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Empowering LGBTQ+ Caregivers: Stories of Love, Loss, and Triumph

This podcast is a replay of our recent panel discussion on LGBTQ+ caregiver concerns, hosted by Sue Evans of Kensington Senior Living and AlzAuthors. Authors Laura Davis, Christopher MacLellan, Vincent Zappacosta, and Douglass Christensen joined Sue, Christy and I as we delved into the complexities of caregiving within the LGBTQ+ community. They shared personal stories, insightful advice, and meaningful discussions about their caregiving journeys, offering knowledge and support to others currently caring for a loved one. Empathy emerged as a recurring theme during the discussion. The group explored how understanding and compassion are foundational to a positive caregiving experience, especially in the face of stigmas surrounding dementia and LGBTQ+ identities. The panelists underscored the critical importance of legal documents such as power of attorney and healthcare proxies. These tools grant caregivers the authority needed to make vital decisions during emergencies. The LGBTQ+ community, in particular, benefits from these preparations to navigate potential biases and ensure their loved ones’ wishes are honored. They emphasized that preparing documents and passwords in advance can prevent needless complications, resonating with caregivers who might find themselves thrust into unexpected situations. The episode illuminated unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ caregivers. Issues such as isolation and the need to select healthcare providers comfortable with their orientation were discussed candidly. Positive experiences in inclusive areas like California and New York City contrasted with occasional instances of discrimination, as shared by Vincent and Douglas when they faced resistance in having Douglass recognized as family. Legal tools and personal anecdotes underscored the power of preparedness in overcoming personal bigotry and ensuring smooth caregiving and end-of-life processes. The insights from this episode of the AlzAuthors podcast offer hope and guidance for caregivers, especially those navigating the additional layers of complexity tied to LGBTQ+ identities. About the Authors Laura Davis, The Burning Light of Two Stars Christopher MacLellan, What's the Deal with Caregiving? Vincent Zappacosta and Douglass Christensen, Dementia-Mama-Drama About the Moderators Marianne Sciucco, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story Christy Byrne Yates, Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation Kensington Senior Living About the Podcast AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store Purchase our new anthology, Poetry for the Dementia Journey
June 18, 2024
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Patience, Kindness, and Humor: Lessons from Caregiving with Vicki Tapia (Book Club Replay)

Vicki Tapia is a founder of AlzAuthors and the author of Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia. In this replay of a recent Aging and Amazing book club discussion, Vicki shares profound insights from her personal experiences. She discusses how caring for two parents with dementia placed a considerable strain on her personal support system. A long-distance caregiver, she found the challenges of managing her parent's concerning behaviors and medical needs from 200 miles away daunting. Their rural community and limited medical resources confounded the situation as well. Her only sibling's chosen absence from the situation was another stressor. Newly married, she was reticent to lean on her supportive physician husband too hard. Her adult children were also supportive but lived far away, making it difficult to ask them for help. A lifelong journaler, she resolved her feelings and worries by putting pen to paper, eventually coming to the realization that she had written a book. Initially, she hesitated to publish her book due to privacy concerns but was encouraged to do so by positive feedback. Her decision to publish was also influenced by her desire to help others navigate similar experiences. Somebody Stole My Iron was published in 2014 and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Awards in 2015. Each chapter ends with "Lesson Learned," imparting valuable insight and inspiration to caregivers. Three Key Takeaways 1.    Finding Humor in Hardships: Vicki emphasizes the importance of finding humor in difficult situations, which can provide emotional relief and resilience. 2.    The Necessity of Self-Care: Vicki's guilt over taking a trip is a common sentiment among caregivers. Her mother's philosophy, "life is for the living," underscores the need for self-care and balance, reminding caregivers to also focus on their own well-being. 3.    Patience and Kindness: Through her experience, Vicki learned the crucial caregiving virtues of patience, respect, and kindness. She advises new caregivers to meet their loved ones where they are and to let go of guilt and expectations. Learn more about Vicki at AlzAuthors.com. About the Moderators Marianne Sciucco, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story Christy Byrne Yates, Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation Purchase our new anthology, Poetry for the Dementia Journey About the Podcast  AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store  
June 4, 2024
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Navigating Alzheimer’s with Poetry: Insights from Caregivers and Poets

