33 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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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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.

    Death With Dignity and Dementia with Peg Sandeen

    Death With Dignity and Dementia with Peg Sandeen

    In this episode, Peg Sandeen, the CEO of Death with Dignity in Portland, OR, and a social worker with 25+ years experience in end-of-life care, talks with us about the Death with Dignity laws, assisted dying and the limits of physicians assisted suicide and dementia.
    We learned the criteria in accessing Death with Dignity and why folks with dementia currently do not qualify- as well as which countries have legal euthanasia. Peg discusses the importance of the POLST/MOLST forms and having a healthcare agent that knows and will follow your wishes.
    You can find out more about Peg and Death with Dignity here: https://deathwithdignity.org/stories/peg-sandeen-empowered-control/ (Death with Dignit)y
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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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    • 38 min
    Sexuality and Dementia with Maggie Syme, PhD

    Sexuality and Dementia with Maggie Syme, PhD

    Welcome to this episode with Laura and Maggie Syme, PhD!
    Maggie is the Project Director at Marcus Institute for Aging Research and specializes in sexual wellness.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    How sexual relationships change during the course of dementia progression
    Ways to maintain sexual wellness as both a caregiver and a person living with dementia
    How to recognize when a person living with dementia is able to give consent
    Stigma related to aging, sex and intimacy

    Maggie had some great resources:
    https://www.nia.nih.gov/site-search/c2V4IGFuZCBkZW1lbnRpYQ%3D%3D (National Institute on Aging (sex and dementia articles))
    https://www.alz.org/media/documents/alzheimers-dementia-sexuality-intimacy-changes-ts.pdf (Alzheimer's Association: Changes in Sexuality and Intimacy)
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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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    • 50 min
    Polyvagal Theory and Caregiving with Teresa Quadres, LCSW

    Polyvagal Theory and Caregiving with Teresa Quadres, LCSW

    I hope you enjoy this episode with Teresa Quadres as she talks about Polyvagal Theory, how our autonomic nervous system works and the "rungs of the ladder": ventral vagal state, sympathetic state and dorsal vagal state. Most importantly, we talk about how to recognize and befriend each of these states.
    She encourages doing these three things to help yourself:
    Notice: have awareness to how you are responding in the moment
    Remind yourself you are human: your response is normal
    Ask yourself what state you may be in: where are you at on the ladder?
    What state is your love one in?

    Teresa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience working in health care, mostly in palliative care and hospice. She currently works part time as a palliative care social worker and has a part-time private psychotherapy practice.
    Teresa was also a guest in episode #14: https://www.lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/episode/decision-making (Hospice, Palliative Care and Decision Making)
    You can find out more about Teresa and her work here: https://www.teresaquadres.com/ (TeresaQuadres.com)
    Teresa has a fabulous blog you can check out https://www.teresaquadres.com/cultivating-wellness (here)!
    Deb Dana's work: https://www.rhythmofregulation.com/ (Rhythm of Regulation)
    Deb Dana's book: https://www.amazon.com/Anchored-Befriend-Nervous-System-Polyvagal/dp/1683647068 (Anchored)
    Robert Sapolsky's book: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Zebras-Dont-Ulcers-Third/dp/0805073698 (Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers)

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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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    • 42 min
    How to Get a Dementia Diagnosis with Laura Vaillancourt

    How to Get a Dementia Diagnosis with Laura Vaillancourt

    Join us in this episode as we explore how to get a dementia diagnosis. Laura will review the many causes that look similar to dementia and how to rule out and treat those disorders that are reversible. Find out who the best diagnosticians are when looking at cognitive and memory concerns, the types of assessments that are readily available and learn about dementia as an 'umbrella' term for the many types that exist.
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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.
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    • 25 min
    What is Normal Forgetfulness? with Laura Vaillancourt

    What is Normal Forgetfulness? with Laura Vaillancourt

    In this episode, Laura reviews what is considered "normal" forgetfulness and when to be concerned. Memory impairment is not a normal part of the aging process. Our brains have the capacity to produce throughout life.
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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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    • 22 min
    Bonus Episode: Let's Reimagine Dementia!

    Bonus Episode: Let's Reimagine Dementia!

    This is a special bonus episode to showcase the new release of the song, "Let's Reimagine" with a goal to inspire and spread humanity and end the stigma around the world.
    Please check out this amazing group of people from all over the world who come together to create a sense of inclusion, creativity, growth and collaboration with folks who live with dementia and their families.
    https://www.reimaginingdementia.com/
    We explore what the Reimaging Dementia coalition is, what inspired the creation of the new song and how folks can be involved with the coalition.
    Stay tuned for the end to listen to the song! And as Wally says, check out the video for the full experience!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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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