43 episodes

Life on Repeat is a podcast for those caring for someone with dementia. Join Laura Vaillancourt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach as she explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.

Life on Repeat: A Dementia Caregiver Podcast Laura Vaillancourt

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Life on Repeat is a podcast for those caring for someone with dementia. Join Laura Vaillancourt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach as she explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.

    Finding the Right Words with Cindy Weinstein

    Finding the Right Words with Cindy Weinstein

    Join us as we talk with Cindy Weinstein, author and English professor, about her experience with her father's Alzheimer's diagnosis, as a distant caregiver and her new book.
    Cindy's goal in writing her book, Finding the Right Words, was to equip readers with knowledge by sharing terms, basic neurology, graphs and images weaved throughout her story of her family's journey with her father's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Cindy's inside view into neurology and dementia as a student Depression and dementiaThe importance of supporting family caregiversThe importance of sharing your story with your doctor or neurologistHow she forgot that her father was dying as her life adjusted to being a distance caregiver
    Cindy Weinstein is the Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English at California Institute of Technology. She has written several books on U.S. Literature and most recently wrote Finding the Right Words, a Story of Literature, Grief and the Brain.
    You can find out more about Cindy's book here: Finding the Right Words
    Cindy's account on Mastodon: @CindyWeinstein@zirk.us
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    We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.
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    • 48 min
    Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver with Gretchen Staebler

    Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver with Gretchen Staebler

    You'll love this episode with Laura and Gretchen as we talk about Gretchen's experience caring for her mother.
    Gretchen left her job and friends on the East Coast in 2012 and returned to her childhood home on the West Coast to companion her 96 year old mother from whom she had been 'comfortably distanced' for 36 years. Her degree in counseling didn't help with this gig! Gretchen is the author of Mother Lode: Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver.
    We discuss what helped Gretchen remain sane:
    Maintaining her old habits/tapping into her old selfHer weekly writing group: "writing saved me"YogaListing 5 things she is grateful for dailyKeeping a list of what happened, what she did about it and the outcome
    Gretchen has a fabulous website with pages I had fun exploring such as recipes, reading lists, and an encouragement page: gretchenstaebler.com
    She is also known for her amazing blog and welcomes your stories, too: https://gretchenstaebler.com/blog
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    Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com
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    We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.
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    • 35 min
    How a Speech Language Pathologist Can Lighten the Load of Caregiving with Adria Thompson

    How a Speech Language Pathologist Can Lighten the Load of Caregiving with Adria Thompson

    You will love this episode with the amazing Adria Thompson! I was so excited to interview her, as she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in getting creative with challenging situations that caregivers face. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) do so much more than assist with swallowing and speaking.
    I personally follow her Instagram account and learn so much!
    In this episode, we explore:
    The differences between Physical, Occupational, and Speech TherapistsAddressing behavior challenges with dementiaHow to access SLP services and how to get a referral
    3 areas of expertise an SLP provides:
    Communication: comprehension and body languageCognition: thinking skills, problem-solving, organizing thoughtsSwallowing: safety in oral, feeding, and swallowing skills
    If you care for someone with dementia, you know these three areas can present challenges in providing quality care.
    Adria is deeply passionate about the large and ever-growing population of people with dementia in this world. She has the experience, creativity, and heart to help solve the most challenging problems.
    Adria is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Dementia Consultant, Certified Dementia Practitioner®️, and Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional®️
    You can find out more about Adria and her services on her website: belightcare.com
    Follow Adria on social media for creative caregiving tips
    Instagram: @belightcare
    Facebook: @belightcareconsulting
    TikTok: @belightcare
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    • 45 min
    Learn to Love Your Sleep with Dr Kim Dwyer

