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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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Fading Memories: Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Alzheimer's Caregivers

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 65 Ratings

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.

.





You can check us out on YouTube too! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO3X7ufUPUrq5j1aNcW_ELg/featured?view_as=subscriber

    Make Your Brain Span Match Your Life Span

    Make Your Brain Span Match Your Life Span

    Dr. Park chats with us on how we can help our brain span match our life span.



    How do we make our brain span match our life span? Most people are living with undernourished brains. There are many reasons for this. Despite many options, it's common to choose what's quickest, not necessarily the healthiest. I live in an agricultural area which makes me aware of how our food is grown. Maintaining a farm, growing nourishing food can sometimes be at odds with each other. Soil depletion is typical, which means, even when we choose the healthiest foods, they may not be as nutritious as they were one hundred years ago.



    Despite our best efforts, it's more than likely that we are not giving our brains all it needs to maintain itself throughout our lives. Additionally, many lifestyle choices cause our brains to need better fuel.



    Here's an excellent example of how lifestyle can affect we eat to fuel our brains. Have you ever woken from a lousy night's sleep craving sugary items like doughnuts or pastries? This craving is our brains' way of saying we need more/better fuel. It's looking for a quick hit of energy. Unfortunately, what works better is a healthy meal followed by a nap.



    In today's conversation with Dr. Ed Park, we discuss how he came to create NeuroReserve and why it's vital that we all fuel our bodies, so our brain span matches our life span.



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    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



     

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Covid-19 & Alzheimer's & More...

    Covid-19 & Alzheimer's & More...

    Dr. Snyder of the Alzheimer's Association spoke to me about long-term cognitive effects from Covid-19 and diversity issues in clinical trials.



     



    I was honored to interview two renowned people from the Alzheimer's Association before the start of this year's International Conference. The AAIC is the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Each year, AAIC convenes the world's leading basic science and clinical researchers, next-generation investigators, clinicians, and the care research community to share research discoveries that'll lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.



    My second guest was Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D. Dr. Snyder is vice president, Medical & Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer's Association. In this role, she oversees Association initiatives that accelerate innovative Alzheimer's research and provide opportunities for the global dementia community to connect and collaborate.

    Topics Discussed

    Dr. Snyder is responsible for the progress the Association has made in Alzheimer's and dementia research funding. We discussed Covid-19s Association with long-term risk of cognitive dysfunction and the possibility of accelerating Alzheimer's symptoms. People with the virus experience short- and/or long-term neuropsychiatric symptoms, including loss of smell and taste and cognitive and attention deficits, known as "brain fog." For some, these neurological symptoms persist, and researchers are working to understand the mechanisms by which this brain dysfunction occurs and what that means for cognitive health long term.



    Our second topic was the need for greater diversity in clinical trials. A significant hurdle in developing therapeutics and care models for Alzheimer's disease that work for people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds is recruiting and retaining traditionally underrepresented groups in clinical trials.



    If you're looking to increase your awareness of the efforts on the part of the Alzheimer's Association, this is the episode to tune in and hear.



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    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



     

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    • 26 min
    Air Pollution, Education & Dementia Risks Unique to the Transgender Community

    Air Pollution, Education & Dementia Risks Unique to the Transgender Community

    Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D guided me through topics on air pollution, education and Transgender risks for Alzheimer's.



     



    I was honored to interview two renowned people from the Alzheimer's Association before the start of this year's International Conference. The AAIC is the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Each year, AAIC convenes the world's leading basic science and clinical researchers, next-generation investigators, clinicians, and the care research community to share research discoveries that'll lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.



    My first guest is Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D. As senior director, Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer's Association. You can read her bio here.

    Topics Covered

    Dr. Edelmayer and I discussed three topics that were presented at the conference. First up is how improving air quality reduces dementia risk. Both increasing levels of air pollution and increasing cases of dementia are worldwide public health crises. While research has previously linked air quality and cognition, these new data at AAIC 2021 explore how air pollutants might impact dementia and what reducing them might mean for long-term brain health.



    Our second topic discussed was how an increase in education could lower your dementia risk. However, the increase in education is offset by poor lifestyle choices like smoking.



    Our third and final topic covered focused on the transgender community. According to two studies presented at the conference, Transgender and gender nonbinary adults in the U.S. are more likely to report worsening memory and thinking functional limitations and depression than cisgender (non-transgender) adults.

    Curious Minds Will Tune In

    I found this topic fascinating, and I learned a few new things. I haven't had many interactions with the transgender community and none when we're talking about Alzheimer's.



    If you're interested in furthering your knowledge about the potential causes and preventions of Alzheimer's, this is the episode to tune in and hear.



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    Hope on the Horizon? (Research Interview)



    Are We Closer to a Cure?



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



     

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    • 33 min
    Granny Needs Help - Kids as Alzheimer's Caregivers

    Granny Needs Help - Kids as Alzheimer's Caregivers

    Helping Kids be effective caregivers helps everyone.



    Many people assume kids can't be caregivers. As an older adult family member progresses in their disease, some of the things they do can be scary for younger kids. Children can become confused when Grandma forgets how old they are or GrandDad asks the same questions all the time.



    Adult caregivers struggle with how Alzheimer's affects their loved ones. A person who used to be warm and friendly can suddenly become angry and unreasonable. It would be a typical act of love to do our best to shield kids from caregiving. 



    However, kids can be fantastic caregivers to an older family member if we help them understand what is happening. Some tips for talking to kids about Alzheimer's from Aging Care are;  



    * It is a disease that affects how the brain works.

