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Art & Alzheimer's: Dementia Awareness Through Photography with Gina Martin

Listen To My Latest Podcast Episode: Art & Alzheimer's: Dementia Awareness Through Photography with Gina Martin

Art & Alzheimers: Dementia Awareness through Visual Storytelling

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In 2006, Gina Martin's mother, Diane, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease and died 5 years later. In a tragic yet poetic twist of fate, her father died 3 months later on his birthday of a "broken heart".

 

To honor her parents and raise awareness about dementia, Gina created the Bob and Diane Fund, which grants a $5,000 award each November to an artist depicting the dementia journey through the lens of photography.

 

 Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll learn from my interview with Gina Martin:

  • [05:31] Gina Martin shares about the inspiration for creating the Bob and Diane Fund
  • [11:11] Each November, the Bob and Diane Fund offers a $5,000 grant to a photographer telling a visual story of dementia. Gina describes the selection process and the esteemed group of judges.
  • [18:28] Visual stories of dementia are touching and compelling. Gina shares a little background on each of the past grantees (see...
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FAQs about Dementia and Voting with Jennifer Mathis

 

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A few weeks ago, I received an email from a listener:

"Hello, Dr. Regina,

"I work in an assisted living facility. As the election approaches, family members of residents on memory care units have asked to have residents vote. Residents on this unit are here because they're unable to make informed decisions and don't have a grasp on reality. Also, the particular resident shows no interest in wanting to vote. It's the family that essentially wants to cast a vote for the individual, which seems unethical to me. I've tried reaching out to professional groups for some guidance to no avail.

Do you have any thoughts regarding this topic?"

 

Older adults tend to vote more often and more consistently than other age groups. According to a US News Report, in 2018, 64% of adults age 65 and older voted in the November 2018 election, the best turnout of any age group. With this said, 10% of older adults, however, will experience a...

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Tips for Living Independently and Safely with Alzheimer's & Dementia

dementia podcast Oct 13, 2020

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There's a common misconception that when somebody is diagnosed with dementia, they lose their independence and can no longer live alone. While down the road in the illness course of dementia, this may be true, there is A LOT that a person with dementia CAN DO to remain living independently and safely in their home.

 

This episode is a must listen if you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with dementia and looking for what to do next.

 

In today's episode, I share

 

5 key strategies for helping adults living with dementia remain independent and living safely in their home for as long as possible

 

Here's a peak inside the episode:
 

  • [07:20] Strategy #1: Simplify your daily tasks, establish a routine, and create strategies for managing  your money, medications, driving, etc.
  • [14:41] Strategy #2: Make sure you and your home are safe. I share many strategies and resources for keeping your home...
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How to Reduce the Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease - Interview with Dr. Vonetta Dotson

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Caregivers often approach me with the question: "my parent had dementia, does that mean I'll get it too?"

 

It's a scary thing to devote years of your life caring for a loved one with dementia and all the while wonder if you will end up developing dementia, too.

 

Today on the podcast, our favorite Neuropsychologist, Dr. Vonetta Dotson, is back to talk with us about genetic risk for dementia and reminds us that even if you have an increased risk for developing dementia, there's a lot that you can do to prevent it. Listen all the way through and you’ll learn several easy to use strategies you can start using today to reduce your risk of developing dementia.

 

To help you navigate the turbulent waters of memory loss and dementia, I created a memory loss guide for you to use. In this guide, you’ll get  a checklist of memory loss warning signs, learn more about the benefits of early diagnosis of dementia and...

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Aging & Sexuality: Benefits & Barriers of Sex Among Seniors

ageism podcast sexuality Sep 29, 2020

 

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How well do you know your own assumptions, biases, and values when it comes to aging and sexuality? Have you taken much time to think about this?

 

Let's take some time right now. After all, if you're not currently an older adult, I'm sure you aspire to become one and desire a healthy and happy life. If you're anything like most older adults, sex and sexuality will be a part of your older adulthood.

