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All Home Care Matters is an informative podcast and YouTube show that helps viewers and listeners learn about resources, tips, & discussion on all things home care.
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People with Dementia Deserve Respect on Social Media
Imagine that you were scrolling through a social media site and someone you worked with or one of your family members posted an image or video of you that was less than flattering. Everyone not only saw it but started commenting on it and sharing it. How would this make you feel? Now consider a person who not only never sees something like this posted about them but doesn’t even understand that they are being ridiculed or exploited. This is what it is like for someone living with dementia. They don’t have the ability to approve or consent to have images, videos and other identifying posts to be shared in this social media-crazed world. These people need to be protected. It could be you. Every 3 seconds a new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world, joining the already more than 55 million people living with the disease. Dementia, a general term for a group of similar diseases including Alzheimer’s, is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. While there is no cure, medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. We live in a world now where anyone can take a photo or record a video of someone and put it out on social media. But I am capable of making that decision because I understand what is being posted and shared and I understand what social media is. A person suffering with dementia does not and they need to be protected. We need to remember that every person with dementia is still a person and deserves and is entitled to respect and dignity. This topic will be the subject of an upcoming “Ethics of Dementia and Social Media” forum featuring nine of the world’s leading dementia experts on the ethics of dementia and social media and will air on YouTube and other podcast providers worldwide on Feb. 14.
Jan 26, 2023
Jim Towey Founder of Aging with Dignity, Five Wishes, & Author of "To Love and Be Loved: A personal portrait of Mother Teresa"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a distinguished guest, Mr. Jim Towey. Jim Towey was a trusted advisor and personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for twelve years and did the first reading at her Mass of Canonization in Saint Peter’s Square. He headed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under George W. Bush and served on his senior staff. Jim's career spans the presidency of two Catholic colleges for thirteen years, a seven-year stint as a US Senate staffer, and the leadership of Florida’s 40,000-employee health and human services agency. In 1996, with Mother Teresa’s encouragement, he founded the nonprofit advocacy organization Aging with Dignity and created the Five Wishes advance directive, which has sold over 40 million copies and is used in all fifty states. Towey met his wife, Mary, in Mother Teresa’s Washington, DC, AIDS home, and they have five children and three grandchildren. He continues to provide pro bono legal services for the Missionaries of Charity. His book, To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa, was published by Simon and Schuster in September 2022.
Jan 24, 2023
Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci Founder & President of IPCWell and Author of "Broken"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome, Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci as a guest to the show. Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci, president and founder of IPCWell, has always had a passion for mitigating infectious diseases through a data-driven approach. Even before the pandemic, Buffy realized how serious infections disproportionately impact vulnerable populations. COVID-19, in her view, merely sheds light on the systemic challenge of infection prevention and control and its adverse impact on patient care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, IPCWell has taken a “boots on the ground” approach to support healthcare facilities such as nursing homes across the nation, doing in-person, deep-dive assessments to offer immediate support to healthcare workers on the frontlines. Dr. Lloyd-Krejci travels the country to long-term care facilities to assess, train, and educate with humor, vigor, and empathy. She has developed practical tools, led trainings and “train the trainer” programs, provided ongoing support to IPC teams, and created the “LTC playbook” for Doctors Without Borders infection control support for early use in hard hit areas of Detroit and Houston. Recently, she published her first book, BROKEN: How the Global Pandemic Uncovered a Nursing Home System in Need of Repair and the Heroic Staff Fighting for Change, a novel which exposes the dire need of a massive policy overhaul within the nursing home industry.
Jan 20, 2023
Michala Gibson & Mandy Shoemaker Founders of Prairie Elder Care & Connectivities
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the founders of Prairie Elder Care & Connectivities as guests to the show to share how they are helping to support, stimulate, and care for loved ones with dementia. Michala Gibson is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the senior care industry. She has served as Director of Nursing and Director of Staff Development in local care communities. She is the co-founder of Prairie Elder Care and the Prairie Farmstead where residents live in small group homes on a small farm setting. As a Certified Trainer for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, Michala works continuously to ensure that the elders in her care have the best opportunities for quality of life. Michala is co-author of the book, Now is Found, highlighting steps to giving back Community, Connection and Control to those living with dementia. Mandy Shoemaker brings 20 years of experience in education prior to her career in dementia care, Mandy has a deep passion for creating programs that spark meaningful engagement. As an elementary school principal, she focused on supporting her families’ children. As co-founder of Prairie Elder Care and Connectivities, she has shifted her focus to ensuring a better quality of life for people living with dementia. Through co-authoring the book, Now is Found, Mandy has worked to minimize the stigma of dementia and help people understand how Community, Connection and Control can improve quality of life for those dealing with the effects of dementia.
1 hr 6 min
Jan 18, 2023
Kim Newlove: Caregiver, Mom, Pharmacist, & Host of "The Pharmacist's Voice"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Kim Newlove as a guest to the show to share her story of raising a son who was born with autism and the caregiving journey that she embarked on. Kim Newlove is a pharmacist, voice actor, podcast host, wife, Mom of 2 teenagers, and volunteer. She and her family live in the greater Toledo, OH area. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy in 2001. She founded The Pharmacist's Voice ®, LLC in 2017, and launched The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast in 2019. Her website is https://www.thepharmacistsvoice.com. Among other things, she narrates audiobooks for women pharmacist authors, provides medical narration to clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and continuing medical education industries, and narrates content for explainer videos and eLearning projects. Her delivery style is confident and trustworthy. In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with family, playing Ticket to Ride Switzerland, swimming, and riding her BMW motorbike.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 12, 2023
Beverley Glazer Founder of Reinvent Impossible Inc. & Host of "Aging with Purpose & Passion" Podcast
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Beverley Glazer as a guest to the show to discuss tips, resources, and support for caregivers and their loved ones. Beverley Glazer MA., CCC., ICCAC, is a Psychotherapist, Internationally Certified Addiction Specialist, Coach and Founder of Reinvent Impossible Inc; a personal development company that educates, coaches, and empowers adults 50+ who’ve experienced life transitions that left them feeling powerless, to get grounded and focused, and create new possibilities built on their strengths. After 30 years in private practice, helping people through traditional therapy, she turned her attention to coaching; supporting and creating programs for others, who’ve had an extreme wake-up call, to stay grounded and focused so they can carve a clear path with ease and peace of mind. She’s as a clinician, coach, speaker, educator, writer, entrepreneur, former talk-radio host, and the originator of The Reinvention Formula TM, a surprisingly easy coaching system combining scientific knowledge with down-to-earth wisdom, that gives the tools and support to bounce back with resilience and move forward to new horizons. Her podcast, “Aging with Purpose and Passion” is aligned with her mission, that it is never too late to reinvent yourself and become who you’ve always imagined.”
Jan 10, 2023
The President of Talk About Aging, Janice Goldmintz Discusses the "6 Not-So-Secrets to Successful Aging"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the President of Talk About Aging, Janice Goldmintz. Talk About Aging was founded in 2016. Janice helps children and their aging parents get in sync, any age, any stage. Janice's expertise came through both academic and personal experiences. With her Master's degree in Gerontology she was given wide insight into what can be done to assist our seniors in creating the highest quality of life possible, no matter what the challenges may be. As a child of older adult parents, she had to sift through many options, changes and emotional situations which allowed her to help bring families together to create peace of mind and accord. What Janice provides is a way to untangle the overwhelm, whether from medical issues, family dynamics or work/life issues. About 6 Not-So-Secrets to Successful Aging: Our older adults deserve to live their life with the highest degree of quality. These 6 not so secrets address many of the challenges that face our seniors. They also focus positive light to what can be accomplished to create a meaningful and joyful life at any age. The topics we look at range from attitudes we have about aging to helping others create their best life. These are now no longer secret-and now we can have our older adults move forward and plan for a very positive future.
Jan 5, 2023
Co-Founder of AlzAuthors, Author, and Caregiver, Jean Lee
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the Co-Founder of AlzAuthors as a guest to the show, Jean Lee. Jean Lee worked full time teaching elementary school while she was thrust into a caregiving role for her mom and dad when they were dually diagnosed. Her memoir, Alzheimer’s Daughter, follows two sisters–– Jean living a mile from her parents, and her sister living 1,000 miles away––through a near-decade journey as they work together to move their parents out of their life-long home, and eventually to a locked memory care facility. At the end of this hand in hand decline, the sisters are honored to be together as their parents breathe their last breath. Sadness and loss contrast with tenderness and devotion as Jean uses the elderly couple’s WWII love letters, found during the final cleanout, as chapter beginnings. After the publication of Alzheimer’s Daughter, Jean connected with other authors of Alzheimer’s books, to co-found AlzAuthors.com with the goal of eliminating the stigma and silence often accompanying a diagnosis. AlzAuthors enables caregivers and those living with memory impairment to find written resources – memoirs, novels, nonfiction, children’s books and caregiver guides – which educate and enlighten. AlzAuthors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is managed by six daughters of dementia and has posted weekly essays from over 300 authors with direct links to their books, all written from personal experience with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Three years ago, they launched an award-winning podcast entitled Untangling Alzheimer’s and Dementia: An AlzAuthors Podcast. Their newest initiative brings real books to real people in real places through Custom Caregiver Collections, placing handcrafted, table-top lending libraries in locations where people whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia gather.
