12 episodes

A free, bi-weekly podcast that uses personal stories, occasional interviews, and simple rituals to support dementia caregiving spouses

My Spouse Has Dementia Zita Christian

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

A free, bi-weekly podcast that uses personal stories, occasional interviews, and simple rituals to support dementia caregiving spouses

    Alzheimer's and Hope - A Gift or A Curse?

    Alzheimer's and Hope - A Gift or A Curse?

    Are you caring for a spouse with Alzheimer's?  You need to know that hope, like optimism, can strengthen your resilience or distort your reality. Hope can also be the key to your surivival. 
    My husband died four months ago. In caring for him, I journeyed from confusion to determination, from anger to cynicism, from defiance to acceptance. I shunned hope. I grasped for hope.  Only when forced to live in the moment did I find peace. Only then did I learn that NOW is where hope lives. 
    This episode includes a list of ways someone can help a family caregiver. 

    • 21 min
    The Power of Grief, Community, and a Tree

    The Power of Grief, Community, and a Tree

    When tragedy reshapes your life, having a supportive community is key to your survival. Since my husband died of Alzheimer's three months ago, I've been in a cave of sorts, rarely leaving the house. My neighbors drew me back into the world of the living - with a tree. 
    For family dementia caregivers, grief and guilt can become interwined. This episode includes a simple, self-care ritual for the caregiver. 
     

    • 17 min
    Death and the Funeral

    Death and the Funeral

    From the time my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, my goal was to care for him at home. He died last month, at home, in my arms. This episode shares deeply personal details about the changes in our relationship, the loss of physical intimacy, the physical realities of death, the practical considerations of a funeral, and more. Mentioned: 
    https://www.myspousehasdementia.com 
    https://www.celebrantinstitute.org (Find a Life-Cycle Celebrant)
    https://www.marycoburn.com (Life-Cycle Celebrant)
    https://dinastander.com (Death Doula and Life-Cycle Celebrant)
    https://www.carmonfuneralhome.com (CT - green funerals)
     
     

    • 39 min
    Hospice - Help When the End is Near

    Hospice - Help When the End is Near

    My husband died at home on July 19. From steady decline to dramatic drop to sudden nosedive, to death -- that was the pattern. I was prepared for some steps. Others blindsided me. Hospice helped both my husband and me in ways I didn't expect. 

    • 37 min
    Sudden Falls and Rapid Changes

    Sudden Falls and Rapid Changes

    Alzheimer's degrades a person slowly over a period of years. When a downturn comes, symptoms can escalate suddenly. As a dementia family caregiver, you need to know what that downturn could look like. Knowing can help you survive. 

    • 43 min
    Mistakes and Dementia Self-Care Rituals

    Mistakes and Dementia Self-Care Rituals

    Studies show that how the dementia family caregiver interprets her stress is key to her survival.  I'm sharing 3 rituals I created that have helped me. 
    I also share 3 mistakes I made in the early years of caring for my husband. He has Alzheimer's, late stage. 
     

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Robbi44 ,

AMAZING

Thank you SO much for sharing your experience. I am knee deep in this. I just sent this link to my husband’s kids & my support group coordinator. Grateful beyond words to you.

SWAB516 ,

Gracefully honest

Love listening to the stories she shares- experiences of loss, love, grief, validation, worry, sadness, and peace. reminder that caregivers must be caretakers of their own health and well-being! Inspirational at the core.

leftymlb ,

Compassion and Care

Listen to one woman’s account of her caregiving journey, from the shock of the first diagnosis of her spouse’s progressive dementia, to the frank discussion of how the disease has changed not only him, but her, and the landscape of their lives. Honest, and sure to help anyone faced with the reality of a loved one who has dementia.

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