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In “The Caregiver Community," hosted by Frances Hall, we are holding conversations about the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and for ourselves. Frances talks about the “graying of America’ and “the silver tsunami” and how our nation’s changing demographics are impacting families, adult child caregivers, and businesses. We also talk about our personal experiences as adult child caregivers - what we need to know in order to be balanced and informed caregivers, what we are learning from our journey with our parents about aging and about ourselves, and advice we wish someone had told us when we began our journeys. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, and volunteer activities with the needs of parents and in-laws, this show is for you!

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In “The Caregiver Community," hosted by Frances Hall, we are holding conversations about the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and for ourselves. Frances talks about the “graying of America’ and “the silver tsunami” and how our nation’s changing demographics are impacting families, adult child caregivers, and businesses. We also talk about our personal experiences as adult child caregivers - what we need to know in order to be balanced and informed caregivers, what we are learning from our journey with our parents about aging and about ourselves, and advice we wish someone had told us when we began our journeys. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, and volunteer activities with the needs of parents and in-laws, this show is for you!

    How Assistive Technology Can Support Aging Individuals with Samantha Westrich, Speech and Language Pathologist

    How Assistive Technology Can Support Aging Individuals with Samantha Westrich, Speech and Language Pathologist

    Sometimes, we hear the term “assistive technology” in relation to older adults. But what exactly is that? How can assistive technology help my aging loved one or me, as the caregiver? Host Frances Hall, Executive Director of ACAPcommunity welcomes Samantha Westrich, a speech and language pathologist from the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, who will help us understand how technology and assistive devices can help an older adult and the caregiver as well as what is available, how to determine what is needed, and how to access it.

    • 40 min
    Caregiver Stress: Is it Okay to Say “Enough!” with Dr. Jamehl Demons, Geriatrician at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

    Caregiver Stress: Is it Okay to Say “Enough!” with Dr. Jamehl Demons, Geriatrician at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

    Do you ever reach a point in your caregiver journey at which you say – or want to say – “Enough! I just can’t do this anymore!?!?!?” Caregiving can be hard, and it can be exhausting. Host Frances Hall, Executive Director of ACAPcommunity is joined by Dr. Jamehl Demons, a geriatrician at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in NC, who will help us understand when – and how – to draw that line in the sand.

    • 45 min
    Working While Caring with Karen Kavanaugh Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers

    Working While Caring with Karen Kavanaugh Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers

    One in five employed adults also are caregivers for older adult loved ones. Caregiving can significantly affect their work. What can employers do to help maximize caregiver employee contributions to the company, enhancing the organization’s bottom line? In this episode, host Frances Hall, M.Ed. – Founder & Executive Director, ACAPcommunity is joined by Karen Kavanaugh, Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers to discuss challenges that affect employed caregivers, employer viewpoints, and employment ideas and policies that can help lessen caregiver demands and stress.

    • 55 min
    Making Death a Normal Conversation with Pam Carter, End of Life Doula

    Making Death a Normal Conversation with Pam Carter, End of Life Doula

    Normalizing the approach to the discussion of death is important and necessary. Just as birth is a natural process, so too is death. Join Frances Hall, Founder and Executive Director of ACAP, and her guest, Pam Carter, a Death Educator and end-of-life doula, as they discuss how families can better talk about and prepare for the ending of a loved one’s life.

    • 41 min
    Alzheimer’s Disease: Warning Signs and Making a Plan, with Jill Disney, Alzheimer's Association

    Alzheimer’s Disease: Warning Signs and Making a Plan, with Jill Disney, Alzheimer's Association

    Dementia affects more than memory and is not normal aging. How do you know if there is something serious that needs to be addressed by a physician, and what do you do? Learn some common warning signs of dementia and steps to make a plan. In this podcast, we’re talking about “Alzheimer’s Disease: Warning Signs and Making a Plan”with Jill Disney of the Alzheimer's Association. Jill has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 and leads a team of staff and volunteers who provide education programs, support groups, and other assistance when faced with a dementia diagnosis.

    • 34 min
    Connecting Through Photos: Using Photography to Engage with Those with Alzheimer’s or Other Forms of Dementia

    Connecting Through Photos: Using Photography to Engage with Those with Alzheimer’s or Other Forms of Dementia

    This podcast will share how photos are beneficial in connecting with and helping loved ones reminisce, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Join Frances Hall, Founder & Executive Director of ACAPcommunity, and her guest Dorothy Griffin, co-owner of Griswold Home Care for Wilmington, NC and they discuss how to engage with photos as well as what not to do and share some specific examples of ways photos have benefitted those with dementia, their family members, and caregivers.

    • 37 min

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I just discovered this podcast and have been listening to previous episodes. My husband and I began this journey with our parents last year. I’m trying to get as much info as I can now. DV in WA State.

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