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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.
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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.
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.
While the holidays are a joyful time for many, they can be extemely stressful for caregivers providing dementia care, as well as those diagnosed with any cause of dementia. This week The Dementia Whisperer and her guest discuss some of the challenges you may be facing as a caregiver with the holidays fast approaching, as well as tips on how to make it through the "Holi-DAZE". And to assist with this essential topic and conversation, Laura Wayman, The Dementia Whisperer and co-host Scott Cluthe with be joined by their guest this episode, Ms. Alicia Murray. Ms. Murray is a contributing author for The Dementia Whisperers best selling book-A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Ms. Murray is also a professional working in the dementia care field as a dementia trainer/expert, but even more importantly, she is Ms. Wayman's daughter! Be sure to tune in and hear this amazing mother/daughter team share vital information about their own dementia care journey and tried and true suggestions to help support and inspire you to make it through the most stressful time of the year for the already beleaguered family and professional dementia care providers.
We look forward to you calling in as this is a live show and we want to hear from you, or download this episode later to listen at your convenience.
Friday October 16 at 11;30 pm come join Sasha and Da Crew as we have part 2 of our talk about Dementia and Alzheimer's and how the disease affects blacks differently. We will also go into discussion about caregivers and how taking care of a loved on that has these diseases.
Dementia can occur in ways from vascular issues to even strokes where Alzheimer's is dementia that worsens and has a buildup of plaques and tangles in the brain. We will talk more about the different ways that a person can get Dementia and how Alzheimer's can truly be diagnosed only AFTER an autopsy of a person's brain. We speak of how to identify if your loved one has Dementia and what medications can help slow the process but there is no cure for Dementia or Alzheimer's. If you have a loved one that suffers with Dementia or Alzheimer's call in and tell us how you deal with it as a caregiver at (215)383 -3929. For all other comments or questions CALL in at (215)383 -3929 or to hear the show LIVE!
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Women have at least five stages of health transitions in the life. At each stage different health issues may affect you and without knowing what to ask you may be missing vital information that will help with your future wellness. Have you taken a more comprehensive approach to your health? From the time a girl is born there are the normal wellness checks that both genders should be exposed to. By the teens years adolescence as we know it teen-age girls began to transition, physically and emotionally. Mid-life and women should began a routine to have annual check-ups, mammograms and this is a point where other test become a requirement as you age and you start to really watch what you eat. Finally, when you reach the golden years there are more health issues that could be on the horizon that could affect you, if you are not asking the right questions when speaking to your physician or visiting annually. Women health covers a wide spectrum and hidden issues could cause major problems without proper care, questions and education about your health and the stages you go through.
Joining, “Can WE Talk for REAL”, co-host Michelle and Terry will be Dr. Leigh Roberts from HEJIRA HEALTHCARE. Hejira \He*ji"ra- a journey: a new beginning; a departure from the past. Taken from Hejira Healthcare’s Website; HeJIRA, meaning “a journey”, was founded by Leigh H. Roberts, MD who has been serving the community's Adult Primary Care Medical needs since 1997.
Friday October 2 at 11;30pm come join Sasha and Da Crew as we talk about Dementia and Alzheimers and how the disease affects blacks differently. We will also go into discussion about caregivers and how taking care of a loved on that has these diseases.
Dementia can occur in ways from vascular issues to even strokes where Alzheimers is dementia that worsens and has a buildup of plaques and tangles in the brain. We will talk more about the different ways that a person can get Dementia and how Alzheimers can truly be diagnosed only AFTER an autopsy of a person's brain. We speak of how to idenfty if your loved one has Dementia and what medications can help slow the process but there is no cure for Dementia or Alzheimers. If you have a loved one that suffers with Dementia or Alzhemier's call in and tell us how you deal with it as a caregiver at (215)383 -3929. For all other comments or questions CALL in at (215)383 -3929 or to hear the show LIVE!
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Toby Haberkorn to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her new book dealing with Dementia called WHEN MY GRAMMY FORGETS, I REMEMBER.
"Wornell, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist who has treated over 20,000 elders in the past ten years, estimates that 75 percent of people with dementia and their care partners are affected by challenges related to sexual needs and behavior. Problems range from loss of intimacy and emotional connection to hyper-sexuality and inappropriate behaviors. Care partners often hesitate to share their concerns with their loved one’s doctor or with a caregiver support group. Family members caring for a person with dementia at home often put up with disturbing behavior for a long time because they don’t know that anything can be done about it. By sharing the personal stories of real families, Wornell shows how a wide range of challenging behaviors can be addressed successfully.
As Wornell points out, popular books about dementia usually “leap past” the sensitive subject of sexuality “as though it doesn’t exist.” Rarely is sex acknowledged as a natural part of a person’s sense of self, or is physical intimacy discussed as a way for a person with early-stage dementia to stay connected to a partner. As Wornell writes, “with all that these patients have lost, or will lose, isn’t it cruel to ignore their desire, as well as their partner’s needs, for connection and closeness?”
There are very distinct, yet overlapping, phases of grief. We go through the stages in various orders and in varying degrees on the road to recovering from any loss. If we lose a jacket at the ballpark, we may go through all the stages in a few minutes. If the jacket was one that was given to us by our brother on our birthday, it may take much more time.
If the animal was a family pet and stayed outside, it may not hit us as hard as if he were our own companion and greeted us each night when we came in the door. If your pet was a companion and best friend, the mourning will be a deep one.
1. Shock/Denial/Numbness. We can not believe this has happened to us. Our body and emotions numb themselves against the pain. The mind denies the loss. Often we will say things like "This can't be true." One of the valid reasos for memorials and funerals is to acknowledge that death did take place.
2. Fear/AngerDepression. After the numbness wears off and we are once again able to feel, then all of our repressed feelings come roaring back. Sometimes these feeling ared not rational at first and can seedk someone to blame, either an outsider or ourselves. "I can't share how sad I am about my dog, because my co-workers will think I am crazy." "But, on the other hand, I inquire about their child's cold and buy their stupid Girl Scout cookies to support them. It isn't fair!" "Oh God, please don't let me start crying at work again. I heard someone call me a drama queen and say; It's only a dog, not a child."
3. Understanding/Acceptance/Moving on.
4. New Hurts May Trigger Old Wounds.