Spotlight on Care-logo

Spotlight on Care

Health & Wellness Podcasts

Welcome to Spotlight on Care, the podcast where we share stories, experiences, tips and advice on caring for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Spotlight on Care is produced by the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI MIND. Please subscribe to the Spotlight on Care podcast wherever you listen. For more information, visit mind.uci.edu. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Welcome to Spotlight on Care, the podcast where we share stories, experiences, tips and advice on caring for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Spotlight on Care is produced by the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI MIND. Please subscribe to the Spotlight on Care podcast wherever you listen. For more information, visit mind.uci.edu. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Location:

United States

Description:

Welcome to Spotlight on Care, the podcast where we share stories, experiences, tips and advice on caring for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Spotlight on Care is produced by the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI MIND. Please subscribe to the Spotlight on Care podcast wherever you listen. For more information, visit mind.uci.edu. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Twitter:

@ucimind

Language:

English

Contact:

9498240008


Episodes

Caring for a Child with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease with Jim Russell

4/14/2022
Virginia and Steve are joined by Jim Russell, MBA, PhD, who shares his emotional story of being a caregiver to his mother with Alzheimers and then to his daughter, Lynne, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at 48 years old. He describes the challenges in managing his daughter's finances and her family as the disease has progressed.

Duration:00:32:11

Cognitive Impairment from a Physician’s Point of View with Dr. Steven Tam

3/31/2022
Steve and Virginia are joined by UCI Senior Health Center physician and UCI MIND researcher, Steven Tam, M.D., who describes some of the early symptoms of cognitive impairment, and the general approach he takes when assessing a patient. He answers questions about current treatments. He emphasizes the importance of gathering a complete history of the patient prior to making a diagnosis.

Duration:00:37:51

End-of-Life Planning with Roger Lisabeth

2/15/2022
In this episode, Steve and Virginia are joined again by friend and caregiver, Roger Lisabeth who describes his experience in end-of-life planning while his wife Lucy is still alive. Roger emphasizes the importance of being properly prepared when the day arrives and describes some important details many of us may overlook when planning a funeral.

Duration:00:31:54

Creating a Safe Living Space for Your Loved One with Mark Wilson

12/28/2021
Mark Wilson is back with co-hosts, Steve and Virginia to share his tips on outfitting your loved one's home to be safe. He reflects on his experience caring for his mom who lived at home with him for the entirety of her Alzheimer's dementia journey. Mark provides low cost solutions to many of the unique challenges that caregivers face in a home environment like protecting against hard slippery surfaces in the bathroom or curtailing wandering at night .

Duration:00:37:36

Keeping the Holidays and Celebrations Happy, Healthy and Safe with Dr. Miriam Galindo

12/16/2021
Dr. Galindo cared for her father with Alzheimer's disease and helps the listeners understand the importance of simplifying the holidays to maximize enjoyment for everyone. She gives tips on focusing on one or two traditions and recruiting help instead of trying to balance caregiving with all of the pressures of maintaining family traditions. For more caregiver resources at the holidays and throughout the year visit www.alzoc.org or call the helpline at 844-373-4400. Happy Holidays!

Duration:00:34:18

Parenting while caring for someone with early-onset Alzheimer's disease with David Willke

11/18/2021

Duration:00:37:14

How to Care for Yourself as a Caregiver with Linda Abbit

10/28/2021
Virginia and Steve are joined by Linda Abbit, an eldercare professional and caregiver with over 25 years of experience in dementia caregiving. She has authored a book called, The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring For Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself (Simon and Schuster, 2017). In this episode, the trio discuss the importance of prioritizing self-care for the caregiver, tapping in to mindfulness, how to identify burn-out, and utilizing respite care. To learn more about...

Duration:00:30:43

Legal Issues After a Dementia Diagnosis with Stephen Magro

9/27/2021
Virginia and Steve discuss the legal concerns that arise after a dementia diagnosis with Orange County probate attorney, Stephen Magro, JD, who has 30 years of experience in elder law. Mr. Magro outlines the legal steps needed to help protect loved ones with dementia including setting up a will and trust and establishing an advanced health care directive. For more information about Stephen Magro’s law firm, visit www.smagrolaw.com. What would like to hear about next? Email us at...

