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Sit back, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the company of our experts who will wow you with a few things you should probably know but didn’t as your body enters menopause. Our expert speakers will teach you how to embrace the changes, optimize your health and minimize the hormone hell many of us experience as we enter perimenopause and beyond. But don't fear. We're here to show you that menopause doesn't have to suck - and we have the experts to prove it! *Come back on Thursdays for new episodes!
 
Experts from many fields giving advice to help women thrive through their menopause and emerge as the amazing women nature intended us to be.Not just advise on how to cope with menopause symptoms but a range of topics to help us thrive through the Change-of-Life and beyond.
 
Life With Dementia is an interview-style podcast sharing relevant research, personal stories, and practical tips for living well with dementia. We talk to people all over the world: scientists, researchers, practitioners, family care partners, industry professionals, and people living with dementia to hear firsthand about solutions they’ve discovered and what we can do to improve resources and support for people affected by dementia.
 
Rachael Wonderlin tackles common challenges in dementia caregiving and seeks to make everyone a better care partner and professional by promoting education and empathy. Rachael has a Master’s in Gerontology and owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting firm. She is the author of "When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community," and a second book, "Creative Engagement," both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. You can find her on Instagram @dementiabyday and down ...
 
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The intention of this podcast is to take the fear and stigma out of Alzheimer's and related Dementia.My belief is if I can survive this terrible disease as a primary CareGiver so can you and I will show you how! We will have experts, experiences, and teachings to give a solid base in the understanding. I have been where you are and I know and empathize with the struggle to remain positive in what is usually a dark situation. We will talk about silver linings, living in the moment, looking to ...
 
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We're telling our truth in this episode and it wasn't easy! We're joined by Jowita Bydlawska, author of "Drunk Mom" to talk about women and alcohol. How do current 'mom memes' encourage us to drink and do we realize the damage we're doing to our bodies and brains? The added downside of booze is that it adds nothing but grief to our menopause sympto…
 
We didn't use to think so but after speaking with Kim Vopni - the Vagina Coach, we've learned so much about how things work 'down there' and why it might be 'common' but it is FAR from normal to pee your pants. Kim shares some really helpful information that will inspire you to take a hand mirror for a little tour. How are things functioning? How a…
 
When you’re having a hot flash, memory loss or sleepless nights does it ever feel like no one is listening? You’re not alone. And partly because in the past, no one WAS listening. That might be because treating hormones can feel dangerous to doctors. Many don't have a lot of training in this area. Lack of menopausal care is a huge disservice to wom…
 
Hey guys, this is our last episode of season 4! Thank you for joining me on this journey. “Wanting to go home” is a really common phrase for people living with dementia. ‘Home’ is not so much a place as it is a feeling. I’m sure you can relate to this. What we don’t want to do is try to convince a person living with dementia that they are already h…
 
I had many people reaching out to me on Instagram asking about their loved ones doing different kinds of annoying things. The bottom line is, you may not be able to get them to stop doing these things, at least not completely. Eventually, they will stop doing it, but that would also mean that they have progressed in their dementia. What we can do i…
 
I hear this one a lot. This is typically indicative of someone advancing in their dementia. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is in the late stages of their dementia; it could be a result of a lot of causes. It could also mean that the patient is dealing with some depression or that they are taking some medication that makes them sleepy. …
 
I hear some versions of this question pretty frequently. Having a spouse living with dementia is completely different from having a parent with dementia. The inherent difference in the relationship is what makes it difficult. The biggest challenge is that previously, this person used to make decisions together with you, and now it’s all up to you. …
 
Incontinence is actually a big reason why a care partner may choose to initiate a move to dementia care. Aside from the fact that it’s an embarrassing issue, it can also turn into a big problem because for some care partners, it may begin suddenly. The truth of the matter is, there’s no official timeline for incontinence, so there’s no way of telli…
 
Like I’ve said in past episodes: we can’t convince people living with dementia of anything that’s not in their reality. So, bad news if you are trying to convince them that they have dementia. Here’s my argument – why would you WANT to? Even if you convince them for a couple of hours that they have dementia, what happens the next day? Are you going…
 
