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  • 01:02

    Building a "Dementia-Friendly Community"

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    Building a Dementia-Friendly Community


    Join us this week for a ground-breaking discussion on how dementia is effecting our communities, our country and our world and how we as individuals can step forward and become the pioneering hub for solutions and change as the silent epidemic of dementia continues to expand. 


    This week our esteemed guest is Mr. Cary Rotter, Owner of Comfort Keepers in Memphis, TN, and one of the most savvy senior care professionals and politically aware business owners I have had the honor of working with.


    Building Dementia Friendly Communities should become a worldwide priority and must include a deeper understanding of this horrific medical condition from the perspective of those affected by dementia as well as the professional/family caregiver and the entire community. We will explore the barriers that people face in their community, how they and their caregivers would like to be engaged locally and the support/education everyone needs to empower them to do so. 


    We will be discussing how each community and is unique -from those residing in their own home to those in assisted living/memory care/skilled nursing, etc…all the way to promoting awareness of dementia in all shops, businesses and services so all owners, operators and staff demonstrate understanding and know how to recognize and assist in managing symptoms.


    You will not want to miss this critical episode aiming to provide guidance to areas looking to become dementia-friendly and to provide additional support for those already living with or caring for dementia to making our local communities and the world “dementia-friendly”.

  • 01:02

    Long Term Health and Dementia Care Demands Focused Improvement

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    Our entire healthcare systems are in the midst of changes in the manner by which care is delivered and paid for.  Dementia care is exploding as the fastest growing silent pandemic of our time, placing this smack-dap in the center of this healthcare crises. Significant shifts focusing on the value and impact care provides over merely paying for services (without emphasis on effectiveness) are changing the healthcare landscape. Still, the medical community,  professional care providers and informal caregivers struggle to meet the continuing needs of those with dementia symptoms as well as their primary family caregivers due to a profound lack of dementia awareness.                        


    Tune in to hear our special guest, Rick Ingraham, as he and the Dementia Whisperer discuss solutions to this healthcare conundrum that is compounded when the patient is elderly or a resident within the long term care environment. Without changes there can be no innovation, collaboration or compromise.  Driving improvements in healthcare, as well as dementia care delivery, efficacy and efficiency demands nothing less.  


    Rick Ingraham is a leader in health industry insights & analytics and leverages his 35+ years of health leadership experience  to improve healthcare and manage cost. Call in and join the discussion that will push the boundaries of our thinking to arrive at actionable game plans for success. 


    This is a live call in talk show-call in as and join us as we engage in a thought provoking hour about improving the dementia care experience from a healthcare perspective.


    It's easy to call us-just pick up the phone and dial 929-477-1393 or go to blogtalkradio.com/thedementiawhispererlive Join us in the chat box

  • 01:00

    An Overview of Dementia and Five Important Care Tips for Caregivers.

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    I have spent many years assisting hundreds of caregivers very much like you.  Caregivers, both professional and family members, frequently ask for the “right way” to respond to the many challenges they encounter.  While there is no one-size-fits-all magic formula, there are tried and true proven techniques to help guide you. This show we will be talking with caregivers who are living and caring for those with dementia, and we will be sharing with our listening audience five things to keep in mind when you are a caregiver for anyone with any cause of dementia.


    Learning and utilizing these five care approach techniques WILL empower you and make your situation more manageable.


    We want you to be our guest on Live With the Dementia Whisperer. Be sure and listen live, call in and share your dementia care journey sucesses and challenges with us. The guest call in number is (929)477-1393 - we look forward to talking with you live!

  • 01:01

    An Overview of Dementia and Five Important Care Tips Part II

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    I have spent many years assisting hundreds of caregivers very much like you.  Caregivers, both professional and family members, frequently ask for the “right way” to respond to the many challenges they encounter.  While there is no one-size-fits-all magic formula, there are tried and true proven techniques to help guide you. This show we will be talking with caregivers who are living and caring for those with dementia, and we will be sharing with our listening audience five things to keep in mind when you are a caregiver for anyone with any cause of dementia.


    Learning and utilizing these five care approach techniques WILL empower you and make your situation more manageable.


    We want you to be our guest on Live With the Dementia Whisperer. Be sure and listen live, call in and share your dementia care journey sucesses and challenges with us. The guest call in number is (929)477-1393 - we look forward to talking with you live!


    And download the episode for ongoing training and support.

  • 01:02

    Live With the Dementia Whisperer

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    New Dimensions in Dementia Care


    Common Myths About Dementia


    There are many myths surrounding dementia that can obscure our understanding of the issues facing our loved ones who suffer from one or more of the 70+ causes of dementia, such as the leading cause - Alzheimer’s Disease. Tune in to discover just what is true and what is not!


    And our guest will be talking about the importance of changing the dementia care culture of trying to traverse your dementia care journey and learning to the importance of  "building a team of care champions" and the essential reality of reaching out for help, support and encouragement- all focused on the approximately 16 million caregivers-family members and professionals who are caring for a loved one, client or resident with any cause of dementia.