Welcome to another insightful episode of Untangling Alzheimer's and Dementia, and a replay of our recent book club with Aging and Amazing. In this episode, we bring together a panel of poets who share a common thread—each has navigated the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. Your hosts, Marianne Sciucco and Ann Campanella, along with guest authors Daniel Potts, MD, Sue Fagalde Lick, Sherri Levine, and Margaret Stawowy delve into the world of poetry as a powerful outlet for expressing the complex emotions tied to Alzheimer's and dementia care. Listen as these courageous caregivers discuss how poetry provides solace and a sense of connection amidst the trials of caregiving. From Sherri Levine's poignant reflections on taking flowers to her mother in hospice, to Margaret Stawowy's candid portrayal of medicating her mother, and Dan Potts’s therapeutic use of art and poetry to connect with his father, each story shines a light on the personal battles and moments of tenderness that define the caregiving experience. We also have laughter amid the hardships as Sue Lick shares a day in the life at a nursing home through her evocative poetry. Don't miss her heartwarming tale of memory care residents joyously indulging in ice cream. Tune in to find inspiration, empathy, and perhaps a new way to process your own experiences through the beauty of poetry. Three Key Takeaways 1. Therapeutic Expression: Poetry serves as a potent form of therapy, helping caregivers process complex emotions and find joy amidst adversity. 2. Community and Support: Sharing stories and artistic expressions can cultivate a community of support, making the dementia journey less isolating. 3. Finding Humor: Embracing moments of joy and laughter is crucial, as highlighted by our lighthearted story, showing the importance of positivity in caregiving. About the Authors Sherri Levine, Stealing Flowers from the Neighbors Sue Fagalde Lick, Gravel Road Ahead Daniel Potts, MD, Bringing Art to Life Margaret Stawowy, co-editor of Storms of the Inland Sea, an anthology with Jim Cokas About the Moderators Ann Campanella, What Flies Away and The Beach Poems Marianne Sciucco, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story Pre-order our new anthology, Poetry for the Dementia Journey. Register for our Poetry Reading June 3 at 4 pm EST. About the Podcast  AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
May 28, 2024
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Seize the Day: Embracing Life’s Moments with Alzheimer’s

Perhaps you can’t cure or even prevent Alzheimer’s, but what if you could slow the disease progression? Want to unlock the secrets to living in the moment with Alzheimer's? Get ready to embrace practical advice and actionable insights for a positive journey with Alzheimer's and dementia in this podcast with Danel Gibbs, MD.  He’s a retired neurologist with extensive knowledge in the anatomy of the brain and the disease process of Alzheimer's and dementia. His personal experience living with Alzheimer's provides a unique perspective, enhancing his credibility in discussing practical approaches to managing these conditions. He’s the author of "A Tattoo on My Brain" and "Dispatches from the Land of Alzheimer's," which offer a collection of essays and vignettes that provide valuable insights into the cognitive health and well-being of those living with Alzheimer's or dementia. His writing style, which simplifies complex scientific concepts, ensures that his work is accessible to a wide range of audiences, and his contributions to the understanding and management of Alzheimer's and dementia make him an essential guest on the podcast. Quotes:  “For those of us on the Alzheimer's journey, it's really important to embrace the moment and not dwell on the frustration of trying to remember the past and plan for the future. Happiness and peace come from focusing on the moment.” - Daniel Gibbs, M.D. “We don't have to wait for a cure. We can just do things that really make a significant difference, that are available, evidence proven, and don't cost anything. Except maybe a gym membership.” - Daniel Gibbs, M.D. In this episode, you will:  Explore real-life experiences of living with Alzheimer's and gain insights on managing the daily challenges.Discover the surprising link between sense of smell loss and Alzheimer's disease, and how it may impact early detection.Uncover the powerful impact of exercise on slowing the progression of Alzheimer's and enhancing overall well-being.Learn about dietary approaches that may help slow down the advancement of Alzheimer's disease. Resources mentioned: Trial MatchNational Institutes on Health - Clinical TrialsMind DietMediterranean Diet  After the Podcast Buy the Dispatches from the Land of Alzheimer's and A Tattoo on My Brain Watch the documentary A Tattoo on My Brain Read Daniel’s AlzAuthors Post Visit Daniel’s Blog Listen to Previous Podcasts: Daniel Gibbs, MD Untangles His Personal Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease Writing Through the Fog About the Podcast  AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
April 30, 2024
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Laughter, Tears and Connection: Discussing a Novel Born from Alzheimer’s Experience

