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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.

    138 Laurel + Hardy Throw a Party

    138 Laurel + Hardy Throw a Party

    We're fast-forwarding through the editing queue to bring you this episode recorded June 23, 2020. We wanted to make this episode as timely as possible for a few reasons:
     
    Phil Gutis (our Assistant Sherpa on The Alzheimer’s Podcast) and his husband Tim Weaver once again did a Longest Day event on behalf of The Alzheimer's Association. The Longest Day was last weekend, but the fundraising doesn't close out until August 31, 2020, so there's still time to donate here.  
    Phil describes their Longest Day experience as Laurel & Hardy Throw a Party, and gives up the details. There's a lot of laughing in this episode, and sometimes--like if we've been lucky enough to survive 2020 so far--we just need to laugh.  
    We finally got Tim on the show!! He provides some great insight and what I believe are three of the most valuable pieces of advice a dementia care partner will ever get. Full transcript + show notes at https://www.dementiasherpa.com/episode138
     

    • 33 min
    137 What criteria makes a person valuable?

    137 What criteria makes a person valuable?

    This episode was recorded April 27, 2020. Just like last week’s episode, we again talk about the value of a human life.
    It’s a recurring theme on The Alzheimer’s Podcast, because we believe that when others don’t see people living with a dementia diagnosis as having value simply because they’re our fellow humans, then every human life can be devalued.
    And when that happens, inhumane treatment can be justified based on any criteria those in power come up with in the moment.
    Obviously, we had no idea when we recorded this episode that it would be released during a time of global protests demanding the perfectly reasonable acknowledgement that Black lives matter.
    We are in no way looking to co-opt a movement or diminish the message that Black lives matter. Rather, we stand in solidarity.
    Full transcript: https://dementiasherpa.com/episode137
    *NEW* LIVE Master Class Training "Dementia Care Basics: Caring for Your Person at Home." Details: https://dementiasherpa.com/masterclass/
     

    • 26 min
    136 What's the Value of a Human Life?

    136 What's the Value of a Human Life?

    This episode was recorded April 20th, 2020.
    At one point, Phil refers to protesters, and who he’s talking about are the armed white people who showed up at statehouses wanting to get a haircut, go to the movies, open up the economy, that sort of thing. 
    So, I don’t want there to be any confusion because of when this episode is being released (in early June) about who Phil is talking about. 
    One other warning: this episode, I think, really reflects the anger and frustration that Phil and I were feeling in mid-April. Many of you have told me how much you appreciate me putting a positive message out into the world. But I think there’s also a time to not only have righteous anger but to share it with the rest of the world. 
    Finally, unlike virtually every other episode of The Alzheimer's Podcast, this episode is marked "E," because I use the s-word, once.
    Full transcript at DementiaSherpa.com/episode136.

    • 33 min
    135 "Where isolation and solitude come in handy"

    135 "Where isolation and solitude come in handy"

    Show notes + transcript: DementiaSherpa.com/episode135.
    This week, I got author and blogger Donna Thomson to come back to the show. She has so much wisdom to share about solitude, a timely topic in this time of Covid-19. Although many states are “reopening” right now—and we’ve got more on that in upcoming episodes—Donna’s thoughts on solitude and isolation are relevant to care partners no matter what’s going on in the outside world.
    Donna is an exceptionally experienced care partner, having first become one as a teenager. As you'd expect, she's developed an enormous amount of wisdom along the way. 
    You'll also no doubt note the empathy and compassion that comes through loud and clear in the soothing sound of Donna's voice.
    The mother of two grown children, one of whom has severe disabilities, Donna also cared for her mother who had a diagnosis of dementia and passed away in the summer of 2018 at the age of 96.
    Donna is the co-author (with Dr. Zachary White) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014). She blogs regularly at The Caregivers’ Living Room and teaches caregivers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
     

    • 43 min
    134 The Unexpected Journey of Caring

    134 The Unexpected Journey of Caring

    Full show notes with transcript + links: https://DementiaSherpa.com/episode134
    Christy gets to talk with the extraordinarily-generous-with-her-time caregiver, author and activist Donna Thomson about a wide range of topics that affect care partners, including:
    Caregiving literacy + advocacy Anosognosia Hyperintolerance + "slices of a pie" The masks we wear        The hidden opportunities in care partnering When your family isn't who you think they should be Intentional caregiving (vs "head on fire" caregiving) The importance of what we focus on as care partners And so much more!   Donna is an exceptionally experienced care partner, having first become one as a teenager. As you'd expect, she's developed an enormous amount of wisdom along the way. 
    You'll also no doubt note the empathy and compassion that comes through loud and clear in the soothing sound of Donna's voice.
    The mother of two grown children, one of whom has severe disabilities, Donna also cared for her mother who had a diagnosis of dementia and passed away in the summer of 2018 at the age of 96.
    Donna is the co-author (with Dr. Zachary White) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014). She blogs regularly at The Caregivers’ Living Room and teaches caregivers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
     

    • 48 min
    133 Joy-Filled Visits...in Your Own Home

    133 Joy-Filled Visits...in Your Own Home

    Full transcript + links: DementiaSherpa.com/Episode133
    Let’s just have some fun, already! If you’re looking for ideas of what to do with your person while you’re living la vida (stir) loca, this is the episode for you. Julie Bigham, founder of Joy-Filled Visits and a former activities director, shares ideas and tells a moving story about a woman able to engage more than her family thought possible.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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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