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.
Season 2 Revisited (with Amber Ayers)
We look back and revisit some of our favorite moments from Season 2, as well as dive a little deeper and untangle the podcast experience of our hosts and editor/producer Amber Ayers. Join Heather, Janice, and Amber as they offer insight into the inspiration behind Dementia Untangled and how our listeners continue to guide our topics and conversations with guests. The team also shares their most inspiring conversations of the season, as well as uncover an underlying theme of “heroes” throughout each episode.
The Story behind Sundown Syndrome (with Dr. Allan Anderson)
When someone has dementia, it’s fairly common to see changes in their behavior in the late afternoon or early evening, often known as “sundowning”. Dr. Allan Anderson from Banner Alzheimer’s Institute helps us understand the what & why of this syndrome, and how to help alleviate some of the challenging behaviors caregivers may face because of it. He untangles the effects of changes in sleep patterns, degeneration of the brain, and a decrease in neurotransmitters that contribute to the agitated behavior associated with this syndrome. Dr. Anderson also encourages us to share our successes when helping loved ones through it, so that other caregivers and family members can be aware of the issues and the plan of action.
Cultural Awareness: The Hispanic Perspective and Alzheimer’s (with Dr. David Coon & Berta Carbajal)
Unique cultures and traditions surround us, built on passion which create a bond that celebrates heritage and history. For the Hispanic and Latino populations, this can often be celebrated with food, family, and music. But they’re also connected by the disproportional rate in which they face Alzheimer’s disease - more than 50% times more likely than non-Hispanic white counterparts. Dr. David Coon and Berta Carbajal from the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging at Arizona State University join the podcast to help untangle the challenges impacting the health disparity and efforts to improve it. Their efforts with the Promotores and fellow educators who assist with outreach, invite community members in to discuss options and learn about the vast support systems that exist.
The Power of Collaboration in Alzheimer’s Research (with Dr. Eric M. Reiman)
Scientists are working tirelessly to help find answers to better treat or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease for the millions of Americans facing this devastating illness. Inspired by colleagues, his community, and his passion for science, Dr. Eric M. Reiman set a goal to focus on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease – but recognized the challenges of tackling it alone. In this episode, he helps us untangle the need for collaboration that manifested through scientific desperation, and partnerships began to form allowing the field collectively to push beyond barriers of any single institution. The new wave of collaboration helped launch a new era of prevention research, giving us a real chance at finding an effective therapy within the next five years.
Flashbacks: Why do People with Dementia Live in the Past? (with Dr. Po-Heng Tsai)
The common fear of “when will my loved one with dementia forget me?” makes us all question just how our memory works. We asked Dr. Po-Heng Tsai, a Behavior Neurologist at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, to help us untangle the issue of time confusion and why people with dementia tend to revert to the past. He explains that memory is not one single entity, but different systems of memory that we have and how the emotional context of memories makes them stronger, causing it to last longer in our brain. Don’t miss his explanation of delirium and how to identify when something else may be going on with our loved one, besides memory issues.
Resilience through Mindfulness (with Angela Lunde)
Caregivers face many struggles as they navigate the dementia journey, but there is hope out there. Angela Lunde, a co-director for the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic, talks with us about how to identify one’s own unique struggles and create a path of resilience, not resistance, through practicing mindfulness. She shares how she was able to untangle the feeling of acceptance and how she incorporates that into mindful practices, giving our full attention to whatever is happening now, leading to many health benefits. She also teaches us a quick and easy way to practice mindfulness by paying attention to the present moment and focusing on our own breath.