Delight in the surprising journey of Ruth Stevens, from crafting a stage play to penning a heartfelt novel about Alzheimer's. Delve into the unexpected twists and turns as Ruth shares her personal experiences and the emotional impact of her work. Stay tuned for eye-opening insights on turning personal stories into fiction and a sneak peek into her upcoming duology. Get ready to be captivated by Ruth's incredible journey, as she shares the highs and lows of her creative process. For our March installment of Books & Chit Chat, our monthly Book Club collaboration with Aging & Amazing, we talk with Ruth Stevens, a former public relations professional from New York City and LA, and the author of the debut novel "Stage Seven," inspired, in part, by her personal experience dealing with her mother's Alzheimer's disease and decline. A fiction story acquisitions editor with AlzAuthors and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Women's Fiction Writers Association, Ruth brings a unique perspective to her writing, infusing humor and tenderness into a difficult topic. Her storytelling abilities, honed through a career in creative writing, advertising campaigns, and numerous articles for magazines, newspapers, and journals, shine through in her work, offering a compelling and relatable portrayal of Alzheimer's and its impact on family dynamics. Like enjoying a performance of her play, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn a lot. Have a listen. Quote:  “I feel like your play gave me permission to move on with my life”. - Audience member In this episode, you will:  Explore real-life Alzheimer's caregiving experiences and gain insights into navigating the challenges with compassion and understanding.Discover the art of turning personal stories into compelling fiction, finding inspiration from the heart-wrenching yet beautiful moments of caregiving.Uncover the captivating journey within the novel "Stage Seven" by Ruth Stevens, delving into the emotional landscape of Alzheimer's and its impact on families.Understand the profound impact of Alzheimer's on family dynamics, gaining new perspectives on how to navigate relationships and support systems during difficult times. After the Podcast Buy the Book Stage Seven Find more about Ruth Stevens at https://ruthfstevens.com/ Listen to Ruth on on the Hilarity for Charity (HFC) and AlzAuthors Summer Book Club Follow Ruth on Social Media: Instagram  Facebook Goodreads  Blog  About the Podcast  AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
April 16, 2024
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Ep 6: What Does the Future Hold for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Treatment?

Alzheimer’s disease is a complicated condition, but researchers are continuing to make important breakthroughs in our understanding of it. In this episode of the "Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease" podcast, we explore the new era of hope in Alzheimer's research and treatment.  Scientists and doctors are excited about the advancements in early detection and promising advances that could slow down or even prevent the disease. Dr. Sharon Cohen shares that for the first time, we can detect Alzheimer's in its earliest stages through simple blood tests, known as blood-based biomarkers. This breakthrough makes diagnosis more accessible and affordable, revolutionizing how we approach Alzheimer's care.  Additionally, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to identify digital biomarkers, such as speech and movement patterns, further aiding in early detection. We also discuss the development of disease-slowing and prevention treatments, emphasizing the importance of clinical trials in bringing these innovations to the public. Moreover, the podcast highlights the critical need for equity and accessibility in healthcare to ensure that advancements in Alzheimer's research benefit all communities. Jason Resendez from the National Alliance for Caregiving discusses efforts to address disparities in healthcare and make new treatments more accessible.  As we conclude the Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease podcast, this episode brings messages of hope from various contributors. Thanks for your interest in Alzheimer’s and the Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease podcast.   For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know! Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. [01:41] What’s the future of Alzheimer's care? [02:41] Developments in blood-based biomarkers [05:11] AI and digital biomarkers [06:01] What are the advances in Alzheimer's treatments? [07:36] The importance of clinical trials in Alzheimer’s research [09:23] Messages of hope Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 10, 2024
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Ep 5: What’s the Role of a Care Partner?

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the person who is diagnosed. It affects caregivers, too. So, if you care about someone with Alzheimer’s disease, this episode is for you.  In this episode of the "Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease" podcast, we hear from Laura, who shares the emotional journey of accepting her husband Andrew's early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis. This story opens up a discussion on the realities of Alzheimer's, not just for those diagnosed, but also for their caregivers, whether they are spouses, adult children, or even teenagers.  Dr. Joel Ebuh highlights the significant health and financial impacts on caregivers, underlining the disease's broader effects beyond the people with Alzheimer’s. Katie McDonough and Jason Resendez discuss the multifaceted role of caregivers, from providing emotional support to handling logistical challenges like treatment and medical appointments. They stress the importance of preparing for the future and the strain of uncertainty on caregivers. They also discuss the importance of caregiver self-care and why it is critical that care partners have support to manage this challenging journey effectively. We share some of the organizations and resources available. The episode also touches on the stigma around Alzheimer's, the difficulty in initiating tough conversations such as taking away car keys, and the importance of advocating for both the patient and the caregiver's needs. Through personal stories from caregivers like Brandon Burke, who cared for his father diagnosed at 59, and expert advice from professionals like Dr. Mary Mittelman, this episode offers insights into coping mechanisms, the power of counseling, and the importance of community and support groups in navigating the complexities of Alzheimer's caregiving. For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know! Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. [01:52] Confronting stigma and shame [02:28] How to navigate care and emotional support? [06:29] How to approach difficult conversations and adjustments? [07:48] The importance of self-care for caregivers [09:20] Utilizing community and online resources [11:59] Enjoying life and making memories Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 10, 2024
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Ep 4: How and When Can Alzheimer’s Be Diagnosed?

