Dementia Caregivers Community

Our desire with this podcast is to create a welcome listening space for you…the caregiver. Your listening space may be your kitchen table, a patio, front porch or fire pit. Your best listening space may be found while taking a walk, running an errand, or sitting beside a loved one. Welcome to our community!

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Episodes

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

This episode reflects on processing the ambiguity, gains and losses, and stresses that accompany caregiving. Marketta shares an important lesson she learned caring for two loved ones living with dementia: Some things change and some things stay the same, and you might have no control over either.  

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Join us  for an educational and inspirational conversation with Neal Bowes, Certified Senior Advisor and Local Senior Living Specialist with Oasis Senior Advisors.  
Neal and Tracey will be discuss all things assisted living and memory care including reasons to consider senior living, when is the right time, as well as barriers a family may face when making the decision.  These experts take on issues like finances, feelings of guilt and the common promise to "not put me in a home."
You can also reach out to Neal directly by calling 423.896.2747, nbowes@youroasisadvisor.com or www.oasissenioradvisors.com.
And as always, reach out to Alzheimer’s Tennessee after listening, if you have follow up questions, concerns, or would like more information. 

Wednesday May 15, 2024

In Part 1, Sandra shared how she and her husband John walked "The Lewy Road" after his diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia and Atypical Parkinsonism in 2018. If part 2, Sandra has advice for care partners on a similar path, including the importance of giving yourself the same grace you give your loved one.  Sandra writes a blog, "Lewy, Dewey, and Me" with thoughts on caring for someone with Lewy Body dementia. You can find her blog here.

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Sandra and John built a beautiful life together.  Lewy Body dementia tried to derail that after John was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and Atypical Parkinsonism in January, 2018. They walked the Lewy Road together.  According to Sandra, their journey was messy, frustrating, sweet, tender, heartbreaking, funny; all the things that life is.
Sandra shares thoughts she had while on her active care partner journey and in the hopes it would be a help to those who are also caring for a loved one with LBD. Empathy is powerful!
Sandra writes a blog, "Lewy, Dewey, and Me" with thoughts on living with Lewy Body dementia. You can find her blog here.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

Many times individuals and families believe a dementia diagnosis immediately means a person should retire the car keys. As a primary caregiver or care partner, it is our job to address safety issues like this. 
When can we expect wandering as a behavioral expression to begin?
Will driving challenges and wandering behavioral expressions occur in every journey? 
Join us as we discuss seeking physician’s help, Silver Alert, tracking technology, and other community resources.
For more information on Tennessee's Silver Alert System go to www.alzTennessee.org/SilverAlert

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Sincerely:  a letter from a former family caregiver and 25 year dementia care professional and supporter. Tracey Wilson, Regional Director with Alzheimer’s Tennessee shares one voice with a collective message from supported caregivers who attend Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s support groups. They would like to deliver a message to others who are perhaps a little uncertain about reaching out for assistance or encouragement... It's not what you think.
To find a support group, virtual or in person, go to alzTennessee.org/SupportGroups , or call our 24/7 Helpline.
 
 
 

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Communicating with a person living with dementia subtypes can be challenging and difficult to understand at times. Memory is only one factor in terms of cognitive decline.  Introducing yourself and gaining a better understanding of all of the A’s can help you overcome some of the challenges and try to formulate a game plan.
This video from Alzheimer's Tennessee's Caregiver Academy offers more on on how to engage with someone with dementia at any point on their journey.

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Marketta shares what she learned about caregiving by facing her own fears and watching a small child do the same at North America's longest pedestrian cable bridge.
As Marketta tells us, fear can affect our decisions as a caregiver. It's also easier to face your fears when you are not alone. Alzheimer's Tennessee's Caring and Coping Caregiver Workshops are a great way to see how others face the challenges dementia care puts in our way. Learn more and sign up for a free Workshop near you at alzTennessee.org/Workshop. 
 
 

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

This episode is the second of a two part conversation with Brady about his Caregiver's Journey. Marketta and Tracey pick up the discussion as Brady is faced with a tough decision about his father's care and living situation. Like many family caregivers, Brady realized his father could no longer live in his own home. Tracey, Marketta and Brady discuss the emotional, practical and financial issues that come with this milestone on the Caregiver's Journey.
Those facing a similar milestone in the Caregiver's Journey may benefit from a Alzheimer's Tennessee Caregiver's Workshop.  These half day events take place across Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to help in Caring and Coping with all the issues caregivers face. Go to alzTennessee.org/Workshops to learn more.

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

This episode is the first of two following the journey of Brady as he cares for his father with dementia.  In Part 1, he shares the difficulty he faced when the roles reverse and the son finds himself forced to make decisions for the father. Plus, hear how finding the right Support Group made all the difference. Learn more about Alzheimer's Tennessee support groups at www.alzTennessee.org/SupportGroups .

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Dementia Caregivers Community

“Conversation is a way we build community.“

We want to…connect with you, encourage you, offer resourceful suggestions to equip you, inform you, answer your questions, and educate each other from our own life experiences by sharing concerns and laughs.

Most of all, to communicate to you, the caregiver…we understand, and we care.

We share a common bond in this community…we are caregivers to individuals living with dementia.

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