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Alzheimer's disease is a crisis in our country. 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or other related dementia this podcast if for you. Created by a woman who is helping to care for her Mother, a 3rd generations victim of memory loss, Fading Memories is a supportive podcast that focuses on conversations with people who can help with resources and ideas for whatever stage our loved one is in. There are stories from families dealing with Alzheimer's, funny stories about visits with Mom (and other patients) and the feeling of being part of the larger community wherever you may live. Fading Memories is part helpful information and part true stories from someone like you and is a podcast is for everyone who is on the journey of Alzheimer's disease.



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Fading Memories: Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Jennifer Fink

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Alzheimer's disease is a crisis in our country. 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or other related dementia this podcast if for you. Created by a woman who is helping to care for her Mother, a 3rd generations victim of memory loss, Fading Memories is a supportive podcast that focuses on conversations with people who can help with resources and ideas for whatever stage our loved one is in. There are stories from families dealing with Alzheimer's, funny stories about visits with Mom (and other patients) and the feeling of being part of the larger community wherever you may live. Fading Memories is part helpful information and part true stories from someone like you and is a podcast is for everyone who is on the journey of Alzheimer's disease.



You can check us out on YouTube too! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO3X7ufUPUrq5j1aNcW_ELg/featured?view_as=subscriber

    Staying Connected While Apart & Other Good Tips

    Staying Connected While Apart & Other Good Tips

    Staying socially connected while physically apart is important



    Whether you’re helping care from a distance or your loved one is in a care residence, staying connected is incredibly important yet challenging.  During these times of staying connected while staying physically apart, we need as many connection options as possible.



    Having many tools to use while caregiving is important. It is not uncommon to have to try a lot of things before you find tips that work. Of course, once you find tips that work, you still need tools in reserve for the day things change.



    You’ll likely learn new things as you listen, I did. Every new tip, trick, and tool you try could be the one that makes a difference in your caregiving journey.



    My guest, Donna Marenty, offers up many tips and tools to make caregiving easier. While I've heard a lot of tips lately on staying connected, Donna offered new ones. Enjoy this episode and give these suggestions a try!



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    • 54 min
    But, I Have A Son In Junior High! – Before The Diagnosis

    But, I Have A Son In Junior High! – Before The Diagnosis

    Before the Diagnosis is a book about the people & who they were before dementia.



    Too often, when someone receives a diagnosis of any type of dementia, they are seen a just that; a person with dementia. These stories are about human beings. They are about people like you and me; people with hopes and plans for the future. People who lived, or are still living, all of whom had lives worth remembering.



    In this episode, you'll hear from Gincy Hines, author, volunteer, and super bubbly person. You'll love her story and the inspiration behind her book.



    We started talking about how the book came to be but we quickly veered into Gincys' story. You'll hear how her husband was 55, she was 49 and they had a son in junior high a lot. Due to her husbands' early-onset Alzheimer's, it's understandable that she was in disbelief.



    Like many caregivers, Gincy found a passion project as a coping technique. That was the birth of Before the Diagnosis.



    Gincy's book - Before the Diagnosis

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    • 49 min
    Take Back Your Life – Coping with Change

    Take Back Your Life – Coping with Change

    To take back your life you have to start coping with change.



     

    Welcome To Year 3!

    Coping with change has basically been the theme of 2020 thus far. Humans don't particularly fair well with change even if we initiate it. Change causes stress and we know that stress is bad for our brains.



    Making changes in your attitude & behaviors as your caring for a loved one takes courage.  Implementing change also requires practice, patience, and perseverance. The process takes time and you may need to revisit some issues repeatedly.  Change is more than a one-shot cure. 



    As a caregiver, your feelings may revolve around the enormous responsibilities, obligations, and stresses you face every day. Maybe you need to make a change in a relationship with other family members.  The reality is that change is stressful. You need to decide if you want to deal with the stress of the same old routine or deal with the stress of trying something new. Change is possible! What have you got to lose?



