If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or other related dementia this podcast is for you!
Fading Memories is a podcast that listens, hears, and offers hope, advice, and wisdom from caregivers who have lived the experience and thrived. Think of us as your caregiver best friend.
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Montessori-Style Dementia Engagement
Regular listeners will remember that this podcast started because I sought better engagement methods with my Mom. Thankfully, we know better ways to help keep our loved ones active, engaged, and happy. Montessori engagement creates an environment filled with cues and memory support that is explicitly designed to enable individuals to care for themselves.
Using the Montessori methods, generally associated with teaching children, people living with dementia can learn to shop and prepare their meals in a minimally controlled environment. Some residents of care homes are engaged in meaningful, daily activities based on individual capacities and choice.
In this episode, I talk to one of the leading Montessori-style dementia engagement trainers, Cameron Camp. His stories and advice will inspire you and instruct you on using these methods with your family. Applying these techniques will give you both a higher quality of life.
Please follow this link to their website to learn more about the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. https://www.cen4ard.com/who/
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Creating Sustainable Caregiving
Theresa Willbanks talks to me about how we can create sustainable caregiving.
Creating sustainable caregiving will be something more of us will have to know as our population ages. Caring for another person, especially a parent, can feel like navigating an unpredictable, wild river.
How do we determine when it's no longer safe for Mom or Dad to live alone? When do we step in to help manage finances and or medications? How do we get our loved ones to stop driving and continue to allow them their independence? These questions demonstrate concern for our parent's safety and can be juxtaposed against our parent's fiercely held desire for independence. In addition to being emotionally charged, the answers have enormous ramifications for us as family caregivers.
Caregiving is sustainable when you are realistic. Know your options, have a plan, and are willing to adjust that plan as many times as needed. In this episode, I talk to Theresa Willbanks about these issues and how she managed them.
If you want to learn more about Theresa, her book, and the services she offers to caregivers, please follow this link to her website. https://www.sustainablecaregiving.com
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Such an informative and compassionate show!
I have learned so much about Alzheimer's and Dementia through your podcasts, Jennifer. More than, that, you have increaed my empathy, compassion and understanding for those caring for loved ones who are in various stages of this. It was an honor to get to be a guest on your show and kindle a friendship as well. I really appreciate your passion with your mission and the help, comfort, camaraderie and community you bring to those who need it most in this space!
I am grateful there are shows like this to help caregivers through all that they experience. It’s not an easy task- and the tools Fading Memories provides are invaluable. Thank you for the work you do!
This podcast covers many of the decisions that family caregivers face when helping a parent or relative in a very down-to-earth way. Well done!