    Learn to Love Your Sleep with Dr Kim Dwyer

    What do humans beings spend more time doing than anything else?
    Sleep!
    Dr. Kim was so kind to share about all things sleep with us in this episode. Caregivers often struggle with sleep whether it is due to increased stress, worry or needing to be awake and alert to care for loved ones.
    Did you know that what you do in the morning has a direct impact on the quality of your sleep that night? Or that being up for 19 hours will impair you at the equivalency of being intoxicated?
    We learn about:
    The ramifications of not getting good sleepWhy total sleep is not the same as quality of sleepWhat good sleep hygiene looks likeNew science about sleepWhy we are poor historians of our sleepSleep aids and sleep supplementsCreative ways of addressing insomnia
    Dr. Kimberley Dwyer is a clinical psychologist, author and business coach. She has over two decades of experience working with adults, teens and children, and excels at the treatment of anxiety, stress and managing transitional times. Her most recent book release fore adults, Mindful Mondays: Transforming the Everyday to Claim Calm and Reduce Stress, supports people with everyday strategies for mindfulness during daily living.
    Learn more about Dr. Kim Dwyer at www.drkimdwyer.com.
    Dr. Kim wrote a great article about sleep here: A Good Night's Sleep
    Dr. Kim also recommends checking out:
    Why we Sleep, a book by Matthew WalkerNational Sleep Foundation.org and their Sleep DiaryCBT-I, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia
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    Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com
    SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.
    We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.
    You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.
    Or simply go to the link below for ease =).
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    • 46 min
    A Mile at a Time: It's All Good Training with Travis and Mark Macy

    A Mile at a Time: It's All Good Training with Travis and Mark Macy

    This is a special episode with two participants, father and son, of the Amazon Original World's Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. Mark and Travis Macy have life-long experience training and participating in Eco-Challenges all over the world and are intimately familiar with uncertainty and resiliency.
    You will appreciate hearing their perspective on Mark's Alzheimer's diagnosis and how their family is moving through this together. Mark talks openly about the importance of not hiding his diagnosis and the value in talking and sharing about it.
    The cross-over of skills needed to master surviving challenging environments while pushing ones body/mind/spirit to its limits and navigating life with Alzheimer's are not to be lost on their journey. Some advice:
    Make it a team thingStay engagedGo as fast as we can and as slow as we must
    Travis and Mark are co-authors of the upcoming book: A Mile at a Time, which is about the experience of the Eco-Challenge race and of the bond Mark and Travis share. The book releases on March 14, 2023 and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold:
    Indiebound
    Amazon
    B&N.com 
    You can learn more and follow Travis here:
    Facebook: @travis.macy.7
    Twitter: @TravisMacy
    Insta: @travismacy
    www.travismacy.com
    www.amileatatimebook.com
    www.thetravismacyshow.com
     
    Follow Mark here:
    Instagram:  @mmacy146
    Facebook: @mark.macy.5283
    And check out Imagine Publishing:
    Twitter: @Imagine_CB
    Insta: @Imagine_cb
    Facebook: @ImaginePublishing
     
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    • 50 min
    Loving Your Caregiving Life with Charlotte Bayala

    Loving Your Caregiving Life with Charlotte Bayala

    Is it possible to love your life as a caregiver? Many caregivers do not have a choice in their role as a caregiver and can sometimes feel as if they are failing no matter how hard they try to control, fix things, or prevent a crisis. Charlotte Bayala shares that in crisis, we have an opportunity to tap into the deep parts of ourselves that can teach us self-love and how to listen to our inner-knowing.
    We discuss:
    Why it is so hard to make yourself a priorityEasy, accessible and actionable ways to focus on your own care each dayThat you can find ways to enjoy your life in spite of caregiving
    Charlotte Bayala is the creator of the Love Your Caregiving Podcast and the Caregiving Confidential Magazine. She is a Youga and Meditation teacher, Caregiver Coach and is a caregiver for her husband since 2013.
    You can find out more about Charlotte on her website where you can download a free issue of Caregiving Confessions and find her podcast episodes: LoveYourCaregivingLife.com
    Charlotte can also be found on social media: @loveyourcaregivinglife
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    We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.
    You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.
    Or simply go to the link below for ease =).
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Elizabeth Cush, LCPC ,

A Much Needed Resource

Life on Repeat is an amazing and valuable resource for caregivers. Laura kind, caring energy shines through in each episode! Caregiving for someone with dementia can be lonely and very hard and Laura provides some incredibly valuable resources to help those in need of support.

Dr. Adina Silvestri ,

Great podcast!

I love this podcast! Laura’s authenticity and depth of knowledge on caregiving and dementia shine through in her show. Just look at the variety of topics! This is a much needed resource. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us Laura!

GoonieGooGooo ,

Fantastic content

I appreciate the variety of topics and conversation style of this podcast. I have shared this with other family members who have found it helpful, too. The episode on medical marijuana was especially helpful for family members to learn more about the potential benefits.

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