Love Conquers Alz

Love Conquers Alz

2020 WINNER BEST PODCAST - New Media Film Festival. Caregivers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Having both been caregivers for a family member affected with Alzheimer’s, Susie Singer Carter and Don Priess both know this is a disease that cannot be faced alone. In fact, their Oscar Qualified film based on Susie's Mother, MY MOM AND THE GIRL starring Valerie Harper in her final performance - has and continues to touch people all over the world. Their goal was to let others know they are not on their own and to help them find the JOY in the journey. And that's just what they do in their Podcast "Love Conquers Alz".

Episodes

September 10, 2022 60 min

In Episode 61, Don and I had the pleasure of speaking with Adria Thompson, a speech language pathologist, dementia educator, and owner of Be Light Care Consulting. Adria has over 8 years experience in working with individuals one on one providing speech therapy services for those with dementia.

Adria has also created a dementia training program to teach therapists in 13 states how to increase their creativity, efficiency, and compas...

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Don and I had the pleasure of speaking with  DR. DELON CANTERBURY, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Founder of GeriatRX, a Deprescribing Accelerator Program based on the premise that the majority of patients taking 15-18 medications annually are aged over 65, preventable medication errors cost nearly $21 billion dollars annually, and the ongoing inappropriate , HARMFUL, use of medications in the senior population.

Too many ...

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There are no Survivors of Alzheimer's Disease. And the grief is unique, complicated, and layered. In Episode 59, Love Conquers Alz Host/Filmmaker, Susie Singer Carter, who lost her mother last month and Daughterhood the Podcast Host, Rosanne Corcoran, who lost her mother last year,  share a very candid and revealing conversation about their personal experiences dealing with the final death of their beloved mothers and the verit...

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Our guest, Rayna Neises, has the story no one wants to have. Rayna  lost both of her parents to Alzheimer's disease 20 years apart.  Her mom was diagnosed when she was just 16, living 12 years with the disease.  Her dad lived 14 years with the disease being diagnosed just 6 years after her passing. But even still, Rayna feels blessed to be able to share her family’s story of journeying through Alzheimer’s Disease in her book No...

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Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, neurodiverse, Israeli-American  actor (Good Luck Chuck, My Sister’s Keeper, Becker) an internationally exhibited mixed media artist, an author, screenwriter, and playwright. 

Annie was the host and co-producer of the nationally syndicated dating game show, BZZZ! making her the 3rd female solo dating game show host in the history of television. 

 The Hollywood Reporter compared Annie’s comedic chops t...

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In episode 56 of Love Conquers Alz, my outstanding guest co-host, Rosanne Corcoran and I have a very candid and extremely important conversation for anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home or anyone planning to live a long and fulfilling life.
 Like me, Rosanne cared for her mother, Rose, over a 12 year span.  in 2019, Rosanne started a regional Daughterhood Circle in the Philadelphia suburbs . In November of that year she cre...

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Do you feel it is difficult to be a care partner to someone that suffers from memory loss? Have you been looking for tools to cope with certain symptoms associated with dementia? Are you looking for respite and interesting in learning more about improving quality of life in your household?
If you answered yes to any of these questions we are happy to introduce you to Alban Maino, noted Franco-American media producer who is passionat...

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Greg O’Brien was 59 years old when diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, unmasked by doctors after suffering a serious head injury. The award-winning  journalist, husband, and father of three, lost his mother, father, paternal grandfather, and paternal uncle to Alzheimer’s.
Greg learned from his beloved mother, Virginia, what it means to truly live with Alzheimer’s, and it was her inspiration that prompted him to write and...

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FACT: We are currently experiencing a global Caregiving Crisis.

I just experienced  the affects of this crisis and it is terrifying.
 
Here are some harrowing facts:

  • 53 MILLION PEOPLE ARE CAREGIVERS  
  • 75% OF THOSE WORK FULL TIME
  • 30% OF EVERY WORKFORCE IS CARING FOR OLDER LOVED ONES
  • $68 BILLION ANNUALLY IN CAREGIVER RELATED COSTS THAT AREN'T  CONSTRUCTIVE
  • Don and I  spoke with Debbie Howard, a former caregiver on a mission to change th...

