Caregiver/Storyteller is a storytelling podcast about Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving. Every caregiver has a story to tell. Chris Doucette interviews caregivers to learn how they became caregivers, the ups and downs of their journey, and how they've changed as a result. Other podcasts teach. Through confessional storytelling, Caregiver/Storyteller helps listeners understand the first-person reality of what caregiving is actually like. While all caregiving stories convey a sense of loss, there is also a surprising amount of fortitude, loyalty, gratitude, joy, and humor. These are their stories. Music by Ravi Krishnaswami at COPILOT Music and Sound.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving: The New Normal
Jordana's mother began showing signs of dementia relatively early. Luckily, her father was newly retired and was able to pretty quickly shift into the role of primary caregiver.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving: On your own
It was only when Ralph was diagnosed with Alzheimer's did Annette see the signs retroactively. With no one else to help, and a medical system that didn't seem to care, Annette took on the challenge of caring for Ralph until the end of his life.
Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiving – Red Hot Mama
Ellen Ratner inherited a love of music from her mother who loved to sing. Ethel had three loves: her husband, music, and her daughter, Ellen, whom Ethel referred to as 'my life.'
Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiving: An Embattled Son
Steve Zellner is an only child who became the primary caregiver for his mother, Sylvia, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her 80s.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiving: Room for Grace
Daniel Kenner is an actor based in New York City. As his father Buddy faced dementia and his mother Maureen battled cancer, Daniel served as one of many caregivers.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiving: Locked Out of Caregiving
Sue Funke is the youngest of several children and the one who lived closest to her mother during her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
On your own
I just listened to the story of how challenging it is to take care of someone you love, who can’t understand or recall what is actually happening to them and the world as they know it .
I am really having a hard time. Been helping my mother full time since a year . We are in the beginning stages of 2. I just need an outlet to have relatability. I feel alone . I’m
Glad I found this episode.
When are you posting more episodes? These were so helpful, knowing you not alone. All such different and personal stories yet we can all relate. Keep them coming, this is a really great post-cast.
Just started the process
The first episode I listened to helped already. I’m struggling.