38 episodes

The Dementia Podcasts provides the latest research, expertise and currency of knowledge from the HammondCare Dementia Centre and our guests. In our new season, Colm is joined by author Ailsa Wild as they showcase conversations with people living with dementia on a personal journey from diagnosis. Joined by experts in community health and dementia care the podcasts addresses the latest in thinking and practice issues that need to be considered in advanced dementia.

The Dementia Podcast Professor Colm Cunningham

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

The Dementia Podcasts provides the latest research, expertise and currency of knowledge from the HammondCare Dementia Centre and our guests. In our new season, Colm is joined by author Ailsa Wild as they showcase conversations with people living with dementia on a personal journey from diagnosis. Joined by experts in community health and dementia care the podcasts addresses the latest in thinking and practice issues that need to be considered in advanced dementia.

    First Signs

    First Signs

    The Dementia Podcast is back!
    In this the first episode in our new series, Starting Conversations, host Colm Cunningham is joined by author and resident guest, Ailsa Wild.

    Ailsa meets with her neighbours, Clare & Jim to talk about what it was like for them when Clare had those first signs of dementia and the conversation with their doctor receiving a diagnosis.

    Colm then joins Ailsa to talk about what some of those first signs might look like, as well as set the context for their conversations moving forward.

    The Dementia Podcast will be releasing every week, so please subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to stay up to date.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch at hello@dementiacentre.com

    The music for this podcast is reproduced with the permission of the composer and is registered with APRA

    • 20 min
    The Next Step

    The Next Step

    In episode two of our new series, Ailsa heads over to talk to Dr Sally Cockburn, also known for her regular radio hosting role as ‘Dr Feelgood’ in her segment Talking Health with Dr Sally Cockburn
    They talk next steps, following on from those first signs, and what that process looks like for the GP and how Sally has handled those conversations. 
    To find out more about this process Ailsa chats with Donna Lee, a dementia advocate at the International Dementia Conference that happened in September. Donna shares her experience of diagnosis and moving on with her life. 
    The Dementia Podcast will be released every week, so please subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to stay up to date.
     
     If you have any questions, please get in touch at hello@dementiacentre.com
     
     The music for this podcast is reproduced with the permission of the composer and is registered with APRA

    • 19 min
    The Questions

    The Questions

    We join Ailsa on a chilly Melbourne afternoon as she chats with Steve Macfarlane, head of clinical services for DSA. They discuss how a diagnosis is delivered and we hear from Clare and Jim as they recount the experience.

    One question the podcast asks is how early is early when it comes to picking up on a future diagnosis. To that end, we hear from Craig Ritchie as he explains looking for new ways to detect and measure the progression of the disease in the brain in a ‘silent period’.

    In addition, Craig stresses the importance of looking at dementia as a disease of the brain and the focus on maintaining brain health.

    The Dementia Podcast will be releasing every week, so please subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to stay up to date.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch at hello@dementiacentre.com

    The music for this podcast is reproduced with the permission of the composer and is registered with APRA

    • 23 min
    Support and Care

    Support and Care

    In this episode we join Colm as he heads over to chat with John Swinton, a theologian and a world leader in disability theology.  John is also the chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen. 
    Colm talks with John about the journey he has been on in his career, and what has led him to do what he does now. They talk about knowing the whole person, and how important it is for that to inform the way we care and communicate. 
    We hear from Clare and Jim once again, talking about the initial reactions of their family and friends after Clare’s diagnosis. 
    During IDC John finds a time to share his thoughts with Ailsa, on what makes a person, and how memory is often assumed by society to be what makes us up.  
    The Dementia Podcast will be releasing every week, so please subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to stay up to date.
     
    If you have any questions, please get in touch at hello@dementiacentre.com

    The music for this podcast is reproduced with the permission of the composer and is registered with APRA

    • 17 min
    Community and Design

    Community and Design

    Ailsa heads to the Wurun Senior Campus in Melbourne to chat with the students about dementia and through the conversations we see some of the community perceptions. The students share generously about their own personal experiences and the education and information they have received about dementia. 
    Looking at the community we hear once more from Donna Lee as she speaks to Ailsa about her support group.
    Colm talks with podcast regular, Prof Mary Marshall, professor Emeritus at the University of Stirling where she was the director of the Dementia Services Development Centre for 16 years. They talk about design within the community and within the home. 
    The Dementia Podcast will be releasing every week, so please subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to stay up to date.
     
    If you have any questions, please get in touch at hello@dementiacentre.com

    The music for this podcast is reproduced with the permission of the composer and is registered with APRA   
     
    Support Links:
    Talking Sense - free download book and audio: https://www.dementiacentre.com/resources/resource-category-2?filter[search]=talking%20sense&filter[category][0]=2
    Toilet Talk: https://www.dementiacentre.com/resources/resource-category-2?filter[search]=toilet%20talk&filter[category][0]=2
    Dementia Centre - Dementia Choices: https://www.dementiacentre.com/dementiachoices/why-dementia-design-matters 

    • 20 min
    Dementia and Difference

    Dementia and Difference

    In our penultimate episode of the season, Colm talks with Susan Kurrle, a geriatrician, and professor at the faculty of medicine and health at the University of Sydney. 
    Together they explore the differences in dementia and how progression for each person may vary.
    Ailsa continues her conversation with Jim and Clare, investigating their approach to getting the answers they searched for post-diagnosis.
    As Ailsa talks more with them, we find out how relationships also change after diagnosis. Ailsa asks Colm more about why this can happen. 
    The Dementia Podcast will be releasing every week, so please subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to stay up to date.
     
    If you have any questions, please get in touch at hello@dementiacentre.com

    The music for this podcast is reproduced with the permission of the composer and is registered with APRA    
     
    Support Links:
    About Dementia
    Living with Dementia – Support (Australia)
    My Home My Life – Carer Resource

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

joogkoo ,

Informative

Wow what a gem of a podcast. Recently diagnosed family member with early onset dementia and what a journey. This podcast is invaluable. Well done

MazWaz ,

Leading discussions and debates

A fantastic addition to the knowledge on dementia including the lived experience and practice from international speakers.

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