1 hr 2 min
Jan 4, 2023
Christopher MacLellan, Board Member of All Home Care Matters & Founder of The Whole Care Network
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a good friend, board member, and founder of The Whole Care Network, Christopher MacLellan. However, you may know Christopher as the "Bow Tie Guy". When people ask him "why did you create the Whole Care Network"... he always come back to his caregiving experience and how fortunate he was to find resources that helped him and his partner Richard Schiffer manage their caregiving journey. Every caregiver has a story and through their stories, they find validation, resources and respite to help manage their caregiving day. Christopher feels fortunate to have had their story chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize-nominated 3-part story “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” which told their journey of caregiving. The story told of the challenges LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy of his partner Richard's last years had on their relationship. Their story has been read by over 500,000 people worldwide since it was published in April of 2014. One of the reasons their story was so successful was because readers could place themselves in their shoes; dealing with the healthcare system, the legal system, balancing work and life, while facing the reality their time together was short. It was an afterthought that the story just happened to be about two men. When it comes to caregiving, there are no economic boundaries, no racial boundaries, no gender boundaries and no orientation boundaries. Caregiving impacts everyone, and it is through story sharing where diversity meets the road to collaborate on a common cause. And our common cause is to support caregivers before, during and after caregiving has ended.
Dec 29, 2022
Lori La Bey & Dave Wiederrich, Co-Founders of Dementia Map
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome two remarkable difference makers in the dementia and Alzheimer's field, Lori La Bey and David Wiederrich. Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks and is co-founder of Dementia Map global resource directory. Lori’s mother who lived with dementia for 30 years. Her goal has always been to shift dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world. She offers a variety of free resources to educate, empower, connect, and decrease stigmas; helping families and professionals live graciously alongside dementia. Lori is an international speaker known for her multiple platforms and training programs. Dave Wiederrich is the founder of JADCOM Media LLC, a business services company providing web design, publishing services, and social media support. JADCOM Media owns and operates a variety of websites with differing areas of focus. One of Dave’s dementia-oriented sites is Memory Cafe Directory, a collection of dementia-friendly events from around the world. His Memory Joggers are free activities for dementia care partners to engage their loved ones in mentally stimulating recall. Dave founded Dementia Map with Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks to provide a comprehensive collection of valuable resources for the dementia community. Dementia Map includes a resource directory, events calendar, glossary, and blog.
Dec 27, 2022
James McLoughlin The Partnership Director of Thank and Praise (TAP)
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome James McLoughlin the Partnership Director of Thank and Praise (TAP) to the show to discuss how we can show thank and praise to caregivers, care workers, and those helping to make a positive difference in lives from any profession. James has spent his career working for purpose-driven organizations, all committed to making a positive impact to society. James's role is to develop long-term relationships with corporate partners who share TAP's values, with the combined goal of recognizing and rewarding the Unsung Heroes in education and healthcare. Most of all, he appreciates the difference that TAP is making to the health and wellbeing of those working in education, healthcare and social care.
Dec 22, 2022
Mary Crescenzo, Author, Artist, Alzheimer's Advocate, and 2022 Maude Award Recipient
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Alzheimer's advocate and 2022 Maude Award Recipient Mary Crescenzo as a guest to the show. Mary Crescenzo is a recipient of the 2022 Maude’s Award for Individual Innovation for Dementia Care for her pioneer work in arts engagement with persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Her book, The Planet Alzheimer’s Guide: 8 Ways the Arts Can Transform the Life of Your Loved One and Your Own, is a how-to guide for care partners in the use of the arts to enhance connection and communication with persons living with this disease. Mary is also an award-winning author, playwright, and public speaker. In June, 2022, her play Planet A was staged as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Mary is co-host with Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer's Speaks "Dementia & Arts Education panel” radio podcast; and creator and facilitator of "Creative Writing for Caregivers" a safe place to find respite, relaxation and revelation. As speaker, work…
Dec 20, 2022
Renee Schyjer Discusses "It's Not a Rumour: A Rock & Roll Journey Through Life and Alzheimer's"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Renee Schyjer as a guest to the show to share her story and book "It's Not a Rumour: A Rock & Roll Journey Through Life and Alzheimer's." Renaissance woman, truth-seeker, and storyteller, Renee Schyjer is devoted to sharing the life and legacy of her husband, 80's Power Pop legend Freddy Moore, diagnosed almost a decade ago with early-onset Alzheimer's. For years, Freddy was center stage, a prolific singer/songwriter/musician who sold out iconic Los Angeles clubs and opened for headlining bands like The Police, The Knack, and The Motels. Armed with their love story that spans decades and Freddy's memoir, It's Not A Rumour: A Rock & Roll Journey Through Life and Alzheimer's, Renee is reaching out to music lovers and families impacted by this disease. By telling untold stories of their lives "before and after," she hopes to provide support, healing, and connection while driving awareness and research for this disruptive and heartbr…
Dec 14, 2022
AnnaLee Kruger, Founder of Care Right Inc. & Author of "The Invisible Patient"
Annalee started Care Right Inc, in 2011. Care Right is a nation-wide consultancy serving families across the US in developing customized Aging Plans. Prior, she worked as a social worker, marketing director, and executive director in long term care communities for 18 years and saw a need for families to start discussing the “what ifs” of aging sooner rather than later. Annalee launched the Care Right Family Caregiver Solutions Facebook group, providing solutions, tips, support, education, and sense of community to family caregivers across the world. Annalee is also working with two international Accreditation firms to create an academy, (ASCA—Aging Strategist Coaching Academy) allowing her robust Aging Strategist training program to be accredited and certify the coaches who go through the academy. She trains financial advisors across the US in becoming an Elder Planning Specialist, teaching advisors to better identify AND address the needs of their aging clients or those clien…
Dec 6, 2022
Misti Staley, Founder of FreeArm & The Freeman Foundation
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Misti Freeman Staley as our guest to the show to learn the story behind FreeArm and The Freeman Foundation and how she is helping to change the lives of families. Misti’s son Freeman Ellis Staley was born in 2015 with heart and lung complications. 3.5 months were spent in the Little Rock Arkansas Children’s Hospital NICU, home for 5 weeks, and then back in the PICU for another 5 months before Freeman sadly lost his battle with pulmonary hypertension at 10 months old. After Freeman’s passing, Misti devoted a full year of her time to Freeman Foundation, raising $250K to build a state-of-the-art, ADA accessible playground in downtown Helena, Arkansas. Freeman Playground, at opening, was the only Arkansas playground within 90 miles of Helena with ramps on the equipment and a poured in place rubber surface for children with special needs. Freeman Playground brings joy to the community while remembering Freeman and many other children who h…
Nov 25, 2022
Lori Lemasters, Founder of Care Partners Resource & Author of "You're a Caregiver, Not a Saint: Yeah, Write"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Lori Lemasters who is the founder of Care Partners Resource & Author of "You're a Caregiver, Not a Saint: Yeah, Write." Lori Ramos Lemasters is the founder of Care Partners Resource and Consulting and a certified Journal to the Self ® Therapeutic Writing Instructor. She cared for her parents the last eight years of their lives and uses that experience to teach caregivers the benefits of using therapeutic journal writing to manage the challenges of caring for a loved one. Lori is an author, with publications under the last names of Lemasters and Cavallo. She has partnered with many local and national organizations to teach therapeutic journaling to caregivers. Lori created Caregivers Tuesday Talks Outside the Box and in conjunction with AARP Care-FULL Conversations both are available on Care Partners Resource YouTube Channel. Most recently Lori has published a book "You’re a Caregiver, Not a Saint: Yeah Write" which is availa…
Nov 19, 2022
The Power of Peers Providing Caregiver Support with Building Better Caregivers with Canary Health
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Katy Plant, GM of Canary Health and Dr. Veronica Yank M.D. of UCSF to the show to discuss the Power of Peers Providing Caregiver Support with Building Better Caregivers with Canary Health. Katy trained in Public Health and has worked in digital health for over 2 decades. She spent 15 years at Stanford University as a researcher at the School of Medicine where she worked on a variety of studies spanning women’s health, chronic disease prevention, cancer survivors, diabetes self-management, and caregiving. She has considerable experience with developing online programs for people with chronic health conditions and their caregivers and has co-authored numerous research papers. Katy has also spent time working at the National Council on Aging as a Product Director, and continues to have a passion for working with older adults. Katy is an inventor of the Building Better Caregivers® online program offered Nationally at the VA. Katy is current…
Nov 15, 2022
Dr. Jason Karlawish, Author of "The Problem of Alzheimer's"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a remarkable and distinguished guest to the show, Dr. Jason Karlawish. Dr. Karlawish is a physician, writer, and author. He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It and the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont. Dr. Karlawish has also written essays for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Hill, Nature, STAT, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Currently he is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Greenwall Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia.
Nov 9, 2022
Carrie Aalberts Founder & Creator of "Dementia Darling"
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome a good friend and even more remarkable guest to the show, Carrie Aalberts aka "Dementia Darling. Carrie has devoted herself to supporting and helping caregivers who are caring for loved ones with dementia. Carrie Aalberts aka Dementia Darling has her Master of Science focused in Gerontology and has worked alongside seniors for the last ten years. She specializes in dementia care and engagement with experience in various settings such as adult day care and assisted living. Carrie is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and more recently a Montessori Dementia Care Professional. She is known for her social media persona, Dementia Darling. Carrie created Dementia Darling in fall 2019 to provide a safe space for Dementia Caregivers to find tips, education and support. Dementia Darling's mission is the ensure that no caregiver feels alone.
