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Topic: Going Forward From Here Support Group
Time: Apr 22, 2021 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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DRwJL – March 30, 2021 Accepting the diagnosis of a neurological disease is a difficult pill to swallow, I’m sure. If signs are there and people around you can see them and you can too, getting a professional in this specific to help pinpoint a diagnosis could help you chart a path for success. You can get your legal matters in order, put your history on paper for the generations to come, downsize your home, put safety measures in place and more. You can put your end of life wishes in writing and have a say in your care moving forward. It could be a difficult journey to get the news and clarification about what is happening to you, however, fighting it and denying it will cause more problems than you could ever imagine. This podcast will help guide you to a smoother path.
March 23, 2021 – Cary Johnson, Director of Crime Prevention for Jefferson County Colorado is my guest on the show today. His knowledge of how to keep yourself safe from scams and what to do if you are caught in a net cast by a criminal is invaluable. This is a must listen show! You will not believe how many ways these con artist have to try and take advantage of you and take your money. Grab a pen and paper and protect yourself from the daily onslaught of attempts on your well being!
March 9,2021 – Caregiving is hard enough, but add to it family dynamics which have enough baggage to fill an airport baggage claim area and now we have some real issues to struggle though. This is a real deep and open conversation about caregiving when tension and resentment are present, and how do we move through this with some kind of plan? In many cases it requires you to be the bigger person, put personalities asides and do what you need to do.
March 2, 2021 -Frontotemporal degeneration is one of the hardest types of dementia to live with, and that’s saying something! Lewy Body, Alzheimer’s, ALS and so forth are ridiculously difficult diseases, but FTD with judgment and reasoning not working and off the chart impulses that are out of control, it’s enough to make us lose our F*^#ing minds. It is so hard to explain to people how hard this journey is. In this podcast, I will attempt to help my #caregivernation keep your togetherness during this tumultuous times, and I will try to practice what I preach! We are in this together friends.
February 23, 2021 – I thought today would be a good day to explain the differences between Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. When people look to move someone who is often elderly and with memory problems, they sometimes think they can go to an assisted living to keep the cost down. Most of the time this will not work for very long, as the staff at the community see about 70 % of people in their home suffering with cognitive impairment and can spot memory loss from a thousand paces. Independent living means the person can get around on their own, go the the store, run errands, and live on their own terms without help. I will break all of this down for you. Understanding it from the start will save you money and heartache, as well as time moving your person from here to there.
February 16, 2021 – This is sort of an open letter type podcast to care partners and my #caregivernation talking about trusting yourself to learn as much as you can and being the best you can in difficult situations. We often question ourselves and don’t recognize that we have the intuition built in to show love and compassion to those we love. Many of us have the knack for knowing just the right thing to do and having the patience in reserve when we need to access it. Yes, we can make mistakes and that’s okay! Forgive yourself when you are short tempered or angry at the situation at hand, it happens. We can learn from our mistakes and always try to do better next time. You are enough my friends – stop second guessing yourselves!
February 9, 2021- A conversation with Dr. Christina Vaughan, about the ideals of palliative care, providing person centered care at its best for neurological patients and their families. This is an important and new way to focus on not only the diagnosis, but the spiritual, psychological and psychosocial aspects of the journey with diseases characterized by cognitive and memory loss. Spending more time with patients is a key and bringing in specialists like a chaplain, a social worker, and a person like me, as I help you in the home and with education. With this approach the doctors can explore who the person is, and not focus on the disease they have been diagnosed with. In my mind, this way of providing care is so refreshing and overdue! Dr. Vaughan and her team are utilizing this cutting edge approach and seeing remarkable results. I am so honored to work with the University of Colorado Hospital and collaborate on the care with the family.
Dr. Vaughan is a Neurologist at the University of Colorado Hospital Denver. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Division of Neuropalliative Care. It is a medical specialty that focuses on trying to relieve all sorts of suffering that people experience with chronic illness, trying to improve quality of life as a team.
Dr. Christina Vaughan
February 2nd, 2021 – Life as a care partner for a person with a dementia like Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, or any other type of cognitive impairment and memory loss, is difficult to say the least. With or without support, you have to find a way to not only survive, but to thrive. This is why we must be resilient, meaning, we must find a way to overcome obstacles and adversity to find a positive outcome. In this podcast, I will take you down a pathway to help you find the resources you need and hopefully help you find some peace on the way.
Sarah Thompson is a board-certified music therapist who has worked with people with neurologic differences for over 17 years. She is a book contributor, speaker, and researcher who loves discussing how neuroscience-based music interventions can change people’s lives. Sarah is the CEO of Rehabilitative Rhythms, a Denver-based nonprofit organization.
For more information:
A Lifetime With Music: https://possiblewithmusic.org/a-lifetime-with-music/
Outline of Discussion:
Why is music so helpful for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia?
- How music is processed
- Considerations for hearing loss
How exactly can music help someone living with dementia?
How is music therapy different than simply listening to music on an iPod or on Alexa?
- Skilled intervention
- Parallel of going for a walk vs. physical therapy
What are some tips that you could share for caregivers to use right now?