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Helping Your Family Live Well with Alzheimer's Disease Your #1 resource for practical tips and insights; empowering you and your family to live well with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.






023 Dementia Care Mealtime Tips and Tricks for a Happy Holiday Season

In this episode, Christy Turner, The Dementia Sherpa, and I discuss mealtime tips and tricks for a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. We must remember that eating is a fun and impressionable activity. In fact, many memories are formed around holiday gatherings, meal-time conversations, or dinner out with friends. But there are numerous challenges when a loved one has dementia, and family gatherings are expected. It’s very important to find ways to overcome your unique challenges to...

Duration: 00:28:33

022 How to Avoid Bad Behaviors By Creating a Dementia Friendly Home

In this episode, I help you take a look at whether your home is contributing to undesirable dementia behaviors, and undermining your actions, and possibly speeding up their decline? We want to create a Dementia Friendly Home where you can keep your loved one home longer, safer, and happier. Change won’t be easy but the dividends are huge. You can ease the strain, makes things better for the entire family, and possibly slow any decline by making physical changes to your home. Our behavior...

Duration: 00:18:39

021 Holiday Travel and Dementia: How to Have a more Positive Experience

Christy Turner, the Dementia Sherpa, returns for our second broadcast of the Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa series. The holidays are officially here. This can be a very challenging time even without the challenges you may face caring for a loved one with dementia. In this episode, Christy and I talk about Holiday Travel and dementia. We discuss whether it’s appropriate and many of the challenges you might face. Christy shares many tips and strategies to help you...

Duration: 00:32:24

020 The Importance of a Dementia Compassionate Culture with Dr. Daniel Potts

In this episode, Dr. Daniel Potts discusses his inspiration for being a dementia care advocate and how he helps others learn to have empathy and compassion for those living with dementia. Among other things, we discuss Bringing Art to Life, a collaboration between Dr. Potts’ Cognitive Dynamics foundation and the University of Alabama Honors College. This program unites students with persons with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. During an eight-week art therapy program, the honors...

Duration: 00:28:51

019 How to Maximize the Joy of Halloween in Dementia Care

This episode launches a new collaboration between The Alzheimer’s Podcast and The Dementia Sherpa. Starting today, and every other Tuesday, Christy Turner the founder of will join me for a discussion to help empower you to be successful as you care for someone living with dementia. We’re calling this series, Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa. In this episode, Christy and I talk about Halloween and the things you can do to make this a great time for...

Duration: 00:28:29

018 Brian LeBlanc Talks About the Two Faces of Alzheimer's Disease

In this episode, I’m joined by Brian LeBlanc. In 2014, Brian was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the young age of 54. He is an international Dementia Advocate with a mission to advocate, educate, and spread awareness about Alzheimer's and other dementia related illnesses. In this episode, we talk about how people have misconceptions about what Alzheimer’s disease “looks” like. “You don’t look like you have Alzheimer’s.” And while the person may not look and act the...

Duration: 00:32:58

017 Laurie Scherrer Shares How She Lives Positively with Dementia

In this replay of my interview from August of 2015, I have a wonderful conversation with Laurie Scherrer where she talk about how she and her husband Roy work 1 day at a time to implement strategies which allow them to stay active and enjoy life. In August of 2013, Laurie was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s and Frontotemporal Dementia at the early age of 55. Laurie is an active dementia advocate and runs the website She’s also staying physically and socially...

Duration: 00:35:56

016 A Conversation on How to Live Well with Alzheimer's Disease

In this replay of my interview with David Kramer from May of 2015, we discuss how David Lives Well with Alzheimer’s. He shares the strategies that he uses to help him maintain an active lifestyle as he fights back against dementia. After two years of extensive testing, David was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease at the young age of 56. Prior to his diagnosis, David was a physician for more than 30 years during which time he specialized in emergency medicine and was a...

Duration: 00:36:27

015 Learn How to Resolve Dementia Behaviors Without Medications

In this episode, I’m joined by Christy Turner the founder of joins us for a conversation about resolving behaviors without medications. It’s all too common to hear caregivers talk about how their loved one acts and behaves differently than they would have in the past, and how they, the caregiver, are struggling to cope with these behavioral changes. From exiting the home when we don’t want them to, to becoming combative, the list of undesirable behaviors can be quite...

Duration: 00:32:02

014 Understanding Hospice Care and Shedding Light on the Myths

Joining me in this episode are the coauthors of Living with Dying, Jahnna (yaw-nah) Beecham and Katie Ortlip. If you’ve listened to my previous episodes, then you’ve heard me talk about maintaining a positive experience, and that means up until the end. But most of us are uncomfortable talking about death and because of that, I believe we aren’t well equipped to make this phase as comfortable and positive as possible. That’s why I’ve asked these ladies to join us for a conversation...

