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Helping Your Family Live Well with Alzheimer's Disease Your #1 resource for practical tips and insights; empowering you and your family to live well with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

Helping Your Family Live Well with Alzheimer's Disease Your #1 resource for practical tips and insights; empowering you and your family to live well with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.
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United States

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Helping Your Family Live Well with Alzheimer's Disease Your #1 resource for practical tips and insights; empowering you and your family to live well with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

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English

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760-607-2522


Episodes

077 Recognizing and Navigating Your Way Through Dementia Transitions

1/15/2019
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In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy and I discuss recognizing transitions in dementia, whether they’re sudden or gradual and steady over time. To help navigate feeling overwhelmed and stuck, we explore how using positive strategies, emphasizing the importance of our mindset, and thinking about wedding planning can help (seriously!).

Duration:00:26:24

076 Easy Ways to Make Sure Your Person Feels Valued and Included

1/8/2019
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We discuss little tweaks with big impact care partners can make to ensure your person feels included and valued. When we think of dementia, we usually focus on memory loss, confusion, and the need to make sure our person stays safe. We may overlook more subtle changes in our person, like an increased need for time to process information and more explanation about people and situations that used to be familiar. The net result is they can start feeling like they don’t belong in a situation,...

Duration:00:30:27

075 What if I Think I Have Dementia?

1/1/2019
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Sometimes as a dementia care partner there’s so much going on all at once, and it feels so overwhelming, that you can start asking yourself, “What if I’m getting dementia, too?” We discuss how to figure out what is really going on for you and the simple changes you can make to start feeling better (and the key to even being able to make changes), and we look at a couple of real-life case studies from Christy’s experience.

Duration:00:32:39

074 How to Know When It's Time to Ease Up On The Care You're Providing

12/25/2018
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In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy addresses the sensitive and complex question of knowing when it’s time to ease up on the level of care being provided. I’m sure you’re always doing your best to provide the best care for your loved one. You want to support them and do the right things - always. But as the disease progresses, you must adjust the level of care you are providing to meet their changing needs. And unfortunately, at some point you just...

Duration:00:31:53

073 The Importance of Including Simple Pleasures In Your Person's Day

12/17/2018
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In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy Turner and I discuss the importance of incorporating simple pleasures into the daily routine and care plan for your person. When caring for someone living with dementia, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day challenges or focus on the negative aspects of the disease. But in order to have good quality of life for both you and your person, simple pleasures must be an integral part of your care plan. Simple...

Duration:00:30:19

072 How Small Changes Can Remarkably Improve the Care You Provide

12/11/2018
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In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy Turner shares ideas to help you make small changes to the care you provide that can make a huge positive difference and improve the quality of life for both you and your loved one. Although dementia is complex, these small adjustments to the way you provide care can be incorporated into your daily routine and approach.

Duration:00:32:18

071 How to Overcome a Paralyzing Case of the "What If's"

12/4/2018
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In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy and I discuss how to not let the “What If’s” stop you from being successful as a care partner. What if none of this works for you? What if you can’t figure it out? What if you do something wrong? But what if some of it does work for you? What if you do figure it out? What if you have successes along with some mistakes? “What if’s” can be paralyzing if you look at them with a glass half-empty view. But because...

Duration:00:30:30

070 What Are The Things No One Tells You About Long-Term Care?

11/27/2018
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Utilizing Christy’s insider knowledge as a memory care director, we discuss things that often surprise families when they move a loved one into a long-term care community. Christy and I began this discussion in episode 68: Reality vs. Promises: Discerning the Differences in Long-term Care. And don’t forget, we have this insider information because Christy has run award-winning memory care communities in assisted living and skilled nursing levels of care.

Duration:00:33:59

069 Expressing Our Gratitude for the Special People in the Dementia Community

11/20/2018
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When your life has been affected by a debilitating disease such as Alzheimer’s or another dementia, it can be hard to be grateful. This episode is all about being grateful and sharing your gratitude and love with those around you. If you’re reading this, then I’m sure you are one of these special individuals and I am grateful that you are here, and that I am able to share with you.

Duration:00:20:46

068 Reality vs. Promises: Discerning the Differences in Long-term Care

11/13/2018
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Christy Turner, a former Memory Care director, shares her insider knowledge to help you get the facts you need to make the best decisions possible when selecting a community for your loved one. When you are considering moving a loved one with dementia into long-term care, it’s likely you have many, many questions about what it will be like for your loved one and for your family. You’ve got hope that’s shrouded in mystery, maybe false beliefs and misconceptions that are engulfing you in...

