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Get engulfed in the intense journey of a caregiver who happens to be a comedian. J Smiles use of levity reveals the stress and rewards of caregiving interwoven with her own personal journey.  Over 10 years ago, she was catapulted into caregiving overnight when the shock of her dad's death pushed her mom into Alzheimer's in the blink of an eye. A natural storyteller, her vivid descriptions and impressive recall will place you squarely in each moment of truth, at each fork in the road. She was a single, childless mechanical engineering, product designing, lawyer living a meticulously crafted international existence until she wasn't. The lifestyle shift was immediate. Starting from scratch, she painstakingly carved out useful knowledge and created a beneficial care plan for her mom.  J Smiles will fly solo and have expert guests. You will get tips, tricks, trends and TRUTH.  Alzheimer's is heavy, we don’t have to be. All caregivers are welcome to snuggle up, Parent Up!

Parenting UP! Caregiving adventures with comedian J Smiles J Smiles

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    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

Get engulfed in the intense journey of a caregiver who happens to be a comedian. J Smiles use of levity reveals the stress and rewards of caregiving interwoven with her own personal journey.  Over 10 years ago, she was catapulted into caregiving overnight when the shock of her dad's death pushed her mom into Alzheimer's in the blink of an eye. A natural storyteller, her vivid descriptions and impressive recall will place you squarely in each moment of truth, at each fork in the road. She was a single, childless mechanical engineering, product designing, lawyer living a meticulously crafted international existence until she wasn't. The lifestyle shift was immediate. Starting from scratch, she painstakingly carved out useful knowledge and created a beneficial care plan for her mom.  J Smiles will fly solo and have expert guests. You will get tips, tricks, trends and TRUTH.  Alzheimer's is heavy, we don’t have to be. All caregivers are welcome to snuggle up, Parent Up!

    Did he say Zetty doesn't have ALZ?!?

    Did he say Zetty doesn't have ALZ?!?

    J was traveling, meeting new friends. While describing what she does back home, Zetty came up. Feeling connected and free, J showed videos of Zetty to this intimate group of newcomers to her life.

    A single voice exclaims, "J, your mom does not have ALZ." Startled and intrigued, J leans in and a very uncommon conversation ensues. No ALZ?

    Listening and learning, teaching and advising J Smiles walks away full.

    Join Alzheimer's favorite duo for another journey of heavy reality lifted sprinkled love and laugher.

    Catch J's signature SNUGGLE UP ending for offers provocative take aways.

    The Legacy Museum
    https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/

    The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (lynching)
    https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/memorial
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    • 40 min
    Caregivers, let MORE go!

    Caregivers, let MORE go!

    J planned for a nothing Dec 25th. Surely she could at least have a quiet day with Zetty during such a festive time of year. Shortly after breakfast all-hell broke loose. Zilch plan be damned. Z's incontinence had plan of its own.  But it is NOT shower day, dammit!!!

    Stuck between a rock and a very soft, smelly space, J tries to regroup and salvage her already bleak Christmas hopes.

    Join Alzheimer's favorite duo for another journey of heavy reality lifted sprinkled love and laugher.

    As always J's signature SNUGGLE UP ending, offers provocative take aways.

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    • 27 min
    The Black Hole: Depth Perception

    The Black Hole: Depth Perception

    When Zetty's trainer and hired caregivers tell J Smiles of her reluctance to step up or onto things, J is perplexed. Why? Zetty has the physical strength, she is in good spirits -- are the caretakers exaggerating? Is this related to ALZ? Maybe Zetty is taking advantage of them.

    J is determined to get some answers because remodeling the house feels overwhelming.

    Expert advice from Home Care Assistance Edmonton and Vision Aware are shared too!

    As always J's signature SNUGGLE UP ending, offers provocative take aways.

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    • 33 min
    THOR is 10x more likely to get ALZ!

    THOR is 10x more likely to get ALZ!

    When Superhero, SUPA-hunk Chris Hemsworth finds out each parent gave him the rare gift of APOE4, J Smiles is blown away. How can THOR, a god of longevity, be 10x more likely to get Alzheimer's?

    YES - Chris is an actor. THOR is a fictional character. The collision of the two allowed the medical discovery which could save Chris' life. 

    J taps into National Geographic's Limitless, a docuseries on longevity.  She covers a bit of Dr. Peter Attia approach to extending a person's life with a higher quality. 

    Hemsworth's outlook is supernatural, calling the info a blessing. Smiles uses quotes, anecdotes dotes and more to pull apart options of wellness and lifestyle.

    As always J's signature SNUGGLE UP ending, offers provocative take aways.

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    • 26 min
    Floating in The Deep End a Conversation with Patti Davis

    Floating in The Deep End a Conversation with Patti Davis

    Patti Davis, US President Ronald Reagan's daughter, joins J for an in-depth conversation about her new book, Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer's.

    Patti shares personal stories of caring for her dad and becoming a caregiver saved her life. J digs into Patti's experience running a support group for caregivers after her dad's death. The honesty about  issues with family members, struggles with denial and learning to lie are only a few of the topics where these two dive deep.

    They highlight several of the book's how-to's, best practices and much more in this "how to be" resource rich episode.

    As always J's signature SNUGGLE UP ending, offers provocative take aways.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Surprise a Caregiver, Shock yourself!

    Surprise a Caregiver, Shock yourself!

    A quick text turns into a caregiver support session. J thinks she is surprising a "brother-cousin" caregiver yet she is the one left shook. Ever the optimist, Smiles decides to embrace the visit even after a dark start. Join J as she explains all the emotions of visiting a caregiver in the thick of it.

    As always J's signature SNUGGLE UP ending, offering provocative take aways.

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Choirpunk ,

So validating!

I finally feel like I have a friend who understands what’s going on in my life. I’m only 6 months in with my caregiving. My mom has a brain tumor, so it’s similar to what J is dealing/dealt with. I’m going to ask my support system to also listen. Thank you so much! 💜

frustrated mon ,

Resentment happens

This podcast was all for me. I related to every word. Thank you for putting ALL my feelings and thoughts into words!

Techk9 ,

Caregivers United

This is a powerful podcast. The level of sharing, of honesty and of information is phenomenal. Her testimony is powerful and healing.

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