17 episodes

Welcome to Spotlight on Care, the podcast where we share stories, experiences, tips and advice on caring for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Spotlight on Care is produced by the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI MIND. Please subscribe to the Spotlight on Care podcast wherever you listen. For more information, visit mind.uci.edu. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

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Welcome to Spotlight on Care, the podcast where we share stories, experiences, tips and advice on caring for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Spotlight on Care is produced by the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI MIND. Please subscribe to the Spotlight on Care podcast wherever you listen. For more information, visit mind.uci.edu. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

    Parenting while caring for someone with early-onset Alzheimer's disease with David Willke

    Parenting while caring for someone with early-onset Alzheimer's disease with David Willke

    The co-hosts are joined by business owner and friend, David Willke who recently lost his wife Jill to early-onset Alzheimer's disease.  David shares his experience raising his children while serving as a caregiver to his wife and the challenges he faced trying to create a normal childhood for his girls. 

    • 37 min
    How to Care for Yourself as a Caregiver with Linda Abbit

    How to Care for Yourself as a Caregiver with Linda Abbit

    Virginia and Steve are joined by Linda Abbit, an eldercare professional and caregiver with over 25 years of experience in dementia caregiving. She has authored a book called, The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring For Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself (Simon and Schuster, 2017).

    In this episode, the trio discuss the importance of prioritizing self-care for the caregiver, tapping in to mindfulness, how to identify burn-out, and utilizing respite care. To learn more about Linda's work visit her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TenderLovingEldercare/ 
    If you like this episode, please rate, review, subscribe and share it with your friends. We're eager to hear topics you want us to discuss. Please email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu and let us know your thoughts. 

    • 30 min
    Legal Issues After a Dementia Diagnosis with Stephen Magro

    Legal Issues After a Dementia Diagnosis with Stephen Magro

    Virginia and Steve discuss the legal concerns that arise after a dementia diagnosis with Orange County probate attorney, Stephen Magro, JD, who has 30 years of experience in elder law.  Mr. Magro outlines the legal steps needed to help protect loved ones with dementia including setting up a will and trust and establishing an advanced health care directive.  For more information about Stephen Magro’s law firm, visit www.smagrolaw.com. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

    • 35 min
    Support Groups with Cleo Dougherty

    Support Groups with Cleo Dougherty

    In this episode, the co-hosts sit down with Cleo Dougherty to discuss the importance of finding the right support group for patients and their caregivers.  Cleo shares her story caring for her husband, Tom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006 and recalling her experience as both a member and a leader of a support group. For more information about support groups at the Alzheimer’s Association, visit: https://www.alz.org/ or the Savvy Caregiver Program through Alzheimer’s Orange County, visit: https://www.alzoc.org/events/savvy-caregiver/. What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.
     

    • 27 min
    Alzheimer’s and the Family: Concerns, Communication, and Compassion with Keith Swayne

    Alzheimer’s and the Family: Concerns, Communication, and Compassion with Keith Swayne

    In this episode, co-hosts Steve and Virginia have a conversation with Keith Swayne about the importance of communicating with family throughout the Alzheimer's journey.     Keith elaborates on his own process for sharing with his children and extended family about his wife, Judy's journey from diagnosis to her passing  in 2014.  What would like to hear about next? Email us at mwitbrac@uci.edu.

    • 33 min
    Investigating Living Arrangements Outside of the Home with Joe Gonzalez

    Investigating Living Arrangements Outside of the Home with Joe Gonzalez

    In this episode, Steve and Virginia chat with Joe Gonzalez about tips for finding the right care facility for someone living with dementia.  Joe shares his experience caring for his wife, Barbara as he navigated the transition from caregiving at home to a memory care facility.

    • 32 min

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