Nov 6, 2022
Gretchen Kingma, Founder of Empowered Homes
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Gretchen Kingma to the show. Gretchen is an Occupational Therapist and Realtor who through her company Empowered Homes is helping to make it possible to safely age in place. Empowered Homes is a real estate and services company helping clients buy, sell, and invest in real estate as well as modify existing homes through the lens of skilled occupational therapists. Our combination of healthcare and real estate equips us to serve clients of all ages and all abilities in finding or creating a space that you can truly call a "forever home". With the use of technology, we offer all of our services nationwide and have created an Amazon storefront to streamline the search process of products to simplify life at home.
Nov 3, 2022
Spencer Bishins, Author of Social Security Disability Revealed
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a special guest to the show, Spencer Bishins. Spencer is an author and former attorney for the Social Security Administration. Spencer Bishins has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Florida State University. After law school, he worked in the private sector for two years prior to joining the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2010. He worked at the Appeals Council for almost four years, reviewing thousands of disability decisions for compliance with SSA’s complex rules and procedures. He then worked at the hearing level for seven years, where he drafted almost 2,000 decisions for SSA Administrative Law Judges. After working for SSA for more than 10 years, he wanted to help demystify the complicated disability system. His first book, Social Security Disability Revealed: Why it’s so hard to access benefits and what you can do about it, explores the obstacles that disability claimants face…
Oct 29, 2022
Kim Hamer, Author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend Through Cancer & Loss
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a remarkable mother, wife, speaker, and author to the show Kim Hamer. Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss, an easy-to-read book filled with 100 practical, quick, and effective ways to support a friend or coworker. She’s also an HR leader and speaker who lives in Los Angeles where she tries not to bother her relatively well-behaved college-aged children. About the Book: The book is about how to deal with a loved one who has Cancer, it also talks about how to deal with coworkers or colleagues who have cancer and/or coworkers or colleagues who have loved ones who have cancer.
Oct 24, 2022
Marianne Sciucco Co-Founder of AlzAuthors Discussing the 6-Word Memoirs Project
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome back a dear friend of the show, Marianne Sciucco R.N. Marianne is an author, board member of All Home Care Matters, and Co-Founder of AlzAuthors. She joined us to discuss and share about an exciting new project that she and the AlzAuthors team have launched, called 6-Word Memoirs. "In six words, what’s one takeaway from my personal journey caring for a loved one with dementia?" That's the topic on AlzAuthors Six-Word Memoir Project. They've partnered with Larry Smith and Six-Word Memoirs to share caregiver stories and raise awareness of Alzheimer's and dementia. Here are some stories already submitted: • Unexpected blessing from mother's dementia diagnoses. • Mom, Dad: dual diagnosis, simultaneous decline. • Diagnosis not unexpected, but still devastating. • Mom, do you know me today? • Becoming a mom while losing mine. • Other people’s stories guided my journey. • Friendships with oth…
Oct 17, 2022
Becky Reel, Executive Director of For Papa's Sake Home Care
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the Executive Director of For Papa's Sake Home Care to the show to learn about the history of For Papa's Sake Home Care and how they became voted the #1 agency in North America in the top 100 in Experience by Home Care Pulse in 2022. Becky Reel is the Executive Director of For Papa’s Sake Home Care and brings over 15 years of operations experience to the organization. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College in Chicago, focusing on media management and communications. She received her Master’s in Business Administration, focusing on organizational changes and international business from Lake Forest College.
Oct 11, 2022
Elizabeth Miller Founder & Owner of The Happy Healthy Caregiver
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a wonderful friend of the show, Elizabeth Miller. Elizabeth is the founder and owner of The Happy Healthy Caregiver. Elizabeth Miller is a family caregiver advocate, speaker, author, and Certified Caregiving Consultant. Elizabeth’s personal experiences caring for aging parents with chronic and terminal illnesses and for a sibling with developmental disabilities inspired her to create Happy Healthy Caregiver in 2015. Through her coaching services, speaking, award-winning podcast, book, and online community, Elizabeth helps family caregivers infuse caregiving and self-care with their busy lives. Elizabeth is the host of the Happy Healthy Caregiver podcast on the Whole Care Network, author of Just for You: a Daily Self-Care Journal, and facilitates an Atlanta support group for family caregivers called the Atlanta Daughterhood Circle. Elizabeth is also an ambassador and retreat leader for the No Barriers USA Caregivers Program.
Oct 7, 2022
Liza Berger & Diane Eastabrook of McKnights Home Care
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Liza Berger and Diane Eastabrook from McKnights Home Care for an in-depth discussion about McKnights Home Care and the home care industry. Liza Berger is editor of McKnight's Home Care, a two-year-old business-to-business brand for the home care industry. In this position, she oversees the brand's website (mcknightshomecare.com ) and daily e-newsletter, which offer legislative, regulatory, financial and clinical-related news and features related to the personal care, home health and hospice industries. Prior to her current position, she served as senior editor of sister brand McKnight's Long-Term Care News. She also has worked in custom publishing and for a daily newspaper. Diane Eastabrook is the staff writer for McKnight’s Home Care Daily, covering home care, home health, hospice and hospital-at-home. Since joining MHC in March 2021, her work has been recognized by the Society of Business Publication Editors. Diane previously managed t…
Sep 25, 2022
Discussing Aging & Amazing with Founder Malika Moore
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome a remarkable guest to the show, Malika Moore. Malika Moore, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Moore is the Founder of Aging & Amazing, a company that strives to support older adults, caregivers, and the networks that surround them. She has over 10 years of experience as a professional, clinician, public speaker, and business owner and has a genuine passion for older adults and caregivers. Malika’s work in behavioral health, community education, and healthcare have prepared her for her current venture of serving the aging population, their caregivers, and professionals who specialize in aging. Malika has served in several different capacities in her professional career, including clinician, geriatric care manager, medical social worker, psychotherapist, support group facilitator, and adjunct professor. She is a leader who enjoys uplifting and inspiring others. Malika hold…
Sep 3, 2022
An Interview with Ramie Liddle Co-Author of "Driving Miss Norma"
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Ramie Liddle to the show for an interview about the viral sensation, "Driving Miss Norma" and to learn about saying "Yes" to living. Ramie Liddle is the best-selling co-author of Driving Miss Norma: An Inspirational Story About What Really Matters at the End of Life (HarperOne, 2017) and is a dynamic a public speaker. As well as being a high school counselor, ordained minister, long-distance boat captain, and one-time cherry farmer, Ramie is foremost a nomad. She has traveled extensively by land and sea throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada with her husband, Tim, and their standard poodle and therapy dog, Ringo. The traveling team became fortuitous caregivers for Tim’s 90-year-old mom, Norma, after she received a cancer diagnosis only two days after her husband, Leo, suddenly died. The approach they took toward Norma’s end-of-life care attracted the attention of millions around the world. Ramie has since become a vocal advoca…
Aug 30, 2022
Experiencing Caregiving as Spiritual Practice with Dr. Edward Smink
This is the final installment of our mini-series with Dr. Edward Smink that explores the many aspects of caregiving. This installment explores experiencing caregiving as a spiritual practice. For the previous two installments from this series please refer to our official YouTube channel. The concert violinist or Olympic athlete did not arrive at the pinnacle of their success by simple will power. From their first dream to entering and making them real, each entered into a particular journey of practice. Flat notes and aching muscles became the learning opportunities for each to excel. Practice became routine, in fact often the center of their lives. Caregivers too, dream, and achieve different Licensures, experiences and educational opportunities. Insights are learned because of trials, struggles, joys and achievements. What keeps each committed, centered, and dedicated to live out their dreams Dr. Smink asks? In so many ways, he suggests that this is an Campbellian or heroic journey.…
Aug 17, 2022
An Interview with Dementia Expert and Educator Teepa Snow
All Home Care Matters was honored to sit down with Teepa Snow one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change to learn more about her story and to help provide tips and resources for families facing dementia. Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she also helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting…
Aug 11, 2022
The Importance of Caregivers Being Heard with Dr. Edward Smink (Part 2 of 3)
All Home Care Matters welcomes Dr. Smink for the second part of his three part mini-series on The Soul of Caregiving. In part 2 we explore the importance of caregivers being heard and the importance of being able to share and tell their story. In part 1 of the mini-series, Dr. Smink explored the tension that most caregivers experience between service to others and self-care which he calls Soul-Care. Being heard implies an understanding of one’s story and the trust needed to communicate it. Navigating through the three cultural taboos challenges the caregiver to explore their interior strengths and values that is the ground or base of one’s being. Smink calls this Soul, the center of one’s being where body and the spirit meet. It is here that we are most human. Like a gem radiating different hues, Soul is multifaceted with unique characteristics and meanings. There are archetypal underpinnings to soul that Dr. Smink calls the principle of life. Caregivers struggle…
Aug 6, 2022
Exploring Gus Gear with Founder and CEO Sarah Palya
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome, Sarah Palya the founder and CEO of Gus Gear. During the interview we learn about her journey from caring for her son Gus to the creation of Gus Gear a company that is helping families and their loved ones with products that are making a difference in their lives. Gus Gear’s story began more than a decade ago when its founder and CEO, Sarah Palya, sought to find a way to respond to the ongoing medical journey of Gus, her son, who faced a myriad of medical challenges, including autism and dysmotility, that led to intestinal failure. Sarah felt overwhelmed and wanted to find a way for Gus to live a more “normal” life. Her biggest obstacle was protecting, securing, and taking care of his central line. Out of this challenge came our flagship product, the Central Line Vest. Since then, we’ve increased our product line and created a community for support to help those who are feeling as overwhelmed as Sarah was in the beginnin…
Jul 31, 2022
The Dance of Caregiving: Acknowledging I am not Invisible with Dr. Edward Smink
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome Dr. Edward Smink the author of The Soul of Caregiving, A Caregiver's Guide to Healing and Transformation to share with our viewers and listeners the tips and support that will help caregivers as they embark on their caregiving. This will be the first installment of a special 3-part Series with Dr. Smink. Dr. Smink address what Dr. Michael Kearney calls Soul Pain which is one’s interior conscience or soul screaming out for attention. He expands the definition of caregiving. “Who are the caregivers?’ Smink asks. “We all are for at the heart of being human is the capacity to reach out to others and explore the relationships we build.” The strengths and pitfalls of caregiving from an archetypal perspective are highlighted to enhance the caregiver to access these strengths for recovery and healing.