Until recently, it was difficult for doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with the limited tests available. Thankfully, there are now many different options to help doctors make an accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, even in its earliest stages.  In this episode of the "Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease" podcast, we learn about the tests that can help doctors tell whether someone is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.   Dr. Sharon Cohen, who knows about Alzheimer's both as a doctor and through her own family, shares how important it is to catch the signs early. She explains the steps of figuring out if someone has Alzheimer's, starting with noticing small changes in memory or mood, to more detailed checks by doctors, and even special scans that look at brain health. She also talks about the different reasons someone might start forgetting things or acting differently, and why it's crucial to get these symptoms checked out. It's not always Alzheimer's; sometimes, other health issues could be the cause.  Until just a few years ago, treatments could only help treat symptoms, not actually slow down the disease. Now, there's hope with advances that can change the course of the disease. Dr. Cohen stresses that knowing about Alzheimer's early gives people more choices, like planning ahead, deciding on treatments, or joining studies for new medicines.  The episode wraps up by encouraging people with Alzheimer's and their families to learn more and get support from organizations and doctors. This way, they don't have to face Alzheimer's alone and can find the best way to deal with it. For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know! Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. [01:49] Personal Insights from Dr. Sharon Cohen [02:31] What are the four steps to an Alzheimer's evaluation? [03:05] Step 1: Identifying early signs and symptoms [06:10] Step 2: Getting initial assessments - cognitive tests and medical history [08:19] Step 3: Referral to a neurologist and biomarker testing [11:01] Step 4: Diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease [12:33] Navigating diagnosis and treatment options Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 10, 2024
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Ep 3: When Should Someone Be Concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease?

With approximately 500,000 new cases in the U.S. each year, and a potential 1 in 5 being misdiagnosed, our guests explain the critical role of early diagnosis in managing Alzheimer's. But how do you know when you should talk to your doctor about Alzheimer’s disease?  In this episode of the "Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease" podcast, we dive into the importance of early detection of Alzheimer's disease. Early detection can provide individuals with more treatment options and offer valuable time to plan for the future. Bob Finch, who was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's, shares his personal journey. He highlights how the disease has affected his memory and daily functions, but also how he's adapting to this new chapter of his life with positivity and awareness. Experts discuss how memory problems can appear. In the context of Alzheimer's, it's essential to be vigilant, especially if there's a family history of the disease. We explain the simple cognitive tests for anyone with concerns about their memory, which can help identify issues early on.  We also talk about how hard it can be to get doctors to listen when someone is worried about their memory or thinking problems. We share ideas on how to stand up for yourself and ask to see memory experts if needed. Since Alzheimer's can cause changes in mood and behavior, not just memory, we highlight how important it is to notice these signs and talk to doctors for help and tests.  This episode really drives home how important it is to catch Alzheimer's early and what people can do if they're worried about the disease. For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know! Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. [01:46] Living with early-stage Alzheimer's: Bob Finch's story [03:46] Normal forgetfulness vs. Alzheimer's symptoms [04:36] What tests can be done to measure cognitive function? [06:24] Advocating for cognitive evaluation [08:20] Recognizing the subtle signs of Alzheimer's [12:21] The value of early detection and resources Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 10, 2024
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Ep 2: What Are the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease? Can I Reduce My Risk?

