The Forgettable Half Hour

The Forgettable Half Hour

A wine and a whinge to decompress life as a dementia carer.


October 16, 2022 27 mins

After waiting a week for me to recover from my second covid bout, Megan and I have got a cracking podcast for you this week as we introduce a friend and much respected colleague within the Aged Care services industry, Shelly Fletcher. Shelly is Head of Person-centred Design and Research at Integrated Living, an in-home aged care service provider here in Australia.

In this thought-provoking and idea filled podcast, we'...

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This week's episode was entirely inspired by a question sent to us by a retired nurse just hours before we sat down to record this week's podcast. Sharon told us she's been faced by so many families and partners-in-care conflicted and confused about what level of effort should be employed to create memories for those living with dementia. Was it all worth it? Would they recall it anyway? Would they even remember the ...

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September 25, 2022 32 mins

How do you ever adjust from being a full-time Carer to a hands-off Care Advocate role if your loved one enters a Care Home? Megan and Jason speak frankly about how they coped with their changing care roles around Oma, what was hardest and what helped most when it counted.

And as promised in this episode, here's a global link for viewing our feature length documentary 'Everybody's Oma', available for str...

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Megan and Jason return to the microphone after 14 months of life, death and movie making. They discuss - for the first time - how Oma's life ended and their mental health around losing her in February of this year.

Of course there's also lots of information about how to enjoy watching 'Everybody's Oma' - the documentary film being released for 2 weeks globally from September 21, plus Jason answers ...

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June 27, 2021 30 mins

We thought our last podcast was our own Everest... little did we know a few weeks later our whole world would up-end and Oma would be in respite care. It's the first time Oma hasn't slept under our wings anymore in almost 4.5 years... and in this raw, unfiltered conversation we open up about the feelings it's unearthed, plus we try hard to answer YOUR QUESTIONS about Oma's new circumstances as well.

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June 13, 2021 25 mins

Tears, lack of sleep, delirium and the whole messy shebang of life. There's been huge changes in Oma's situation these past few weeks and we felt compelled to record this podcast conversation to help draw context around why we've been so absent from our Oma's Applesauce community, and why we haven't been able to publish recent videos of Oma too. Buckle up friends, this one goes deep...

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May 3, 2021 25 mins

A week ago our world turned upside-down with another hospital admission for Oma. In this podcast, Megan and I chat through the challenges of intersecting the realities of Dementia Care with Emergency Medicine. How can we best navigate a safe, helpful journey for our loved ones living with dementia, their emergency carers and their everyday carers?

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April 21, 2021 20 mins

In this episode, Megan and Jason chat candidly about what it's like in the home when either of them leave the house... for hours or a day or two. What impact does a missing family member have on Oma's routine day-to-day?

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April 11, 2021 24 mins

Caring for someone living with dementia means an unending juggle between actions and intentions. In this podcast, Megs and Jason discuss their feelings and coping mechanisms around good intentions gone bad. When you plan the perfect outing or event for your loved one with dementia and it all falls apart, how do you pick up your pieces again?

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March 28, 2021 22 mins

Megan takes the reigns of this week's episode and discusses the feelings, actions and processes that often lead to carer guilt. In a week when the van Genderen family household had to flex and change, guilt and shame crept into our minds a little more than normal. How do you process carer guilt?

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March 18, 2021 30 mins

Last podcast we tried to jump into answering your questions - but life got in the way! So, this is an additional podcast... think of it as a 'Part B' to Episode 4. Megs and I crash our way through as many of your questions as we can muster in this fresh installment of The Forgettable Half Hour...

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March 14, 2021 28 mins

Well that's how this podcast session started anyway, what unfolded was something quite chaotic and unexpected...

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March 8, 2021 25 mins

Does being a carer impact the relationships around you? Jason and Megan discuss the challenges of maintaining meaningful friendships when life as a carer becomes your everyday focus. The difficulties, realities, ideas and the observations that help give their family and friends context may well help you as well.

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February 28, 2021 29 mins

How do you rate your patience level when faced with repeating yourself to your loved one with Dementia? After uploading a controversial video this week showing Jason managing his mum's dinnertime routine, Jas and Megs discuss the lessons, the fallout and reasons behind their techniques.

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February 22, 2021 26 mins

What effects does a change in environment have on loved ones with dementia? Megan and Jason discuss their experiences and tactics for creating 'safe spaces' for their mother, 88 year old 'Oma' who lives with Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia.

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