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Lorri Bernstein, MSW, Founder of Senior Living Specialists of Philadelphia and Chicago, tells us about steps to consider in moving our loved ones from home to a care community.

May 5, 2021 10 Min 22 Sec TRANSCRIPT

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Lena recalls how her life as a caregiver did a 180 when she met Dr. Steven E. Arnold, a leading Alzheimerʼs expert, now at Mass General Hospital—and discovered the five key elements of caring for a person with Alzheimerʼs disease.

January 13, 2021 11 min 47 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena talks about denial—an insidious and potentially dangerous problem that many Alzheimerʼs caregivers face.

January 20, 2021 9 min 51 sec TRANSCRIPT

This episode features Katie Brandt, Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations for the Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit. Katieʼs late husband, Mike, was diagnosed with FTD at the age of 29. Katie tells us about a heartbreaking decision she had to make, and the…

January 27, 2021 11 min 12 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena recalls the moment she realized that taking care of herself was essential to caring well for Bob, and how she learned that giving our very best to our loved ones doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort and pleasure.

February 3, 2021 9 min 6 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena talks about some of the common issues that come up from well-meaning friends, and ways to handle them.

February 10, 2021 11 min 23 sec TRANSCRIPT

Alexandra Morris, gerontologist and Geriatric Care Manager, talks about how connecting with your loved one’s emotional truths, sometimes over the facts, can be a kind and compassionate way of managing daily life challenges.

February 17, 2021 10 min 3 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena reflects on the role of family in the care of a loved one with dementia, and how their true value goes deeper than the day-to-day chores.

February 24, 2021 10 min 33 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena recalls slivers of light when the Bob she knew and loved surfaced through his dementia, and contemplates the importance of savoring and nurturing our loved one’s essence.

March 3, 2021 11 min 27 sec TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton, Director of Cognitive Fitness Programs and Neuropsychological Services at the Penn Memory Center, describes the concept of cognitive fitness and some key tools used to support brain health in people with mild cognitive impairment.

March 10, 2021 9 min 33 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena talks about key roles of the caregiver team, people she came to consider family, that she gathered over time to help care for Bob as his disease progressed.

March 17, 2021 12 min 15 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lena talks about the importance of daily structure, and outlines the routines she devised to give Bob the care he needed, and give them both a sense of stability in the face of this unpredictable disease.

March 24, 2021 11 min 51 sec TRANSCRIPT

Alexandra Morris, gerontologist and Geriatric Care Manager, offers practical and compassionate strategies for coping with a common issue challenging Alzheimer’s caregivers: repetitive behavior.

March 31, 2021 10 min 59 sec TRANSCRIPT

Jennifer Fargo Lathrop, Spiritual Care Provider from the outpatient palliative care program of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, describes palliative and hospice care, and her role as a spiritual care provider for people with dementia.

April 7, 2021 13 min 21 sec TRANSCRIPT

Rachel Wiley, Occupational Therapist, explains how dementia-related behaviors can be better understood by considering the person with dementia, the caregiver, and the environment in a given situation, and how this analysis can point to mitigation strategies.

April 14, 2021 12 min 2 sec TRANSCRIPT

Judith Johanson, MADRC Longitudinal Cohort Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, describes her experience with her husband Steve, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, in two types of clinical trials. She talked about how Steve wanted to contribute to research far beyond his time on earth.

April 21, 2021 12 min 5 sec TRANSCRIPT

Katie Brandt, Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations for the Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit, shares the emotional challenges of navigating care for both her father and her husband.

April 28, 2021 13 min 41 sec TRANSCRIPT

Lorri Bernstein, MSW, Founder of Senior Living Specialists of Philadelphia and Chicago, tells us about steps to consider in moving our loved ones from home to a care community.

May 5, 2021 10 min 22 sec TRANSCRIPT