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  • 01:01

    An Overview of Dementia and Five Important Care Tips Part II

    in Caregiving

    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

    in Caregiving

    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.

  • 01:02

    Building a "Dementia-Friendly Community"

    in Caregiving

    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”.

  • 00:29

    Dementia Care and the Holidays

    in Caregiving

     


    Claire Day, our dementia care expert, shares tips to help manage dementia care during the holidays.

  • 01:07

    Why One Size Does NOT Fit All in Dementia Care.

    in Health

    Join me in welcoming Ellen Belk as my guest on Conversations In Care.  Ellen Belk is the founder of Keep In Mind, Inc. and specializes in Holistic Dementia Care Solutions for both family and professional care partners. Today we will be talking about how One Size Does NOT Fit All in dementia care, and the other dementias that we are seeing more of in the news.


    Make sure to visit Keep In Mind


    Check out all that is going on with Conversations In Care.


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  • 00:14

    Changing Levels of Care for Dementia Care

    in Health

    Alzheimer's care starts out innocently enough, but will demand more and more from you over time. Here's a short road map to help plan your best route. Are you already providing care for a parent or relative? This is an illness that will test your limits... it will stay one step ahead of you. Every time you think you finally have a problem behavior under control, the next dramatic change will knock you off balance. So take 15 minutes and I will give you the best overview of what to expect...and use it to make a back-up plan. I guarantee you will hear some stuff that is completely new.

  • 00:32

    Dementia Care: Research Update

    in Caregiving

    Claire Day, our dementia care expert, will share an update on the latest research to treat and cure Alzheimer's.
     

  • 01:06

    “Creative Connections™ in Dementia Care

    in Caregiving

    Welcome to Alzheimer's Speaks Radio where all voices are welcomed to join the conversation.  We love hearing from people around the world.  Everyone from those diagnosed, family and friends caring for loved ones, professionals providing services, products or tools, researchers, authors, directors, producers, musicians, advocates for dementia and those that just want to learn more about the disease.


    Today’s show will feature the authors of “Creative Connections™ in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities to Enhance Communication. Jennifer Brush has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care.  Rev. Katie Norris is a Unitarian Universalist community minister and co-founder, with her father, of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health.


    You can reach Jennifer and Katie below:


    Katie: www.RevKatieNorris.com


    Jennifer: http://www.brushdevelopment.com


    For more information on Caregiving and Dementia go to Alzheimer’s Speaks Resource Website with multiple platforms of information.

  • 01:03

    Opening Your Eyes to The Dangers of Dementia and Denial

    in Caregiving

    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. 

  • 02:00

    The ABC's of Dementia Awareness, Care and Support

    in Caregiving

    Our first guest will be Mary Crescenzo, who provides professional development training for staff in the implementation of quality arts programming with those with Alzheimers, and facilitates for caregivers. Mary is also an award winning playwright whose drama, Planet A, about Alzheimers, has been staged in New York throughout the U.S..


    Contact Mary via Facebook at: ABC Approach to Alzheimers Awareness and Care Through the Arts  


    Our second guests will be Vicky Ruppert cared for her husband for 19 years with Alzheimer’s of the familial variety (APOE4)and Ann Henderberg who cared for her husband with Lewy body disease for 7 years. Together they joined forces to support one another and have written a book titled, "Singing In The Rain: Weathering The Storm of Dementia With Humor, Love, & Patience.


    People can contact us via email


    The book is  is available on  Amazon  or their website


    Check Facebook for Victoria Ruppert 


    Alzheimer's Speaks Radio is proud to raise all voices regarding dementia.  If you have an opinion we would love to hear it.  Call in and join the conversation or use your chat box to communicate with us.  If you think you should be a guest contact Lori La Bey.


    Check out Alzheimer's Speaks for Dementia and Caregiving


    Join an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial today. 

  • 00:55

    Who is The Dementia Whisperer?

    in Caregiving

    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.

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