Duration:00:34:34

067 Tips to Help You Plan for the Future When Dementia is Involved

11/6/2018
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Christy Turner and I not only discuss the importance of having a plan but we also give you suggestions on how to get started and things to be thinking about. You know it’s important but the majority of us procrastinate when it comes to formalizing a plan. The thought alone might paralyze you; but not having a plan in place will likely have a significant negative impact that will be detrimental to the well being of your loved one as well as you.

Duration:00:29:49

066 How You Can Have a Great Holiday Experience Despite Dementia

10/30/2018
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In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with The Dementia Sherpa, Christy Turner and I discuss how you can avoid the pitfalls and have a great holiday season with your loved one. What a great time of year but the holidays definitely come with a unique set of challenges and accompanying stress. When you’re trying to balance your role as dementia care partner with the demands of the holiday, it’s easy to have a bad experience or two. But there are so many opportunities to have a great...

Duration:00:31:34

065 How to Get Your Person with Dementia to Go to the Doctor

10/23/2018
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Doctors visits – who the heck looks forward to them? In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy Turner shares her expertise with you to help you more easily get your loved one to the doctor. Because when you think your loved one needs to go, this situation can, and usually does, turn into a mess. But with the right technique and maybe a little practice, you can turn this situation into a positive experience for everyone.

Duration:00:29:53

064 How to Figure Out Why Your Person is Doing Something

10/16/2018
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If the person you are caring for has a form of dementia, then it’s likely they do things that they may not have done in the past. Or maybe, because they have dementia, you think they shouldn’t be doing something. But understanding why they are doing things is extremely important to providing the best care possible resulting in the best positive experience possible for everyone. In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy Turner and I have a discussion to...

Duration:00:33:35

063 The Best Approach for Sharing Good and Bad Information with Your Person

10/9/2018
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Sharing news with others is something we do routinely as part of our relationships. But sharing news and information, whether it’s good or bad, can have unwanted, or maybe better said, un-needed consequences for the person who is living with dementia. In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, Christy Turner, shares her expertise and wisdom to help you determine the best approach to sharing information with your person.

Duration:00:32:59

062 The Importance of Being an Effective Advocate for Your Person

10/2/2018
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You hear it, but what does it mean to advocate for your loved one? And how can you be an effective advocate for your loved one? Christy Turner, the Dementia Sherpa, has run award-winning memory care communities in assisted living and skilled nursing levels of care. And in this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, she discusses how you can protect your loved one and help ensure they are receiving the best care possible.

Duration:00:33:59

061 How to Encourage and Prolong Independence for the Person with Dementia

9/25/2018
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In this episode, Christy Turner, The Dementia Sherpa, and I take a deeper look at the loss of independence and how you as a care partner can empower and support your person to remain independent for as long as possible.

Duration:00:31:33

060 Driving and Dementia, Why, When and How to Intervene

9/18/2018
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For most of us, driving is an engrained part of our lives. We zoom here and there whenever we want or need to. This independence comes with a huge responsibility because of the safety element. So it’s now wonder this is a huge problem for many families as they worry about their loved one. In this episode, Christy Turner, The Dementia Sherpa, is going to share strategies to help you navigate this delicate situation. Visit https://togetherinthis.com/episode60/ for the show notes including...

Duration:00:32:39

059 Superpower? How You Can Use it for Better Outcomes

9/11/2018
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Welcome to Episode 59 of The Alzheimer’s Podcast – Your #1 source for practical tips and insights. As the care partner for someone living with dementia, it’s highly likely that you often feel powerless in your role as caregiver. However, Christy Turner, The Dementia Sherpa says that you have a super power – something that is a game changer and is essential to your success. In this episode, she will not only tell you what your super power is, but she will explain it to you and help you...

Duration:00:31:11

058 Are You (Accidentally) Making Things Worse?

9/4/2018
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Everyday, worldwide, 27,000 new families are thrust into the role of caring for someone living with dementia. Families such as yours – who want to do the best for their loved one but have no training or experience caring for an individual with cognitive challenges. In an attempt to make things better, while balancing caregiving with already busy lives, it’s easy to actually make the situation worse without even realizing it. Today Christy Turner, The Dementia Sherpa, will discuss how you...

Duration:00:35:18