What’s the difference between lying and Embracing their Reality? I keep hearing people using this phrase incorrectly. There are a lot of people who consider themselves experts in dementia care communication and they are still telling everybody the same thing that you’ve been hearing for years: Validation, Redirection, Distraction. And that’s NOT Em…
 
As you probably know by now, you are not going to be able to convince the person living with dementia that they are no longer capable of handling their own finances. One of the main things that people will hold on to with all their might is money. No one wants to feel like somebody else is taking control of their financial affairs. But when you are…
 
“What if at some point I say something that completely confuses the person living with dementia? Should I really do this Embracing their reality thing, because what if I embrace the wrong reality and then they get upset?” Here’s the real deal: you are 100% going to say something you shouldn’t have said. We’ve all done it. Especially if this person …
 
This is a great question! But, unfortunately, this is a question that most caregivers don’t ask until they are deeply burned out. Sometimes people don’t give themselves enough space and time to take care of their own things. Actually, I used to be that kind of person until I got more serious in hiring other people to help me with my business becaus…
 
‘What if my mom believes something that’s not true, and I keep embracing her reality... won’t that eventually make her more confused?’ You’ve probably already guessed this one, and the answer is NO. There’s no scientific evidence that letting a person believe they are correct will make them worse. In fact, if you are constantly correcting a person …
 
I get this question all the time! For starters, I don’t like the term “memory care.” Why? Because not all people living with dementia have issues with their memory. So, how do you know when it’s time? Don’t wait until they tell you it is time, because...they aren’t going to. While there’s no official answer to this question, the truth is that if yo…
 
This question is more common than you think, and it’s usually related to doing different tasks around the house that we all take for granted, attributing them to annoying chores we have to do. However, for someone living with dementia, these little tasks can actually seem difficult and overwhelming. Why? Well, it’s called task switching. Task switc…
 
This one usually comes along with, “Is he going to lose his ability to speak altogether?” The answer is, like everything else with dementia…maybe. Aphasia is a communication-related issue that happens when the person loses his ability to communicate verbally. There are different kinds of aphasia and, although it is common in dementia patients, it d…
 
You may not be in this exact situation, but I can guarantee that there’s someone in your life that is not cool with wanting to transition your loved one living with dementia to a dementia care community. “Don’t you have a caregiver come in a few times? Isn’t that enough?” They are guilting you, but probably not on purpose. They may just be trying t…
 
Menopause can be a challenging time for most women but we’re happy to see more and more options than ever when it comes to managing our health and symptoms. From hormones to herbs, vitamins, and other holistic options, we are finally being given solutions. Prior to a few years ago, the treatment of menopause was very medical based. Our doctors were…
 
This is a great question because this issue comes up differently for everybody. I’ve had clients who would get in the shower no problem one day, and the following day, it would be a complete battle to get them to get in the shower! So, why won’t they do these easy tasks that they always used to do? And how can you help them get in the shower in a s…
 
If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you’ll probably know the answer to this one… YOU DON’T TELL THEM. Your loved one may be pretty attached to that house and to the feeling of home that it holds for them, so you can imagine how traumatic it can be to tell them that you sold that house. Stay for the entirety of this episode for som…
 
How many times have we walked into our doctor’s appointment only to forget what we wanted to ask? Heck, if you’re in menopause, how many times have you walked into your own damn kitchen and forgotten what you were there for? Memory aside, women must take their health into their own hands when it comes to coping and dealing with peri/menopause. Why?…
 
This is a raw question that I hear pretty often... how do I tell my loved one that somebody in their lives has passed away? The short answer? YOU DON’T. I know you may feel like you have to tell them, but think about it for a second: Is it really a good idea to bring your loved one into that whole situation? Join me while I explore this difficult b…
 
What do you do when a loved one has received the diagnosis of dementia? Who and where do you turn to? Honestly, most people figure it out on their own… And if you are listening to this podcast, it’s probably because you are looking for a place to start. Stay for the entirety of the episode for some tips and advice on this issue! Visit https://racha…
 
