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  • 00:30

    Living With Alzheimer's Disease And The Fight Against It

    in Health

    In 2008 Michael Ellenbogen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Now he is an advocate for those stricken with it and a leader in the fight against this tragic disease. Ellenbogen will host Tami Neumann on Conversations In Care to talk about advocacy and living with Alzheimer's disease and how we as caregivers can help.

    He will be joined by Tami on Conversations In Care every first Wednesday to provide education and support for patients and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's disease.

    Michael Ellenbogen will also talk about his book, From The Corner Office To Alzheimer’s

    You can get more information about Tami's guest at http://michaelellenbogenmovement.com/

  • 01:39

    Staying Mental Healthy when Caring Plus Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

    in Caregiving

    Today on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio we will be raising awareness on staying mentally healthy when caring for someone with dementia for the first hour; and then the second hour we will learn about Pittsburgh's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

    Our first guest will be Jill LaFaive Gafner founder of Global Training Experts. I love her story, as it shows the power of her shift and how she has leveraged her new skills in caregiving with her base skill set of coaching and training. Jill has earned her Certified Dementia Practitioner and Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Training certificates through the International/National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jill also authored the book, “Personal Positioning for the Caregiver”, a motivational guide for caregivers on staying mentally healthy while caring for their patients. Join the conversation and find out what tips Jill has to share with you.

    Contact Jill at:      Website         Phone   (586) 419-6073

    Our second was not able to make the show today.  We will be rescheduling.

    Our second guest will be Marita Garrett from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurology.

    For more information on Dementia and Caregiving, check out our Website at www.Alzheimer's Speaks

  • 00:51

    Violet ReikiRadio - Reiki and Alzheimer's Disease

    in Spirituality

    Reiki for Alzheimer’s, Depression, Anxiety, Caregiver Stress, Pain

    Scientific validation of the effectiveness of Reiki has helped bring this method more and more to the mainstream, where it is able to aid patients in many realms. There are several vital areas where Reiki and other touch/energy therapies significantly aid people with dementia and their caregivers.  The first is that there is an indication from published, peer-reviewed research that Reiki can help address memory issues in people with mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s.

    There are also several other published studies that demonstrate that Reiki helps both depression and anxiety both among people with chronic medical issues, as well as in those do not.  One of the often reported outcomes of Reiki treatment is a state of calm relaxation.  In that dementia patients can have problems with agitation, Reiki’s calming influence can be greatly appreciated.

    Dementia patients often have other significant medical issues that might cause them to experience chronic or episodic pain. Using narcotic medication in people with cognitive impairment can make that impairment worse, so finding effective non-narcotic interventions that reduce pain can be vital.  Several research studies studies show that pain can be significantly reduced through the use of Reiki, both in cases where the pain is chronic and short-term.

    Caregiver stress and burn out is another vital area where Reiki can help.  Nurses have added Reiki to their work in large numbers, and studying then as a population prone to burn out and compassion fatigue has demonstrated that Reiki can help prevent and heal caregiver stress and overwhelm. This is particularly true when caregivers use Reiki for self-help on a regular basis.

  • 00:32

    It is alzheimer's disease. What do we do now?

    in Caregiving

    Today's guest is Kristine Broome, caregiver services coordinator with The Family Caregiver Support Program in Seattle.  

    In her own words, "I have been in my  current position assisting family caregivers for about a dozen years, so I am very familiar with the issues, concerns and challenges faced by family caregivers. Our program hopes to provide a range of information about available resources and referrals for family caregivers so they can feel supported in this demanding and stressful role. Caregivers need guidance and support as they cope with the needs of their care receiver while often experiencing stress and uncertainty as to what lies ahead. We liken it to a journey they don't have to navigate on their own. The Family Caregiver Support Program is there to be with them on this unique journey."

  • 00:17

    Will You Get Alzheimer's Disease?

    in Family

    A Thousand Moms Talk is made possible by the support of listeners like you.

    Sad news recently that singer/songwriter Glen Campbell has released his final song and that he is in the 6th of 7 stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect those afflicted; it takes an enormous toll on the caregivers: family, spouses, the children. The baby boomers are facing a crisis. If no effective treatment or cure, 50% of those over 85 will get Alzheimers.

    A Thousand Moms is releasing as a e-book, The Sourcebook of Brain Science. Knowledge of the brain is essential for parents, teachers, students, the general public to make good decisions, reduce the toll of suffering of patients and caregivers.

