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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 00:29

    Dementia Care Secrets

    in Caregiving

    Caregiving for a parent with Alzheimer's or Dementia is quickly becoming the defining characteristic of Boomers. There are tens of thousand of adult children providing care for a parent with this terrible disease. Those of you that have been doing it for a while know how overwhelming it can be.
    Dementia Care Secrets is an audience defined program, where caregivers can hear from a Gerontologist who specializes in Alzheimer's and dementia care. Hiring a geriatric are manager costs around $350 an hour. But you can avail yourself of Mr. Vanderhider's expertise for FREE!
    Come and listen to hear if people have your same issues, or ask your specific questions via a toll free line.

  • 01:54

    Have You Heard Of Dementia or Care Farms? If Not, Tune In And Learn

    in Caregiving


    Welcome to Alzheimer's Speaks Radio.  We are thrilled you are going to join us. Please know on all of our shows we love to hear from our listeners. So feel free to call in or use the chat box to talk to us.

    Today Maarten Fischer a Dutch Native who moved to Montana and will explain the concept of Dementia/Care Farms. Maarten has been involved in "Multifunctional Agriculture," including "Care Farms." In the Netherlands they are the largest sources of day programs with over 1500 farms empowering  30.000 clients on an annually.   Contact  Maarten via:  Website       Email     or call  406-752-3697

    Also joining the conversation will be Eilon Caspi Ph.D., Gerontologist & Dementia Behavior Specialist. Check his website  or his blog

    Our 2nd guest will be Constance Hanstedt author of "Don’t Leave Yet, How My Mother’s Alzheimer’s Opened My Heart," which was a named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for memoir. Contact Constance   Website        Facebook      

  • 00:27

    The Ultimate Dementia Care Decision: Home vs. Care Community

    in Health

    Making the decision to keep your loved one with dementia at home or to make the move into a care community is not only a difficult one, but one filled with emotion. When making this decision it is important to ask yourself some very important questions.
    Join host Tami Neumann as she shares with you some things that you should consider when making this decision concerning your loved one with memory loss.
    Join in the conversation by sharing your questions before and during the show via twitter by using #CICquest.
    Learn more about this topic by reading the following article.  The Ultimate Care Decision by Tami Neumann.

  • 00:33

    Dementia Care

    in Caregiving

    Claire Day, our dementia care expert, answers your quesions about caring for a family member with dementia.