  • 00:31

    Dementia Mentors

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    Welcome to SIlver Dawn Radio with your Hosts Tami Neumann & Cathy Braxton


    RAW ~ Real & Wholehearted Conversations


    Dementia Mentors


    Today we talk to Gary Joseph LeBlanc, the creator of the dementia wristband program about one of his other projects, Dementia Mentors.  We will talk to him about how connecting those with dementia can help to ease fear and create needed connections with others with dementia.  We will also ask him how this is helping to keep some symptoms at bay.


    Learn more about Dementia Mentors


    Learn more about Silver Dawn and Dementia RAW

  • 00:55

    Who is The Dementia Whisperer?

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    It has been said that life is a journey. If this is an apt metaphor, then dementia and Alzheimer’s comprise a divergent road with twists and turns that make navigation incredibly difficult.  The signposts are unclear and the markers confusing.  We may take a certain path and think it is the right one, only to find that the path has changed.


     


    Laura Wayman, the Dementia Whisperer is a guide to help you navigate this divergent road.  Based in California, Laura is a gerontologist, trainer, advocate for, and best-selling author on dementia disorders and care protocols.  Her methods are unique, compelling, and highly successful. 


    Tune in to find out everything you wanted to know about dementia-but were afraid to ask.

  • 01:01

    The Road Map to Senior Care

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    Senior Care can be described as a wilderness of interconnected family decisions.  Often people find that they have crash-landed into that situation.  They ask such questions as “What do I do?  Where do I turn for help?”  The Road Map to Senior Care is the guiding light to help one negotiate the path to care.  This book examines all of the options available for the care of senior loved ones in a clear, conversational fashion.


    Author and our guest, Stephen Andriko, will provide expert analysis that affords the our listeners with a non-judgmental approach to navigate through the maze of confusion that surrounds this extremely sensitive subject.  He will explore various delivery means such as in-home care or out-of-home placement highlighting the differences between similar services.  Further, he will discuss average costs for the various alternatives and offer resources that can help along the journey.  The purpose of Mr. Andriko's  book and our discussion today is to minimize the effects that painful emotion can have on the decision process.


    Feel free to call in today and ask questions or get expert advice on your senior care journey.  Call 1-929-477-1393, join us live in the chat room, or download this episode and listen later at your convenience.


    Join The Dementia Whisperer, co-host Scott Cluthe and our guest Stephen Andriko for an hour of essential advice, care advocacy and empathetic ears-we want to hear from YOU!

  • 01:03

    Opening Your Eyes to The Dangers of Dementia and Denial

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    Denial About Dementia is a Common Occurance


    From time to time, we're all in denial about various aspects of our life. It's how we cope — denial masks emotions of grief, loss, fear and uncertainty. 


    What causes denial? Many things: lack of communication, distance, self-preservation, fear of the unknown and uncertainty about the future. Denial, however, leads to the continuation of a downward spiral and makes the diagnosis of dementia even more traumatic and difficult to face.


    At first, denial at it's best can be a healthy defense against admitting that your loved one has dementia.


    Denial involves not acknowledging what you see or hear and/or unconsciously negating what you see or hear. Denial helps you block the more painful aspects of reality. However, if denial continues too long, then it can be life-threatening to you and your loved one.


    Denial about dementia at it's worst can mean the withholding of essential treatment or development of a helpful care plan going forward.


    When family caregivers are unrealistic about their loved one with dementia's level of functioning and care needs, they put their loved ones at risk.


    "When my dad developed dementia, my mom tried to deny it and I tried to fix it. We both failed"


    We see things changing and notice the person losing the ability to do what they once could. Often we're reluctant to step in and take over as it may feel like we're giving up on the person or crushing their independence.  


    Today we will be talking about how to maintain a realistic outlook on your loved one’s care, and thoughts on helping your other family members do the same. Tune in and listen to our guest this show, Theresa Haleen, Business Development Representative for Interim Healthcare and owner of Assisted Living Options for Seniors share her perspective on denial. 

  • 01:01

    Dr. Huntington Potter, of UC-Denver, Looks to Reverse Alzheimer's Trend

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    With the American population living longer, Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more prevalent. According to a professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, about half of those older than 85, or 5.2 million people, suffer from the disease. The current cost to the American economy is about $220 billion a year.


    Our guest today is Dr. Huntington Potter, who works in the Department of Neurology and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down syndrome, said that if the disease could be delayed, even by five years, it would decrease the cost significantly.


    Dr. Potter recognizes that as humans age, various health problems arise, but Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive conditions because it requires around-the-clock attention in the middle to late stages.


    Through their work, Potter and his colleagues at the Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that people with Alzheimer’s have, over the course of their lives, developed Down-Syndrome-like cells throughout their bodies. These cells have three copies of Chromosome 21 rather than two. Those with Down syndrome, who are born with these cells, typically suffer Alzheimer’s in their 30s and dementia in their 40s


    Join us in this intriguing conversation of hope through Dr. Potters amazing research.  Call 929-477-1393 today, or download and listen later. You don't want to miss this!

  • 00:30

    Dementia Care: A Spring Break

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    Claire Day, our dementia care expert, helps us get a spring break.


    Claire, SVP of the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, joins us monthly to share tips and ideas to help as we care for a family member with demenia.