Jul 15, 2022
Exploring RecallCue, A Dementia Day Clock, with Creator Dani Waxman
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Dani Waxman, the founder and creator of RecallCue a dementia day clock that helps to support families and their loved ones with dementia. For the past 20 years, Dani Waxman has worked with leading Israeli high tech companies. In these roles he has served as a senior member of the product team defining product strategy, UX/UI, and managing development teams. In 2007 he Co-Founded and served as CEO of TriviaFix which quickly grew to one of the leading online sports trivia sites on the Internet. In 2017 he began work on RecallCue to help care for family members living with dementia and now focuses on creating innovative digital solutions for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers. RecallCue’s Day Clock, an app used by thousands of families across the world, provides all the features of a traditional Day Clock with the added value of allowing family members and caregivers to be actively in touch with a loved one even from…
Jul 8, 2022
The Future of Dementia Education
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome three remarkable guests that all specialize in the field and study of dementia. Each of these guest are Master's trained and educated in dementia. The first guest, Bettina Morrow obtained a BA of Social Work from Deakin University, Australia, and a Masters in Dementia at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Bettina possesses experience with intellectual and developmental disabilities, child protection, hospital social work and over 16 years in adult protection services with the past seven years as a APS supervisor in Colorado. Bettina has worked in a professional capacity in Australia, England, and USA. Our second guest, Sarah-Kaye Page is currently inciting change within the aged care industry. She has worked within the aged care industry for the past 9 years in different roles including personal carer, lifestyle coordinator, and dementia consultant. She has also spent almost 20 years in the hospitality industry. She has hel…
1 hr 18 min
Jul 1, 2022
An Insight into Mixed Dementia with Care Partner Patti LaFleur
All Home Care Matters welcomed Patti LaFleur as a guest to the show to share her and her mother's story of love and mixed dementia. During this interview Patti shares the incredible bond that her and her mother shared and her story of being a care partner with her mother. Patti had the ultimate opportunity to be the care partner for her Mom, Linda. They were meant to be. Linda adopted Patti when she was a baby and Patti had the amazing opportunity to care for her as she lived (and thrived!) with dementia and type 1 diabetes. Patti cared for her full time for about three years and her goal was to find joy every day as her care partner. It was a true partnership between them and you could always find them creating, singing, laughing and loving together every day! Patti's background is in Elementary Education and she was a Kindergarten teacher for the last 9 years. Patti had a true understanding that behavior is communication allowed her to maintain patience a…
Jun 23, 2022
Discovering "Motherhood: Lost and Found" with Author Ann Campanella
All Home Care Matters welcomes Author and Director of AlzAuthors, Ann Campanella to the show. Ann is the author of the book, "Motherhood: Lost and Found" and share her story of caring for her mother who was diagnosed with dementia. This remarkable story takes the reader through Ann and her mother's caregiving journey. Through Ann's journey and story she authored "Motherhood: Lost and Found" which would go on to be named one of the best Alzheimer's books ever.
Jun 15, 2022
Living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta with Katherine Klimitas
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a remarkable guest, Katherine Klimitas. Katherine is an artist, public speaker, author, designer, and an inspiration. Katherine is a New Orleans-based artist and designer who sold her first watercolor at age 10. As the daughter of veterinarians, Katherine expresses her family’s life-long love of animals through her meticulous life-like paintings. She earned a B.A. from Loyola University in 2011, and today at age 33, runs her multifaceted business KAK ART & Designs from home. When clients learn that Katherine has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, they are captivated by her unique perspective. She and her parents stopped counting her broken bones at 500 at age 10. She’s 2 feet 7 inches tall, gets around in an electric wheelchair, and creates all of her art, jewelry and commercial graphic design while lying on her side.
1 hr 9 min
Jun 10, 2022
Discover the California Caregiver Resource Centers
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome two executive directors from the California Caregiver Resource Centers to share and discuss the tremendous work that the California Caregiver Resource Centers are doing to help support families and caregivers. The California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) are a network of 11 centers throughout California which annually serve over 18,000 family caregivers, who are caring for adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions, degenerative diseases, or traumatic brain injury. Combined, the CRCs serve every county in California. Each CRC tailors its services to its geographic area, and offers family caregivers a range of core programs from counseling and care planning, to legal/financial consulting and respite, at low to no cost. John Beleutz, Executive Director of Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center and Michelle DiBuduo, Executive Director of Valley Caregiver Resource Center, are here to represent the CRCs. John, Executive Direc…
Jun 6, 2022
An Interview with Marie Vaudry, Founder of Gleam in Your Eye
All Home Care Matters is excited to welcome Marie Vaudry the founder of Gleam in Your Eye. Gleam in Your Eye is a dementia activity and resource that is helping families with loved ones with dementia stay active and engaged. In 2021, Marie set out to create a more comprehensive experience that includes logical activities, while also addressing the sensory and physical needs of patients. Surrounded by a passionate team, she founded Gleam in Your Eye and developed an innovative product offering a monthly subscription box filled with fun and stimulating activities. The boxes are delivered directly to the homes of patients, making life easier for caregivers. Each box includes five different games, designed to engage the senses, provoke logical thinking, invite play with words, stimulate artistic expression and encourage light physical moves. Gleam in Your Eye is a monthly subscription box of games adapted for people with moderate dementia. Like everyone, these persons deserve a positive…
May 28, 2022
Preview AlzAuthors' Digital Event When Dad has Dementia June 7th, 2022.
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome back, Marianne Sciucco R.N. the Co-Founder of AlzAuthors to talk about an important event that they will be hosting on June, 7th. This event is virtual and is free for all who wish to attend. Caring for a father with a dementia diagnosis brings to caregiving its own special set of circumstances and considerations. In this AlzAuthors Live! There will be a Virtual Q&A where the speakers will explore these changes and challenges. The four speakers that will be featured are: Andrea Couture: Author of "Embracing What Remains" (A Memoir) Irene Olson: Author of "Requiem for the Status Quo (A Novel) Patti Davis: Author of "The Long Goodbye" and "Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer's (Memoirs and Caregiving Guide) Tanya Ward Goodman: Author of "Leaving Tinkertown" (A Memoir) Their stories will inspire and empower you on your own dementia journey with your dad. #dementia #authors #alzheimers Event Details The event…
May 26, 2022
Discover VerifyCare with Founder and CEO John Ederer
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome Mr. John Ederer the founder and CEO of VerifyCare as our guest for an in-depth interview about how VerifyCare is helping to revolutionize the caregiving experience for families and their loved ones. VerifyCare is a support app for any kind of caregiver. Keep a detailed record of caregiving duties provided for your Care Recipients. Use Tasks to track vitals like heart rate, blood pressure, and much more. Manage medications, organize schedules, view detailed graphs, and coordinate care with family and friends. Invite others to the Care Team to keep extended family and friends informed about their care. With a caregiver app like VerifyCare, managing care has never been easier!
May 21, 2022
Discover the "Mindful Museum" Program Presented by Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Lucy Stewart, Associate Curator of Education, Carnegie Museum of Art to share an exciting new program at the museum called "Mindful Museum". The new "Mindful Museum" program is designed for visitors over 55 years old. The “Mindful Museum,” is a suite of accessible programs and activities that expand Carnegie Museum of Art as a destination that nurtures the mind, body, and soul for visitors over 55. Mindful Museum will begin in May 2022 and run through December 2022. The following are the programs that are being offered through the "Mindful Museum": Art Paths | Wednesdays, all day, May 4 - December 28, 2022; on-site only. Drop-In Drawing | 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 - 11 a.m.; on-site only. Chair and Wheelchair Yoga | 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 - 10:10 a.m.; on-site as well as access to online recordings. Crash Course Art History Classes | Dates vary by month, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; on- site as well…
May 12, 2022
An Interview with Dr. Jim Feng of Phyxable
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the founder of Phyxable, Dr. Jim Feng to the show for an in-depth interview about Phyxable and how to help seniors age in place safely. Dr. Jim Feng is a graduate of University of Toronto with a Physical Health and Education Degree. From there, he attained his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has also completed theory levels 1 & 2 of the National Coaching Certification Program and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Sport First Responder, and Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional. Dr. Jim Feng has made an extra effort in extending his knowledge in the human body by acquiring the Active Release Techniques (ART®) certification, as well as the Medical Contemporary Acupuncture provider designation through McMaster University.
May 7, 2022
An Interview with Jennifer Lagemann of NextJenn Copy Senior Care Copy and Marketing
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Senior Care professional Jennifer Lagemann as a guest to the show. Jennifer Lagemann is a marketing and operations consultant, researcher, and journalist in the home care industry with a background as a family caregiver, professional caregiver and home care administrator. All Home Care Matters works to provide families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals with resources and discussions on long-term care issues.
