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Dementia Resilience with Jill Lorentz
49 minutes | 10 days ago
DRwJL – Validation Theory/Communicating with the Non Verbal
April 13, 2021 Using Naomi Feil’s validation theory of speaking and communicating with people who have Alzheimer’s or other memory loss with some type of dementia is absolutely fascinating to me. She has been incredibly successful in reaching those who seem so far gone, using music and other alternatives to reach into the deep recesses of their minds. Today I want delve into a few of her styles to enlighten you into ways to find your person when all seems lost.
57 minutes | 17 days ago
DRwJL- Workshop Time! Let’s work through your journey!
April 6, 2021 – I have created a workshop format today to help you work through various parts of your emotional journey and to help you create a path for success. Grab a big pad of paper and some pens! You can do this! Join me and start working towards a better future for you and your person with the diagnosis!
56 minutes | a month ago
DRwJL – Scams – How to Avoid Them
March 23, 2021 – Cary Johnson, Director of Crime Prevention for Jefferson County Colorado is my guest on the show today. His knowledge of how to keep yourself safe from scams and what to do if you are caught in a net cast by a criminal is invaluable. This is a must listen show! You will not believe how many ways these con artist have to try and take advantage of you and take your money. Grab a pen and paper and protect yourself from the daily onslaught of attempts on your well being!
47 minutes | a month ago
DRwJL – Difficult Family Dynamics Make Caregiving & Being Cared For Extremely Hard
March 9,2021 – Caregiving is hard enough, but add to it family dynamics which have enough baggage to fill an airport baggage claim area and now we have some real issues to struggle though. This is a real deep and open conversation about caregiving when tension and resentment are present, and how do we move through this with some kind of plan? In many cases it requires you to be the bigger person, put personalities asides and do what you need to do.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
DRwJL – Patience is hard to come by when dealing with Frontotemporal Degeneration. Let’s Get Real!
March 2, 2021 -Frontotemporal degeneration is one of the hardest types of dementia to live with, and that’s saying something! Lewy Body, Alzheimer’s, ALS and so forth are ridiculously difficult diseases, but FTD with judgment and reasoning not working and off the chart impulses that are out of control, it’s enough to make us lose our F*^#ing minds. It is so hard to explain to people how hard this journey is. In this podcast, I will attempt to help my #caregivernation keep your togetherness during this tumultuous times, and I will try to practice what I preach! We are in this together friends.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
DRwJL – Caregiving is Hard – Please Know – You Are Enough! You have the Knack for this!
February 16, 2021 – This is sort of an open letter type podcast to care partners and my #caregivernation talking about trusting yourself to learn as much as you can and being the best you can in difficult situations. We often question ourselves and don’t recognize that we have the intuition built in to show love and compassion to those we love. Many of us have the knack for knowing just the right thing to do and having the patience in reserve when we need to access it. Yes, we can make mistakes and that’s okay! Forgive yourself when you are short tempered or angry at the situation at hand, it happens. We can learn from our mistakes and always try to do better next time. You are enough my friends – stop second guessing yourselves!
51 minutes | 2 months ago
DRwJL – Understanding Palliative Care ~ A Team Approach Dr Christina Vaughan Explains
February 9, 2021- A conversation with Dr. Christina Vaughan, about the ideals of palliative care, providing person centered care at its best for neurological patients and their families. This is an important and new way to focus on not only the diagnosis, but the spiritual, psychological and psychosocial aspects of the journey with diseases characterized by cognitive and memory loss. Spending more time with patients is a key and bringing in specialists like a chaplain, a social worker, and a person like me, as I help you in the home and with education. With this approach the doctors can explore who the person is, and not focus on the disease they have been diagnosed with. In my mind, this way of providing care is so refreshing and overdue! Dr. Vaughan and her team are utilizing this cutting edge approach and seeing remarkable results. I am so honored to work with the University of Colorado Hospital and collaborate on the care with the family. Dr. Vaughan is a Neurologist at the University of Colorado Hospital Denver. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Division of Neuropalliative Care. It is a medical specialty that focuses on trying to relieve all sorts of suffering that people experience with chronic illness, trying to improve quality of life as a team. Jill Lorentz and Dr. Christina Vaughan
58 minutes | 3 months ago
DRwJL – What Can You Do To Better Your Life As A Care Partner?
February 2nd, 2021 – Life as a care partner for a person with a dementia like Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, or any other type of cognitive impairment and memory loss, is difficult to say the least. With or without support, you have to find a way to not only survive, but to thrive. This is why we must be resilient, meaning, we must find a way to overcome obstacles and adversity to find a positive outcome. In this podcast, I will take you down a pathway to help you find the resources you need and hopefully help you find some peace on the way.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
DRwJL – Music through Certified Therapists takes this Alternative Therapy to a New Level!
Sarah Thompson is a board-certified music therapist who has worked with people with neurologic differences for over 17 years. She is a book contributor, speaker, and researcher who loves discussing how neuroscience-based music interventions can change people’s lives. Sarah is the CEO of Rehabilitative Rhythms, a Denver-based nonprofit organization. For more information: www.PossibleWithMusic.org A Lifetime With Music: https://possiblewithmusic.org/a-lifetime-with-music/ Outline of Discussion: Why is music so helpful for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia? How music is processed Considerations for hearing loss How exactly can music help someone living with dementia? How is music therapy different than simply listening to music on an iPod or on Alexa? Skilled intervention Parallel of going for a walk vs. physical therapy What are some tips that you could share for caregivers to use right now?
