Created with Sketch.
The Alzheimer's Podcast
38 minutes | 9 days ago
144 "Those people have names"
After reporting on the FDA Advisory Committee meeting for Biogen's phase 3 trial drug aducanumab, Phil started wrestling with two parts of himself: should the guy who believes in science prevail, or the guy living with the diagnosis? This week, picking up where we left off in Episode 143: "We have a friend," Christy throws in her emotional thinking on the topic. More at DementiaSherpa.com/episode144.
39 minutes | 20 days ago
143 "We have a friend"
This episode was recorded November 9, 2020. Phil and Christy discuss President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris's victory and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 within our community. But mostly, Phil wrestles with two parts of himself about what happened last week at the FDA Advisory Committee: should the guy who believes in science prevail, or the guy living with the diagnosis?
44 minutes | 4 months ago
142 The All-In Method for Difficult Conversations
In This Episode We've got two top-notch guests on the show today, Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower. They're co-authors of the new book, Radical Alignment: How to Have Game-Changing Conversations That Will Transform Your Business and Your Life. You won't be surprised to hear we're going to focus on the "your life” aspect today. Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode for details on a generous special offer if you order the book before August 10, 2020--that's tomorrow!--or pause the episode and head straight over to RadicalAlignmentBook.com right now if you can't stand the suspense. Alexandra and Bob both have certifications in Applied Positive Psychology and Alexandra is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Alexandra is a success mentor and life & health coach to creative, professional women who want it all. She is the best-selling author of Women, Food & Desire, co-creator and co-star of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, and a highly-sought-after wellness expert. Bob helps organizations move faster, create better products, and become happier, more engaging places to work. He is an authority on agile software development, lean theory, and responsive organizational design, and has advised leaders at numerous companies—including GE, Ford, Chanel, PG&E, and Spotify—in creating more effective organizations. He is the author of Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity and speaks regularly on organizational development and leadership. All of that is certainly impressive, but honestly, I'm most excited about their new book, Radical Alignment. Once you hear what they have to say, I think you'll be excited about how it can impact your relationships too.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
141 "What did you do? What did you say?"
This episode is part two of my conversation with Mikaela Wilson and Spencer Coombe, co-founders of Senior Support Services of Southern Ontario and co-authors of Any Game for Any Brain. Last episode, we talked about the Canadian military's report on five nursing homes in Ontario and the awful conditions they found there. As Spencer said, it was shocking, but “we weren't shocked.” John Lewis had it exactly right when he said, “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something. Our children and their children will ask, ‘What did you do? What did you say?'” And that's exactly why we continue to speak up on The Alzheimer's Podcast. We discuss more problems in long-term care in both Canada and the US in this episode. Bringing problems to the light is the important precursor to solving them, and we talk about some solutions in this episode, too. This episode was recorded July 14, 2020, and btw, is rated explicit because I use 's---show' to describe the US response to the coronavirus. Transcript at DementiaSherpa.com/episode141.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
140 "We weren't shocked"
Mikaela Wilson and Spencer Coombe, co-founders of Senior Support Services of Southern Ontario and co-authors of Any Game for Any Brain, discuss the Canadian military's report on abysmal conditions in five Ontario nursing homes. Full transcript and links at DementiaSherpa.com/episode140.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
139 This is Going to Impact Your Family
This episode was recorded May 19, 2020. Phil and Christy discuss what's happening in long-term care in the US and Canada during the pandemic and posit why it's so abysmal. Plus, they manage to work into the conversation Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, Jeff Bezos, Kathy Bates, and Adam and Eve. Full transcript at DementiaSherpa.com/episode139. All links in the transcript.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
138 Laurel + Hardy Throw a Party
We're fast-forwarding through the editing queue to bring you this episode recorded June 23, 2020. We wanted to make this episode as timely as possible for a few reasons: Phil Gutis (our Assistant Sherpa on The Alzheimer’s Podcast) and his husband Tim Weaver once again did a Longest Day event on behalf of The Alzheimer's Association. The Longest Day was last weekend, but the fundraising doesn't close out until August 31, 2020, so there's still time to donate here. Phil describes their Longest Day experience as Laurel & Hardy Throw a Party, and gives up the details. There's a lot of laughing in this episode, and sometimes--like if we've been lucky enough to survive 2020 so far--we just need to laugh. We finally got Tim on the show!! He provides some great insight and what I believe are three of the most valuable pieces of advice a dementia care partner will ever get. Full transcript + show notes at https://www.dementiasherpa.com/episode138
