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A supportive podcast for those of us dealing with a loved one with memory loss.

A supportive podcast for those of us dealing with a loved one with memory loss.
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A supportive podcast for those of us dealing with a loved one with memory loss.






Tech Options for Seniors!

Tech options for seniors may not be something you're aware of but no longer! I share two very different options for ways to preserve your legacy and maintain communication in this episode. I speak first with Aaron the founder of Legacysphere℠. We pass down material items with a Will, and take care of our loved ones' finances with Life Insurance. NOW you can take care of the whole person. Legacysphere℠ gives you the ability, while you are alive to compose personal messages for your survivors...


Bonus Ep. 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

A listener told me she couldn't find the episode on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's and since there wasn't one, I created it. You can get more information from the Alzheimer's Association. Their website is chock full of fantastic information. Memory loss that disrupts daily life Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage. Other signs include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same...


Gift Ideas for Caregivers & Their Loved Ones

Caregiving is stressful. Receiving a gift that relives the stress or makes caregiving even a little bit easier will be greatly appreciated. Finding these types of gifts can be a challenge so we've provided a list for both the caregiver and person living with Alzheimer's.


Senior Delight – and a GIVEAWAY!!

Senior Delights is designed to supplement your ability to connect with and love that special senior in your life. The content is optimized to engage the minds and inspire the spirits of those elders who are being challenged with chronic disease, loneliness, decreased independence, or other age-related issues. This episode is a conversation with the founder & creator of these delightful gift boxes.


The Committee Part 2 – How a Family Handled Caregiving

Part 2 of my conversation on how a family created a "committee" to help Dad/Grandpa find a care community for their loved one. This conversation can be a blueprint for other families who are facing a similar challenge.


“The Committee” – How A Family Handled Caregiving

This episode is a conversation about how a family created a "committee" to help Dad/Grandpa find a care community for their loved one. This conversation can be a blueprint for other families who are facing a similar challenge.


Long Distance Caregiving- A Conversation

Long distance caregiving is a situation that many adult children face. Finding a way to be an effective participant in a parents care when you're miles away is not impossible. Phone calls, handling paperwork, taxes are all items that can be handled from just about anywhere. (Thanks internet!) How else can we help our loved ones when we have busy & complicated lives far away? First, make a list of what help they need now and project what they'll need in the future. Write down all the people...


Let’s Get Personal & Talk about Jen’s Journey

Sharing our journey is helpful to caregivers in many ways. Sharing helps me feel less alone and helps me care for Mom in better ways. Hearing other caregiver struggles and being able to help is also a big reason to share our journey. This episode is all about talking about the months just prior to my Dad's death. Discussing his health issues and how they effected his memory may help others. I'm hoping that by sharing this part of my story it serves as a warning to others who may have similar...


Conversations Can Change The World

Join me in my conversation with Ann Campanella, author of the book Motherhood: Lost and Found. Ann’s’ book is an autobiography tracing her life after marriage, through several miscarriages, aging parents, and her mother’s decline with Alzheimer's disease. Ready to start a family, Ann was used to setting goals and accomplishing them. After being plunged into an emotional journey Ann finds herself with a challenge to tackle. Reading her book allows us to follow her on this journey; a journey...


Talking with Psychology In Seattle Podcast

A shared episode with Psychology in Seattle podcast. We joined episodes to discuss how to talk to children about a family member who is suffering from memory loss. However, this episode contains a lot of other really helpful conversation.


Soup on a Plate Part Two – Advice Sharing

Presenting part two of my advice conversation with Hailey and her Mom. We discussed the challenges associated with caring for a loved one with memory loss. Sharing advice is the best way caregivers can help each other and that's what you'll get in this episode. Listen to part 1 first because this episode picks up in the middle of our conversation. What I shared, at least some of it; Don't invite their Dad/Grandpa to "our" reality. Also known as "fiblets". Their reality is different and...


Soup On A Plate – Granddads Memories

The other day my grandpa took everything out of the cabinet he isn't supposed to eat. A bunch of bread, crackers, and peanut butter. Then he saw some soup that caught his attention. He grabbed a plate and poured the soup on the plate.


Obesity and Alzheimer’s

Is there a connection between obesity and Alzheimer's? There's been a lot of research lately on lifestyle choices and our risk of Alzheimer's. Seems like there may be a link. Another of my episodes was on the benefits of exercise for reducing the risk for Alzheimer's. However, the volume of research on the topic made it easy to say yes when a past guest reached out. Matt Peale is the Sales Director & Founder at The Movement Academy. Helping youth and seniors by improving their athletic and...


“Help! I’ve Fallen…but it’s ok.” Fall Alert Devices

A fall is one of the top avoidable medical situations seniors may have. Falls that don't kill you can change your life forever. They are the leading cause of deaths related to injury for people age 65 and older. With these numbers, senior fall prevention should be a priority for both seniors and for those with seniors in their lives. In this episode I have a conversation with Sara of Alert Sentry. We discuss what their products can do to help senior stay active and how they can improve their...


Avoid A Tragedy! Health Care Literacy Explained

Becoming health care literate requires more than reading ability. People with limited health literacy often lack knowledge or have misinformation about their body and the causes of disease. Without this knowledge, they may fail to understand the relationship between lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise and health outcomes. People with limited health literacy skills may not know when or how to seek care. Health information can overwhelm even persons with advanced literacy skills....


Health Care Advocacy for Seniors!

Managing your healthcare & treatment, and navigating a broken healthcare system is overwhelming. No matter how savvy and smart you are, it is easy to mishandle important aspects of care. Mismanagement can lead to disaster. To avoid disaster it's important to learn about Health care Advocacy. Doing so will greatly benefit you and your family. Health literacy is the ability that someone can obtain, understand and process information enabling them to make good health care decisions, During this...


Special Episode – What Do You Remember?

This is a special episode of Fading Memories. It's actually the first one I ever recorded. There is a lot of audio of various interactions I had with Mom. I started Fading Memories because I was desperate to find ways to make my visits with her more meaningful. Hours of visits where she asks me the same question over and over and over are not how I want to remember the last few years of her life. The other motivating factor in starting Fading Memories was the realization that finding the...


Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation

Do you care for your children and worry about your aging parents? Congratulations, you are a member of the "Sandwich Generation". You probably have many questions about estate planning. You know you should be taking a will and probably need some other estate planning documents, but which ones? What should you do to protect your children? How can you help your parents as they age? Where do you start? On this episode I talk to Catherine Hooder, Esq.an estate planning attorney turned author....


Connecting through Art

Art has been used for centuries to help people express what they cannot put into words. Increasingly art is used to help people with Alzheimer’s disease. By encouraging participation in the creation process we may be able to unlock inner thoughts and feelings. Expressing what they're feeling may be easier on paper than verbally. Freeing these emotions will help both those living with Alzheimer's and those caring for them. My Life and Art Art is part of my everyday life. As a professional...


The Perfect Activity to do Today – Two Lap Books

Two Lap Books - A Great Way To Connect! Two-Lap Books are Read-Aloud Boosk for Memory-Challenged Adults, People with Alzheimer's disease (and other forms of memory impairment) gradually lose their ability to initiate communication with others. Because of this Lydia designed these uniquely adapted books to "give voice" to them. By using the book's large, simple text and colorful illustrations we can initiate conversation. Most noteworthy, reading books together can make meaningful connections...