Duration:00:35:39

Support Groups with Cleo Dougherty

9/23/2021
In this episode, the co-hosts sit down with Cleo Dougherty to discuss the importance of finding the right support group for patients and their caregivers. Cleo shares her story caring for her husband, Tom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006 and recalling her experience as both a member and a leader of a support group. For more information about support groups at the Alzheimer’s Association, visit: https://www.alz.org/ or the Savvy Caregiver Program through Alzheimer’s Orange...

Duration:00:27:03

Alzheimer’s and the Family: Concerns, Communication, and Compassion with Keith Swayne

9/17/2021
In this episode, co-hosts Steve and Virginia have a conversation with Keith Swayne about the importance of communicating with family throughout the Alzheimer's journey. Keith elaborates on his own process for sharing with his children and extended family about his wife, Judy's journey from diagnosis to her passing in 2014. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:33:06

Investigating Living Arrangements Outside of the Home with Joe Gonzalez

9/7/2021
In this episode, Steve and Virginia chat with Joe Gonzalez about tips for finding the right care facility for someone living with dementia. Joe shares his experience caring for his wife, Barbara as he navigated the transition from caregiving at home to a memory care facility.

Duration:00:32:53

Making New Memories with Roger Riley

8/26/2021
Lifelines: A Care Partner's Survival Guide

Duration:00:31:12

How to Talk to Someone with Dementia with Pam Ostrowski

8/12/2021
Guest Pam Ostrowski joins Steve and Virginia for a conversation about compassionate communication. She recalls her own experience caring for her mom with Alzheimer's and relays some of the experiences that she has had with her clients as she helps them navigate dementia caregiving. Pam emphasizes the importance of prioritizing being happy over being right when communicating with loved ones living with dementia. To learn more about what Pam does, visit her website at www.itsnotthatsimple.com....

Duration:00:31:38

Investigating In-Home Care with Mark Wilson

7/8/2021
In this episode, Steve and Virginia interview retired HR executive Mark Wilson, who cared for his mother with Alzheimer's disease, about in-home caregiving. He gives the listeners his expert tips on finding the right caregiving team to support in-home care. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:36:10

Person-Centered Care and Empathy with Lynda Everman and Don Wendorf

5/21/2021
In this episode, Virginia and Steve are joined by husband and wife team, Don Wendorf and Lynda Everman who discuss their journeys as caregivers for their loved-ones with dementia. They introduce the concept of Person-Centered Care and help us understand how empathy is critical to dementia care. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:45:03

Personality Change Challenges and Medications with Denny Barker

5/14/2021
In this episode, co-hosts Steve and Virginia interview Denny Barker about his caregiving journey with his wife, Kay. He recalls an incident at his wife's memory care facility and the consequences that followed. Steve and Virginia reflect on their own experiences of dealing with their loved ones' dementia induced personality changes. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:28:40

Doctor Visits and Medication Management with Kim Bailey

5/7/2021
In this episode, Steve and Virginia interview Kim Bailey, MS, Gerontology who is the Education and Programs Specialist at Alzheimer's Orange County. She provides tips for getting the most out of doctor visits for loved ones with dementia. Kim also discusses her person-centered approach to medication management. For more information about the resources at Alzheimer's Orange County, visit: www.alzoc.org or call the help line at 844-373-4400. What would like to hear about next? Email us at...

Duration:00:29:00

Early-Onset Alzheimer's: A Daughter's Story with Chelsea Cox

4/26/2021
In this episode, Steve O'Leary and Virginia Naeve interview Chelsea Cox, Associate Director of Education at UCI MIND, whose father was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease when she was in high school. Chelsea shares an honest account of her family's journey through diagnosis, assisted living placement, end-of-life, and coping with loss. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:32:05

Navigating Anger and Frustration with Roger Lisabeth

4/15/2021
In this episode, co-hosts Steve O'Leary and Virginia Naeve address the topic of anger, a common emotion experienced by many Alzheimer's disease caregivers. Their guest, Roger Lisabeth shares some tips for developing patience from his own experience in caring for his wife, Lucy. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:24:24

Dilemmas with Diagnosis with Lisa Up de Graff

3/18/2021
In this episode, co-hosts Steve O'Leary and Virginia Naeve discuss their experience getting an initial diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease for their loved ones. Guest Lisa Up de Graff shares personal challenges and successes in navigating diagnosis and care for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

Duration:00:28:24