26 minutes | 6 months ago
137 What criteria makes a person valuable?
This episode was recorded April 27, 2020. Just like last week’s episode, we again talk about the value of a human life. It’s a recurring theme on The Alzheimer’s Podcast, because we believe that when others don’t see people living with a dementia diagnosis as having value simply because they’re our fellow humans, then every human life can be devalued. And when that happens, inhumane treatment can be justified based on any criteria those in power come up with in the moment. Obviously, we had no idea when we recorded this episode that it would be released during a time of global protests demanding the perfectly reasonable acknowledgement that Black lives matter. We are in no way looking to co-opt a movement or diminish the message that Black lives matter. Rather, we stand in solidarity. Full transcript: https://dementiasherpa.com/episode137 *NEW* LIVE Master Class Training "Dementia Care Basics: Caring for Your Person at Home." Details: https://dementiasherpa.com/masterclass/
34 minutes | 6 months ago
136 What's the Value of a Human Life?
This episode was recorded April 20th, 2020. At one point, Phil refers to protesters, and who he’s talking about are the armed white people who showed up at statehouses wanting to get a haircut, go to the movies, open up the economy, that sort of thing. So, I don’t want there to be any confusion because of when this episode is being released (in early June) about who Phil is talking about. One other warning: this episode, I think, really reflects the anger and frustration that Phil and I were feeling in mid-April. Many of you have told me how much you appreciate me putting a positive message out into the world. But I think there’s also a time to not only have righteous anger but to share it with the rest of the world. Finally, unlike virtually every other episode of The Alzheimer's Podcast, this episode is marked "E," because I use the s-word, once. Full transcript at DementiaSherpa.com/episode136.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
135 "Where isolation and solitude come in handy"
Show notes + transcript: DementiaSherpa.com/episode135. This week, I got author and blogger Donna Thomson to come back to the show. She has so much wisdom to share about solitude, a timely topic in this time of Covid-19. Although many states are “reopening” right now—and we’ve got more on that in upcoming episodes—Donna’s thoughts on solitude and isolation are relevant to care partners no matter what’s going on in the outside world. Donna is an exceptionally experienced care partner, having first become one as a teenager. As you'd expect, she's developed an enormous amount of wisdom along the way. You'll also no doubt note the empathy and compassion that comes through loud and clear in the soothing sound of Donna's voice. The mother of two grown children, one of whom has severe disabilities, Donna also cared for her mother who had a diagnosis of dementia and passed away in the summer of 2018 at the age of 96. Donna is the co-author (with Dr. Zachary White) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014). She blogs regularly at The Caregivers’ Living Room and teaches caregivers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
134 The Unexpected Journey of Caring
Full show notes with transcript + links: https://DementiaSherpa.com/episode134 Christy gets to talk with the extraordinarily-generous-with-her-time caregiver, author and activist Donna Thomson about a wide range of topics that affect care partners, including: Caregiving literacy + advocacy Anosognosia Hyperintolerance + "slices of a pie" The masks we wear The hidden opportunities in care partnering When your family isn't who you think they should be Intentional caregiving (vs "head on fire" caregiving) The importance of what we focus on as care partners And so much more! Donna is an exceptionally experienced care partner, having first become one as a teenager. As you'd expect, she's developed an enormous amount of wisdom along the way. You'll also no doubt note the empathy and compassion that comes through loud and clear in the soothing sound of Donna's voice. The mother of two grown children, one of whom has severe disabilities, Donna also cared for her mother who had a diagnosis of dementia and passed away in the summer of 2018 at the age of 96. Donna is the co-author (with Dr. Zachary White) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014). She blogs regularly at The Caregivers’ Living Room and teaches caregivers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
30 minutes | 8 months ago
133 Joy-Filled Visits...in Your Own Home
Full transcript + links: DementiaSherpa.com/Episode133 Let’s just have some fun, already! If you’re looking for ideas of what to do with your person while you’re living la vida (stir) loca, this is the episode for you. Julie Bigham, founder of Joy-Filled Visits and a former activities director, shares ideas and tells a moving story about a woman able to engage more than her family thought possible.
