30 episodes

Awkward Story is a Dementia Education Podcast focused on supporting individuals touched by dementia related diagnoses. We wish to address the stigma and isolation often beset upon patients and their families by bringing their poignant, tragic, beautiful, awkward stories into the open. We will speak to insightful professionals that regularly assist individuals in their fight against dementia. We will also share our own insight as Clinical Social Workers specializing in dementia care. Most of all, we hope to be a lifeline, a resource, and maybe even a brief respite for those doing all the work at home. We understand that the various forms of dementia often leave families desperate for knowledge and resources concerning available care and best practices. We will provide short, concise, 10-20 minute podcasts on specific dementia related topics, so that families can eventually navigate our podcast history for specific guidance.

Awkward Story: A Dementia Podcast Thomas Baird and Maggie Dawson

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Awkward Story is a Dementia Education Podcast focused on supporting individuals touched by dementia related diagnoses. We wish to address the stigma and isolation often beset upon patients and their families by bringing their poignant, tragic, beautiful, awkward stories into the open. We will speak to insightful professionals that regularly assist individuals in their fight against dementia. We will also share our own insight as Clinical Social Workers specializing in dementia care. Most of all, we hope to be a lifeline, a resource, and maybe even a brief respite for those doing all the work at home. We understand that the various forms of dementia often leave families desperate for knowledge and resources concerning available care and best practices. We will provide short, concise, 10-20 minute podcasts on specific dementia related topics, so that families can eventually navigate our podcast history for specific guidance.

    Dementia Friendly Communities

    Dementia Friendly Communities

    Maggie and Thomas interview Kelly Takasu, the Public Policy Manager for Alzheimer's Los Angeles. She discusses the implementation of Dementia Friendly Communities particularly in the Los Angeles area, as well as Age Friendly initiatives in the region.

    • 35 min
    Dignified Memory Care Approaches

    Dignified Memory Care Approaches

    Anne Ellett is a certified nurse practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of dementia care, and the founder of Memory Care Support. In this interview, Anne discusses the Best Life Memory Care Approach, which she developed and continues to teach for the Green House Project.

    • 38 min
    Memory Care and COVID-19

    Memory Care and COVID-19

    Dementia caregivers already face unique daily challenges. In this short recording, Thomas and Maggie share (from their respective homes!) how COVID-19 has presented challenges to common memory care practices.

    • 16 min
    Coping with Young Onset Dementia

    Coping with Young Onset Dementia

    Mike Belleville was 52 years old when he was first given a dementia diagnosis. He retired at the age of 54 after being diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia. Mike was a telecommunications technician for nearly 20 years and also served in the Rhode Island Air National Guard for 12 years. After realizing that he could still contribute in a meaningful way, Mike became an advocate for those living with dementia. He currently serves on the Dementia Action Alliance's Board of Advisors.

    • 37 min
    Dementia and Virtual Reality

    Dementia and Virtual Reality

    Earlier this month, Maggie had the opportunity to interview Ted Werth concerning his work in the field of memory care and aging.  Ted Werth is the Head of Corporate Development and Research for MyndVR, a digital health company providing Virtual Reality recreation and therapy to the booming population of older adults. Ted has previously co-founded several startups in the tech, content, and social media worlds and is now applying his experiences to improving the lives of our senior population.

    • 31 min
    Dementia and Dignity: The Dementia Action Alliance

    Dementia and Dignity: The Dementia Action Alliance

    Maggie and Thomas interviewed Jackie Pinkowitz, who discussed the ongoing work and mission of the Dementia Action Alliance. Ms Pinkowitz earned her Master's degree in Education from Rutgers University and holds advanced certification in special needs populations.  She was a primary family caregiver to her mother and father-in-law who both had dementia.  She is Board Chair of the Dementia Action Alliance and speaks at national, state and local conferences and forums to advance inclusion and "living fully with dementia".

    • 40 min

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