    * It is not contagious.

    * Symptoms like memory loss, disorientation, difficulty communicating, and changes in mood and behavior will worsen over time.

    * While there isn't a cure for Alzheimer's, some treatments can help improve specific symptoms.



    More Tips

    Keep conversations about what is happening age-appropriate and straightforward. You can tell younger kids that Grandma's brain is sick. Comparing it to an illness, they've had in the past may help them understand. They may look the same on the outside, but inside, their brain is changing.



    Kids are very observant. Attempting to shield them from what is happening is unlikely to work. Worse, it can make them afraid of their loved ones. Encouraging kids to ask questions, help when they can go a long way in assisting them to become effective caregivers.



    Kids have unique qualities that make them naturally good at some caregiving tasks. In this episode, I talk to Deborah Mills; a caregiver turned author. Deborah takes care of her Mother and also helps out with the grandkids. Her household is a perfect example of multi-generational caregiving. 



    In "My Granny Needs Help", Deborah helps kids understand how to be good caregivers. It is a beautifully illustrated book. Naturally, she based the characters on her own family. 



    This episode also has a special guest, so be sure to hear her too!



    Grab My Granny Needs My Help Here

    My Journal My Thoughts: A Place to Write Down What I'm Thinking and Feeling

     



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    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



     

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Does Exercise Really Prevent Alzheimer's?

    Does Exercise Really Prevent Alzheimer's?

    Does Exercise Really Prevent Alzheimer's?



    Does exercise prevent Alzheimer's? It can. When you combine the results of 11 studies, it shows that regular exercise can significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia by about 30 percent. For Alzheimer's disease, the risk was reduced by 45 percent. 



    Your next question is probably, how does exercise help prevent Alzheimer's? Exercise stimulates the brain in a way that helps maintain neural connections. Regular aerobic exercise can also help the brain to create new neural pathways. I don't know a better definition of "use it or lose it."



    New studies have shown that you can add tricks to your aerobic exercises to make them even more cognitively stimulating. The most enjoyable addition is simply walking and talking with a friend. If you have to go it alone, or with just the dogs like me, you can play a few mind games while you walk. Try counting backward from 500 by sevens. You can also try to name as many words that start with the same letter in a certain amount of time.



    Another dual challenge would be to name what you see in a foreign language. That's a twofer in the cognitive stimulation game! If you listen to a language learning podcast while you walk, it might make this easier.

    Other simple tricks

    To help stimulate your brain while you exercise does require two people, but I'm confident you can develop something that works well for you. Take turns calling out different items you see as you walk. Decide if it's an animal, mineral, or neither. For each category, have an additional move you complete; for each dog you see, do a squat, each plant (mineral), do a jumping jack, and if your partner calls out an item that's neither, complete a lunge on each side. 



    Get creative and see how many different cognitive enhancements you can create. Variety is also good for your brain.



    In this episode, Christopher Howard, Ph.D., and I talk to his trainer friend Austin about exercise and brain health. We discuss specific things related to aging and movement, like balance moves. It's a step up from past exercise conversations.



    SURVEY!! Share Your Opinion & Get A Chance at the Gift Basket



     



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



     

    Be sure to check out our website for more resources, partners, recipes, and more.  www.fadingmemoriespodcast.com

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    If you've enjoyed this episode, please share this podcast with other caregivers!  You'll find us on social media at the following links.



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    There you can see me in "action" and watch the bonus videos I share.



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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Are We Closer to a Cure?

    Are We Closer to a Cure?

    How does the new Alzheimer's treatment drug affect our search for a cure?



    In the 90s, Alzheimer's researchers were full of optimism that they would find a cure for the disease. Genetic studies all pointed to one culprit—hard clumps of protein, called amyloid, that litter the brains of people with the disease. (Scott Small, MD, Columbia Medicine)



    More than thirty years later, we're still looking for a cure, a treatment, or even prevention. Much of the research is still focusing on amyloid and tau proteins, whose malformation are classic characteristics of Alzheimer's disease. But other factors likely play a role, including vascular health, inflammation, lifestyle, and possibly even viral causes. (Healthline Rachel Barclay)



    With the latest announcement of Biogen's drug, there is hope and controversy. There is not much evidence that it will work on most people with Alzheimer's; it needs to be started early in the disease and the cost is staggering. At this time, it appears the drug will only be made available to those patients in the earliest stages of the disease.

    Barriers?

    Cost is also a considerable barrier for many people. Medicare is the primary payment method for those with the disease, and the price will likely lead to further rationing of the treatment. The one bright spot that I see, this new possibility for treatment might get people diagnosed much earlier.



    I've gathered many opinions on this topic. Understandably, there are various them, but the underlying argument is this is only the first step.



    Edward Park of NeuroReserve thinks we'll end up with a drug and lifestyle cocktail. My guests in this episode are hopeful as well.



    Transcript



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    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



    NeuroReserve - Helping Our Brainspan Match our Lifespan



     

    Be sure to check out our website for more resources, partners, recipes, and more.  www.fadingmemoriespodcast.com

    Join Fading Memories On Social Media!

    If you've enjoyed this episode, please share this podcast with other caregivers!  You'll find us on social media at the following links.



    Facebook    Instagram    Twitter



    Subscribe to our YouTube channel.



    There you can see me in "action" and watch the bonus videos I share.



    Want to learn from Jennifer in person (or virtually)? Wherever you'd like a training session, Jen is available. Contact her at fadingmemoriespodcast@gmail.com

    • 51 min

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