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DRwJL – A Conversation with Dr. Samantha Holden Re: Lewy Body & Parkinson’s

Dr. Samantha Holden Assistant Professor of Neurology, Director, Memory Disorders Clinic,
University of Colorado School of Medicine

August 19, 2019, My guest today is Dr. Samantha Holden from University of Colorado Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and a highly respected physician working with Lewy Body and Parkinson’s dementia’s. We have a wonderful coffee chat about these diseases, how they are related, diagnosed and new bio markers concerning both. A fascinating conversation with an extremely talented and caring doctor!

Dr. Samantha

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Director, Memory Disorders Clinic

Associate Fellowship Director, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

Site Co-Principal Investigator, Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence
University of Colorado School of Medicine

DRwJL Calming Difficult Behaviors


August 12, 2019 is a Strategy Show – Calming Difficult Behaviors! How do we calm someone who is agitated, anxious, or having delusions? These are difficult behaviors and I have the answers to help with these issues and more!

DRwJL – Candid Observations on Living with Alz from People with Diagnosis

August 5, 2019 – I feel like this is one of my most important podcasts, as I share quotes from people with memory loss and cognitive impairment regarding what it is like to live with issues and activities of daily living. Their candid thoughts provide enormous insight into what it is like when you have trouble remembering, make mistakes, lose items, have trouble dressing, setting the table, seeing items, repetitive questions and much more!

DRwJL – Home Care Workers Share Their Best Practices for Loving Care

I had a fantastic conversation with three Home Instead Denver North caregiver’s where we discussed some of the hardest issues with bringing a caregiver into your home. What if your loved one won’t accept the care, or let them into the house? What if a spouse gets in the way of activities? We explore these questions and more!

DRwJL – Concerned About Nursing Home Care? The Ombudsman is Your Ally

My guest, June 17, 2019, is Shannon Gimble, Program Manager, Denver Ombudsman’s office. Shannon answers questions on how and when to ask for help mediating with a care community when trouble arises. Shannon’s office is a representative for families and can intervene when perceived issues arise that seem to need more assistance to solve than a family knows how to handle on their own. The Ombudsman can provide training to Care Communities, and provide consultations between families and staff to try to find middle ground and resolve problems.

DRwJL – Avoid Scams and Keep Loved Ones with Various Dementia’s Safe

My guest, June 10, 2019, was Cary Johnson, Director, Crime Prevention, 1st Judicial District Jefferson County. We talked about how to prevent people with any type of dementia from becoming a victim of crime. Looking at what makes us targets can help us to be aware. Jefferson County is leading the way in the Denver metro area for programs with seniors. People are popping up all over the country saying they can prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s with supplements and nutrition, as well as diagnosing Alzheimer’s with an MRI and blood test, which is not true! They are scamming people out of tens of thousands of $$$$! Listen and learn how you can avoid this scam.

DRwJL – Strategy Show! Ideas for Summer Projects, Activities and Safety with Dementia

This week, June 3, 2019, My show is about the start of summer. How can we help our fellow man by checking on lonely and cognitively impaired neighbors and see what we can do to assist them? Also tips for the #caregivernation folks on how to reduce stress over the summer months. Loads of ideas on the monthly strategy show!

DRwJL – New Regulations Means Better Care for Dementia Residents

This week, May 27, 2019 my guests were Randy Kuykendall, Director of Health Services, and Elaine McManis, Branch Chief of the Health, Home & Assisted Living – both at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. We spoke about the new Assisted Living Regulations (ALR’s) in Colorado. They are the 1st new regulations in 34 years. They are the minimum standards of care and in my mind, as well as in others, overdue. Randy & Elaine explain what the regulations are and who they affect. Assisted Living communities monitor care for over 23,000 beds in the State of Colorado. Two goals for the new regulations are to protect the care of residents, and give communities latitude to provide this care fairly and to the best of their ability. Currently Colorado has had no standard of practice for ALR’s.