Did you know that making changes to the way you live your life can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 40%? In this episode, we look at how the things we do can affect our brain health. We also talk about the risks of getting Alzheimer's from the genes we inherit from our parents.  Our guests explain that Alzheimer's and dementia are partly modifiable, meaning that certain lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of developing these conditions. Our guest Kelly O'Brien, who has a family history of Alzheimer's, shares her relief after learning that genes are risk factors, but not absolute predictors of the disease.  We learn what factors put people at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and discuss strategies available to potentially reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's. We highlight the importance of a "brain-healthy lifestyle," which includes managing risk factors such as heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol through diet, exercise, and social interaction. We also discuss the significance of genetic factors, like the APOE4 gene, but remind listeners that these do not guarantee the development of Alzheimer's. We highlight disparities in healthcare and how they affect Alzheimer's risk and treatment, particularly in Black and Latino communities. Efforts to address these disparities and include diverse populations in clinical trials are mentioned as critical steps toward providing equitable healthcare.  This episode underscores the importance of early detection and proactive health management. Despite the genetic risks and the inevitability of aging, individuals can take significant steps to protect their brain health and possibly reduce their risk of Alzheimer's. Tune in to learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and seek medical advice to navigate the risks for Alzheimer's. For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know! Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. [02:07] The role of genes like APOE4 in Alzheimer's disease [03:56] How to detect APOE4 through a genetic test [04:57] What is the benefit of having a genetic test? [05:48] What role does age and gender have in developing Alzheimer’s disease?  [07:10] What are the modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's? [09:39] Healthcare disparities and Alzheimer's risk [11:34] What is the role of race and ethnicity in developing Alzheimer’s? Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 10, 2024
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Ep 1: What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Learn about the differences between Alzheimer's and dementia, and how Alzheimer's disease progresses. We talk about why catching the disease early can make a big difference. Dr. Sharon Cohen and Dr. Yaakov Stern walk us through the stages of Alzheimer's disease, from when there are no symptoms to when memory issues start to show. They explain the stages of Alzheimer’s and how it develops over time. We also hear from Kelly, who explains her personal experiences and concerns about developing Alzheimer’s, and what she does about it.  For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know! Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. [00:03:10] What's the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? [00:07:04] When does Alzheimer’s begin to develop? [00:09:08] What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)? [00:10:36] What is subjective cognitive decline? [00:11:59] What is preclinical Alzheimer's disease? [00:13:13] Why is it important to detect Alzheimer’s disease early? Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 10, 2024
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Trailer: Welcome to the Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease Podcast

When you hear the words Alzheimer's disease, what do you think of? The truth is, the picture most of us have of the disease is incomplete. Alzheimer's disease doesn't start when someone starts to lose their memory. It actually starts years – sometimes decades – earlier.  The Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease Podcast is an engaging, narrative-style podcast miniseries for those curious or motivated to learn about Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps you have a family member with Alzheimer’s disease, or care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps you consider yourself or your loved ones at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and want to hear more about the journey and actions you can take.  Told by people with lived experience of Alzheimer's disease, as well as caregivers and health experts, the Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease Podcast answers common questions about Alzheimer's disease, including: what Alzheimer's disease is, how it starts, what signs to look out for, and most importantly, how you can take action to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, or slow its progression. Download and listen to our series to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, gain confidence in dealing with it, and find hope in the insights and knowledge of others. Together, we can start Rethinking Alzheimer's disease and make a positive impact in the fight against this complex condition. For links to resources and information covered in this series, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com/resources Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease was made possible with support from Eisai Inc. Disclaimer: The content provided in this podcast is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast or its guests is solely at your own risk. ©2024 Mission Based Media Ltd • April 2024 • AD-M2059
April 4, 2024
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The Caregiving Podcaster: Broadcasting Resources from His Unique Vantage Point

When you’re caregiving, it can often feel like you are out there on your own without direction or resources. Sometimes, it can even feel like your healthcare providers aren’t able to meet your needs. If any of this sounds familiar, this episode will be of comfort. Our special guest is Lance A. Slatton. Lance A. Slatton, the founder of a prominent home care company in southeastern Michigan, brings a wealth of personal experience and professional expertise to the table. His caregiving journey, rooted in profound connections with his grandparents and later involving the care of his grandmother during her dementia and his father's health crisis, has deeply influenced his perspective on family caregiver support. Drawing from these experiences, Lance established his own home care company, driven by a commitment to improving caregiver well-being and patient care. His unique insights, stemming from real-life situations, position him as a credible and valuable resource for individuals navigating similar caregiving challenges. Quotes:  Knowing you are not alone is crucial. Seek out others who can understand and relate to what you're going through and educate yourself. - Lance A. Slatton If you've seen one person with dementia, you've only seen that one person. There are so many different variables and all these situations. - Lance A. Slatton I wanted to put something out there that is talking to family caregivers. It's half book, half guide, going through the whole caregiving journey with a lot of great resources and information. - Lance A. Slatton In this episode, you will:  Uncover effective caregiving challenges and innovative solutions for better patient care.Learn how to utilize valuable resources for dementia care to improve your loved one's quality of life.Explore practical ways to enhance family caregiver support and well-being.Understand the impact of personal caregiving experiences on professional paths and career growth.Learn about upcoming collaborations on the All Home Care Matters PodcastHear about Lance’s forthcoming book! After the Podcast Enriched Life Home Care Services https://www.elhcs.com/ All Home Care Matters Podcast https://allhomecarematters.com/ Lance's Book: All Home Care Matters Official Family Caregivers' Guide Ethics of Social Media show: Social Media Episode Unboxing Show: Unboxing Episode About the Podcast  AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
April 3, 2024
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The Caregiving Podcaster: Broadcasting Resources from His Unique Vantage Point

