Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s with Renee Harmon, MD

Untangling Alzheimer’s & Dementia, an AlzAuthors Podcast

Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s with Renee Harmon, MD

October 18, 2022

Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s with Renee Harmon, MD

Welcome to the second in our 2022 Summer Book Series with HFC. In this episode, Renée Harmon, MD, author of Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s shares her story of caring for her husband, Harvey, who had younger-onset Alzheimer’s. This interview was recorded on July 12th. Christy Byrne Yates, MA moderated. We discuss the important of acknowledging your vulnerability while caregiving, asking for and accepting help, why a good support group can make all the difference, and how to rewrite your script when dementia enters your story.  

 About Renée Harmon, MD

Renée Brown Harmon, MD, is a retired family physician in Birmingham, Alabama. After eighteen years of sharing a thriving medical practice, her husband, Harvey, was forced to retire after a diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Harmon cared for her husband for the eight years of his illness while maintaining their medical practice and rearing their two teenage daughters. The challenges of caregiving while working and parenting full-time led her to a deep appreciation for all caregivers.

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About Christy Byrne Yates, MA

Christy is the mother of two – now adult – children. She is an expert in navigating the challenges and opportunities in life including living in the “Sandwich Generation” (those raising children who are also caring for an aging parent), special needs education, and parenting. She incorporates meditation, mindfulness practices and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) into her work along with other evidence-based practices to support growth, goal achievement and a pathway to living your best life now. In California she is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), an author, speaker, and coach. She is the author of Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation available on Amazon.

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