The Caregiver Community

The Caregiver Community

In “The Caregiver Community," hosted by Frances Hall, we are holding conversations about the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and for ourselves. Frances talks about the “graying of America’ and “the silver tsunami” and how our nation’s changing demographics are impacting families, adult child caregivers, and businesses. We also talk about our personal experiences as adult child caregivers - what we need to know in order to be balanced and informed caregivers, what we are learning from our journey with our parents about aging and about ourselves, and advice we wish someone had told us when we began our journeys. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, and volunteer activities with the needs of parents and in-laws, this show is for you!

Episodes

January 22, 2024 34 mins

Dementia affects more than memory and is not normal aging. How do you know if there is something serious that needs to be addressed by a physician, and what do you do? Learn some common warning signs of dementia and steps to make a plan. In this podcast, we’re talking about “Alzheimer’s Disease: Warning Signs and Making a Plan”with Jill Disney of the Alzheimer's Association. Jill has worked wi...

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This podcast will share how photos are beneficial in connecting with and helping loved ones reminisce, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Join Frances Hall, Founder & Executive Director of ACAPcommunity, and her guest Dorothy Griffin, co-owner of Griswold Home Care for Wilmington, NC and they discuss how to engage with photos as well as what not to do and share some specific e...

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What immediately comes to mind when you think about older adults? Join us as we examine stereotypes, challenge their validity, and understand ageism’s impact in today's world. Discover how individuals and communities are moving away from age bias to create a more inclusive world and what you can do personally to challenge age stereotypes.  Join Dr. Corinne Auman, Founder and CEO of Choice Care Navigators, an...

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Losing a parent to dementia is like having to say a long, slow good-bye. In this podcast, we will discuss the nature of this journey of grief and how to sustain yourself as you go through it. Join Rev. Dr. Susan Roddey, a pastoral counselor with extensive training and experience in grief counseling, and Frances Hall, Founder & Executive Director of ACAPcommunity, as they talk about this difficult journey.

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Many adults want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, even as they age. To do so, there are lots to consider. What is Aging In Place and when should someone start preparing to Age In Place? How may new technology help keep a loved one safe and independent? Join Linda Pollock Founder and CEO of Setting The Stage LLC and host Frances Hall as they help listeners understand the various componen...

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Caregiving can be all-consuming, and it affects all areas of our life. Those of us who learn to live through the caregiving, not just wait for it to end, have much better experiences. One of the most effective ways caregivers can learn to balance their lives with the life of the person they are caring for is by making a post-caregiving plan. In this podcast, “Life After Caregiving” host Frances Hall is joine...

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Most people think of grief as something that happens after a loved one’s death. But grieving can also occur days, weeks, months, or even years before death. Anticipatory grief is grief that one feels about losses to come. Holly Reigh, an End-of-Life Dula, will help listeners recognize, understand, and learn to cope with their anticipatory grief.

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Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, MD, Ph.D., brings her 40+ years of experience to shed light on every aspect of the aging spectrum. She will share insights about managing the relationship, encouraging the enjoyment of life, what normal aging is, navigating the medical system, and how to have tough conversations about driving, getting help, and leaving a beloved home.

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In this episode of The Caregiver Community, host Frances Hall Executive Director of ACAPcommunity welcomes Dr. DeLon Canterbury, PharmD, BCGP, Founder, President & CEO, GeriatRx, Inc. Included in this conversation are the most common questions, tips, and hallmark signs of medication harm seen in our older adults. Caregivers will be informed as to what to look for relative to harmful side effects of medications and empo...

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In this episode of The Caregiver Community host Frances Hall, Executive Director of ACAPcommunity is joined by Alexis Williams, Caregiver Connect, Inc. This episode will encourage families to become aware of the various financial resources a loved one has that may help pay for needed care, how family members may help subsidize care, realistic costs of care, and strategies and programs that may provide support, including lo...

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PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) programs provide comprehensive medical and social services for older adults who wish to stay active and engaged in their home and community setting rather than reside in a skilled care nursing home. With fees provided by Medicare and Medicaid, PACE programs are nationwide with locations in 32 states and serving more than 60,000 older adults. In this episode hos...

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Are slower thinking and processing time, misplacing keys, trying to remember what was needed in the room just entered, or forgetting familiar names and places, normal parts of aging, or do they point to abnormal changes in memory and cognition? This podcast discusses what is normal versus abnormal aging-related memory changes in older adults, the assessment processes, and how to best work with healthcare providers to ...

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Serving every community in the US, Area Agencies on Aging provide information, meaningful resources, and valuable support for older adults, their families, and their caregivers, regardless of where they live. In this episode host Frances S. Hall, Founder & Executive Director, ACAPcommunity is joined by Bob Cleveland, Aging Program Planner, Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging.

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The care needs of a parent often creep up on us until one day, we realize that fundamental shifts in the family have made each person almost unrecognizable. In this podcast, authors Zachary White, PhD, and Donna Thomson will reveal and discuss how caregiving changes everything that we once took for granted in the family as we are transformed from loved one to caregiver.

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Knowing a person’s background, preferences, and priorities can help families and other caregivers most effectively care for a loved one or client. Person-centered planning is a process for better understanding a loved one’s background and preferences as well as determining services and supports that may be needed and involves the person receiving the care in a key role in the conversation. Host Frances S. Hall – ...

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Breathing is essential for our survival. In difficult times, such as caring for a loved one, our breathing may become shallow and not provide the restoration our bodies need. In this episode, host Frances Hall is joined by Charlotte Bayala, a certified Yoga instructor, and coach. Through this podcast, learn how to breathe in a way that will help reduce stress and restore your body.

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Sometimes, needed conversations with aging loved ones can be difficult. Knowing how to approach topics such as retiring from driving, moving from the home, allowing someone else to manage finances, etc., can be key in successfully making decisions. Host Frances S. Hall, Founder and Executive Director of ACAPcommunity welcomes Dr. Cheryl Greenberg, The Age Coach, to help us unpack strategies for how to make t...

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As people age, most will need some sort of additional support. When considering residential facility placement for an older adult loved one (or ourselves), what do we need to know? What should we look for? What questions should be asked? Join Lee Syria, President and CEO of EveryAge, and Frances Hall, ACAP Founder & Executive Director, to learn more about what to think about and look for when c...

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Journeying with an aging loved one is a continual “dance” of taking the next steps. But, knowing what the next step should be, when the “next step” is needed, and how to take that “next step” can be difficult. In this podcast, Frances S. Hall, Founder and Executive Director of ACAPcommunity welcomes Dr. Corinne Auman, gerontology educator and practitioner. Dr. Auman will help caregivers better understand the dyna...

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This podcast addresses issues specific to 20, 30, and early 40-year-olds who are primary caregivers for their parents or grandparents or are trying to learn strategies and resources to help their parents care for their parents. Balancing home, work and caregiving can be particularly challenging for younger caregivers who may be at the beginning of their careers and have children still at home.

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