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DRwJL – A Couple, Both with Alz Diagnosis, Share Their Inspiring Journey

July 5, 2022

As one of the most inspiring interviews I have done to date, this ranks way high on the list. Today I spoke to my friends David and Virginia (Ginny), an absolutely couple, who have had enormously fulfilling lives, David as a Urologist and Ginny as an educator teaching middle school children and later, adult literacy, during her teaching career. I met them through the University of Colorado Neurology as they took my classes, then utilized my in-home assessment services. They moved from the mountains down to the metro area a few years ago, settling in a newly built area with gorgeous homes, but very little mature landscaping. Together we discussed their needs and wants for the futures, and how to downsize, as well as find a place where they could have a continuum of care in the future. Many people fight this and often fail to prepare to set themselves up for success. This couple is inspiring and show us how to live well, enjoying life, achieving new heights of love and acceptance of themselves, each other and their world.

David & Ginny

DRwJL – Staying Emotionally Well During the Summer Months

June 28, 2022

Summer months can be challenging when we can’t go outside because it is scorching hot. Air conditioning makes our joints hurt. The heat is suffocating. Going in and out of both makes your sinuses go crazy! It is hard to do outside activities and you are itching to get out of the house. These issues can be draining and emotionally destructive for us which can create anxiety. What do we do about this? Let’s chat about it!

DRwJL – The Journey with Dementia Diseases is Long

June 21,2022

Navigating the road, from suspecting symptoms to a diagnosis, along the journey and to the end is full of strife and challenges. Managing this road is often anything but easy. Some have difficult people to deal with and some have it easier. Some people are in denial, some are ready to walk the road together. Grief from day 1 is ever present but many fail to recognize it. Anger from role reversals is common. Expecting the person with the diagnosis to stay the same as they are for a long time is a misconception. Patience is a virtue, although many people run short. How do we navigate this long journey? I am here to help!

DRwJL – How Do You Handle People Who Are Mean & Have A Dementia Disease?

June 14, 2022

Sometimes, much to our dismay, we have a person with some type of dementia disease that is extremely difficult to work with. They refuse care, are spiteful, angry and a lot more. They won’t bathe, are incontinent, don’t brush their teeth. They lose their social graces. This is so hard! What recourse do you have? This is the show for you!

DRwJL- How Do We Deal with the End-of-Life Process?

May 26,2022

Sorry this podcast is two days late! Difficult times with clients held me up! That lead to this topic. When someone is in the process of dying, there are many questions and hard issues to deal with. This podcast is dedicated to this subject.

DRwJL- A Two-Part Series- Staying Emotionally Connecting While Caring for People with Dementia

May 17, 2022

For this second of a two-part May 10 & 17 series, I am delving deep into memory loss and cognitive symptoms and how the daily grind can get to us. Looking closely at the issues of repetitiveness, stubbornness, resistance to care and how to keep your emotions in check. If we understand why our loved ones and clients are presenting the way they are, we can better try approaches of acting and not reacting.

DrwJL- A 2 Part Series May 10 & 17 – Staying emotionally connected while caring for people with dementia

May 10, 2022

For this two-part May 10 & 17 series I am delving deep into memory loss and cognitive symptoms and how the daily grind can get to us. Looking closely at the issues of repetitiveness, stubbornness, resistance to care and how to keep your emotions in check. If we understand why our loved ones and clients are presenting the way they are, we can better try approaches of acting and not reacting.

DRwJL – Speech & Language Therapy Makes a Huge Difference in the Lives of Many

May 3, 2022

Today I had an enlightening and educational conversation with a speech, language pathologist, who also happens to be my niece, Sarah Hackert. For the past twelve years she has worked with people who have experienced brain injuries, and various types of dementia diseases. We dive deep into the symptoms of aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, eating and swallowing issues and much more! This is a fascinating show which takes a look into an area I have not focused on before! Grab a pen and paper – You won’t want to miss this conversation!

My niece, Sarah Hackert

Sarah Hackert, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Speech-Language Pathologist

Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Washington University Program in Physical Therapy at TRISL

4444 Forest Park Avenue, Campus Box 8502

St. Louis, MO 63108

Phone (314) 273-4664

Fax (314) 286-1473