45 episodes

This podcast explores unique topics related to dementia through conversations with physicians, experts, and community leaders—focusing on innovative ideas, practical strategies, and proven methods to create a supportive path for caregivers. Reach out to us with questions or comments at DementiaUntangled@bannerhealth.com.

Our renowned programs and services are made possible by the generous support of donors to Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. To learn more about the ways you can help support families and the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders visit https://cutt.ly/TOBplVw.

Dementia Untangled Banner Health

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 28 Ratings

This podcast explores unique topics related to dementia through conversations with physicians, experts, and community leaders—focusing on innovative ideas, practical strategies, and proven methods to create a supportive path for caregivers. Reach out to us with questions or comments at DementiaUntangled@bannerhealth.com.

Our renowned programs and services are made possible by the generous support of donors to Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. To learn more about the ways you can help support families and the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders visit https://cutt.ly/TOBplVw.

    The Experience that Unites Dementia Caregivers (with Katharine Halpin)

    The Experience that Unites Dementia Caregivers (with Katharine Halpin)

    The dementia journey is incredibly unique for each individual, including the more than 11 million caregivers in the United States. This week, Katharine Halpin joins the conversation to share her experience as a caregiver for her wife living with Alzheimer’s disease. She untangles the early signs of the disease that she later connected to the beginning of her wife’s cognitive decline and how they now share in enrichment programs designed to benefit not only the person with the disease, but also the caregiver. She gives us insight into participating in clinical trials to help contribute to the research side of the disease, and how much joy they’ve been able to find on their journey.

    • 35 min
    Giving Voice to People with Dementia (with Eyleen Braaten)

    Giving Voice to People with Dementia (with Eyleen Braaten)

    There is always an opportunity to find new ways to live well with dementia. This week our guest, Eyleen Braaten from Giving Voice Initiative gives us insight on the benefits of using our voices to sing and sing together for a myriad of enrichment opportunities. She untangles the cognitive benefits of participating in a choir for both participants and their families, creating a deep sense of value and contribution to the community. Her own experience as a member of the “Sandwich Generation,” a phrase coined for those caring for children and an older loved one, created feelings of isolation. But she found hope and community as a caregiver and was also inspired to start a career with the Giving Voice Initiative.

    • 32 min
    The Science of Preventing Alzheimer’s (with Dr. Mike Malek-Ahmadi)

    The Science of Preventing Alzheimer’s (with Dr. Mike Malek-Ahmadi)

    Is there a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease? We asked our guest, Dr. Mike Malek-Ahmadi, a Bioinformatics Scientist at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, this exact question. He carefully untangles the biology behind the disease, what scientists have identified as the cause of cognitive problems that occur, and how they hope to identify people before they show symptoms and intervene earlier to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s. He shares his goals of changing from a clinical to a biological diagnosis for Alzheimer’s by identifying the presence of a bio marker for disease before seeing any cognitive decline – eventually leading to the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.

    • 28 min
    Season 4 Revisited (with Amber Ayers)

    Season 4 Revisited (with Amber Ayers)

    We look back and revisit some of our favorite moments from Season 4, as well as dive a little deeper and untangle the podcast experience of our hosts and editor/producer Amber Ayers. Learn more about how our experiences help shape the conversations we have with our guests and how each episode offers new knowledge and perspectives on the disease, the community, and the resources available. Is there a topic you're interested in learning more about? Email us at DementiaUntangled@bannerhealth.com

    • 35 min
    The Power of Music for Dementia (with Grace Meadows)

    The Power of Music for Dementia (with Grace Meadows)

    There’s no denying the ability music has to meet us where we are, brighten our mood, or even comfort us in our sadness, so it’s no surprise that it can have a dynamic effect on people with dementia. We get to chat with Grace Meadows, the campaign director for Music for Dementia and a music therapist, about how music can connect people at all stages of the disease and create a sense of community and comfort. She explains how even if a person is non-verbal, they can participate and often show signs of happiness and understanding, enriching lives through music.

    • 35 min
    Palliative Care through a Dementia Lens (with Dr. Matt Malone)

    Palliative Care through a Dementia Lens (with Dr. Matt Malone)

    Early delivery of palliative care for our person with dementia can reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions and the use of health services, delivering a comfort approach to care. We talk with Dr. Matt Malone, a geriatric psychiatrist at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to learn more about this approach and why it’s so important to consider goals of care for our person. We learn that palliative care isn’t just for life-limiting illness, but something that can be a part of a disease process. He talks about how to help families make the least-worst decision to balance risks vs. benefits to meet an individual’s goal for care.

    • 29 min

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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