When you’re caregiving, it can often feel like you are out there on your own without direction or resources. Sometimes, it can even feel like your healthcare providers aren’t able to meet your needs. If any of this sounds familiar, this episode will be of comfort. Our special guest is Lance A. Slatton. Lance A. Slatton, the founder of a prominent home care company in southeastern Michigan, brings a wealth of personal experience and professional expertise to the table. His caregiving journey, rooted in profound connections with his grandparents and later involving the care of his grandmother during her dementia and his father's health crisis, has deeply influenced his perspective on family caregiver support. Drawing from these experiences, Lance established his own home care company, driven by a commitment to improving caregiver well-being and patient care. His unique insights, stemming from real-life situations, position him as a credible and valuable resource for individuals navigating similar caregiving challenges. Quotes:  Knowing you are not alone is crucial. Seek out others who can understand and relate to what you're going through and educate yourself. - Lance A. Slatton If you've seen one person with dementia, you've only seen that one person. There are so many different variables and all these situations. - Lance A. Slatton I wanted to put something out there that is talking to family caregivers. It's half book, half guide, going through the whole caregiving journey with a lot of great resources and information. - Lance A. Slatton In this episode, you will:  Uncover effective caregiving challenges and innovative solutions for better patient care.Learn how to utilize valuable resources for dementia care to improve your loved one's quality of life.Explore practical ways to enhance family caregiver support and well-being.Understand the impact of personal caregiving experiences on professional paths and career growth.Learn about upcoming collaborations on the All Home Care Matters PodcastHear about Lance’s forthcoming book! After the Podcast Enriched Life Home Care Services https://www.elhcs.com/ All Home Care Matters Podcast https://allhomecarematters.com/ Lance's Book: All Home Care Matters Official Family Caregivers' Guide Ethics of Social Media show: Social Media Episode Unboxing Show: Unboxing Episode About the Podcast  AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
April 3, 2024
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When Duty Becomes Privilege: Reframing Caregiving as an Act of Love

This is a replay of our book club discussion with our friends at Aging & Amazing. "Books & Chit Chat" is a monthly book club featuring a title from the AlzAuthors collection. Throughout the month, readers participate in a discussion in the book club's Circle community at Aging & Amazing, then meet with the author for an in-depth discussion of the book and the caregiving journey. The online discussions are typically moderated by Andrea Couture, but she was unavailable for this episode so AlzAuthor founder, manager and author Marianne Sciucco is in her place for this episode. Florrie Munat, the author behind "Be Brave, a Wife's Journey through Caregiving," brings a deeply personal and touching account of her caregiving experience for her husband, Chuck, who faced a stroke and Lewy body dementia. Through her memoir, Florrie provides a candid and insightful portrayal of the challenges and triumphs she encountered, offering a beacon of hope and understanding for caregivers navigating similar paths. Her tender storytelling and unwavering strength make her a compelling and relatable guest, bringing a wealth of wisdom and empathy to our discussion on the complexities of dementia caregiving. We're honored to have Florrie's unique perspective and compassionate voice on the Podcast. Quote: When love and duty are one, then Grace is within you. - Florrie Munat In this episode, you will: Gain insights into the caregiving journey for dementia patients and discover effective support strategies.Explore the therapeutic benefits of writing as a tool for caregivers to navigate their emotions and experiences.Learn how to effectively navigate complex family dynamics in the context of providing care for individuals with dementia.Discover the powerful benefits of journaling as a coping mechanism and reflective practice during the caregiving journey.Understand the unique challenges and symptoms associated with Lewy Body Dementia to better support individuals with this condition. After the Podcast Register for Books & Chit Chat Purchase Be Brave: A Wife’s Journey Through Caregiving, which is available as a paperback, and on Audible Note: We are an Amazon Associate and may receive a small commission on book sales at no cost to you Connect with Aging & Amazing Hear Florrie speak about Lewy Body Dementia on Untangling Alzheimer's & Dementia Read Florrie's AlzAuthors post: Memoir, Be Brave: A Wife’s Journey Through Caregiving by Florrie Munat About the Podcast AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
March 24, 2024
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Grace Under Pressure: A Caregiver’s Journey from Professional to Personal

