You Are The Expert with The Dementia Nurse

The Dementia Nurse on You Are The Expert

Gail Wetherill, aka, the Dementia Nurse, talks about how “You Are The Expert”.

Do you ever feel like the medical profession has no idea how to handle a person living with Alzheimer’s? Have you had to educate doctors, nurses and every medical professional you encounter?

What’s been your experience after you’ve politely tried to help them help your loved one?  If you’re like me, it hasn’t been a great experience. Navigating our health care, caring for someone with a serious diagnosis and then being treated at best like the patients’ personal driver is enough to make us want to quit dealing with the health care system altogether.

We know we can’t, so what alternatives can we take that won’t make the situation worse? How can we get the care for our loved one while also maintaining a professional relationship with their doctor?

My conversation with Gail Westerhill on this topic will inform and delight you. She will teach you with great wit & wisdom why You Are The Expert (on your loved one).

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Coping for Caregivers in a Covid-19 World

Covid-19 Health Alert

Covid-19 is causing caregivers to have additional struggles.

Covid-19 has upended our world. As if Alzheimer’s weren’t bad enough, now we have to contend with more uncertainties than ever! I thought it would be helpful to check in with past guests, see how they’re coping and get tips to share.

This bonus episode check-in was with Susan Straley the author of “Alzheimer’s Trippin’ With George”. Her husband is no longer with us but we discussed how she would have handled his needs in this crazy time. Certainly, some of her ideas will be ones you can implement.

Even when this crazy time of sheltering-in-place and social distancing is over, these techniques will still be relevant. Caregivers need as many strategies as possible whether it’s normal day-to-day caring or caring during this Covid-19 crisis.

Useful Episode on Caregiver Stress-Reducing Techniques (they worked!)

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Food As Medicine? Dawn Renee’s Caregiving Experiences

Food As Medicine

If we are what we eat, can food be used as a medicine?

Can we use food as a medicine?  My guest, Dawn Renee has a compelling story of self-care & recovery. After a debilitating month in bed and a lifetime of chronic illnesses, Dawn believes you can. She has spent the past decade learning from others while assisting them with their daily health issues. Their experiences demonstrate that nutritional support and detoxing the body are crucial to maintaining good health.  

Dawn Renee is currently devoted to the care of a woman with stage 4 ALS. Focused care for someone navigating so many obstacles has provided challenges for learning. As a result, she has gained an intimate understanding of how nutritional support affects us, our health and our cognitive well being.

Suggestions from Dawn (some of these I’ve also found to help my brain sharpness);

Eating eggs help rebuild the brain barrier myelin and nerve support.

Omega-3 fatty acids – also known as healthy fats are important for overall health.

Consider probiotics for improved gut health. There is research showing a “leaky” gut causes all sorts of problems.

Drink lots of water. It won’t “rust your insides” as my Mom used to say. The worst thing that can happen (unless you REALLY overdo it) is you’ll be well acquainted with all the bathrooms near you!

The Mind Diet – A Detailed Guide for Beginners

Tea & Brain Health

This Is Your Brain on Nutrition

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Caregiver Stress Reduction Techniques

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction

Caregivers need as many stress reduction techniques as possible.

Stress reduction is a critical component of self-care when we caregiving. Personally, I tried to dismiss negative feelings as unhelpful until I talked to my guest Scott Lavitt. Scott is helping his mother care for his Dad who is in the mid-stages of Alzheimer’s.

Scott taught me simple mindfulness techniques that surprised me by how easily they worked. Facing a situation for which I had no control I embraced the anger that I was feeling. By embracing that feeling I became aware of why I felt that way. That awareness gave me some peace.

Additionally, that feeling of peace allowed me to realize that I am doing my best in a really difficult situation. I wish that I could say this awareness and peace made making a tough decision easier, it did not. What I did gain was the self-understanding that I was handling things as well as they could be handled.

Everyone needs to learn how to be kinder to themselves, but it’s especially important for those of us caring for a loved one with memory loss.

Scott Lavitt’s Facebook page, full of great videos

Giving a Caregiver Help

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Family Caregiving Blueprint

Circle of people forming a family caregiving circle

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s requires lots of support. Forming a family caregiving blueprint is the first step.

Family caregiving would seem to be a natural outcome of our love for each other. Unfortunately, that is frequently not the case. Caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s is hard enough but going it alone doesn’t work.

65% of caregivers end up hospitalized and 18% of caregivers die before their loved one which is a terrible statistic. Coupled with the stress, heartache and physical demands of caring is the tendency to become isolated.

With this in mind, I offer up a family caregiving blueprint. I spoke to Cindy & Cory (Mom & son) about how their family has approached the needs of several family members across the country.  They formed what they affectionately call “the committee” and have expanded the participation as more of their family require care.

So that you can get started as you listen, some tips;

  1. Don’t expect anyone to do anything.
  2. Allow each person to handle tasks that align with their skills.
  3. Talk about what needs to be done and the best way to make it happen
  4. Remember, this is your family, lead with love.

Thank you to my sponsor Family History Films

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