Brain Trauma & Alzheimer’s

Brain trauma & podcasting

Brain trauma is a topic that the host of Nooks & Crannies knows all too well

Brain trauma is a topic that the host of Nooks & Crannies podcast knows all too well. Matt joins Jen in this episode to talk about brain trauma, brain health and a little bit about how podcasts can change the world!

I’ve personally had at least one, probably two concussions. That’s enough to worry me about the possibility that I’ve increased my risk of developing Alzheimer’s. My family history is enough risk. It’s not completely clear if there is an increased risk of cognitive impairment from one or two concussions. That’s still being researched.

My guest, Matt, from the Nooks & Crannies podcast has sustained 20 plus concussions. He’s probably lost count if we’re being honest. At 37 he does have warning signs of brain trauma that could lead to early cognitive impairment. We discuss how he got so many head injuries and how they are currently affecting his life.

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More “Brain Stuff” Talk

Two-Lap Books – A Great Way To Connect!

Two-Lap Books – A Great Way To Connect!

Two-Lap Books are Read-Aloud Books for Memory-Challenged Adults,  People with Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of memory impairment) gradually lose their ability to initiate communication with others. As a result, Lydia designed these uniquely adapted books to “give voice” to them. Using the book’s large, simple text and colorful illustrations we can initiate conversation.  Notably, reading books together can make meaningful connections with our loved ones and help stimulate their minds.  As a result, caregivers will enjoy sharing these books and creating purposeful, interactive activities for engaging people with memory deficits.

Two-Lap Books - The Sunshine on My Face

If your loved one has memory loss and you’re looking for a way to connect with them, Two-lap books are a great solution.

For this intention, this episode is a conversation with the author Lydia Burdick. We discussed these wonderful books and the inspiration behind their creation.  I purchased two of her books and took them on a visit with Mom.

Reading the book together gave us the opportunity to laugh, talk about likes and dislikes and even sing a little.  As a result, our visit was one of the better ones in a long time.

As a result of sharing the books, I made two other residents as happy as Mom. All three ladies enjoyed the beautiful illustrations and relatable scenarios. Each resident has their own level of reading ability and as a result they were able to read on their own. Regardless, reading together gave all three got a tremendous amount of pleasure from the books. I highly recommend these books for anyone dealing with a loved one with memory loss.

I have included a direct link to Lydia’s Amazon page for your convenience.

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The Benefit of Reading to Seniors

What’s Going on in Their Minds Ep. 13

Alzheimer’s & Intimacy (Yep, We Went There!)

Older couple engaging in physical intimacy.

Couples living with Alzheimer’s may need to find new ways to show intimacy.

 

Alzheimer’s & intimacy may seem counter-intuitive. It’s important to realize that everyone has a need for companionship and physical intimacy.  Couples living with Alzheimer’s may have to find new ways to show love and affection.

Sometimes as the disease progresses the caregiving spouse has very little desire for intimacy from their spouse. Due to the daily activities involved in caring their normal desires. Granted, the person living with the disease may never lose their need for sex.  With this in mind, couples need to find new ways to show intimacy that works for both.

It is not unusual for men living with Alzheimer’s to misinterpret care for a desire for intimacy. For this reason, paid caregivers need to learn how to lessen this possibility and deal with it properly if it does happen.

All of these scenarios are part of the conversation I had with Betsy Wertzel. Betsy is a caregiver and radio host and was brave enough to be part of the podcast. She told me she was an open book so the topic of Alzheimer’s & Intimacy didn’t scare her off!

Alzheimer’s Trippin’ With George
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My Conversation With A Future Neuropsychologist

Conversation with a neuropsychologist

Having a conversation with a neuropsychologist is more interesting than I expected.

 

Having a conversation with a future neuropsychologist was fascinating & incredibly educational. Certainly, I had to share this conversation with all of you. When Christopher Howard tweeted out that he wanted to be on someone’s podcast I answered. The result was two fascinating conversations about brains, brain health and more. This is our first one. Christopher is now hooked on being a podcast guest!

We set out to discuss how African Americans are effected in significantly higher numbers than whites or Hispanics. However, our conversation went in many directions all of them fascinating and educational.

Touching on the topics of stress, health disparities and even how racism can negatively affect the brain, we talked about everything. The best part of our conversation was hearing Christopher’s passion. It is truly a joy to talk to someone who has found their calling through life experiences. That’s what you get from hearing this conversation.

Understanding all I can helps me navigate my journey with my Mom’s Alzheimer’s. Being aware of how different situations affect other people’s journey is also beneficial. Plus, dynamic learning is good for our brains. While this conversation might not qualify as dynamic learning, I still learned a lot. I feel that knowledge makes me a better caregiver.

It is my hope that this conversation helps you in your journey as a caregiver.

Health Care Advocacy

Soul of Care – From Physician to Caregiver

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