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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.






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...


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...


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...


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...


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...