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 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 .

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

As the disease progresses in a person with dementia, their behavioral expression often change. These changes may be alarming or even embarrassing for a family caregiver. While every person and every disease is different, some expressions are very common. Tracey and Marketta share a far reaching discussion that will help caregivers to be ready for whatever happens along their own journey. 
To learn more about behavioral expressions go to the Alzheimer's Tennessee Caregiver Academy at alzTennessee.org/Academy.  
And please know you are not alone. To speak to someone go to Alzheimer's Tennessee's 24/7 Helpline.

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

This letter is written by a former family caregiver.  Her husband received a diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's the same year her father passed away from complications due to Alzheimer's. Her caregiver's journey as a daughter and wife lasted almost 15 years.
A feeling of deep admiration for the consistent kindness her husband and father displayed compelled her to write a letter from their voice of influence over her life. She conveys their message as if written by them to all caregivers.
To find help along your caregiver's journey go to alzTennessee.org or call Alzheimer's Tennessee's Helpline:

Wednesday Dec 27, 2023

When we learn of a family in need we want to butter up a baking dish and make them a casserole. But for caregivers of those living with dementia the need for help goes far beyond what a hot dish can provide. In this episode of Dementia Caregivers Community hosts Marketta Puckett and Tracey Kendall Wilson discuss the best ways to offer help. Perhaps more importantly, they help families to get comfortable with accepting and even asking for help. 

Episode 8: ADAPT for the Holidays

Wednesday Dec 13, 2023

Wednesday Dec 13, 2023

The Holidays are full of joy, but they can be stressful. Caregivers may be doubly stressed trying to make the season bright for their loved one with dementia and for the rest their family and friends. Two of Alzheimer's Tennessee's dementia care experts, Tracey Kendall Wilson and Cheryl Blanchard, have wrapped up a big box full of practical advice to help you ADAPT your celebration to a new reality. Plus, some bonus tips from people actually living with the disease.
For even more resources to help you have a Merry Christmas, go to www.alzTennessee.org/Holidays .

Episode 7: Duck DNA

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

Ducks thrive in almost any situation. They swim in freezing water, fly in the air and walk on the ground. These ordinary looking water birds use their diverse traits to cope with whatever the environment requires.
What can dementia caregivers learn from that? Host Marketta Puckett explains how you can use your own varied traits and skills to deal with what ever comes your way.    

Thursday Nov 16, 2023

Al first saw Ellen beautifully playing a piano with no white keys. For more than 40 years they were husband and wife as well as best friends. Today, Al is caring for Ellen who is living with dementia. 
From the first signs "something was wrong" to the tough decisions dementia forces on families, Al bravely shares his "Caregiver's Journey."
Our hope is to bring a sense of community and togetherness for those on their own journey.  We hope through these stories you will feel empowered and know you are not alone.

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia affect the caregiver as well as the person with the disease. The beginning of the dementia journey begins before getting a diagnosis. Marketta and Tracey discuss how a caregiver might know when it's time to see a medical professional.
Go to the Alzheimer's Tennessee website for more information. www.alzTennessee.org 
Contact Tracey at tracey.kendallwilson@tnalz.org.
 

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

The Dementia Caregiver Community brings you a letter from a family caregiver, Carol to her sister Sandy, who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease. We hope this letter and others like it will help you connect with each other and find comfort and inspiration from the community of caregivers.
 
If you have a letter to share or want to learn more about this podcast and Alzheimer’s Tennessee, please go to alzTennessee.org/Podcast.  

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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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