 

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What comes to mind when I say:
    • Older adults and sex
    • Older adults with dementia and sex
  • Do your thoughts come with myths, taboos, personal beliefs, prejudices, negative attitudes?
  • Do your thoughts about sex differ between men and women? Heterosexual versus same sex couples?
  • Have you received any training on intimacy/sex with older adults? Intimacy/sex with older adults with dementia?
  • If you're a mental health provider working with older adults, do you inquire about your client's...
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Is Cannabis Use Safe for Older Adults? Interview with Dr. Peter Grinspoon

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Cannabis use, marijuana, and medical marijuana is becoming more and more acceptable and popular among older adults. 

 

In fact, millions of people are finding it useful for chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, fibromyalgia, colitis, and a wide variety of medical conditions. This is not, however, without controversy or side effects.

 

I've even heard dementia caregivers giving CBD to their loved ones living with dementia to help manage insomnia and agitation.

 

Admittedly, I am naive when it comes to cannabis use for any age group, and especially for older adults. Not to mention cannabis use with dementia disorders.

 

For answers to some of my burning questions and to help deepen our understanding of cannabis use in older adults, I invited Dr. Peter Grinspoon on the podcast to share with us the pros and cons of cannabis use in older adults, the risks and benefits, and even cannabis use with older adults with...

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Psychological Assessment and Therapy with Older Adults: What to Expect in a First Session

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I got together (over Zoom, of course) with my dear friend, Psychologist, Dr. Quiera Lige. She shared with me that she had an older family member who would benefit from therapy, but that this family member had not known any other people in their generation to go to to therapy and didn't know what to expect. She suggested that I create a podcast episode about what therapy actually looks like when you go to therapy as an older adult.

 

For older adults, there is a lot of stigma surrounding what it means to need mental health care and as a result, older adults do not tend to seek out therapy when they need it.

 

Older adults continue to experience mental health concerns as they age. Studies show that when older adults do engage in mental health care, the vast majority of the time they get better.

If we can help older adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia, grief, compounded...

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Older Adults and Suicide: What You Can Do to Help

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In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, I'm devoting today's podcast episode to older adults and suicide. More specifically, what puts older adults at risk for suicide and how you can help.

 

You may be surprised to hear that older White men over 85 are at the greatest risk and have the highest rates of suicide - more than any other age group.

 

But, here’s the thing, older adults are too often left out of conversations when it comes to simple things like assessing for depression, assessing for suicide, and then connecting older adults to the appropriate mental health care. As a result, most older adults with mental health concerns are treated in primary care settings, rather than mental health settings.

 

Here's where you come in. In today's episode, I share facts about older adults and suicide, including what increases risk for suicide in older adults, and several strategies for helping older adults at risk...

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When Caregivers Have Chronic Medical Illness of Their Own with Dr. Kandi Schmidt

 

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As a society, we have so many unrealistic expectations for caregivers. As much as you hate to admit it, you may have even caught yourself thinking I can't believe that she moved her father into a nursing home, or I would never have made THAT decision.

 

We have so many judgments about the way caregivers "should" go about providing care. This, in turn, makes caregivers less likely to ask for help and more likely to shoulder the demands of caregiving all on their own.  This leaves caregivers feeling invisible and as if their needs are less important than everyone else's. Can you relate?

 

What if the caregiver has chronic and life threatening illnesses of their own? How does this change the caregiving dynamic?

 

To help answer this question, I invited my dear friend, Dr. Kandi Schmidt on the podcast to share her wisdom about this complex situation of caring for an older loved one when you yourself have...

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5 Facts You Should Know About Dementia Caregiving

caregiving dementia podcast Aug 18, 2020

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I hear from caregivers pretty regularly that"nobody really understands how hard caring for a loved one with dementia is!"

So, I decided to share some facts about dementia caregivers in the hopes that it will provide some understanding and support for the dementia caregiver's journey!

 

 

If you're caring for somebody with dementia, I see you and I value what you're doing. Please, please, please take care of yourself because we know that depression and anxiety and stress and strain will not only affect your, your sense of self and well-being, it will affect your health.

 

 At the end of this episode (and at the bottom of this page), I share some resources for self-care. So, read (or listen) until the end!

 

Here's a peak inside the episode:

  • [01:35] Fact #1: 48% of all caregivers (of any condition) provide care for a loved one with dementia.
  • [02:13] Fact #2: The majority of people living with dementia live with a...
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