By Christy Byrne Yates, MS, California, US Podcast Description: Discover the unexpected truth about dementia care from a professional who found herself on the other side of caregiving. Get ready to uncover the surprising insights that transformed her perspective and could change yours too. Find out what left her reevaluating her own caregiving advice and how she's now championing an empowering approach for other caregivers. It's a revelation that could reshape the way you think about dementia care and caregiving. Mary Ann Drummond, a highly experienced nurse with a career spanning over 30 years, is a prominent figure in the realm of dementia care. Her book, Meet Me Where I Am: An Alzheimer's Care Guide, is a comprehensive resource derived from her extensive work in memory care settings. It offers practical strategies and insights tailored to the unique challenges of dementia caregiving. In collaboration with Dr. Beatrice Tauber Prior, Mary Ann co-authored Grandma and Me, a children's guide for Alzheimer's and dementia, emphasizing her commitment to addressing the broader impact of these conditions on families. With her wealth of nursing knowledge and literary skills, Mary Ann's contributions have significantly advanced the understanding and support available for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. Quotes: “Give yourself grace. You're only human. There're going to be days where you don't always do exactly what you might know to do, but it's not wrong. It's just human.” “It's about capabilities. It's less about the limitations and more about the abilities.” In this episode, you will: Gain valuable insights into dementia care from real-life experiences.Discover the importance of prioritizing self-care as a caregiver.Learn to recognize and leverage individual capabilities in dementia care.Overcome challenges in decision-making as a caregiver for someone with dementia.Explore how to create a dementia-friendly caregiving environment for enhanced well-being. After the Podcast ·      Meet Me Where I Am – An Alzheimer’s Care Guide ·      Grandma and Me – A Kid’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia I Choose to Remember, a reminiscence therapy aid - available exclusively on the Angel Tree Publishing website. Connect with MaryAnn Twitter at @RNforAlz for more information and updates. About the Podcast AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store
March 5, 2024
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Ep07: Roche’s Approach to Brain Health: Insights From the World Economic Forum’s Brain Health Impact Session

This episode is hosted by Drew Holzapfel, Chief Operating Officer of the Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative. He’s joined by Dr. Sasha Bozeat and Dr. Mikele Epperly, two leaders from Roche who are focused on neurological disease and brain health.  They share a glimpse into the cutting-edge research, innovative solutions, and collaborative efforts that are shaping the future of brain health on a global scale. This is our final episode of the recordings from the 2024 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, however we plan to update this podcast series with more news about brain health as it unfolds. Be sure to follow this show in your favorite podcast player, and subscribe to our Health UNMUTED newsletter to be notified as new episodes are released. The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Ep06: Driving Brain Health to End Alzheimer’s Globally

In this episode, we feature a recording of a roundtable discussion that was hosted by the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative at the World Economic Forum on January 16, 2024. George Vradenburg, Founding Chairman of the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative, led a discussion with leaders in government, industry, academic, and global communities to share cutting-edge strategies and innovations for accelerating Brain Health globally.  This episode is a bit longer than many of the others in this series, and it is time well-spent. It is filled with insightful conversations and groundbreaking initiatives aimed at driving down the cost of dementia care, preventing cognitive impairment through lifestyle modifications, and advancing early treatment for Alzheimer's. From revolutionary vaccine developments to cutting-edge lifestyle interventions, this episode brings you the most up-to-date information on the prevention and treatment of cognitive decline. This episode was recorded at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland in January 2024.  The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Ep05: Brain Health and Alzheimer’s: Global Strategies for Collaboration

In this episode, Health Policy Watch board member and reporter Carlos Dora interviews two esteemed guests, His Excellency Ambassador Luis Gallegos, an Ecuadorian diplomat, and Dr. Zul Merali a neuroscientist and founder of the Aga Khan University Brain and Mind Institute.    The conversation touches on the importance of collaboration between nations, the role of international organizations like the UN in addressing brain health, and the need to tackle stigma and discrimination related to mental health in communities.  This episode was recorded at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland in January 2024.  The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Ep04: A Discussion with Shannon Cohn and Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha on Women’s Health

This episode is hosted by Richard Lui, an author, filmmaker and anchor for NBC and MSNBC. He delves into the important topic of equity and its impact on different genders in relation to brain health.  Our guests, Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha and Shannon Cohn, share their expertise and personal stories to shed light on the disparities in healthcare, particularly in the context of Alzheimer's disease and another disease that affects over 200,000,000 girls and women: endometriosis. Join us as we explore the crucial work being done to advocate for greater equity and understanding in brain health. This episode was recorded at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland in January 2024.  The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Ep03: Pioneering Progress: Advancements in Alzheimer’s Immunotherapies, Vaccines, and Screening