May 3, 2022
An Interview with Leah Waller of DementiaTLC
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome a very special guest who has been helping to provide support, resources, tips, and research to families and caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia, Leah Waller the founder of DementiaTLC. Leah runs DementiaTLC as a voluntary social media, website, blog and community forum to offer help, advice and support to those living with, and caring for loved ones with, Dementia. Dementia is not just black & white, there’s a lot of grey areas. DementiaTLC's aim is to work together, help each other and support each other to make each moment count 🧡 Leah understands that Dementia is close to many of us, with many of us having experience with the condition impacting our lives. The aim of DementiaTLC is to educate and provide support for all those affected by Dementia...those living with the condition, their loved ones, caregivers, family, friends, colleagues, professionals and all those that could benefit from a little bit of knowle…
Apr 29, 2022
Discover the ZaggoCare System with Roberta Carson
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome back the founder and president of Zaggo, Inc. Roberta Carson to the show for an in-depth discussion and demonstration of the ZaggoCare System. This is Roberta's second time joining All Home Care Matters. During her first visit she shared her story about her son and how her journey as a caregiver for him had lead to her creating Zaggo, Inc. Zaggo is a national nonprofit organization founded by Roberta in 2010. Zaggo is dedicated to providing patients and their family caregivers with the information and tools they need to become empowered, engaged, effective members of their medical teams for the best possible care.
Apr 21, 2022
An Interview with Denise Brown the Founder at The Caregiving Years Training Academy
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Denise Brown for an in-depth interview about caregiving and to learn about how she is helping to support family caregivers. Denise launched The Caregiving Years Training Academy in April 2020 after selling CareGiving.com, an online community she launched in 1996 to Ohio’s Hospice. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, CareGiving.com held one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories at the time of its sale. In addition to creating training program and support services for family caregivers, Denise helps her parents. Denise began caring for her parents in 2004 after her father’s bladder cancer diagnosis. Her parents, now 90 and 87, live near Denise in their own apartment. In a video created for the American Cancer Society, Denise shared her own personal caregiving story. A recent online story in The Wall Street Journal also included Denise’s caregiving experiences. Next Avenue named Denise a 2017 Influencer i…
1 hr 4 min
Apr 14, 2022
An Interview with the Hosts of The Caring View Show
All Home Care Matters welcomes the Co-Hosts of The Caring View Show. Mark Topps and Adam Purnell are leading advocates and thought leaders in the United Kingdom for the social care sector. During this interview they share the impact that their advocacy in the United Kingdom has had in the social care sector. Throughout the interview we discuss multiple issues from the report that Adam had researched and created that led to him giving a speech to the House of Lords as well as Mark's petition drive that saw him garner over 500,000 signatures to help advocate for individuals with special needs during Covid to have access to testing and vaccines. These two remarkable individuals are at the forefront of change for the social care sector and for care workers in the United Kingdom.
Apr 10, 2022
Quick Tips: When the Caregiving Ends
Being a caregiver is a major responsibility, and when your time as caregiver ends, it can feel like you’re unsure and insecure about what you should do. You might wonder where to go, or how to continue. In some cases, it may involve grieving because of the loss of a loved one, and this can be stressful for people. You’re not alone in this regard, as many caregivers do struggle with being able to fully move on after caregiving. In this episode, you’ll learn some tips about what you can do when your time as caregiver ends and what you should do so you don’t fall into destructive habits. Destructive habits are common after losing someone you’ve been taking care of for so long, but you’re not alone. It can feel overwhelming and burdening, but luckily, with this episode, you’ll be armed with the tips to help you when the caregiving ends.
Apr 7, 2022
An Interview with the Co-Founder of Saltbox TV Jerry Goehring
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the CEO and Co-Founder of Saltbox TV, Jerry Goehring. Jerry Goehring (Broadway/West End Producer) and his wife created Saltbox TV to provide entertainment, resources, and lifelong learning programming dedicated to senior citizens. Saltbox TV is a free streaming service dedicated to connecting older adults with diverse, informative, and engaging programs. Through a simple and user-friendly platform, Saltbox TV welcomes even those with no technical experience to enjoy unlimited access to programs they'll know and love. Saltbox TV’s robust content library is a one-stop-shop for all their entertainment, health, and wellness needs. No logins, no passwords, and no-hassle – it’s free! Saltbox TV has grown to be available to thousands of older users in retirement communities and those living at home nationwide. Saltbox TV is available on Roku, Firestick, IN2L or Independant devices.
Mar 31, 2022
An Interview with Author and Alzheimer's Advocate Nancy Poland
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome author, speaker, and Alzheimer's advocate, Nancy Poland. Nancy Poland is a writer and speaker focusing on caregiving. As a volunteer educator for the Alzheimer’s Association, she brings her experience as a caregiver for her dad, who was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. She published her first book, “Dancing With Lewy”, narrating their experience. Her second book, “Remarkable Caregiving: The Care of Family and Friends” is a collection of true stories from six caregivers thrust into unplanned circumstances as they emerge wiser and more resilient. Nancy is also a member of AlzhAuthors. Nancy issues a monthly newsletter, “Caring for the Caregiver”, blogs about caregiving, and communicates to caregivers in social media and in person. She offers workshops, keynote talks and webinars offering true life stories and practical tools for caregivers. She just completed a series of four Christian Education classes at her church based on…
Mar 26, 2022
An Interview with the Co-Founder of AlzAuthors - Marianne Sciucco R.N.
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a truly remarkable person who is working to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia and making a difference, Marianne Sciucco. Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse, using her skills and experience to create stories that bear witness to the humanity in all of us. She writes contemporary, women's and young adult fiction. A lover of words and books, she studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and worked for a time as a newspaper reporter in New England. She eventually became a registered nurse to avoid poverty. With more than 20-years’ experience as a staff nurse and case manager, she's worked with countless families dealing with issues related to aging, elder care, Alzheimer's, and nursing home placement. In 2002, she put the two together and began writing about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.…
Mar 21, 2022
Quick Tips: Tips for New Caregivers
Being a caregiver is not an easy feat. With many new challenges, new caregivers may find that it’s not easy for them to properly take care of someone. This episode will go over some quick tips that can be great for those who are starting the journey of caregiving. From the first hard conversation of how you want to engage in caregiving, to even what you need to do as a caregiver and the process of setting boundaries, all of these need to be discussed, since in the world of elder care, if it’s not, it can be quite detrimental to the mental health of the person offering caregiving. Caregiver burnout is common, and plenty of people who do engage in caregiving struggle with this. But hopefully, with this episode, you’ll learn everything that you need to know to be a good caregiver, and how you as a new caregiver can really help others.
Mar 19, 2022
Who was Dr. Alois Alzheimer?
Dr. Alois Alzheimer was the man behind the discovery of Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease that wreaks havoc on seniors, and some younger than that. This condition, discovered by the tangles in the brain along with other symptoms, was a remarkable discovery at the time. However, Dr. Alzheimer was not always taken seriously with his research, and this marked discovery actually was dismissed by the other psychiatrists at the facility he worked at. So how did it come to be? How did this discovery shape the world of geriatric medicine, and how did it pave the way for discovering the makeup of Alzheimer’s and how does that help us better understand this today? This episode will take a deeper look into the life of the man behind it all, the psychiatrist that discovered this condition, and at the end of this episode, you’ll learn everything you need to know about this man’s life, and how his discovery came to be.
Mar 11, 2022
Quick Tips: The Value of the Bond between Caregivers and Seniors
A caregiver is someone that provides care for your elderly loved one, but they can be so much more. Having a bond with their loved one can make the caregiving experience easier on your loved one, and on you. Being able to trust someone to provide care for your loved one can be a relief and allow you to enjoy spending time with your loved one more, and stress about everything involved with caring for them less. A bond can help a caregiver and their patient in so many ways. Listen to today’s episode to learn more! Thank you for tuning into All Home Care Matters. We know that caring for your loved one is an important job and can be stressful at times, so subscribe to our podcast and YouTube channel to get all the latest insight and information. We are here for you as you face this new journey.
Mar 2, 2022
The Dangers of Dehydration in Seniors
Dehydration is a serious condition that affects all ages, especially seniors. Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration due to a decrease in total body fluids and the body’s natural aging process. Dehydration can make your loved one feel weak, confused, and can ultimately lead to death. Today, we are discussing the dangers of dehydration, the signs to look for, and ways you can help your loved one recover and prevent dehydration. Listen now to learn more! Thank you for tuning into All Home Care Matters. We know that caring for your loved one is an important job and can be stressful at times, so subscribe to our podcast to get all the latest insight and information. We are here for you as you face this new journey.
Feb 25, 2022
An Interview on Advance Care Planning with Joanne Eason President of FIVE WISHES
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome, Joanne Eason the president of FIVE WISHES to the show to discuss the importance of advanced care planning. Joanne Eason is President of Five Wishes, an advance care planning program created by the national non-profit, Aging with Dignity. She works with the more than 40,000 partner organizations to assist in starting conversations with various audiences regarding discussions and documentation about medical care prior to a serious illness. She oversees program development, outreach and distribution of millions of Five Wishes documents annually. Joanne has more than 25 years of communication experience – centered primarily in the health and insurance industries – and provides strategic counsel on how best to implement the Five Wishes framework. Joanne holds a Master of Arts in Communications from Michigan State University.
Feb 21, 2022
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month - What is Heart Disease?
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month and we hope to bring more awareness to our listeners with today’s episode. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. Heart disease is not one specific disease, but it is a term that encompasses several different heart conditions and illnesses. Today, we hear the stories of 3 individuals with heart disease and learn how they overcame the disease. Listen to today’s episode for first-hand accounts of survivors and what they say is the most important thing to remember. Thank you for tuning into All Home Care Matters. We know that caring for your loved one is an important job and can be stressful at times, so subscribe to our podcast to get all the latest insight and information. We are here for you as you face this new journey.
