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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.
Holly, who cared for her husband, Dave, talks about dating after her husband's death.
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UNLOADING On: We were thrilled to have Dan Saraceni, from Lighthouse Hockey.com join us again to talk about the Travis Hamonic situation and his trade value, what we think Barclays will be like in a year, and what's up with the team after 19 games. A great Islanders conversation...
Dan co-hosts a podcast of his own now, called ISLANDERS ANXIETY that you should definitely check out.
And check back on Monday for a fantastic RTU: Funload, a discussion of songs you want to blast and belt out when driving alone on a highway, which saw the word Courderoy make it into the entire Pearl Jam canon.
Thank you for joining us on The Michael Dresser Show! Today we welcome these guests to our show:
Tami West, Ph.D.: Author of the upcoming book, "Risky Relaxation: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Managing Stress," http://www.tamiwest.com
Toby Haberkorn: Author of "When My Granny Forgets, I Remember: A Child's Perspective on Dementia," http://www.tobyhaberkorn.com
Colleen O'Grady: Author of "Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter - A Guide for Mothers Everywhere," http://www.colleenogrady.com
T J Woodward: Author of "Conscious Being: Awakening to Your True Nature," http://www.consciousbeingbook.com
Thank you for joining us today on The Michael Dresser Show.
Fraud is set apart from the other terms when the practitioner uses a medical treatment that he or she knows is worthless. People offering some therapies know that they dont work on both the allopathic and naturopathic side and they know they dont work. The problem with quackery is that the gurus (the seemingly wise experts) present ideas to the public really kinda believe what they are saying. They are really convinced that their therapies work. A perfect example is the flu shot load with every toxin, metal, aborted fetal tissue and an old strain of the flu and the proceed thru and elaborate media campaign to convince people to actually stand in line to inject this garbage right into their blood streams some passing thru the blood brain barrier...hence the tremendous rise in alzheimer and dementia and other neuro dis-eases.
Scripture: See that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather that on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:8-10 KJV
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease.
The mission of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is "to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families-through our member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life..” http://www.alzfdn.org/
Special guest: Charles J. Fuschillo was appointed chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in January 2014. Prior to that, he served eight terms as a New York state senator representing the 8th Senate District.
Special Guest: Amy McVeigh.worked with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging for about 10 years. Currently working with the Caregiver Support Program as a Supervisor. She has a Masters of Gerontology and she has worked in the field of Aging for 16 years. www.pcacares.org
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Toby Haberkorn to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her new book dealing with Dementia called WHEN MY GRAMMY FORGETS, I REMEMBER.
· One man said, “Over the last ten years, my supervisor retrained me, my office relocated me, my company downsized me, and finally my boss fired me. But that’s okay, because during the same decade my body moved me into MIDDLE MANAGEMENT.”
· Another man said, “I've sure gotten old. I’ve had two by-pass surgeries, a hip replacement, and new knees. I’ve fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, and take forty different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. I have bouts with dementia, and such poor circulation that I can hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. I never can remember if I'm 85 or 92. But thank goodness, I still have my Louisiana driver's license!”
Todays Guest Kori Raishon will be doing a followup interview on work life balance and the challenges he faced with elderly parents and a challenged sibling. It was his interactions with Felton that gave him clarity and a more focused purpose.
Kori is a successful businessman and reveals the challenges one must overcome that most entrepreneurs skim over when it comes to family matters.
Felton Wooten is an author, workshop presenter, licensed Nursing Home Administrator and licensed Assistive Living Administrator. His most recent book is "Daddy the Other Parent". He has co-authored an Abuse Prevention for the Caregiver Manual, developed a training DVD on elder abuse prevention and published an article in the Values Realization Journal on "Making a Career Change".
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Barbara Magro is the author of Recipes to Remember: My Epicurean Journey to Preserve my Mother's Italian Cooking from Memory Loss. Most people don’t realize that cooking is one of the first activities eliminated with dementia patients and the cause of much disturbance in a household when the patient has been the primary chef for many years. Family recipes are the heart of tradition, and if they are lost, family heritage is lost too.
Penny Cohen, Jacqui Bishop, and Lisa Feiner, Members of the Board of Directors of Sharp Again Naturally join us this week on The Best Years in Life Radio. Sharp Again Naturally’s mission is to educate the public and medical community about reversible causes of dementia, and to advocate for new testing and treatment protocols. Tune in as we talk about how Alzheimer's does not have to be a death sentence. There are effective options available.
During the first half hour, Tony will go over additions to our website and will talk about the health topic of his choice.
Luella will forego her own half hour segment in order to have plenty of time to go in depth into the subject of Alzheimer's and how to reverse it naturally.
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