This episode is hosted by Richard Lui, an author, filmmaker and anchor for NBC and MSNBC. He’s joined by Dr. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune SA and George Vradenburg, the founding chairman of the Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative. Together, they discuss the latest developments in Alzheimer's research.  They delve into the breakthroughs in immunotherapy, the potential for early intervention, and the impact of new diagnostic methods.  They also explore the role of partnerships and collaborations in advancing Alzheimer's research and the global effort needed to achieve their goal. Enjoy the conversation with George Vradenburg and Andrea Pfeifer. This episode was recorded at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland in January 2024.  The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Ep02: Brain Health Matters: Olivier Schwab Shares World Economic Forum’s Vision and Initiatives

George Vradenburg, the Founding Chairman of the Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative, sits down with Olivier Schwab, the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. They discuss the role of digital innovation, the impact of AI on society and health, and the importance of rebuilding trust.  They also delve into the critical need for global collaboration in addressing chronic diseases of aging, particularly Alzheimer's, and the role of the Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative in shaping the future of brain health. This episode was recorded at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland in January 2024.  The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Ep01: Measuring, Improving, and Sustaining Brain Health

George Vradenburg, the Founding Chairman of the Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative, engages in a thought-provoking conversation with three global experts in the field of brain health. Doctors Miia Kivipelto, Ian Hickie, and Harris Eyre discuss the critical importance of brain health across the lifespan.  Dr. Kivipelto introduces the "5 fingers" model which is aimed at reducing the risk of dementia through lifestyle modifications, while Dr. Hickie delves into the plasticity of the brain and the potential for resilience throughout life. Dr. Eyre sheds light on the concept of brain capital and how it can drive economic and societal growth. This episode was recorded at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland in January 2024.  The Brain Health News podcast, part of Health UNMUTED, was created by Mission Based Media in association with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.
February 21, 2024
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Sharing an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Through Speaking Tours and Writing

Podcast Description: Jane Dwinell, co-author of Alzheimer's Canyon, brings a heartfelt and personal touch to the podcast. As a former Unitarian Universalist minister and with a background in nursing and hospice care, Jane's journey as a caregiver for her husband, Sky Yardley, provides a unique and empathetic perspective on the impact of Alzheimer's. Through their public speaking tour and workshops, Jane and Sky shared their experiences with dementia, aiming to break the silence and stigma surrounding the disease. Jane's dedication to storytelling and her commitment to raising awareness make her a valuable voice in the conversation about Alzheimer's and dementia. Quotes: "He wanted to meet his people. He wanted to meet other people with dementia. And by doing this church stuff and the workshops, it was his people all over the place." He was still writing almost up to a year before his death, when he was still at home, and he was unable to dress himself and bathe himself. He was still writing. In this episode, you will: In this episode, you will be able to: Uncover the emotional rollercoaster of dementia caregiving.Discover the unique challenges of dementia caregiving during COVID-Understand the fluctuations in cognitive abilities in individuals with dementia.Learn the art of writing and publishing personal dementia caregiving experiences.Explore life after caregiving, including ways to move on both physically and emotionally. After the Podcast Purchase Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couples Reflections on Living with Dementia , which is available as a paperback, Kindle edition and on Audible Note: We are an Amazon Associate and may receive a small commission on book sales at no cost to you Read Jane's AlzAuthors post: ‘Alzheimer’s Canyon’ Honors Jane’s Husband’s Wish to Make Blog Posts a Book and Help Others with Dementia. Listen to Jane on the “Untangling Alzheimer’s & Dementia” virtual event Podcast episode, “Writing Through the Fog: Three Authors Share Coping Strategies.” Jane's Bio: Jane Dwinell is a retired RN, freelance writer, and Unitarian Universalist minister. She is the author (or co-author) of four books including Birth Stories: Mystery, Power, and Creation and Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couple’s Reflections on Living with Dementia, which won the Independent Publisher's of New England's 2023 award for narrative nonfiction. She lives in northern Vermont with her two cats, Tubby and Pogo, and her garden. Connect with Jane Facebook Instagram Website About the Podcast AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization totally reliant on donations to do what we do. Your generosity will help cover our many operating costs, which include website hosting and maintenance fees, service charges to keep things running smoothly, and marketing expenses to promote our authors, expand our content, improve our reach, and more. Our ongoing work supports our mission to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To sustain our efforts please donate here. Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here. Thanks for listening. We are a Whole Care Network Featured Podcast Proud to be on The Health Podcast Network Find us on The World Podcast Network and babyboomer.org Want to be on the podcast? Here’s what you need to know We've got merch! Shop our Store  
February 20, 2024
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