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KJZZ's The Recovering Caregiver is a four-episode podcast about life after dementia. This podcast is geared towards caregivers who have entered the final phase of caregiving: life without their loved one. Each episode focuses on different aspects of life after dementia, from the dying process to dating and sex. This podcast was inspired by Kathy Ritchie's own journey.

KJZZ's The Recovering Caregiver KJZZ 91.5FM Phoenix

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KJZZ's The Recovering Caregiver is a four-episode podcast about life after dementia. This podcast is geared towards caregivers who have entered the final phase of caregiving: life without their loved one. Each episode focuses on different aspects of life after dementia, from the dying process to dating and sex. This podcast was inspired by Kathy Ritchie's own journey.

    Episode 1: Life After The Long Goodbye: Debbie’s Story

    Episode 1: Life After The Long Goodbye: Debbie’s Story

    This podcast explores something we don't often talk about — life after dementia. This is "The Recovering Caregiver," with host Kathy Ritchie. In this episode, we’ll talk about what it’s like to be with a person as they begin the dying process and what comes after — and it’s weird.Hear more at recoveringcaregiver.kjzz.org.

    • 16 min
    Episode 2: Mentoring The Next Caregiver: Don’s Story

    Episode 2: Mentoring The Next Caregiver: Don’s Story

    In this episode, we talk about ambiguous loss, which describes a complicated type of grief where one is physically present but psychologically absent. We also talk about what some caregivers are doing with the experience they’ve learned during their own caregiving journey.Hear more at recoveringcaregiver.kjzz.org.

    • 14 min
    Episode 3: Careers In Caregiving: Suzette And Sidnee’s Story

    Episode 3: Careers In Caregiving: Suzette And Sidnee’s Story

    There have been a lot of stories lately about how Millennials are becoming family caregivers. But younger caregivers have always been around. In this episode, we meet two women who were once younger caregivers and how their experience can now go on their resumes.Hear more at recoveringcaregiver.kjzz.org.

    • 14 min
    Episode 4: On Dating And Dementia: Carol And Walt’s Stories

    Episode 4: On Dating And Dementia: Carol And Walt’s Stories

    In this episode, we talk about how women and men are sexual beings until the day they die. (Oh, and they might have more than one sexual partner in their lifetime.) But what happens when dementia enters the relationship?Hear more at recoveringcaregiver.kjzz.org.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

Astryyyd ,

Heartfelt and thoughtful

This is a wonderful podcast about a topic most of us would rather stay in the shadows yet has touched most of our lives in some way. I watched my mother take care of my once vibrant and beloved grandmother for 13 painful years until she withered away into nothing and finally passed.

The narrating is intensely personal. The story is obviously (and should be) still raw and that makes this podcast more powerful to listen to then most. Her discussion points are well chosen and highlight uncomfortable aspects of dementia care like the toll caregiving takes on young caregivers, difficulties with lack of validation w medical providers and the choices a lonely spouse faces.

This is a worthwhile listen.

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