March 1, 2022
The show today explores the early process of memory loss and the kinds of symptoms you may experience. Sometimes they are so subtle that we don’t recognize what is happening. We may think the person in abstinent, not listening, being rude, apathetic or having a hearing problem. Let me walk you through this confusing journey.
Feb 22, 2022- Today I am having a conversation with Juan Padilla, a terrific young man whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 39 and passed away less than a decade later. Juan is trying to make a difference with his community, and we have a very open and enlightening conversation about his mom’s younger onset and what it means for him. She carried the PSEN1 gene and Juan has been tested and had a positive result. If you think this is an old person’s disease, think again. You will not want to miss this very personal and sweet interview.
Feb 15, 2022 – In this episode, my goal is to help you line out what you will experience in the late stage of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, when falls and eating issues become prevalent. This is the beginning of a number of steps that need to be addressed to make sure stress levels don’t reach an epic place and take you to a place of being completely overwhelmed. This is a how to deal with this podcast that could help save your sanity!
February 8, 2022
A question was asked of me this week that ruffled my feathers; is there a time in late stage when we should just stop feeding our person with dementia? Should we use feeding tubes? What if a doctor says we should let go and stop feeding? Listen to the show to hear my answers.
January 26, 2022 – The type of dementia known as Lewy Body is one of the toughest to diagnose and even harder to deal with from a symptom standpoint. The anger, the lack of judgement and reasoning, the laser focus and the delusions. Enough already! It’s enough to make their caregivers lose their minds! I will help as much as I can in this episode.
January 18, 2022 – When some has Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or some other type of dementia disease, it is often difficult to know when they are in pain, sick, dehydrated, or have a urinary tract infection. It is also hard to know if they have fallen or broken a bone. This show will hopefully help you to access the situation and make the correct choices for care.
Jan 13, 2022 – Today my show is all about helping children through the tough times of living with various dementia’s. Kids are much more accepting and resilient when they are educated on what is transpiring. If you don’t know how to start the conversation, I have a full show of ideas for you! Children have the ability to have deep compassion and love, but also need to be protected from situations which could hurt their feelings, damage their positive disposition, or put them in danger. How do we navigate this…just take a listen to the show!
January 4, 2022 – My guest today is my friend Amelia Schafer, Senior Director of Growth and Engagement Strategy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the national Alzheimer’s Association. She is working hard to build trust in communities where people have been overlooked and underserved with dementia care. She is using community forums to reach people of color, Hispanic and Latino, and LGTBQ, who have needed our help for years. She is creating partnerships with diverse organizations to reach the folks who need help. Community forums are created to be listening sessions to find out what is lacking and how to solve problems where they live and uncover specific needs to provide better education and assistance.
We also chat about our health program, Optavia, that we have undertaken to get ourselves in better shape!
December 28, 2021, Today my show is about learning what dementia is. There is so many misconceptions it blows my mind. A friend this week said her husband is glad he has Parkinson’s and not dementia, I just shook my head. Parkinson’s is a type of dementia disease, as is Alzheimer’s, Frontotemporal, Vascular, ALS, Lewy Body, Huntington’s and over a hundred more. Today I will spell all this out for you. Please listen and be informed. We have come to far to be ignorant of this subject. Dementia does not mean memory loss and it is not a disease. It is a definition which mean cognitive impairment serious enough to affect activities of daily living. Resilience is equally important, and it means overcoming obstacles and adversity to find a positive outcome, which is what I want to help all of you to embrace. Come along with me today and learn.