Roger That is a weekly podcast focused on the caregiver. Here, skilled caregivers, Bobbi and Mike Carducci offer their personal and practical insights on caring for a loved one with dementia, as well as tips to help caregivers prioritize their own emotional and mental well-being.
Dementia at the Movies : Gregor Collins
Gregor Collins, author of “The Accidental Caregiver,” discusses the 2020 movies Supernova and The Father with Bobbi and Mike. Both films depict the immense impact of dementia on family, loved ones, and life.
“These films are a gift if we can get enough people to understand what is actually portrayed here and how they can benefit from watching them depict what it is like to live with dementia,” Bobbi says.
Music And Dementia: Sing From The Heart :: Clare Childs
Claire Childs talks with Bobbi and Mike about being the caregiver for her Mother, Christine, and forming a singalong group, Sing from the Heart, in her mother’s local nursing home to help her communicate. When Covid hit, rather than disbanding, the group moved online and now has over 200,000 views on YouTube.
“It’s about music tapping into that area of the brain that just sparks and gives them their life back so that they can communicate through song instead of words,” Clare says.
Living With Dementia, There’s Always A Way :: Dr. Jennifer Bute
Dr. Jennifer Bute talks with Bobbi and Mike about living with dementia and her ongoing efforts to raise awareness and understanding of the disease.
“I passionately believe that many people with dementia are unfortunately disabled by society rather than enabled. We need to be helped to do what we used to do, not told we can't do it anymore. We need to find ways to do it,” Dr. Brute says.
The Importance Of Participating In Dementia Clinical Trials :: Dr. Michelle Papka
Dr. Michelle Papka talks with Bobbi and Mike about the importance clinical trials play in helping to find a cure for dementia and the need for qualifying volunteers to participate in clinical trials.
“The obstacle to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease is participants in clinical trials. If we are to have a cure or to have newer and better treatments, we need people to participate,” Dr. Papka says.
Ideas For Dementia Communication :: Susan I. Wranik
Susan I. Wranik talks with Bobbi and Mike about the challenges of communicating with people who are dealing with dementia and the cognitive shift they are experiencing.
“We have to watch very carefully what people don't say and what they communicate with their movements. Whenever anybody is agitated or appear to be aggressive, we often don’t understand why. There's always a reason for that behavior. Our challenge, task, and mission is to understand why they're doing what they're doing,” Susan says.
Juggling Kids And Caregiving :: Matt Perrin
Matt Perrin talks with Bobbi and Mike about being the family caregiver, along with his wife, for his mother, who’s in a care facility with Alzheimer’s, and his father-in-law who has Lewy Body Dementia, lives full-time with them, and their three children.
“You know, I wish I were never a caregiver. That would mean Mom wouldn't be living with Alzheimer's and Steve wouldn't be living with Lewy Body. I wish I weren't, but I am, and this is our reality,” Matt explains.
Wonderful friendly and relatable hosts. Tackling such difficult issues, and helping us to understand and know we aren’t alone.
All things dementia caregiving
This podcast is a must for anyone who is touched by someone with dementia. Bobbie and Mike know the topic and bring on the most interesting and informed guests. Professionals and family caregivers will find these shows helpful.
The rewards of caring
The topics covered in the fascinating episodes is surprisingly wide ranging. Both interesting and informative, Bobbi and Mike’s lively discussions with their guests include the hard facts of caring for a loved one with dementia, provide resources and tips for surviving “the hardest job you’ll ever love,” but most importantly, show the rewards and satisfaction that make it all worthwhile.