7 minutes | 8 months ago
BONUS Visiting from Afar
Christy offers a cheap, low-tech way to make sure your person knows you're thinking of them with this bonus tip.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
132 And Here We Are
Show notes + links: DementiaSherpa.com/Episode132. Phil Gutis, our Assistant Sherpa, and Christy discuss what life is like right now in the shadow of Covid-19, including ways families can stay connected with their person who lives in long-term care. Complimentary Strategy Call for Dementia Care Partners March Master Class Training: Reducing Your Chances of Developing Dementia
20 minutes | 9 months ago
131 How Coronavirus Could Impact Your Loved One Living with Dementia
If you've been following the story of coronavirus spread over the past several weeks, you may be freaked out right about now. News came out over the weekend that a long-term care community in the Pacific Northwest has been impacted, with both residents and staff affected. As I’m recording this the morning of March 3, 2020, 4 residents in that nursing home have died. So even if you're a cool kitten not prone to panic, you may have questions about how the spread of coronavirus could affect your person. Complete transcript + links: DementiaSherpa.com/Episode131.
40 minutes | 9 months ago
130 Respect, Dignity, and The Good Stuff
In this episode, Phil Gutis, our Assistant Sherpa, and Christy discuss situations that show respect for your person and opportunities to bring The Good Stuff. Show notes at DementiaSherpa.com/episode130. Complimentary Strategy Call for Dementia Care Partners
36 minutes | 9 months ago
129 One-Stop Shopping with the PACE Program
In this episode, Christy talks with Joan Corella of the Providence ElderPlace PACE Program, A care model that combines medical care, long-term care, and social services all in one program, about how vital this program can be for caregivers and those living with dementia. Show notes at DementiaSherpa.com/episode129. Complimentary Strategy Call for Dementia Care Partners
24 minutes | 9 months ago
128 Sleep Routines are Vital
Show notes: DementiaSherpa.com/episode128. In this episode, Christy & Phil discuss some ways to improve sleep for your person.
48 minutes | 10 months ago
127 Learning What You Need to Learn
In this episode, Dr. Deborah Bier chats with The Dementia Sherpa about learning what is needed to be an effective caregiver and letting go of the shame that mistakes can often bring up, so we can continue to be there for our person, bringing the good stuff. As always, there are show notes at DementiaSherpa.com/episode127. LIVE Master Class Training Series #2
54 minutes | 10 months ago
126 I've Been a Mess
Show notes at DementiaSherpa.com/Episode126. Christy Turner, AKA The Dementia Sherpa, and Phil Gutis, our Assistant Sherpa, get candid about a wide range of topics: Phil's depression His use of Ambien during his working years His aunt, who is showing signs of cognitive impairment Familial and environmental risk factors for developing neurodegenerative diseases The possibility of a cure (or at least an effective treatment similar to the HIV cocktail) in the next 10 years The relative value of seeing a neurologist pre- and post-diagnosis The Dementia Sherpa’s February 2020 LIVE Master Class Training: Advance Care Planning
Terms of Service
© Stitcher 2020