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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.






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...


What’s Going on in Their Mind?

One of the biggest challenges to caring for someone living with Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia is trying to figure out what's going on in their mind. They don't understand what's happening so they can't help us understand what they need. Not being able to communicate their needs causes fear or anxiety. Hopefully today's conversation with Laurie will help us understand a bit better. Laurie Gunter Mantz, is the founder and CEO of Dementia Training for Life. She is also an...


Keep or Sell? What to do with The Family Home Part 3

It's time for a move to an assisted living community, now what should you do with the family home? Keep or sell, where do you even start? There are a few factors that will determine the answer and we discuss those on this episode. Good Reasons to Keep the House After a Move to Senior Care If someone in the family has an emotional attachment to the home than you'll need to think through the details that will determine if keeping the home makes sense. Here are some things to think about; It...


The Family Home – What to do now? Part 2

The Family Home - What to do now? Part 2 Part 1 of this series is here. Seniors want to age in place, a completely understandable desire which makes it vitally important to do what we can to make their home safe & enjoyable. There are many things to consider so starting sooner rather than later is important. Starting now is better than putting it off until there’s an issue. It’s important to have the home evaluated for safety and accessibility. There are so many things to consider that...


The Family Home Part 1 – Decluttering

This week I have a conversation with a professional cleaner and home organizer on how to start the process of getting the family home decluttered so our loved one can age in place safely. Facing a lifetime of memories in one household is overwhelming so Patty's tips should come in handy. Patty suggests that you approach the conversation with grace and understanding. It's also important to forget about the past and focus on right now and moving forward. This process is for the health and...


Unconditional Love – Therapy Dogs in Action!

Dogs provide us with unconditional love and emotional support that we can't always get in a human. My neighbor Bella is a therapy dog and she's one of the best dogs I've ever met. On today's episode, Terry, Bella's human, and I talk about the benefits a therapy dog can bring to hospitalized people, seniors in memory communities and even at-risk children. It's a heartwarming conversation we had on a rainy day while drinking tea and talking about all things dog. What Is A Therapy Dog? A...


My Mom Marge – (Non Alzheimer’s dementia)

On today’s episode I have a conversation with Pam about her journey with her Mom Marge. Marge is my Moms “next door neighbor” and started her journey in a different way than my Mom. Pam talks about her Mom, their struggles, what it’s like now. Marge does not have Alzheimer's, she has frontal temporal dementia that was caused by a stroke. Her memory had been declining for awhile before the stroke and Pam juggled a lot to keep her Mom safe. Listen in on our conversation and hear Pam's advice...


Meals On Wheels – The Original Meal Delivery Service

The original and ultimate meal delivery service, Meals on Wheels. Their mission; support homebound elders to maintain their health and dignity. They serve seniors with chronic health conditions that prevent their preparing nutritious meals for themselves. Lack of transportation is also an obstacle to providing for themselves. By receiving meals seniors are helped to live independently in the comfort of their homes. Meal delivery and good conversation go a long way to supporting our...


Age In Place Or Assisted Living _-Things to Know

According to the executive director of my Moms community, 70% of us will need some sort of living assistance at some point in our life. What should you consider when choosing to age-in-place versus an assisted living community? This conversation should help answer many of the questions you face when deciding where to spend the rest of your senior years. One of the best things about an assisted living community is the diverse population in terms of life experiences. You can find yourself...


Misty Tales - Pros & Cons of Pets for Seniors

Misty tales is an episode mostly about my Mom and her dog Misty. There are a lot of pros and cons to having a dog in a memory community. First, have a listen to this episode, there are quite a few funny stories. If you are still considering a dog after what you hear, the following text will help guide you through your decision. Pros & Cons of Getting a Dog Before you get a new pet consider the following things carefully. Will you or someone else be able to take care of the pet, feed it...


This Is Your Brain on Nutrition – Diet & Brain Health

This Is Your Brain On Nutrition - Brain Health Discussed On today’s episode I talk with Matthew Peal the founder of the Movement Academy about brain nutrition. The Movement Academy help youth & seniors improve physical and cognitive performance. Matt works with senior based organizational and executive directors to develop active aging programs that symmetrically prevents injuries and boosts cognitive function. Learn more about brain health and nutrition in this episode. Last weeks episode...


Move It or Lose It – Exercise & Brain Health

In this episode I talk with Tony Salinaro an exercise professional and running coach who is still running at 71. He had a Moms memory loss. Now he works with stroke victims to help them recover and age better. All this while also maintaining a personal coaching business and running club! Find out about exercise and brain health in this fascinating conversation. In this episode we learn that we need to do everything possible to add movement and exercise into everyday life. Larger doses of...


Stop Acting Your Age! Feel Years Younger!

How would your life change if you could look, feel and act 10-15 years younger regardless of how many birthday’s you’ve had? Did you know that staying mentally & physically active can help our brains to grown and add new cells? How do we achieve looking and acting younger? On today’s episode I interview Thom McFadden. Thom loves helping Baby Boomers stop the depressive cycle of feeling “over the hill” and have “one foot in the grave”. By learning some simple techniques he has effectively...


Living with Alzheimer’s

Living With Alzheimer’s - A Conversation with Pam Montana Today’s episode is a fascinating conversation with a woman living with Alzheimer’s. Diagnosed in her early 60s, Pam Montana made it her new job to do everything she could to prevent the worst part of the disease. “Keep that happy life balance as long as possible.” Everything from exercise to nutrition to advocacy, Pam is doing everything she can to combat this disease for herself and everyone that comes after her. If you suspect you...