In this first of a two-part interview, I have the incredible honor of interviewing Mary Jane, "MJ", Grant about her experiences with caring for her mom with dementia.
You may remember MJ Grant's video that went viral, called "Dementia Can Be Beautiful". It's had more than 2.2 million views (on Facebook alone!) and shows MJ and her mom sitting silently in a car signing with each other.
In the video, MJ's mom, Carmen (Wiggins) Grant, who is deaf and has dementia, doesn't remember that MJ is her daughter. During the conversation, MJ's mom comes to discover MJ and they share a warm embrace. The level of love and connection in this video is a sight to behold!
I start my interview with MJ Grant talking about the "Dementia Can Be Beautiful" video, including how and why she made it, and what makes it so special.
Psychology of Aging answers common questions about aging, like: what does a normal aging process look like? Why are family relationships in older adulthood so complicated? Do older adults still have sex? Why is driving such a big deal to older adults? When should older adults retire? What does optimal health and wellness look like in older adulthood?
I even talk about the painful side of aging and address challenges that families face with illness, dementia, caregiving, and even end of life.
My hope is that this podcast will open dialogues, build bridges between generations, broaden our understanding of the aging process, dispel myths, and promote health and well-being for older adults and their families. So, If you’re an older adult or caring for one, you're in the right place. Let's get started!
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