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The Alzheimer’s Podcast with Mike Good of Together in This is your #1 resource for practical tips and insights; empowering you and your family to live well with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

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The Alzheimer’s Podcast with Mike Good of Together in This is your #1 resource for practical tips and insights; empowering you and your family to live well with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

    125 Using a Placement Agent aka Your Secret Weapon

    125 Using a Placement Agent aka Your Secret Weapon

    In this episode, Beth Friesen, Certified Dementia Practitioner, placement agent, and author of “I Love Someone with Dementia…So Why Am I Losing My Mind? A Practical Guide,” talks with Christy about how her experiences during her mother’s battle with dementia ignited a passion within her to help others, as well as the importance of getting legal documents in order. Show notes at DementiaSherpa.com/episode125.
    REPLAY: The Dementia Sherpa’s LIVE Master Class Training: Creating Your Care Partnering Plan for 2020

    • 51 min
    124 Autonomy and End of Life for People Living with Dementia

    124 Autonomy and End of Life for People Living with Dementia

    In this episode, Phil Gutis, our Assistant Sherpa, gives an update on his childhood friend, Elaine, and sparks a conversation with Christy about autonomy and end of life choices for people living with dementia. Show notes at DementiaSherpa.com/episode124.
    The Dementia Sherpa’s LIVE Master Class Training: Creating Your Care Partnering Plan for 2020

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    123 Hopeful, but Realistic

    123 Hopeful, but Realistic

    In This Episode "I walked out of that conference feeling like there are a lot of really smart people trying to find the solution to this disease. So that was the optimistic part."
    The Alzheimer's Podcast is back for 2020! We're back with part 2 of the conversation between me and Phil Gutis about his trip to the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease conference, or CTAD, in December 2019. The conference was a super big deal because Biogen presented on why they now believe aducanumab is a drug worth pursuing after all. For more on the roller coaster of this story, check out the show notes, where we link to the real-life drama. 
    Meanwhile, back to Phil. We affectionately call him our Assistant Sherpa here on the show but he's actually kind of a big deal. Phil covered the conference for Being Patient, and was likely the only person present who'd been part of the aducanumab clinical trials. 
    In this episode, we may sound cynical but I think we'd both prefer to call it truthful.  We discuss the financial implications of a successful drug treatment and recap the changes Phil made in 2019 and the impact they've had on his ability to navigate life. 
    We pick up just after Phil said he believes a realistic timeline for FDA approval is likely to be 5 years. (Listen to part 1, episode 122 here.)
    Enroll now: The Dementia Sherpa's LIVE Master Class Training: Creating Your Care Partnering Plan for 2020
    Book now: Complimentary Caregiver Strategy call with Christy
     

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    122 "That's much more meaningful than a couple of points on a memory test"

    122 "That's much more meaningful than a couple of points on a memory test"

    "The ability to continue driving for another year or two, or to continue working for another year or two, or to continue living--you know, it's basically living, right? It's doing the activities of life--is much more meaningful and important than a couple of points on a memory test."
    Phil Gutis reports on the Biogen presentation at CTAD and what it means for people living with an Alzheimer's diagnosis in the first part of this two-part episode.
    Thank you to our sponsors, Home Instead Senior Care-East Portland & Clackamas County, and Dementia Sherpa.

    • 32 min
    121 Aducanumab-dabra...Maybe

    121 Aducanumab-dabra...Maybe

    Phil and Christy react to the news Biogen is resurrecting aducanumab, the most promising drug in development in years, after failing a futility study in March.  We wonder what's really going on here: is aducanumab the magic bullet or false hope?
    In this episode, we discuss:
    The timeline of aducanumab Phil's very personal stake in the news Christy recalls when Namenda (memantine), the last FDA-approved dementia medication, hit the market and the effect it had on two of her residents The existing four FDA-approved dementia medications The impact using dementia medications can have on a person's quality of life A different take on how we measure costs related to dementia The amyloid hypothesis and the role of environment and genetics The really important thing Phil feels like he got out of the news Thank you to our sponsors, Home Instead Senior Care-East Portland + Clackamas County and Dementia Sherpa.

    • 47 min
    120 Finding the Light in Dementia

    120 Finding the Light in Dementia

    Show notes + links: DementiaSherpa.com/Episode120.
    Christy chats with Dr. Jane M. Mullins, who shares her research on the magic created by multisensory holiday reminiscence in people living with dementia and their care partners. 
    Thank you to our sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care-East Portland & Clackamas County! 
    Dr. Jane M. Mullins is a dementia nurse consultant who has devoted over 25 years to the study and practice of dementia care. Through listening to and supporting people and their families during their diagnosis in memory clinics, caring for them in hospital and in care homes, she has helped throughout all of the stages of their condition. Jane has uncovered certain common features that may help caregivers and the people they care for find better ways of coping. Her practice experience is backed up by expert knowledge gained from keeping up to date with research with people who have dementia and their caregivers. This includes her Ph.D. which explores multisensory ways of communication and how to stay connected with loved ones living with dementia. She is currently a part time nurse lecturer at Cardiff University.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

Kats6995 ,

Very Helpful!!

I find most books on dementia have too much info I don’t want. I need concrete advice and I have gotten lots of good info listening to this podcast. I find the podcast easy to listen to. Many references to downloadable lists and worksheets on their websites that are very helpful also.

msangieme ,

Love this podcast

I’ve been listening to this postcard for a while now and have to say I am so thankful for it being out there. The Dementia Sherpa as a guest has been a fantastic resource. Her calm and rational advise is invaluable. Thank you thank you!!!

podcastjunkie64 ,

Good

But had to stop listening due to the endless abrupt musical cut-ins. Unnecessary, not to mention they aren’t at the same sound level.

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