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Ten-minute podcasts to help families and friends navigate the unknown in caring for people with dementia. Each episode features firsthand stories from people with personal experience caring for their loved ones, and experts in specialized fields. Topics organized by four categories: planning, living well, community, and challenges. Transcripts and other resources on www.bobsmarathon.com.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

Ten-minute podcasts to help families and friends navigate the unknown in caring for people with dementia. Each episode features firsthand stories from people with personal experience caring for their loved ones, and experts in specialized fields. Topics organized by four categories: planning, living well, community, and challenges. Transcripts and other resources on www.bobsmarathon.com.

    My Journey

    My Journey

    Lena shares her sense of optimism as she recounts how the response to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias has evolved from little discussion, poor resources, and stigmatizing to general recognition—and dare we say acceptance—of their significance within our aging population. She announces the transfer of all assets—content and branding—to the Penn Memory Center, where work will continue in making our learnings available to all who need them. In doing so, Lena hopes to promulgate our content, share our spirit of service, and, above all, honor the memory of Bob and the many people who have faced the devastation of dementia with courage and dignity.

    • 9 min
    Life After Caregiving

    Life After Caregiving

    What happens when we reach the end of our journey, when we are confronted with grief and loss, while the burden of caregiving is relieved? In this episode, two caregivers share their stories: Judith Johanson, in her multiple roles at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Gerontology Research Unit, and Katie Brandt, Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations for the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit, both at Massachusetts General Hospital. They discuss how they chose to stay connected with the field after their journeys of care, the balance of grief and joy and, in Katie’s words, “how love is the bridge from so many yesterdays to brand-new tomorrows.” Judy speaks to how she was able to “move forward with hope and anticipation while carrying the treasures we have amassed from our cherished memories.”

    • 11 min
    Blood-Based Biomarkers

    Blood-Based Biomarkers

    With the availability of anti-amyloid therapies, accurate diagnosis and staging of Alzheimer’s disease becomes ever more important, as does the need to monitor response to treatment. Faster, less expensive, and more accessible blood-based biomarkers, a long-standing goal for the medical research community, are now on the horizon. Dr. Steven E. Arnold, Massachusetts General Hospital, explains why accuracy and reliability of results are key criteria for their widespread use, and the importance of the health care provider in interpreting test results and giving them context. Looking into the future, Dr. Arnold suggests that the greatest promise of blood-based biomarkers may be in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, through early detection before symptoms appear. He also outlines ongoing efforts to identify and understand markers of other disease mechanisms such as inflammation, oxidative stress, vascular injury, and nutrient levels.

    • 9 min
    The Promise of Anti-Amyloid Therapies: Roundtable Excerpt 2

    The Promise of Anti-Amyloid Therapies: Roundtable Excerpt 2

    The somewhat complex logistics for both the clinic and the patient in administering Leqembi (lecanemab), the first fully FDA-approved drug for Alzheimer’s disease in over 20 years, are summarized in this second of two excerpts from a recent roundtable. Dr. Steven E. Arnold and Dr. David A. Wolk highlight some of the risk factors, including genetic risk factors. They postulate that Alzheimer’s disease may be more than amyloid and perhaps more than amyloid and tau, and ponder a future of combination therapy and precision medicine, where therapies are targeted toward individual patients.

    • 35 min
    Progress on Anti-Amyloid Therapies: Roundtable Excerpt 1

    Progress on Anti-Amyloid Therapies: Roundtable Excerpt 1

    Decades of research have helped elucidate the roles of amyloid plaques and tau tangles in Alzheimer’s disease, identify biomarkers of underlying pathology, and guide the development of new therapies. In this first of two excerpts from a recent roundtable, Dr. Steven E. Arnold, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. David A. Wolk, Penn Memory Center, review our current understanding of amyloid and tau pathologies and the clinical trial data that led to the recent approval of Leqembi (lecanemab), the first fully FDA-approved drug for Alzheimer’s disease in over 20 years.

    • 19 min
    Caregiving and Mental Health

    Caregiving and Mental Health

    Caregiver stress and burnout are not uncommon, as caregiving for someone with dementia is a journey that demands resilience, compassion, and understanding. Felicia Greenfield, MSW, LCSW, describes a case study and urges our listeners to navigate caregiving while prioritizing mental health and well-being. She recommends a combination of self-care practices—such as meditation, exercise, spending time with family—and a willingness to ask for help in caring as well as in maintaining one’s own mental health. In her words, “It’s never too late to start caring for yourself.”

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Miss Barkley ,

Bob’s last marathon

This was very helpful and informative for all family members of an Alzheimer’s patient.
Lena’ s tone was warm and the examples of what she did in Bob’s daily schedule were helpful. Also the order in how to add or change activities was helpful. Bob was scheduled and participating till the end.

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