32 minutes | 3 months ago
DRwJL – Medicaid Issues & Covid
January, 21,2021 – This podcast dives deep into the issues we have when we are low on money.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
DRwJL – Supportive & Flexible Approaches to Engagement & Activities
January 12, 2021 – Engagement and activities are designed to be fun, concentrating on participation, not perfection, when working with a person with memory loss. Make sure the time spent lessens stress and encourages positive enlightenment for everyone. Make communication and participation enjoyable and if it’s not, make the process more simple for all of you. I have 150 fun activities that I have documented which will help and will be happy to send to anyone who asks. Today I will go over a huge part of my list. Enjoy friends! Jill
56 minutes | 3 months ago
DRwJL – Speaking with Stacie Naslund About Her Awesome Person Centered Care Community
60 minutes | 3 months ago
DRwJL – Maybe My Best Show Ever! Listener’s Thoughts & Poems, Quotes Which Are very Moving
56 minutes | 4 months ago
DRwJL – A talk with Stacie Naslund about how a person centered care community functions well during Covid
Today, January 5th, I was thrilled to speak with Stacie Naslund, Executive Director of Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, about what it has been like behind the walls of a memory care unit during Covid. Listen to this insightful interview where we discuss all the challenges experienced during the pandemic. There was a lot to deal with, from residents sadness from not being able to see, touch or hug their family members, and family members scared and distraught from not visiting their loved ones for months on end. Stacie is open and thoughtful in her approach to everyone’s needs and she shares her thoughts candidly with me.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
DRwJL – Listener’s Thoughts ~ My Most Touching Show Ever!
December 29, 2020 – As this year closes out, one we will never forget by the way, I compiled letter and emails from listeners to share with you. I received letters, poems and many touching comments from many of you! It was wonderful to share these insightful and emotional offerings. When I came out of the studio, my engineer had tears in his eyes and said it might be my best show ever in his opinion. Grab a drink settle in and enjoy! Happy New Year My Friends! Jill
53 minutes | 4 months ago
DRwJL – Holidays are here & everyone has suggestions on ways YOU can be a better caregiver ~ Can You Relate?
Dec 22, 2020 – So often people want to help and give you ideas of ways to make your situation of caregiving better. Sometimes we feel judged by their comments. Sometimes they are helpful. They will ask, what do you need and you say “nothing” because you haven’t thought through the idea of what you need. I am imploring you to think of some things that will reduce stress. If that is hard for you to do, you need to listen to this podcast. Sometimes you have no one asking you if you need help, and you may need to look elsewhere for assistance. I have 55 minutes of ideas on all of this and more. Happy Holidays and God Bless My Friends! Jill
51 minutes | 4 months ago
DRwJL – New Approaches to the Way We Communicate with & Care for Families
December 15, 2020 – My guest today is Taylor Hulett, Applewood Our House Memory Care Community Relations Director. Taylor is a dynamic young man who is searching new ways to find positive paths for communication with the families and professionals he works with. We will talk abut a wonderful new app for families, and a group for professionals, the Mavericks, where they can come together to share ideas on ways to present more person centered care for residents, and their co-workers!
60 minutes | 4 months ago
DRwJL – Celebrating the Holidays with Music! Finding Christmas Spirit with Jill Lorentz
December 8, 2020 A few years ago my husband & I went into the studio to make our second Christmas CD, Finding Christmas Spirit and had a great time over the next seven months working on the music. Jim Played acoustic guitar and harmonicas, including a 40 year old bass harmonica once owned by his father, as well as sharing the vocals with me. His rendition of The Grinch is fabulous and a can’t miss! We played with a few other musicians, Brian Hunter (electric guitar, piano and drums) and Julia Harris on violin, helped to round out the musicians. We hope you enjoy this holiday show while you are wrapping presents, baking cookies, trimming the tree or whatever fun activity you have going on! Happy Holidays & thanks for listening! Jill & Jim
54 minutes | 5 months ago
DRwJL – Nadine Roberts Cornish Celebrates Caregiver’s with the 10-10-30 Campaign
BECAUSE I CARE – During this extraordinary time, the need for a campaign event that celebrates the often-forgotten family caregiver, is vital to our nation’s #health and #wellness. With the added stressors the coronavirus brings, it is essential that #familycaregivers are given support, resources, and comfort as they journey through this life changing role. The #101030Campaign was created to do just that, celebrate the family caregiver. Will you join us? With your help, we know we can reach our goal to place 10,000 practical resources and inspirational #gifts into the hands of those who need it most. Because You Care, click here:http://ow.ly/HoBZ50CqVSs
55 minutes | 5 months ago
DRwJL – Dr. Zach Macchi Explores Ways to Incorporate Better Care for Early Stage Diagnosis -& for Caregivers!
November 24, 2020 – Exploring palliative care and the benefits of focusing on the person with a diagnosis, as well as their caregiver, so the whole family gets the help they need. My guest, Dr. Zach Macchi, is a Neurologist with the University of Colorado Hospital Memory Disorders Clinic in Denver. He is excited to explore the ways we can create a new frontier by integrating palliative care into the standard care of a patient receives. We need new approaches for looking at ways to educate clinicians, patients, caregivers, and look for models that support a palliative care approach. What this means is essentially addressing all of the needs and issues that contribute to a person’s quality of life, like symptom management, caregiver support, advanced care planning, discussions with the family, and making early decisions that aide in the person’s care. We need all these components to create a new successful approach as well as looking at the patient as a person, and not as the disease.
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