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Fading Memories: Alzheimer's/Dementia Support

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Supporting Alzheimer’s caregivers through informative and inspiring conversations.

Supporting Alzheimer’s caregivers through informative and inspiring conversations.


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Supporting Alzheimer’s caregivers through informative and inspiring conversations.






Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home

Breeda Miller, caregiver, author & playright. Breeda Miller was an accidental caregiver. Like most of us, she had no training or medical background. She didn't know what she didn't know. She knew she loved her mom, who could no longer live alone. So she moved Mom in with her entire family. For nearly eight years, they cared for her. It was good until it wasn't. Breeda learned much during those years, including hospice care in her home. Living in the Sandwich Generation taught her more about...


Protecting Seniors from Scams

Back with us today are Mike & Kim Barnes of Parenting Aging Parents. If you missed their first episode with me, Balancing It All, be sure to listen to that one next. Kim has had to find solutions to prevent her Mom from being scammed again. Scams are a topic I haven't covered before, and we all must understand how to minimize and protect our families from financial losses due to scams. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams. Various investment scams tend to cause the most...


Understanding Hospice Care for Dementia

Hospice care is a type of health care that focuses on palliating a terminally ill patient's pain and symptoms and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs at the end of life. Hospice care prioritizes comfort and quality of life by reducing pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many caregivers hesitate too long to bring this vital service to their loved ones. While it's much more challenging to know when the time is correct when dealing with dementia, it's a service we need to understand...


Sharing Love Into The Future with CircleIt

Another story about a caregiver who creates something based on their experiences. His father’s actions inspired founder Art Shaikh before his passing, which moved him to develop new technology. Art’s father had given him this box filled with family movies, hand-written cards, and old photographs, and he asked Art to deliver these to family members on his behalf once he was no longer alive. At the time, his father was healthy. He was just preparing for the future, but Art’s father...


Balancing It All

Over the past five years, Mike and Kim Barnes found themselves navigating problems they never saw coming from their parents: Alzheimer's, pacemakers, COVID pneumonia, and the tough decision to move parents into retirement communities. They've learned to balance the many facets of parenting aging parents, including medical, financial, and everyday-life decisions, emotional rollercoasters, protecting their parents from scams, and more, all while parenting their college-age kids and building...


Advocating For De-prescribing Medications

We want a fix when we get sick or don't feel well. Prescribing more and more medications because we want an immediate fix can cause more problems than they solve. This situation is especially true for the older population. One morning I was scrolling through Instagram when a video caught my attention. A pharmacist was talking to an audience of general physicians about how they can continue to make money while de-prescribing meds. I liked it and got an immediate DM. I assumed it was a bot,...

JellyDrops - A Snack for Hydration

I learned about JellyDrops early on in my podcasting days, but sadly they weren't available outside the United Kingdom at the time. Earlier this year (2022), I started seeing social media posts from followers in America about this innovative snack. Shortly after, I got an email suggesting Lewis Hornby as a guest. What a happy day. If you are not familiar with JellyDrops, here's a quick overview. You'll want to tune in and hear the entire story of how Lewis was inspired to create them and...

What Is PicnicHealth & Why Do I Need It?

We all likely have a story about how our medical records are incomplete, not regularly reviewed by our doctor, or something else. It's beyond frustrating that in addition to managing ourselves, we also have to manage and advocate for the proper medical care. PicnicHealth takes care of our medical documents in a way that works for our doctors and us. In this bonus episode, I talk to Brittany Drier about PicnicHealth and how they were created to help caregivers and patients. When CEO and...

Easily Obtain Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

Grab a snack before pushing play because today's episode may make you hungry! I'm speaking with Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster. In addition to her pediatric practice, Dr. Yami is a certified lifestyle medicine physician, health and wellness coach, author, and speaker. Her podcast, Veggie Doctor Radio, explores diet and nutrition, healthy habits, behavior change, and motivation. New episodes are released weekly, featuring leading experts in plant-based food and healthy living. I'm glad she was...


The Beauty of What Remains

On today's show, I am talking to Rabbi Steve Leder about his book, The Beauty of What Remains, a beautiful book that I thoroughly enjoyed. As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Rabbi Steve has learned the many ways that death teaches us how to live. Even after having sat bedside at thousands of deathbeds, Steve, the rabbi, was not fully prepared for the loss of his father from Alzheimer's disease. I believe you will find this episode moving and inspirational, and...