Feb 18, 2022
An Interview with the Team behind Dancing with Memories (A Children's book on Dementia)
Have you ever tried to explain dementia to a child? If so, you may have had more questions than answers. All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the remarkable team behind the book, Dancing with Memories. Dancing with Memories is a children's book that helps to demystify and explain dementia for children to have a better understanding on what dementia is and what a loved one may be going through. If you interested in receiving a copy of Dancing with Memories please email the show directly and we will provide you a with a copy at no charge. *Limited Supply*
Feb 15, 2022
Top Ten Qualities to Look for in a Caregiver
If your loved one is no longer able to stay home alone, it may be time to look for a caregiver. There are many types of caregivers, which we have covered in previous episodes, but today we’re talking about the qualities to look for in a good caregiver. Listen to today’s episode to learn more about what to look for when hiring a caregiver and how you can find the perfect fit for your family. Thank you for tuning into All Home Care Matters. We know that caring for your loved one is an important job and can be stressful at times, so subscribe to our podcast to get all the latest insight and information. We are here for you as you face this new journey.
Feb 7, 2022
Quick Tips: Top Ten Tips for Caregivers to Stay Healthy and Active
Being a caregiver doesn’t mean you neglect your body and personal needs. Staying active and healthy is vital for preventing caregiver burnout. In this episode, you’ll learn some quick tips to help you stay active and healthy as a caregiver, and some fun healthy tips that you can do right at home in order to prevent caregiver burnout from setting in.
Feb 2, 2022
How a Mother's Caregiving Journey Inspired Her to Help Others
All Home Care Matters is privileged to welcome the founder and president of Zaggo, Inc. Roberta Carson to the show for an in-depth interview about her journey caring for her son Zachary and how this lead to the creation of Zaggo, Inc. Zaggo is a national nonprofit organization founded by Roberta Carson in 2010. Zaggo is dedicated to providing patients and their family caregivers with the information and tools they need to become empowered, engaged, effective members of their medical teams for the best possible care.
Jan 29, 2022
Are You a Caregiver?
You may visit your loved one daily and occasionally help them out with chores around the house, but that doesn’t mean you are a caregiver, does it? If this is a thought you have recently been having, today’s episode can help you see that you are, in fact, a caregiver. Visiting every day, helping with chores, driving to appointments, and even just worrying about your loved one are all signs that you are a caregiver for your loved one. Listen now to learn more. Sources: https://betterhealthwhileaging.net/are-you-a-caregiver/ https://val-u-care.com/am-i-a-caregiver-how-to-know-if-you-are-a-caregiver/ https://www.apa.org/pi/about/publications/caregivers/faq/positive-aspects https://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/for-caregivers/being-a-caregiver-for-someone-you-love.html http://www.shieldhealthcare.com/community/caregivers/2016/07/01/life-lessons-caregiver/
Jan 22, 2022
Quick Tips: Caring for a Loved One and Dealing with Resistance
Thank you for joining us for another Quick Tips episode of All Home Care Matters. Caring for a loved one comes with many challenges, one of them being resistance. Your loved one may resist your help, which can be frustrating as a caregiver. Today, we are going to be talking about dealing with resistance while caring for a loved one, as well as uncovering the reasons your loved one may be resisting accepting help in order to help you both work together better. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. According to New Wave Home Care, caring for a loved one undoubtedly adds a mixed bag of emotions to the caregiving process. Not only does assisting an aging family member make you witness to any challenges they face, but you maintain a personal and sometimes painful connection to them while also navigating the difficult world of senior health care and wellness. Perhaps one of the most disheartening circumstances as a caregiver is when your help goes unappreciated, or even worse, unwant…
Jan 18, 2022
An Interview with Dr. James Vickers - Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Center
Today on All Home Care Matters we are privileged to welcome a very special guest, Dr. James Vickers. Dr. Vickers is the Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Center at the University of Tasmania. Furthermore, Dr. Vickers has published over 180 research papers and was awarded a DSc from the University of Tasmania in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to neuroscience research. Professor Vickers has been involved in developing a range of health courses at the University of Tasmania, including Massive Open Online Courses on dementia. He developed the ISLAND Project which seeks to understand who is the Tasmanian population is most at risk of dementia and how our population can self-manage modifiable risk behaviors to build resilience to dementia. We want to say thank you for joining us here at All Home Care Matters, All Home Care Matters is here for you and to help families as they navigate these long-term care issues. Please visit us at allhomecarematters.com there…
Jan 16, 2022
Quick Tips: When to Be Concerned
Today’s episode will explore the signs and symptoms that can tell us when to be concerned about a loved one. We will also talk about the first steps you should take when you are concerned about a loved one. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. We are all constantly experiencing change in our lives. As we age, we watch our loved ones age, as well. According to the Caregiver Resource Center, every six seconds, a person in the US turns 50 years old. The rapidly increasing aging population is creating a care crisis in the United States, and all over the world. In the next four years, there is expected to be over two million people that reach the age of 100. As life expectancy increases, so do the number of families that are taking on responsibilities for aging loved ones. If you are anticipating helping or providing care for a loved one in the future, you may be wondering what signs and symptoms you should be looking for in your loved one, as well as what the aging process gene…
Jan 8, 2022
Respecting a Senior's Independence while Providing Care
Today we are going to be talking about how you can respect a senior’s independence and help them maintain their dignity while providing care. We will cover ways you can help your loved one without doing everything for them, as well as ideas on how you can make your loved one’s space safer so that they can do more on their own. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. As we age, things that we used to do without giving it a second thought, like moving something out of the way or opening a door, become more and more difficult. If you are watching your loved one beginning to struggle with simple tasks, you may feel the urge to rush in and help, but that is the opposite of what you should do. As long as they are not going to injure themselves, let them do it on their own unless they ask for your help. If you are worried that they may be straining themselves too hard, ask for permission to help them. Linda Ziac, founder of The Caregiver Resource Center, remembers a time when her e…
Jan 1, 2022
Alzheimer's Disease vs. Dementia
Today’s episode has been handpicked by our listeners. We have gotten quite a few comments on our videos wanting to know the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia and we are going to be talking about the differences between the two and clearing up any confusion you may have. First, we are going to discuss what Alzheimer’s is and how it differs from Dementia before moving on to what dementia is and what it can look like. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. According to the CDC, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Age is the best-known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for somewher…
Dec 27, 2021
What Type of Caregiver are You?
Finding a caregiver for a loved one can be stressful. There are several different types of caregivers to choose from that all provide different levels of care at different price points. Today we are going to be talking about the many types of caregivers and the differences between the types of care they provide. We’ll begin with the 5 types of in-home caregivers before moving on to the other 5 types of caregivers. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Before we jump into the types of caregivers, let’s briefly talk about what a caregiver is. Hopkins Medicine tells us, in simple terms, a caregiver is a person who tends to the needs or concerns of a person with short- or long-term limitations due to illness, injury or disability. The term “family caregiver” describes individuals who care for members of their family of origin, but also refers to those who care for their family of choice. This could be members of their congregation, neighbors, or close friends. Family caregi…
Dec 19, 2021
From Rehab to Home (Tips for Coming Home)
Today, we are going to be talking about transitioning from a short-term rehab facility back to your home. We will be discussing discharge plans, communication strategies, home preparations, and most importantly, advocacy. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Rehab facilities are somewhat the norm when it comes to transitioning from hospital to home. If your loved one finds themselves in the hospital, for a scheduled surgery, an unexpected illness, or even a fall, they may be moved to a rehab facility before they are able to come home. Last year, over 530,000 people were treated in inpatient rehab facilities. According to Wauconda Care, a rehabilitation center has the goal of getting patients rehabilitated to a point where they can live and function on their own, so these facilities offer short-term care focusing on equipping patients to get back to their life at home. Many families are nervous about transitioning from rehab back to home. Kevin Smith, President, and COO of Bes…
Dec 14, 2021
Quick Tips: The Holidays and Dementia
The holiday season is here and it can be especially stressful for caregivers. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, today’s Quick Tips episode is specifically geared toward making holidays enjoyable for you and your loved one. We are going to talk about how you can create a safe and calm space for your loved one, how to adapt holiday activities, ways you can celebrate with a loved one in a facility, how you can prepare for visitors, and last but not least, how to make sure you are taking care of yourself this holiday season. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Decorating for the holidays can be a fun family activity, but it can also cause added stress to you and your loved one. When decorating with a loved one with dementia, Mayo Clinic recommends that you tone down decorations. Avoid blinking lights or large decorative displays that can cause confusion and avoid decorations that cause clutter or require you to rearrange a familiar room. Don’t decorate doors or…
Dec 12, 2021
When a Grandparent Moves In
Today, we are going to be talking about having a parent move in with you and your family. First, we’ll talk about how your relationship with your parent may change. Then, we’ll talk about what steps you need to take to make the transition from your parent living alone to moving in with you. Finally, we’ll end the episode on ways you can make the transition easier. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. We’re going to start out today’s episode with one couple’s story of living with an elderly parent. If you would like to read the story for yourself, you can find the link to A Place for Mom in our show notes. Lynette and Marty Whiteman were getting used to losing sleep. After Lynette’s aging mother Mildred moved into their New Jersey home from her retirement community, she regularly woke the couple, asking for help at odd hours. To Mildred, the requests were urgent, but Marty didn’t see changing light bulbs or resetting microwave clocks as tasks to crawl out of be…
Dec 7, 2021
Seniors and Isolation
Today, we are going to be talking about seniors and isolation. We’ll talk about some common causes of isolation, as well as the risks that come along with social isolation. Then, we’ll conclude the episode with ways that you can prevent isolation and include seniors. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Socialization is an important aspect of life. It’s a part of the third level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, love and belonging. Only safety and ensuring one’s physiological needs, such as eating and sleeping, are more important than socialization. Lumen’s module, Introduction to Sociology, tells us that socialization is the lifelong process through which people learn the values and norms of a given society. Socialization is not the same as socializing. Socializing is to mix socially with others (for example, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers), whereas socialization is a process that may include socializing as one element, but is a more complex, multi-faceted an…
Dec 2, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease - The Seven Stages (Mini-Series Part 4)
