30 episodes

In “The Caregiver Community", hosted by Jane Everson and Frances Hall, we are holding conversations about the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and for ourselves. Jane and Frances talk 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 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, 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 Jane Everson and Frances Hall, we are holding conversations about the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and for ourselves. Jane and Frances talk 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 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, volunteer activities with the needs of parents and in-laws, this show is for you!

    The Caregiver Community: Difficult Conversations

    The Caregiver Community: Difficult Conversations

    In this episode of The Caregiver Community, Dr. Amy Lorek of The Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State University and Jill Curtis of the Greater PA Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association discuss how to approach difficult conversations that adult children are faced with having with their aging parents. The two discuss insights and resources on how to make these conversations easier and productive.   

    • 53 min
    The Caregiver Community: Cultural Perspectives in Caregiving

    The Caregiver Community: Cultural Perspectives in Caregiving

    On this episode of Caregiver Community, our hosts are highlighting the experiences of African American caregivers who represent a range of cultural perspectives.  Our guests for this episode include, Rosalind Pugh Scott, Public Health Specialist at the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health at A and T University in Greensboro, NC and Carolyn Thompson, RN, BSN, Faith Community Nurse with Catawba Valley Health System in Hickory North Carolina. Both of these professionals have worked extensively with caregivers, especially family members caring for their loved ones at home. 

    • 42 min
    The Caregiver Community: Community Resources & Support

    The Caregiver Community: Community Resources & Support

    Host Mark Bumgarner (Executive Director of Adult Life Programs) talks with Mary Mitchell (Family Caregiver Support Specialist with the Area Agency on Aging in Hickory, NC) about helping family caregivers identify and access community resources.

    • 20 min
    The Caregiver Community: When a Loved One Goes to the Hospital

    The Caregiver Community: When a Loved One Goes to the Hospital

    A  loved one's advanced years often trigger hospital visits, either at the emergency department or as an inpatient.  Any level of admission can be stressful for the patient as well as her/his family.  This ACAPcommunity podcast offers insights and information related to a variety of issues that often arise when an aging parent or loved one goes to the hospital.  Topics covered include communicating with the parent/loved one and hospital staff, documents that may be needed, various hospital admissions levels, and planning for the discharge.  Frances S. Hall, ACAPcommunity co-founder and executive director, and Susan H. Saylor, franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, talk with Jonell Fields, Transitions of Care Manager at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC, a registered nurse who is pursuing a master's in Care Coordination and who understands, through personal as well as professional experience, the challenging role of the adult-child caring for an aging parent or another family member caring for an aging loved one.

    • 40 min
    The Caregiver Community: When Mom & Dad Leave Home

    The Caregiver Community: When Mom & Dad Leave Home

    In this ACAPcommunity podcast, Frances S. Hall, ACAPcommunity Co-founder and Executive Director, and Beth Brandes, Nonprofit/Human Services Organizational Consultant, retired Assistant Director of Catawba County Social Services and daughter of aging parents, talk with Bridget Donnelly, Founder & Owner of Donnelly's Estate Liquidation & Appraisal Services about how caregivers may best help a parent or other loved one prepare to move from the home in which they may have lived for many years. Leaving the corporate world in 2007 to found the estate liquidation and appraisal service, Bridget and her husband wanted to serve the needs of older adults in transition by helping them downsize, cope with the stresses of moving, and shed unwanted possessions. As the daughter of antique dealers, Bridget comes honestly by her passion of helping others deal with their "stuff," in that she tolerated an endless stream of treasures coursing through her home, downsized regularly to accommodate new finds.

    • 27 min
    Caregiver Community: The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor

    Caregiver Community: The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor

    In this ACAPcommunity podcast, Frances S. Hall, co-founder and executive director of ACAPcommunity, and Mark Bumgarner, Executive Director of Adult Life Programs in Hickory, NC , talk with Dr. Philip D. Sloane, MD & MPH, the Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about common medical issues, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive disorders. The focus of this podcast is how caregivers may best help a loved one who has dementia when a health issue arises. Sometimes, it's hard to determine what the problem is and whether the issue is serious enough to need medical intervention or support. That can become a key issue. Dr. Sloane is a geriatrician with over 35 years of experience managing and researching issues related to older persons, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive disorders and those who assist them with care and services. Among his many awards are the Academic Award from the National Institute on Aging and the Pioneer Award from the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association. He has authored over 300 publications, including 18 books, including, "The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor."

    • 38 min

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