’s Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Mill, SC – Revised: October 14, 2017

MarCom Awards, one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world, announced the 2017 winners on October 12, 2017.  Patterns in Time®, published by The Perfect Thing LLC of Fort Mill, SC wins gold in the print publication category.  Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries.  

Judges of the MarCom Awards are industry professionals who look for the brightest, most radical and revolutionary creatives rocking the marketing and communication industry.  Recognition goes to those who communicate boldly and brilliantly through planning, design and writing.

“At The Perfect Thing LLC, our goal is to publish Alzheimer’s resources with visual stories that are easy for busy people to remember,” says Barbara Ivey, The Perfect Thing Chief Marketing Officer. “Creative design is key. We are grateful to be among the 2017 winners, and for the recognition for Patterns in Time®.”

A full list of winners from the MarCom Awards can be found at http://www.marcomawards.com.

MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. https://marcomawards.com/

The Perfect Thing LLC is an independent publisher of visual and heartfelt titles for families getting through Alzheimer’s.  The Perfect Thing LLC is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC. https://www.theperfectthing.info

Barbara Ivey (@alzbarbie) writes for Alzheimer’s Kids and Caregivers and is based in Fort Mill, SC. Barbara Ivey is the author/copywriter of Patterns in Time®

BO Haynes (@bohaynes) is an artist based in Charlotte, NC.  BO Haynes is the illustrator and designer of Patterns in Time®

Colson Printing of Valdosta, GA is a full-service printing and graphic arts company. Learn more at: http://www.colsonprinting.com.

Contact Author

Barbara Ivey

The Perfect Thing LLC

+1 704-877-9283

BO Haynes Wins Gold MarCom Award for Patterns in Time

Visual Guide to One Family’s Alzheimer’s Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Mill, SC – Revised: October 14, 2017

MarCom Awards, one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world, announced the 2017 winners on October 12, 2017.  BO Haynes was recognized as a Gold Award winner as illustrator and designer in the printed publication category of out of over 5,000 entries from around the world. 

Judges of the MarCom Awards are industry professionals who look for the brightest, most radical and revolutionary creatives rocking the marketing and communication industry.  Recognition goes to those who communicate boldly and brilliantly through planning, design and writing.

“The Perfect Thing is grateful to be recognized for our creative superstars,” says Barbara Ivey, Chief Marketing Officer of The Perfect Thing . “Our goal is to publish Alzheimer’s resources with visual stories that are easy for busy people to remember. Creative design is key. BO Haynes breathed life into this story, and we congratulation him on the MarCom recognition.”

A full list of winners from the MarCom Awards can be found at http://www.marcomawards.com.

MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. https://marcomawards.com/

The Perfect Thing LLC is an independent publisher of visual and heartfelt titles for families getting through Alzheimer’s.  The Perfect Thing LLC is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC. https://www.theperfectthing.info

BO Haynes (@bohaynes) is an artist based in Charlotte, NC.  BO Haynes is the illustrator and designer of Patterns in Time®

Barbara Ivey (@alzbarbie) writes for Alzheimer’s Kids and Caregivers and is based in Fort Mill, SC. Barbara Ivey is the author/copywriter of Patterns in Time®

Colson Printing of Valdosta, GA is a full-service printing and graphic arts company. Learn more at: http://www.colsonprinting.com.

Contact Author

Barbara Ivey

The Perfect Thing LLC

+1 704-877-9283

 

Patterns in Time®

Patterns in Time® follows the complete Alzheimer’s journey of one family.  This journey has been meticulously recreated from medical reports and family records.  This first-of-its-kind resource shows the progression of care required in one Alzheimer’s journey. Handy for Caregivers making care decisions for their Loved One, and for Alzheimer’s Kids lifting up their Caregiver and Loved One.

8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ PAMPHLET. Unfolds to 33 inches.

Printed in the United States

 

Patterns in Timeis exclusively available online from the www.ThePerfectThing.info store.  For your protection, this website is hosted by Squarespace and secure credit card processing is done through Stripe.  Read more about this in our Purchase Terms & Conditions.

 

Thank you for your support of independent publishing.  We make our best attempts to balance information, support and compassion for families on Alzheimer’s journeys. Your support makes it possible for us to offer custom titles written, designed and printed in the United States. 

Patterns at Hand

Patterns at Hand.  This coffee table book offers a kind welcome to Alzheimer’s. It wraps Alzheimer’s Caregivers and family members in love as it introduces them to the new realities that Alzheimer’s brings.  This photographic study of crocheted ‘Alzheimer’s Granny Squares’ joins three threads: the impact of Alzheimer’s on the Loved One, the care the Caregiver requires,  and the effort essential to sustain vital family relationships..