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    It was so refreshing to speak with Jennifer Lagemann!! Jenn  is a former family caregiver, and has spent most of her career in the private duty home care industry as a scheduling and intake coordinator.

    Caregiving for her best friend, her grandmother,  lead Jennifer to want to pursue the home care industry.  Her experience marries home care and digital marketing skills to help  businesses succeed.
     
    At only 23, Jennifer is highly mot...

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    Rick Mountcastle  is not only an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Retired Federal Prosecutor, he is a bonafide hero.  Rick, along with his partner, Randy Ramseyer, led the investigation and prosecution of Purdue Pharma, as well as its CEO, General Counsel, and Chief Medical Officer, in an unprecedented case, that, at the inception of the opioid crisis, held the opioid manufacturer and its top execut...

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     I literally panic every time I can’t remember a word or a someone's name.  And If you're caring or have cared for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, like me, you probably experience similar anxiety when it comes to forgetting.  It's terrifying.  Well, Don and I are kicking off SEASON 4/EPISODE 50 with a very special guest, the distinguished memory researcher,  Dr. Scott Small,  who is going to share some new ...

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    Earlier in the year, (Episode 38), Don and I had an absolutely inspirational conversation with ANTHONY COPELAND PARKER. In 2014, Tony, and his partner, Catherine (Cat) Elizabeth Popp, were in their 50’s when they found out that he needed a heart-valve replacement, and she had early-onset Alzheimer’s. But even though their life had was about to change forever, they were not about to let it stop them from chasing their dreams. With a...

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    Once in a GREAT while, you read something and the author seems to be speaking directly to your heart. Like an old friend.  That's what happened when I read a powerful missive Robert Pardi posted on LinkedIn. After that, I was hooked! I did a deep dive and, OMG,  everything he shares about Caregiving and living your best life is incredibly astute and profoundly resonates  with me.  I am thrilled to have him as our guest and shar...

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    Wander (verb) - To walk or move in an aimless way.

    Wandering is an all-too-common behavior amongst people with dementia, Autism spectrum disorder, and Down syndrome, and are a huge fear for those concerned for their safety and well-being. A person's failing memory and declining ability to communicate can make it impossible for them to remember or explain the reason they wandered.

    In episode 47, Don and I had the honor of speaking...

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    IN EPISODE 46 - Don and I had an absolutely inspiring conversation with Jackie Goldberg, also known as the Pink Lady. Pink is 89 years young  - and I don’t say that lightly.  Pink is a teacher, actor, author, and toastmaster. For over 40 years, she was in the fashion industry as a Womens’ Wear marketing & sales rep. At age 70, she developed a series of seminars called, “Get Up, Get Out, & Get a Life,” to encourage fellow se...

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    In Episode 45, Don and I have an absolutely dynamic conversation with Elizabeth Miller, a CCC (Certified Caregiver Consultant) and HHHCP (Host of the Happy Healthy Caregiver Podcast), an incredible aesthetic (check out her branding ... it's gorgeous!),  and just all around WW (wonderful Woman! If you are not familiar with her then throw on your EarPods and enjoy!!

    Yes, of course, we discuss the overwhelming responsibilities that...

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    In Episode 44,  Don and I had a candid conversation with Jennifer Fink -   Founder and Host of Fading Memories Podcast - about a topic that doesn't  seem to get as much attention as it should. Personal hygiene and our loved ones.

    As Alzheimer's progresses, poor hygiene can become an issue: people living with dementia (PLWD) often refuse to bathe and even change their clothes.  It can even lead to medical problem such as uri...

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    In our Season Three Premiere (wow!!), Episode 43,  Don and I talked with the force that is Marianne Sciucco -a registered nurse who's cared for hundreds of dementia patients over a 20-year career.  Her novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s Love Story, is based on a couple she met through her work and is a testament to the power of love in the face of this heart wrenching disease. Marianne’s tender work of fiction brings consol...

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    In Episode 42, Don and I spoke with Swedish Caregiver, Patrick Berglund,  We "met" this angel after he watched our film, My Mom and The Girl, and reached out through social media to tell us how much he enjoyed it. And we have been friends ever since.

    I have always been  struck by Patrick's dedication to caregiving and the pure joy it gives him.  I found it fascinating and beautiful that a young father -- without any fami...

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