Duration: 00:31:03

013 How High Tech Can Empower the Alzheimer's Care Partnership

This episode discusses assistive technology with a focus on high-tech, and how this technology can help the Alzheimer’s care partners. Simply put, assistive technology is anything that makes completing a task simpler and safer for people with unique needs. Reading glasses, a lazy susan, a self driving car are examples of assistive technology. I’m and electronics engineer by degree and I spent about 20 years in the hi-tech industry. I’ve been a designer and a leader of teams developing...

Duration: 00:26:10

012 How to Create Better Connections in the Land of Dementia

In the Land of Dementia, sometimes it can be hard for us to connect with our loved ones while adding joy and creating loving memories together. To help us all better connect in the land of dementia and learn to enjoy “the moment,” I’ve asked author, speaker, and dementia advocate Deborah Shouse to join us. You’ll find Deborah’s writings in a variety of publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Woman’s Day, and on her own site...

Duration: 00:30:00

011 An Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Part 4

This is the final episode in my series which is based on my very popular Introduction to Alzheimer's disease course. Be sure to check out episodes 7, 9, and 10. In this episode, we continue on the path towards living well with dementia, and I'll be discussing: By educating yourself, getting support, and implementing strategies, it is possible to have a mostly positive experience and live well with dementia. Living Well with dementia is vital to delaying the progression of the disease,...

Duration: 00:22:24

010 An Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Part 3

This episode is a continuation of my series which is based on my very popular and free Introduction to Alzheimer's disease course. In this episode, we start to move away from the basics and start paving the way towards empowering you with the ability to live well with Alzheimer's or another dementia in your life. Be sure to listen to episodes 7 and 9 to ensure you have a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In those two episodes I discuss things such as the...

Duration: 00:21:13

009 An Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Part 2

In this episode, I'm continue my Introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia series to help you build a foundation of knowledge. In case you missed it, episode 7 kicks off this series. Here's what I'll be discuss during this episode: This episode completes the overview of the basics of Alzheimer's disease. Over the next couple of episodes, I'll start to dive deeper into topics such as testing, treatments, the psychological aspects of the disease, getting support, etc. Take care...

Duration: 00:18:45

008 How to Maximize the Benefits of Music in Dementia Care

Mary Sue Wilkinson of Singing Heart to Heart joins us in this episode. You’ve likely heard about the benefits of music in dementia care, but for many of you, including myself, we don’t necessarily know how to incorporate music and maximize its benefits on a daily basis. If you’ve been following Together in This for a while, then it’s likely you’ve already seen some of Mary Sue’s work. She previously joined me for a 1 hour webinar, and she is a contributing writer for Together in...

Duration: 00:31:29

007 An Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Part 1

In this episode, I take a step back and cover some of the basics about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It’s important that you have a good foundation of knowledge. Knowledge is power and gives us strength and insights to proceed. When we don’t understand something, we tend to fear it. We then tend to avoid the situation. In this episode, I discuss: The best way to take control back and reduce the guilt often associated with caregiving is through knowledge and action, and that starts...

Duration: 00:18:53

006 Improve Your Dementia Care with a Detailed Care Plan

To live well with Alzheimer’s in your life, and to maximize the positive times with your loved one, you need a plan of care. A plan is not so much about staying on track but more about helping you get back on track when you get diverted. Most people don’t like planning, but flying by the seat of your britches is just going to perpetuate chaos, resulting in a negative experience for everyone involved. In this episode, I share planning strategies and tools that I have created to help you...

Duration: 00:27:17

005 How To Create Moments of Joy and Loving Memories in Dementia Care

The goal of this episode is to help you learn to create purposeful activities and meaningful engagement where you and your loved one stay mentally and physically active and engaged, even though you are coping with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Experiencing moments of joy, revolves around integrating these purposeful activities and meaningful engagement into you and your loved one’s daily life. Moments of joy will also benefit each of you by improving your health through mental and...

Duration: 00:23:52

004 How to Create a Positive Experience in Alzheimer’s Care

This episode discusses how to overcome negativity and take a more positive approach to living with Alzheimer's or other dementia in your life. By doing so, your time with those for whom you care will be more positive, allowing you to form new loving memories. I further discuss: How to stop focusing on loss and how to focus on what remains, or what is sometimes discovered, such as an artistic talent. Why you must stop fighting the disease and trying to fix things. How you must fight back...

Duration: 00:19:20

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