    Take Back Your Life by Loren Gelberg Goff



    Take Back Your Life Website

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    • 55 min
    The Last Goodbye – A Tribute To My Mom

    The Last Goodbye – A Tribute To My Mom

    My last goodbye to Mom was on 3-31-2020



     



    They say Alzheimer’s is a series of goodbyes. And It’s true.  I have said goodbye to so many things I had with Mom. What has been a surprise is that the very last goodbye has been harder than I ever expected.



    I said goodbye to Mom knowing who I was on my 51st birthday. Then I said goodbye to understanding her conversations late last year. Finally, I said goodbye to walking in the regional park, watching kids at the swimming pool, or even going out to eat.



    What I didn’t expect, and surprisingly wasn’t ready for was to say goodbye on March 31st, 2020. Mom lived in the memory care residence for 3 years and 2 weeks. Both my sister and I thought she’d be there a lot longer. A whole lot longer.



    Many people have asked me if she died from the Covid-19 virus. The answer to that is no. She died from Alzheimer’s disease. I have her death certificate and her official cause of death is not eating or drinking for 2 days caused by Alzheimer’s.



    In this episode, you'll hear from Laura (oldest grandkid), her Fading Memories son-in-law, and a really, long time friend. I hope you enjoy this special tribute.



    Another episode about Mom

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Bonus – Akum – Research & fundraising

    Bonus – Akum – Research & fundraising

    How could I resist when a young man who wants to cure Alzheimer's wants help with his fundraising.



     



    How could I resist a humble fundraising assistance request? When it comes from a young man that wants to cure Alzheimer's, I couldn't. Instead of just resharing posts on Instagram, we created this bonus episode.



    In this bonus episode, I talk to Akum Dhillion. He is a young man who was inspired by his Grandmother to go into Alzheimer's research. When he reached out to me to ask for assistance boosting his Instagram account, I asked if he would also like a bonus episode. Of course, he said yes.



    I think you'll really enjoy this short, heartwarming story about a young person wanting and succeeding at making a difference. At the tender age of 12, Akum decided he was going to cure Alzheimer's.



    What's an Alzheimer's podcast to do but help?



    Your donation supports vital research, programs, and resources for those living with Alzheimer's. Akum is working with the Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.   They are the world's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.



    Some of the things the Alzheimer's Assoc. funds are: Care & Support. They work nationally & locally to provide care & support for those affected by Alzheimer's & other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. The association is committed to advancing vital research towards methods of treatment, prevention, and ultimately, a cure.



    Finally, and this is where Akum & I play a part, The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy. The Association advocates for critical Alzheimer's research and care initiatives at the state and federal level

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    Why We Walk - Alzheimer's Fundraising



     

    • 23 min
    Feed Your Brain for Cognitive Health

    Feed Your Brain for Cognitive Health

    Feeing Your Brain is crucial for keeping your cognitive health.



     



    In general, being able to feed your brain is crucial to maintaining your cognitive health. Seemingly, everywhere I turn, every new guest I talk to, the subject turns to food. Specifically, it turns to the topic of healthy food and how it's important for our total health.



    In this episode, I talk to Mathew John. He is helping care for his Dad who has mid-stage Alzheimer's. Taking the lemons of an Alzheimer's diagnosis and turning it into lemonade was how Matthew coped. Joining the Alzheimer's Association and being an advocate for education was step one. Step two happened almost by accident.



    Traveling to visit Matt, his parents experienced a long, exhausting day. His Dad suffered mentally and physically in ways most of us don't experience. Looking for ways to help him overcome this travel exhaustion, Matt and his Mom did quite a bit of research.



    Would it surprise anyone to realize that hydration and proper nutrition were high on the list of ways to help? Good food, water, and sleep. That's what was needed. This research led him to look for ways to easily feed your brain in a healthy and simple way.



    Reaching for bars or fast food is how many of us eat on-the-go.  Matts research led him to create RememBars. These are specifically designed to feed your brain, on-the-go, in a healthy way.



    This is Your Brain on Nutrition



    Remembars Website



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