We have been going through the seven stages of Alzheimer's over the past few episodes and today's episode is going to be a recap of all seven stages and what you as a caregiver should do throughout each stage. If you know someone that has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or has a loved one with a new diagnosis, this could be a good episode to share with them, as well. For more in-depth information on each individual stage, please listen to our recent episodes on the Seven Stages of Alzheimer's. Now let's move on to the rest of the show. The National Institute on Aging tells us that Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with the disease - those with the late-onset type - symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Early-onset Alzheimer's occurs between a person's 30s and mid-60s and is very rare. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia amon…
Nov 27, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease - The End Stage (Mini-Series Part 3)
Today, is the third installment of our Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s series. On this episode we will be discussing the final stage, stage seven. The final stage of Alzheimer’s is often referred to as end-stage Alzheimer’s. First, we’ll discuss what happens during this final stage and how you, as a caregiver, friend, and family member can support your loved one during this time. Then, we’ll move on to how you can prepare yourself for what will happen. Finally, we’ll talk about the importance of a support system and asking for help. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that ultimately ends in death. This seventh and final stage is scary. Caring for a loved one with late-stage Alzheimer’s is difficult and impossible to do alone. We want to stress the importance of reaching out to your own support group when you need help. And, if you are finding yourself unable to take care of your loved one on your own, talk to your doctor. Depe…
Nov 25, 2021
Alzheimer's disease a Mild Case (Mini-Series Part 2)
Today, we are continuing with our Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s series. Last episode, we discussed what Alzheimer’s is and some of the common signs and symptoms, as well gave a brief overview of the seven stages. We went a little more in-depth with the first two stages and today we are going to be moving on to stage three. But first, we’ll discuss how stages one through three are seen as the early or mild stage of Alzheimer’s and what mild Alzheimer’s can look like. After that, we’ll jump straight into talking about stage three Alzheimer’s – mild cognitive decline. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. There are a few different models of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The seven-stage model we are looking at in this series, the five-stage mode, which combines a few stages of the seven-stage model, and the three-stage model, which is what you may be most familiar with. The three-stage model shows the progression as being mild or early-stage, and then it…
Nov 20, 2021
Quick Tips: Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
We want to thank you for joining us for another Quick Tips episode of All Home Care Matters. Today, we are talking about how to stay warm, stay safe, and stay active this winter. Winter can be beautiful, but dangerous for seniors. We want to make sure you can enjoy this cold weather safely! Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, you probably heard our episode on extreme heat. If you missed the episode, you can find our episode, Keeping Seniors Safe in the Heat, wherever you listen to your podcasts and also on our YouTube channel. In this episode, we talked about how our natural ability to regulate our body temperature diminishes as we age and seniors may have trouble cooling themselves off when exposed to heat for too long. Because of this, seniors often experience heat stroke and sickness. It’s no different when it comes to colder weather. According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults can lose body heat fast…
Nov 14, 2021
Alzheimer's What it Is and What it Looks Like (Mini-Series Part 1)
Today’s episode will be the first in a series on the seven stages of Alzheimer’s. For the first episode, we are going to be discussing what Alzheimer’s is and what the common signs and symptoms are, and how it is being treated today. Then, we’ll move on to a brief overview of the seven stages before taking an in-depth look at stages one and two. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. In most cases, symptoms worsen gradually over several years. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a person…
Nov 12, 2021
How to Prevent and Detect Malnutrition in the Elderly (Mini-Series Part 3)
Today is our last installment of our mini-series on Seniors and Nutrition and to finish the series we will be talking about how to prevent and detect malnutrition in the elderly. First, we will discuss what malnutrition is and what it looks like in older adults. Then, we’ll cover some of the factors that contribute to malnutrition. Finally, we’ll end with ways you can help your loved one avoid poor nutrition, and in turn, malnutrition. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Good nutrition is important for everyone, regardless of age, but is especially important for older adults. According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. The term malnutrition covers 2 broad groups of conditions, undernutrition and overweight, obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Undernutrition includes stunting, which is low height…
Nov 8, 2021
Quick Tips: Recognizing Alzheimer's Disease
Today’s Quick Tips episode is congruent with our series on the seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease. We have been talking a lot about Alzheimer’s lately, but it is an important topic that we could never exhaust. Today’s Quick Tips episode is about recognizing Alzheimer’s disease. First, we’ll discuss what Alzheimer’s is. Then, we’ll move on to some of the common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and what to do when you notice signs. Finally, we’ll talk about resources, tips, and tools to help families dealing with Alzheimer’s. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. The National Institute on Aging explains that Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. The disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, langua…
Nov 6, 2021
Grandpa, Do you Know who I Am? (Dementia Tips)
Today, we are going to be talking about what to do when your loved one stops recognizing you. We’ll discuss at what stage someone with Alzheimer’s typically forgets who their loved ones are, as well as methods to prompt memory, connect without memory, and communicate. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. The disease begins making changes in the brain years before symptoms show. Over many years, the disease steals pieces of a person, but when will your loved one no longer recognize you? Let’s take a look at the seven stages of Alzheimer’s to find out. During stage one, someone with Alzheimer’s will have no impairment due to the disease and will only be diagnosed through brain scans. Stages two and three are where symptoms begin to show. Someone with Alzheimer’s will begi…
Nov 1, 2021
Quick Tips: Apps and Activities for People with Dementia
Today, we are talking about a few apps and websites that are helping people with dementia keep their brains active. In previous episodes, we’ve talked about how an active brain can potentially slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. If you are interested in learning more about this, visit our website for more information. We are going to be highlighting a few options we have found that you and your loved one may want to explore. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. An active brain can help slow the progress of dementia and other memory-impairing diseases. Doing daily exercises may help a person with dementia recall memories longer. One easy way to keep your brain active is by using the technology around you. In today’s world, we can access almost anything using a smartphone or computer, so why not use technology to help people with dementia? The majority of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias today are over 65. Many of these individuals…
Oct 30, 2021
The Do's and Don'ts of Visiting a Loved One with Dementia
On today’s episode, we are talking about what you should and shouldn’t do while visiting a loved one with dementia. Dementia can take so many things away from us and our loved ones, but we shouldn’t let it take away time. Today we will be discussing how you can ensure you have a successful visit if your loved one is in a facility, as well as what you should and shouldn’t do when visiting. We will also be focusing heavily on the importance of visiting a loved one with dementia. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Visiting a loved one with dementia may seem scary to you and to others that have been close to your loved one. Visiting doesn’t have to be scary, though. It is often a rewarding experience for both the visitor and the person with dementia. It is our hope that this episode, as well as our podcast as a whole, can help give you the tools to have a successful visit and end the stigma around dementia. If you have been listening to our recent episodes, you will h…
Oct 27, 2021
Healthy Eating for Seniors (Mini-Series Part 2)
Today’s episode is the second installment of our Nutritional Health for Seniors three-part mini-series. Our last episode covered tips for dementia and mealtime. Today we are talking about healthy eating, specifically for seniors. First, we will be talking about what a well-balanced diet looks like. Then, we will go over how your needs and habits change and adapt with age. Finally, we will end with maintaining a healthy diet with age. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. A well-balanced diet is something that most nutritionists and doctors will recommend for everyone, but even more so for older adults. Eating the right amounts of foods that contain the nutrients we need can help us have the energy we need for the day, help our bodies work better longer, and can help with necessary weight loss or weight gain. Oftentimes as we age, our eating habits change. Like we discussed last episode, we may not enjoy the foods we once did as we get older and might start to pay less attenti…
Oct 23, 2021
Quick Tips: Bathing Tips for Dementia
Thank you for joining us for another Quick Tips episode of All Home Care Matters. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, they may need help in the bathroom. On our last Quick Tips episode, we discussed mealtime tips for loved ones with dementia. Today, we are talking about the difficulties your loved one faces with bathing and how you can help them while allowing them their independence and dignity. We also will be giving you a few helpful items and products to use in the bathroom. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, as a person’s dementia progresses, they will need more help with everyday activities such as washing, bathing, and dressing. For most adults, these are personal and private activities, so it can be hard for your loved one to adjust to this change. You can support a person with dementia to wash and dress in a way that respects their preferences and their dignity. Personal care activities, includ…
Sep 27, 2021
An Interview with Music Therapist, Alexis Baker MT-BC
All Home Care Matters welcomes back, Alexis Baker MT-BC. Alexis joins All Home Care Matters to share an exciting and helpful new resource for families and caregivers that her company Bridgetown Music Therapy is offering. Alexis and Bridgetown Music Therapy is offering online music therapy courses to help families and caregivers. During this interview we explore what music therapy is and how it can help families and their loved ones and to learn more about their new online music therapy courses. Make sure to stay tuned towards the end of the interview to watch a full demonstration from one of their courses that was provided to All Home Care Matters. Connect with Alexis and Bridgetown Music Therapy: https://linktr.ee/bridgetownmusictherapy
Sep 20, 2021
An Interview with Dr. Richard Caro Co-Founder of Tech-Enhanced Life
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome our guest, Dr. Richard Caro the co-founder of Tech-Enhanced Life. Dr. Richard G. Caro is co-founder of Tech-enhanced Life, a Public Benefit corporation with the mission of improving the quality of life of the aging and their families. He is also CEO of TangibleFuture, Inc., an interventional management consultancy. Tech-enhanced Life is a Public Benefit corporation with the mission of improving the quality of life of the aging and their families. Tech-enhanced Life: • creates insights for older adults and their families, published at www.techenhancerdlife.com; • provides advisory services for companies — who want to develop products and services that older adults actually want, and need; and • enables, and lead the Longevity Explorers: a unique sharing, evaluation, and ideation community— made up of older adults (in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s), and their friends, families, and caregivers. Richard’s prior experience…
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Sep 16, 2021
EXCLUSIVE Interview - Ticketyboo: A Secret in Plain Sight (New Dementia Film)
All Home Care Matters is privileged to share with our listeners and viewers an exclusive interview with the Director and Creator of the new dementia documentary, Renée Brack. Renée was also joined by Dementia Champion, Tim England. Tim was a part of the film as an expert consultant. Throughout this in-depth interview and discussion of the film we explore Renée's journey from finding out her father was diagnosed with dementia to how this impacted her and her journey with her father. Ticketyboo: A Secret in Plain Sight is scheduled to be released around Christmas time of 2021. Connect with Renée: https://reneebrackacademic.com.au/ Link to the Reel of Ticketboo: A Secret in Plain Sight: https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/p...
