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Updated: 02/07/2017 08:30:02AM

‘Purple Angel Ambassador’

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Lisa Rodriguez and Gary LeBlanc autograph their book at a Memory Cafe, an event to help dementia patients stay social.

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Lisa Rodriguez is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Her gift to society is raising awareness about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Co-authors Gary LeBlanc and Lisa Rodriguez get together often to speak on the devastating effects of dementia. They assist families to find resources to help them.

The Purple Angel logo is used to place in business windows to show that the environment is dementia friendly. Some training is required to obtain the status.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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SEBRING — Lisa Rodriguez is a diminutive woman with a heart as big as the outdoors. This mother, wife, speaker and author is also a certified dementia practitioner. The only thing that matches her passion for her family is raising awareness to the needs of dementia patients and their families.

Rodriguez knew her career route at an early age when she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease that wrought changes in her grandmother. She watched her live with the disease for 13 years.

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