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.
The Psychology of Aging Podcast 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?
My hope is that this podcast will help you manage complex situations that come with aging 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!