100 episodes

Topics include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lewy Body and living with other Dementia's

Dementia Resilience with Jill Lorentz Jill Lorentz

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.7, 9 Ratings

Topics include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lewy Body and living with other Dementia's

    DRwJL – Dr. Victoria Pelak talks about Posterior Cortical Atrophy & it’s relationship to Alz

    DRwJL – Dr. Victoria Pelak talks about Posterior Cortical Atrophy & it’s relationship to Alz

    August11, 2020 I had the extreme pleasure to have Dr. Victoria Pelak, MD, on my show. She is a Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Divisions of Neuro-ophthalmology and Behavioral Neurology, Director, Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
















    Dr Pelak specializes in vision perception and a syndrome of Alzheimer's which effects how the brain transmits what the eye processes and changes the view, balance and speech of the person afflicted. Dr. Pelak spells out the entirety of this syndrome in a language we can all understand. Below is a tip sheet for anyone living with this syndrome. If you have issues with any of the following, it may not have anything to do with your vision, but rather, your brain function. In this case, see a neurologist, not an eye doctor.








    images have decreased contrast andSentences, words, letters, get jumbledimages to appear and then disappearvertigoglare being very brightpages could be movingpatients say I can see, but I can’t seemotor issues, stumbling into wallsseeing fragmented images







    I have attached a tip sheet which can help people with this syndrome.








    VISUAL DYSFUNCTION IN DEMENTIAHome Safety Tips & RecommendationsUHN Multidisciplinary Memory ClinicUniversity of TorontoRevised July 2012








    Alison Lake OT, Maria Martinez MSW and David F. Tang-Wai MDCM FRCPCThere are several types of dementia that impact a persons vision; not because of an eye problem but because of a brain problem. They have a lot of problems seeing shades of the same colour and have increased success when there is a high degree of contrast – such as black on yellow.The types of dementia that have an impact on vision are:• Posterior cortical atrophy• Corticobasal degeneration• Dementia with Lewy bodiesHere are a few tips to optimize a person’s safety and independence in their own home.GENERAL ENVIRONMENT:Ø Simplify the environmento Remove clutter and objects no longer in use; keep pathways clear.o Remove unsafe furniture and accents: i.e. low height stools, chairs or tables.o Options to decrease the potential falls risk from scatter rugs and door mats:








    -Remove unsafe scatter rugs/mats-Install non-slip under-padding








    Replace with rugs/mats with a rubber backingSecure all edges with double sided carpet tape (not for outdoor use)







    o Relocate and secure trailing cords that are in high traffic areas.o Ensure adequate lighting: use night lights, install extra lights fixtures.o Leave lights on prior to nightfall.o Diffuse bright light areas. Reduce glare by covering windows with binds,shades or sheer curtains to block direct bright sunlight. Avoid using bare light bulbs without shades.o Obtain a door alarm and /or safety lock.o Place stickers on large glass windows or large glass doors to prevent people from bumping or walking into to them.








    Ø Increase contrasto Label room doors; use yellow paper with black writing.o Paint doorframes and light switch plates in a contrasting colour to the wall.o Contrasting colour dot to mark the number/button to release automatic door.o Contrasting colour strips (paint or tape) or tactile cue at top and bottom ofstairs, as well as on the edge of each individual step (both inside and outside).








    2o Use contrasting coloured adhesive strips to mark pathways to important areas – bathroom, kitchen, living room, laundry.

    • 1 hr
    DRwJL – Dementia Care Partners – Maintain Your Emotional Health

    DRwJL – Dementia Care Partners – Maintain Your Emotional Health

    August 4, 2020 This show is about keeping your emotions in check during trying times. You may want to ask for help but don't know who or how to ask. I am taking a strong comprehensive new approach to this subject. You do not want to miss this podcast!

    • 54 min
    DRwJL – FTD Stages / An In-Depth Look

    DRwJL – FTD Stages / An In-Depth Look

    July 28, 2020 FTD or Frontotemporal Degeneration is a barely known disease under the dementia umbrella. It generally effects people between the ages of 44-64. It comes in a few forms, affecting behavioral, language and motor skills. This is a very difficult disease with symptoms that are incredibly hard for caregivers and care partners to live with. This show explores the vast symptoms and when they will most likely occur. Email me if you would like a copy of the scale jill@summitresiliencetraining.com

    • 53 min
    DrwJL – Introducing Body Groove – Dance Exercise Perfect for Alz, Parkinson’s & Carepartners!

    DrwJL – Introducing Body Groove – Dance Exercise Perfect for Alz, Parkinson’s & Carepartners!

    July 21, 2020








    I am so delighted to introduce Misty Tripoli, the founder of Body Groove, a new way to dance and feel funky! I love this program because you can follow the leader or find your own beat and groove while getting your cardio workout and exercising muscles. People with Alzheimer's have trouble learning new things, so just watch , listen to the beat and find your own funky groove! People with Parkinson's can do this dance exercise and stave off your symptoms for up to a half hour or more, depending on the amount of time you dance. Rock to music you know! It's easy! It fun! Ihope you'll try it!!!! Click the link below to watch








    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbhK_SzqkS8&list=PLq9N65UVCQjH2rWSfqnV1lhclhUYpUK4l

    • 57 min
    DRw/JL – How anti-psychotics work & are sometimes used as chemical restraints

    DRw/JL – How anti-psychotics work & are sometimes used as chemical restraints

    July 14, 2020








    Today I want to address the use of anti-psychotics in nursing home care because it is a troubling issue. It seems that many memory units and assisted living communities seem to want to quiet their residents by adding medication before redirection techniques and I believe anyone who has a loved one in one of these communities where the staff is asking to put them on these drugs - should BEWARE! These drugs should be used as a last resort, not a first resort, and documentation of all redirection attempts should be well documented. Also, if you have a loved one at home and want them to sleep more and choose this regiment, you should realize that they may have balance issues and experience more falls. This can cause more issues than the initial symtoms that seemed so difficult.

    • 48 min
    DRwJL – Using the Allen Scale to guide you through ALZ stages

    DRwJL – Using the Allen Scale to guide you through ALZ stages

    June 30, 2020 This week was a great time to present a staging worksheet to help you with the paths of Alzheimer's disease. Why would you need or want this? Many people ask me when changes occur and want to have a crystal ball to tell them how the disease progresses. This podcast will help you understand the stages so you can be as informed as possible to deal with issues before they happen. Having insight into where this disease goes throughout the journey can help relieve stress and put you in a more powerful position to move forward with kindness and compassion, and understanding how the brain is affected when it is impaired.

    • 59 min

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KRBdenver ,

Thank you!

The information Jill shares is so needed in the world today! Every 65 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and there is no cure! What better way for caregiver’s and healthcare workers to get insights from someone with such experience than through a weekly podcast that touches on all real-world examples of caring for and living with dementia. Thanks, Jill!

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