Nerve is about living well with brain diseases like dementia, stroke and migraine, run by neurologists at www.sydcog.com.au who are inspired by their courageous patients. Mind and mood, memory and thinking, give us our unique experiences. Conversations will focus on quality, not just quantity, of life and motivate patients and carers alike.
Lewy Body disease and dementia
John and Veronica takes us through the trials of living with a form of dementia, in this case of Lewy body disease, a possibly related condition to Parkinson's disease. We come to understand that dementia can mean changes affecting not just memory but a whole raft of symptoms, and that early diagnosis alongside a team approach with medical, allied and support staff is an often helpful addition to care and support offered by loved ones. Interview Leigh Hatcher, contribution Rowena Mobbs.
Champion rugby player Greg Buckley takes us through his moving journey from star sportsman to brain injury and recovery, and over time a vibrant, fulfilling life. Retired neurosurgeon Dr Ray Newcombe elaborates on the issues facing patients and families, with a sensitive and insightful interview by Leigh Hatcher.
Self care in brain disease - tips for getting by
Caring for carers. Wise counsellor and psychotherapist Katy Fitzgerald takes us through how to maintain good self care through caring for someone with brain disease, interview by Leigh Hatcher.
Communication in dementia
Communication is a key topic in any type of dementia. It can be extremely helpful for patients and their families to be guided by someone who has been there before. Katy Fitzgerald is a psychotherapist and counsellor with interest in dementia, with key strategies around best and clear communication, which can in turn lead to better quality of life. Join us for a cuppa and a chat. Interview by Leigh Hatcher.
Dealing with migraine
Migraine can be one of the most debilitating of brain conditions, often striking a person in the midst of their busy lives and putting everything on hold. Highly functioning sufferer of migraine, Sam, shares her growing understanding of what migraine is and how to get control, with contribution by neurologist Dr Alexis Selby, and interview by Leigh Hatcher.
HIV related dementia
Many people with HIV are now living longer following the development of better treatment options, but what happens when the virus affects the brain? In some people, HIV/ AIDS can lead to a syndrome of dementia, affecting memory, attention, mood and behaviour. Professor Bruce Brew is interviewed by Leigh Hatcher and discusses the different types of brain disease that can occur, early community perceptions and misperceptions of HIV/ AIDS, and current issues facing the patients and carers living beyond HIV.
Fantastic neurology podcast
Great resource for patients, their families and carers, and health professionals.