    Order your copy by visiting our Web site, www.athousandmoms.org. Two links at the upper right will allow you to order a copy right away and/or get more information on this resource. Www.athousandmoms.org

  • 00:41

    Living with Alzheimer's Disease

    in Health

    Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible progressive brain disreaes that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is the moist common form of dementia in the older population. We will discuss diagnostic testing, treatments and integrative and herbal approaches to treating AD

  • 00:30

    Neuropsychiatric symptoms and their treatment in Alzheimer's Disease.

    in Health

    Today's speakers are: 

    Davangere Devanand, MD, Chief of The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the New York Psychiatric Institute. 

    Dr. Gregory Pelton, MD, Attending Physician in the Late Life Depression Clinic Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

    Dr Gregory Pelton and Dr. Dev Devanand, will discuss what Neuropsychiaric symptoms in Alzheimers Disease (AD) look like, how they are currently treated, and future research and treatments.

    Contact Information

    For more information on treatment and research opportunities, please visit our memory disorders clinic website at

    http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/pi/researchclinics/memory/disorders-clinic and our Adult and Late Life Clinic website at http://www.columbiapsychiatry.org/researchclinics/adult-and-late-life-depression-research-clinic or call us at 646-774-8668.

    To listen to any of our previous episodes on assorted psychiatry topics such as child and adolescent mental health, OCD, eating disorders or substance abuse please go to blogtalkradio.com/columbiapsychiatrynyspi


  • 00:31

    Communicating about Alzheimer's Disease

    in Caregiving

    When a family member receives a diagnosis of dementia, you take on the resposibilties of caregiving and communicating. You share the diagnosis, you educate family and friends about the diagnosis.

    Today, Claire Day, our dementia care expert, will help us talk about a diagnosis with family and friends. She'll also share tips on how to continue the education during the disease process and declines.

  • 01:00

    Purple Angel Documentary - Help Spread The Global Symbol For All Dementias

    in Caregiving

    Today Alzheimer's Speaks Radio is having a special show to spread the word of the Purple Angel Project and the documentary being made about this grassroots global movement to improve dementia care around the world. We will be talking with:

    Laurence Kelly: Producer of this Documentary.

    Dom Gilday: The Assistant Director.

    Gary Joseph Le Blanc of Common Sense Caregiving, and Michael Ellenbogen of the Michael Ellenbogen Movement along with myself, Lori La Bey of Alzheimer's Speaks will be representing the US Division for the Purple Angel.  We are hoping to have the creators of the Global Purple Angel itself, Norrms McNamara and Jane Moore join us as well from the UK.

    Learn how you too can join the US Purple Angel Project.  It costs you nothing to get the material to help raise awareness. If you are able we would love for you to help support this documentary.

    For more information on dementia and Caregiving visit Alzheimer's Speaks Resource Website

    Join an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial today. No insurance is needed to participate.




  • 00:36

    Alzheimer's and Other Brain Disorders with Neurologist Dr. Allan Ropper

    in Health

    Respected physician Dr. Allan Ropper,  Executive Vice-Chair of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, joins Shana for an in-depth discussion on Alzheimer's Disease, strokes and other conditions of the brain. This informative health news segment is for every member of the national community. Do encourage family and friends to tune in for one highly anticipated conversation. Your national award-winning family radio talk show Let's Talk America with Host Shana Thornton offers news talk with substance. 


    Visit www.letstalkamericawithshanathornton.com. Thank you for tuning in.  #LTA 

  • 01:51

    Living With And Advocating For Alzheimer's Disease

    in Caregiving

    Alexander "Sandy" Halperin, will join us today to share his story of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and now raising awareness as an "National Advisor on the Early Stage Advisory Group," for the Alzheimer's Association. Sandy, was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 at the age of 60. As a member of the national 2012 Early-Stage Advisory Group, Sandy hopes to bring awareness to what he calls “invisible illnesses” or medical problems that may not be readily seen by others. His goal is to speak on behalf of patients dealing with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s or dementia to a variety of audiences.
    We would love to hear your questions and concerns by joining us live. Alzheimer's Association contact Informtion: www.Alz.Org 24/7 Helpline:  1-800-272-3900
    ALZConnected™: www.alzconnected.orgALZConnected™, is the 1st social networking community designed for people livingand dealing with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's Navigator™: www.alzheimersnavigator.org Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Navigator™ is a free, online tool to help caregivers and people with dementia evaluate their needs, identify action steps and connect with local programs and services.