This is a question I get asked pretty frequently. Note: If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode about embracing somebody’s reality, I recommend you do; because it all ties together today. Plenty of people go through the entire course of the disease and are able to place all of their loved ones on their timelines – but sometimes, this doesn’t…
 
Is Hormone Replacement Treatment HRT safe? Safe for everyone? Safe for you? It’s a question many of us have asked ourselves and our doctors for years but have you ever felt confident with the answer? Back in 2002 the publication of a landmark study warned of the potential negative side-effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The report scared…
 
Today we are covering an issue that’s a real challenge for people, even those who have been living with a loved one with dementia for a long time. So, what do you do when someone you are caring for asks a direct question? Do you tell them the truth? Or do you just make something up?My Embrace Their Reality™ approach can really help you answer these…
 
Some topics that are really close to our heart and Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of them. Not just because of the relief it can offer women going through peri/menopause but because of its approach to women and the change in general. It is far more optimistic, embracing, and unapologetic than our North American perspective and we find that hop…
 
We're back for season 4 of the Dementia By Day podcast! Today, I’m talking all about how to know if the person I’m caring for actually has dementia. It’s a question I get a lot because there’s a lot of conflicting information out there on what dementia really is. Dementia is a group of symptoms that is caused by different types of diseases. However…
 
Hey Samual Jackson! We have no problem going to sleep. It's staying asleep that we struggle with. In fact, sleep is one of the most common problems women experience with perimenopause. A lack of sleep triggers a series of other issues like stress, anxiety, fatigue amongst other things. How's a gal supposed to function? We figure helping you sleep i…
 
World Health Organization is taking on the mountain of dementia in global action. Guest Kavitha Kolappa discusses her work on a knowledge exchange platform with the World Health Organization. This project is encouraging international commitment to increasing attention and resources for dementia around the world. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel.…
 
One of the most common symptoms of menopause is memory loss. We can't find our keys, remember what we were just going to say, forget the word to describe that thingamajiggy we need. It starts off slowly but as we start to lose our nouns, we start to really worry that we might be headed for disaster. Recently in the news we'd read that there has bee…
 
The truth is people can live well with Alzheimer’s. That's the message Arthena Caston and Jay Reinstein want you to hear. Listen to the voice of lived experience as two outspoken Alzheimer advocates share their thoughts, fears, and observations about living with a progressive illness. Life With Dementia is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Netw…
 
If you’ve ever wondered what Reiki is, you’re not alone. If you’ve ever wondered how Reiki can help with peri/menopause symptoms – you are DEFINITELY not alone! Sandra Zager is a Reiki Master & Instructor for both people and animals (admit it, doesn’t hormone rage make you feel just a little bit like a wild animal?). She is also certified in long d…
 
Ladies, have we got a treat for you. We are going to introduce you to the ‘bravest man alive’! Our special guest on this week’s podcast is Rodger Donaldson who is going to give us a glimpse of what menopause looks like from the other side. Rodger met his wife, Mary Jo about 15 years ago. Today they own and operate Elk Lake Wilderness Resort which o…
 
You may have heard that ‘shrooms’ (psilocybin) are making a comeback. The use of psychedelics is being touted as helpful for depression, anxiety, smoking cessation, PTSD and many other conditions. They’re also a great support for some of our menopause symptoms. We’ve tried a daily dose and can attest to its calming properties and its ability to hel…
 
Monica Graves is a talented and wickedly creative jewelry designer. As owner and designer of glamjulz, Monica has to balance designing, purchasing, running a business and a marriage all at once. And she's doing it all while suffering through hot flashes! Tune in to hear how she is riding through the wave of menopause and the things she's tried to h…
 
Episode Notes: Not able to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up refreshed? • Mom's story of desperation for her daughter • What stands in the way, becomes the way - Marcus Aurelius Thank you for listening! My desire is that something in this episode will touch your heart and gave you hope. There are ways to feel your best and achieve more. Go to cl…
 
Episode Notes: Ugly history of white flour and sickness in America • A functional medicine doctor's prospective of micronutrients for the brain • Importance of creating a new story for your life Thank you for listening! My desire is that something in this episode will touch your heart and gave you hope. There are ways to feel your best and achieve …
 
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