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Episode Info: Dementia is a disease that can strip away the very essence of who a friend or loved one once was. It ravages the mind, while, in many cases, leaving the body alone until late in the disease timeline.  Understanding the signs that accompany the disease, especially those in the later stages, will help improve quality of life, end of life choices, and the relationships of the people it affects. On this Episode of the MEMIC Safety Experts Podcast, I talk with Dr. Heather McKay, manager of Partnerships for Health in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  Together, we delve into the late stages of Dementia and how caregivers and loved ones can make sense of the disease’s effects and be better prepared for end of life choices.   Peter Koch: Hello, listeners, and welcome to the MEMIC Safety Experts podcast. Dementia is a disease that can strip away the very essence of who your friend or loved one once was. It ravages the mind, while in many cases leaving the body alone until late in the disease timeline. It's challenging, frustrating, maddening and heartbreaking for the patient as well as the loved ones and caregivers that surround them. While we may know much about the effects of dementia and have developed strategies for treatment as of this episode, there is still no cure. However, understanding the cues and signs that accompany the different stages of the disease can help improve quality of life and the relationships of the people that the disease affects. So I'm your host, Peter Kotch. And back with us today to help us make some sense of the effects of late stage dementia. And someone who is both passionate and compassionate about the disease is Dr. Heather [00:01:00] McKay, manager of Partnerships for Health in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Dr. McKay is an occupational therapist. Dementia care specialist and international trainer and speaker. She provides caregiver education and consultation on topics related to dementia and Alzheimer's care. In her research, Heather designed and tested a new educational program for dementia care teams, which facilitates teams resolving real world challenges and will be very useful in developing a more effective dementia care workforce. She's the creator of the caregiver training video series Dementia Care for America's Heroes, featuring caregivers in the Long Island State Veterans Home and has collaborated with MEMIC to produce a webinar series called The ABC is of Dementia A Caregivers Guide. In an earlier episode, Heather walked us through the early stages of dementia and had some great insight and advice for caregivers and loved ones. We ended that podcast by describing some of the steps to the positive physical [00:02:00] approach, which is a method of engaging a person in the early stages of the disease. In today's episode, we're going to delve into the late stages of dementia and how caregivers and loved ones can make sense of the disease's effect and be better prepared for end of life choices. So, Heather, wel...
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