Become A More Empowered Caregiver

Today I'm speaking with Linda Fordrini-Johnson, the author of The Empowered Caregiver. The Empowered Caregiver is a pocket support guide designed to provide you with strategies and solutions for caring for your aging parents. In today's episode, we're talking about what to do about resistance, how to set limits, and how to share the caregiving load. We're lucky that this isn't a three-hour episode! Linda Fodrini-Johnson became a licensed family therapist and professional certified care...


Doggies 4 Dementia (eliminating Stigma, Providing Memories)

As a professional photographer, it was important to me to preserve memories with beautiful family portraits. I was a photographer long enough that I had clients die, and trust me, no one was sorry they had some lovely photographs. I was excited to connect with Carmen of the Doggies for Dementia Foundation finally. They create portraits for families experiencing Dementia. Their goal is to provide beautiful memories and also to raise awareness. They do this by sharing the images that they...


Nostalgia Inspired Engagement

This week's guest is Laurette Kiler, the author and creator of Nana's Books. When her mother-in-law developed Lewey-Body dementia, Laurette looked for ways to have quality engagement with her. In this chat with her, you'll learn how this need ended up as a passion project for anyone who has a loved one with dementia. Nana's books is an educator-created treasury of nostalgic books designed to engage people in cognitive decline and their care partners. Lovingly designed and created, each book...


Learning to PACE Yourself

Learn how to PACE yourself while caregiving. Today I'm chatting with Tami Anastasia about strategies for dementia caregiving. Tami offers a fresh and practical approach to the challenges faced by wives, husbands, and adult children who care for loved ones with dementia. Using the four D's of Dementia Care, detach, document, diffuse, and distract, caregivers can find solutions for behaviors ranging from shadowing to wandering to medication refusal. The PACE model is what we discuss in this...


Connecting The Screen Generation to Aging Adults

Matt wanted his Mom to hear from her four sons and thirteen grandchildren daily! She needed a simple and direct way to communicate, ask for assistance, and conveniently interact with her grandchildren. Screens and phones are complex for her. Amazon Alexa and Speak2 Family remove this barrier. The entire family can watch out for her and help her with her requests. It keeps her as the family centerpiece, just like she always was. This need is the basis for my conversation with Jillian Guerra,...


Best Practices With Essential Oils in Dementia Care

Using natural remedies has been my preferred method of health care whenever possible. My dad spent the last decade of his life on many prescription drugs, which caused numerous unpleasant side effects. They added more to address the latest side effects instead of reducing the number of drugs he was on. After moving Mom to memory care, my sister wanted to diffuse essential oils in her room, but it wasn't practical since we were not there every day. In this episode, I talk with a past guest,...


Montessori-Style Dementia Engagement

Regular listeners will remember that this podcast started because I sought better engagement methods with my Mom. Thankfully, we know better ways to help keep our loved ones active, engaged, and happy. Montessori engagement creates an environment filled with cues and memory support that is explicitly designed to enable individuals to care for themselves. Using the Montessori methods, generally associated with teaching children, people living with dementia can learn to shop and prepare their...


Fading Memories Trailer

What do you do when your Mom has had Alzheimer's for more than a decade? You Start a podcast of course!


Moms Uncharted Path Into Dementia

Every caregiver has their own unique story about how they learned a loved one had dementia. Carolyn Birrell used her experiences with her Mom to write a book. Walking With Fay – My Moms’ Uncharted Decline Into Dementia, released in time for Mother’s Day 2022, is a heartwarming story. It’s a story of a mother and daughter as they navigate the twists and turns along the path into dementia. How do you stop someone who lives in a different state from driving down the wrong side of the road? What...


Caring For a Caregiving Spouse (feat. the hubby!)

Caring for a caregiving spouse is not a topic I’ve discussed on this show. Not directly. I was pleasantly surprised when my hubby told me he had an idea for an episode. To be fair, I don’t need someone to feed me ideas, but I listened. You’ll be glad I did because his idea was gold. My Mom died at the start of the pandemic, and life kind of went on the way it was unfolding back in March of 2020. We haven’t had a lot of conversations about our feelings, but that changes with this episode....