Reminiscence therapy can help a person with dementia reconnect with their lives. Lisa tells the story of a creative memory care director who used reminiscence therapy to diffuse a patient’s anxiety by recreating his bedroom in the dementia unit to look like his office…
Ryan created Caregiver Smart Solutions out of a need for being a caregiver for his dad! Ryan discusses how smart technology can give caregivers peace of mind and their loved ones can possibly stay in their homes!
Lisa covers the four principles of a person-centered approach which were developed to help caregivers see beyond the disease and to help loved ones live independent and fulfilling lives.
She shares with us her harrowing story about her long legal battle to try to regain her mother’s independence after being diagnosed with dementia and was then subsequently isolated from having any contact with her family.
Some listeners may not even be aware that these elements exist. Lisa explains why she refers to them as the “hidden or secret faces” of brain disease. Also, Lisa tells two deeply personal stories and explains how each story illustrates a surprising behavior.
This is a must-listen episode for anyone who occasionally misplaces car keys and wonders if it’s normal aging or a sign of dementia!
The importance of self-care, having the Power of Attorney, and other legal documents that are necessary. Most all have copies of all the documents on your cell phone so they are readily accessible in an emergency situation!
Lisa also tells a story from her book, Truth, Lies & Alzheimer’s: Its Secret Faces, about a memory care patient whose well-being improved after hearing a song from his past
Lisa Skinner covers the struggles that caregivers face when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Lisa speaks with Betsy Wurzel about her experience as the primary caregiver for her husband following his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at a relatively young…
The conversation highlights actor Bruce Willis’ diagnosis with FTD including how the diagnosis was covered in the news. Lisa elucidates for listeners how this rarer form of brain disease impacts a patient’s ability to communicate and causes behavioral changes.