Sep 13, 2021
Quick Tips: Mealtime with Dementia (Mini-Series Part 1)
Today’s Quick Tips episode is a part of our new Nutritional Health for Seniors mini-series. First, we want to thank all of our viewers and listeners for joining us for this mini-series, and please, let us know what you want our next series to be. For today’s episode, we’ve gathered some tips, tools, and resources that we think can help you and your loved one with dementia ensure that they are able to get the nutrition they need. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Memory loss and the decline of cognitive abilities are often brought to mind when thinking about dementia and how it affects our loved one, but what about the other issues that dementia brings? Mealtimes often present an all-too-common issue that families face with loved ones who have dementia. Making sure your loved one is eating and getting the proper nutrition that they need is a daunting, but extremely important task that family caregivers face daily. According to the Terra Vista Foundation, many individu…
Sep 8, 2021
Williams Syndrome - A Mother's Story
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome a very special guest, Vicki MacGregor. Vicki is sharing her personal story and experience of her son, Stephen. Stephen was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome when he was 13 months old. We discuss what it was like as she was raising Stephen and the trials and accomplishments that they experienced. Vicki is sharing her story for the first time in a very long time and shares how she handled this diagnosis and how through a mother's love helped Stephen to not be defined by a label. During this interview Vicki takes us through her journey raising him into a remarkable young man and we hope that you will be encouraged by her story and also become better informed about what Williams Syndrome is. Connect with Vicki: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://www.victoriaspress.com
Sep 5, 2021
An Interview with Caregiver Consultant Bill Cohen CSA.
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome a very special guest on this episode, Bill Cohen CSA. Bill is a caregiver support group leader and speaker, an Alzheimer's Association volunteer and advocate, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®, and the owner of Cohen Caregiving Support Consultants LLC. Bill's journey to becoming a Caregiver consultant did not happen immediately. It was the journey once his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's that would eventually lead him into the profession of helping others who are on the same journey that he himself has travelled. His loving and talented mother, Sheila, lost her home to Hurricane Katrina. Then, she lost her health, ability to create beautiful art and, ultimately, her life due to Alzheimer's. For almost 10 years, Bill was her primary caregiver and advocate, not just her elder son. Bill shares his story and journey with his late mom, answers specific questions and concerns, and provides advice on how to manage care and behaviors, and how…
Sep 1, 2021
When Siblings Don't Agree (Tips for Family Caregivers)
On today’s Quick Tips episode, we are talking about how to handle siblings who are in denial about a parent’s health. First, we’ll talk about ways you can understand denial and why your siblings may be in denial about your parent’s health. Then, we’ll move on to ways you can approach your parent’s health with your siblings. Finally, we’ll talk about a few different communication tactics you can use when talking about your parent’s health with your siblings. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. In a blog post for the Arbors, Sondra Jones writes that no one wants to watch their parents get older. If your brother or sister really doesn’t want to think about them aging and what that means for your family, they might be trying to protect themselves by refusing to accept the truth about the situation. In other words, they’re in denial. Denial is a coping mechanism that your siblings use in order to protect themselves from having to think about what having an agi…
Aug 24, 2021
What's Wrong with Grandpa? (Talking with Kids about Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease)
Today, we are talking about how to talk with your children about their grandparents with dementia. First, we’ll discuss what dementia is and how it affects the whole family. Then, we’ll talk about a few ways to approach the subject with your children. After that, we’ll dive into ways your children can interact with a loved one with dementia. Finally, we’ll end the episode with questions and answers by and from real families experiencing dementia. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. Dementia affects millions of families each year. According to the World Health Organization, there are 10 million newly recorded dementia cases each year. Worldwide, five to six percent of all individuals over the age of sixty have some form of dementia and that number goes up with age. One-third of all adults over the age of 85 have some form of dementia. If you have a loved one with dementia, it may be helpful to know that you are not alone. Dementia and other cognitive health diseases ar…
Aug 19, 2021
Parenting the Parent
Today we are talking about something many of our listeners, viewers, and especially those with parents that have cognitive issues, like Alzheimer’s and dementia, experience, and that is parenting the parent. First, we’ll talk a little bit about what we mean by parenting the parent. Next, we’ll talk about the role of an adult child in the caregiving role and help you prepare for this new role reversal in your life. Then, we’ll move on to ways you can effectively parent your loved one when they are unable to care for themselves alone. Finally, we’ll look at some of things adult children should and shouldn’t be doing while caring for a parent. When we are young, most of us see our parents as strong, constant figures. As a child, I know I never thought of my own parents getting older, and I definitely never thought I would be in the position where I would have to take care of and be in charge of my parents. But our parents are not the stuff of legends, they don’t live foreve…
Aug 11, 2021
The Long Term Care Crisis in America
Before we get started we want to give you a quick update on the interview we had schedule for today’s episode. Unfortunately, when we began the interview we started having some technical difficulties and due to the importance and nature of the interview we collectively decided it would be best to reschedule it. So in place of the interview, we are going to be discussing an issue that has or will affect every family at some point and that is the long-term care crisis in America. First, we will talk a little about what long-term care is and who is in need of it. Then, we will gravitate towards why long-term care is becoming a crisis and what you need to do to prepare for it. Maybe you’re already experiencing some of these issues or you’re looking towards the near future and are unsure what it may hold. Regardless of your current situation we hope that this episode will give you some ideas and suggestions for your long-term care situation. Let’s move on to the rest of the show.…
Aug 8, 2021
Quick Tips: Common Issues to Address with Aging Parents
On this episode of All Home Care Matters, we are going to be talking about Common Issues to Address when Helping Aging Parents. We’ve gathered some tips, tools, and resources that we think can help you and your aging parents navigate this new, possibly difficult, and confusing path. Now, let’s move on to the rest of the show. Many older adults don’t need any help in their day-to-day lives, but that may change with time, especially as lifespans are increasing and many adults are living well into their 80s, 90s, and some even live into their hundreds. As we get older and older, the likelihood that we will need some sort of help, either from family or from a medical service, increases greatly. At some point, you may find yourself in a position where you will be helping your aging parents. According to Better Health While Aging, family members are by far the number one source of “long-term care supports and services” for older adults, so depending on your proximity to your pare…
Aug 6, 2021
An Interview with Music Therapist Alexis Baker MT-BC
All Home Care Matters had the privilege of welcoming music therapist, Alexis Baker to the show. During the interview Alexis demonstrates and shares how music therapy through a therapeutic process helps seniors and olders adults become engaged and active through music. Alexis is founder and owner of Bridgetown Music Therapy, which improves the lives of older adults through the use of music. She is a licensed and board-certified music therapist with 8 years of experience. Alexis earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University in 2013. Over the years, she has worked with a variety of populations in multiple settings, but ultimately decided to specialize in serving older adults in 2016. Drawn to their rich wisdom, unique life stories and sense of humor, Alexis absolutely loves this age group and is passionate about making a difference in their lives using music and expressive arts therapy. Connect with Alexis and Bridgetown Music Therapy: Facebook: https://www.fa…
Aug 4, 2021
Everyday Activities to Boost Memory in Older Adults
Today, we are going to be discussing everyday activities that boost memory in older adults. First, we’ll talk about cognitive health, what it is, and things that affect it. Then, we will differentiate between normal age-related memory and cognitive issues that most individuals experience and the cognitive decline that happens with cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. After which we will see why cognitive function decreases with age. Then, we’ll talk about how older adults without cognitive issues can boost their memory and what everyday activities they can start trying now. We’ll then move on to some daily things seniors with cognitive issues can do to help improve or delay the cognitive decline they are experiencing. Finally, we’ll talk about the importance of exercising your brain now and how it can help you later. Now let’s move on to the rest of the show. The National Institute on Aging states that Cognitive health, which is the ability to clearly think,…