The Dementia Adventure is for anyone whose life is being touched by dementia. Navigating the world of dementia and Alzheimer's can feel overwhelming so this series is full of tips, advice, thoughts, support, love and shared experience. In each episode we meet experts of all kinds from research scientists, care workers, brain trainers, speech and language specialists, therapists and even a Buddhist monk. This podcast is the recipient of Alzheimer's Research UK's Inspire Fund and we are delighted that you're joining us as we set off on our Dementia Adventure.
Ep10 - Living, Laughing & Cycling with Dementia
Peter Berry was suicidal when diagnosed with early onset dementia. Yet today, this jovial, raconteur now calls his terminal illness his "Dementia Monster" because it makes it something other, not inside him, not HIM. Dementia forces Peter to live in the present moment. Together with his great friend Deb, he cycles all over Suffolk - not outrunning his Dementia Monster, but occasionally out-cycling him. Leaning on their bikes they see only what is in front of them, content and happy just to be.
Ep9 - The need for a Compassionate Society whilst Caring for my Wife
Meet James Price whose wife has young onset Alzheimer's disease. James reflects on the complexities of caring for your lover and explains why Admiral Nurses are vital. We explore what a compassionate society would look like, be it sympathetic restaurant staff, friends surprising you with their help, care-workers being paid a salary befitting their role, or having compassion for yourself when necessity dictates your loved one move into residential care.
Presented by @RosannaMiles @AlzResearchUK #InspireFund
Ep8 - How to Keep our Brains Healthy
Meet Katy Stubbs PhD from Alzheimer’s Research UK, who reveals three key ways we can look after our beautiful brains. And the good news is they’re easy and fun. Katy shares some of the research into brain health, and the actions needed at a societal level to embed these messages and support positive change.
This podcast is brought to you by Alzheimer's Research UK's Inspire Fund and produced and presented by Rosanna Miles @rosannamiles SondertideT @AlzResearchUK @KatyLStubbs
Ep7 - Living Well with Dementia and Still Being ME
Meet Sue Strachan who lives with dementia and is learning to live well. She tells her unique story. "You know the old saying - if you’ve met one person with dementia, you’ve met ONE person with dementia; we're all different.” Sue busts myths, refuses to be sidelined and reveals how she's found purpose and positivity in the face of dementia. Sue is featured in Channel 4's, The Restaurant that makes Mistakes.
This podcast is brought to you by ARUK's Inspire Fund and presented by Rosanna Miles @rosanna
Ep6-Dementia Researcher on Reasons for Hope
Meet epidemiologist, research fellow of University College London and dementia advocate, Dr Sarah-Naomi James. Dr Sarah is studying people over time to see whether patterns emerge in those who develop dementia symptoms. She reveals a 15 year window of opportunity between physical changes taking place in the brain and dementia symptoms presenting. If we can improve our ability to spot physical triggers of dementia we may have a window of hope in which to slow the onset symptoms.
Presented by @RosannaMiles
Ep5-Daughter of Dementia-Is it Okay to Feel Angry and Resentful?
Actor, Kate Russell-Smith, has a mother with Alzheimer's Dementia and a father with Parkinson's Dementia. She also has two children and a career to take care of. In this frank interview, Kate bravely admits the things we don't like to say out loud. She feels resentful of her time being hijacked; she feels guilty for feeling resentful and she is bored of the monotony of it all. Driving away from a care home with tears in her eyes, her mum's words ring in her ears, "I hate you right now."
Beautiful and eye opening
Such a gorgeous podcast, excellent quality. Brilliantly presented and I learnt a lot about dementia and feel uplifted by the options that are out there for those suffering.