HARDCOVER PHOTOBOOK. 24 pages. 9″ x 9″

Printed in the United States

This beautiful book made me misty-eyed and smile at the same time. I recommend it to any family member of someone ‘on the journey’.

— Bill Shillito, Executive Director, Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust www.cartfund.org

Barbara Ivey has put together, within the pictures and pages of this book, a resource for caring, caregiving and support for the growing community of people effected by Alzheimer’s disease. I recommend this book as a resource and a comfort…

— Dawn Maybeck, Licensed Professional Counselor

Words and photos combine to show that beyond the losses of Alzheimer’s and the strength of Caregivers, is a wholeness founded on love. I would recommend it to Caregivers who are beginning to ‘hit the wall’ and need to reframe, focusing back on the individual instead of the disease.

— Rev. Derek M. Wolter, Director of Spiritual Care, Lutheran Home, Wauwatosa, WI

Patterns at Hand is exclusively available online from the www.ThePerfectThing.info store.  For your protection, this website is hosted by Squarespace and secure credit card processing is done through Stripe.  Read more about this in our Purchase Terms & Conditions.

 

Thank you for your support of independent publishing. We make our best attempts to balance information, support and compassion for families on Alzheimer’s journeys.  Your support makes it possible for us to offer custom titles written, designed and printed in the United States. 

Makin’ Memories to Benefit Alzheimer’s Research

[Originally posted on August 21, 2013 on www.optimizedoffices.com]

Dear Mom,

I am sorry that you won’t be able to celebrate my birthday with me this year.  So I decided to give you a present. I decided to honor you with a concert that will benefit Alzheimer’s Research. There are so many things about this event that you will be pleased to hear…

Verlon Thompson & Shawn Camp are performing.  I am a big fan – and I know you are too!

 Verlon Thompson &  Shawn Camp headline Alzheimer's Research Benefit for CART www.cartfund.org
Verlon Thompson &  Shawn Camp headline Alzheimer’s Research Benefit for CART www.cartfund.org
  • Friends are sharing photos of their loved ones who have been stricken with AD. You know from going through this with your mother how Alzheimer’s takes away the identities of its victims.  That is why we are collecting photos of Alzheimer’s victims “in their prime”, to honor who they were.
  • The Saloon at the NC Music Factory has donated their venue. Yee Haw!
  • Volunteers are stepping forward to offer their talents – including Sheila Neisler Catalyst – A Marketing Company who donated marketing services, Ann Edenfield who is serving as our vivacious Emcee, Josh Herbert who has donated his photography skills, and a team of willing Rotarians who will work the door, sell CDs and help with things that arise during the event.
  • Two Rotary Districts are supporting this benefit: Rotary District 7750 in Upstate SC, and Rotary District 7680 in the Charlotte region of NC. When I mentioned this project to the District Governors, the only question they had was: How can we help? Rotarians are inspiring!
  • Friends, old and new, are coming out to celebrate. Some are coming for the music. Some are coming because they are fans of CARTFUND.org. Some are coming for the chance to tease me about my odometer turning over to a nice round number. I am looking forward to welcoming each and every one.

There is another, very important reason why I know that news of this benefit will make you happy.  That reason is the organization that will benefit from the event.  This spring, I learned about CARTFUND.org, and the meticulously prudent way it provides grants for Alzheimer’s Research. You will be glad to know that…

  1. CARTFUND.org gives 100% of all funds received to Alzheimer’s Research. It’s charter sets a high bar for financial stewardship.
  2. CARTFUND.org supports cutting edge Alzheimer’s Research. This is critical, as there is still so much we do not know about AD – from how to diagnose and prevent it, to how to cure it.
  3. CARTFUND.org received more than 80 grant requests in 2012. It was only able to support two grants with financial backing. That means that many promising research projects were left unfunded.

The last time you visited me, it confused and agitated you.  My home has become a strange and frightening place to you.  It broke my heart to see you try all the doors, looking for the way out.  Since you are safe and happy in your new home, I will be content with you being there, while we celebrate for you here. Thank you for being my Mom. I hope you are as proud of me as I am of you.  – With love from Barbara

“Makin’ Memories to Benefit Alzheimer’s Research” will be on Friday, August 23, 2013 at The Saloon at the NC Music Factory in Charlotte NC. Doors open at 5 pm. Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp will perform from 6-8 pm. Every dollar collected goes to cutting edge Alzheimer’s Research through http://www.cartfund.org  Advance tickets are available for $10 through 8/22/13. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Photos of Alzheimer’s patients “in their prime” can be emailed to:

 

You may also enjoy…

Get Busy Living Service Above Self