Some of you have read my recently published book “Joining Joanie: Staying Connected to Your Loved One Through Dementia and Beyond”. Many readers have thanked me for writing about this topic which often is difficult to discuss and even more challenging to manage. In this podcast, recorded and produced by Matt Cavallo of Patient Activation Network, we dig in deeper to the common issues inherent in dealing with dementia and how you can navigate these challenges with greater ease and deeper connection.
One of the questions we tackle in this podcast is what to do when feeling frustrated with the person with dementia. I think it’s important to recognize that the source of the frustration is the dementia and not the person. Your loved one will always be your loved one, even when dementia alters their personality, behaviors, and social interactions. If you’re at all curious how I managed to navigate my mother’s dementia for over 15 years while also committing to regular self-care and spiritual connection then have a listen to this podcast.
Dealing with dementia is something most of us will have exposure to at some point in our lives, whether it is with a family member, friend, or acquaintance. A new case of dementia is diagnosed every 3 seconds worldwide. With my extensive clinical background working with individuals and families coping with dementia, I have used my knowledge to support others in understanding and dealing with the many demands of loving someone with this diagnosis.
Would you like to learn what you can do to facilitate communication and connection with your loved one who has dementia? Are you interested in knowing my techniques for ensuring maximum connection as well as preserving laughter and humor? Curious about what to do when your loved one no longer recognizes you as the person you have always been in their life? Then tune in to this 30 minute podcast!