When is the last time you had a drink? I don’t mean alcohol. When was your last glass of WATER? When was the last time your loved one had some water? You know that you and our loved one need to stay hydrated. It may be difficult to convince your loved one to drink. But it is critical to their health. It can easily land your loved one in the hospital. On this podcast, we will talk about how to persuade your loved one to drink wate... Read more
Are you ready for your role when you bring your loved one to the doctor (or hospital)? It is hard. The medical staff look to you to be the voice, to answer their questions, and to make the critical decisions. You feel overwhelmed, and feel like you are invading on someone else’s personal issues. But when you are prepared, you can help optimize the care they receive. This is even a formidable task for a physician who is also a car... Read more
You will want to meet the new “Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease”. YES. There are Leaders around the world who are working together FOR YOU and your loved one. The LEAD Coalition (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease) has over 100 multi-national organizations committed to stopping Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are making progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s. You will be thoroughly captivated b... Read more
Are you afraid of getting Alzheimer’s? We all are. What if you could reduce your risk of getting Alzhiemer’s by eating? Would that catch your attention? Yes! You can. Toula’s guest on this podcast, Cari Eyre, will tell you how. Cari is the Associate Director of Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, North Florida Region. It is called The Mind Diet! And, it works. Recent studies have shown that following this diet can reduce... Read more
Do you take better care of your car or home than your own brain? When is the last time you brought your car in for a checkup and oil change? When is the last time you brought YOURSELF in for a checkup? Oh, dear. May is Older American’s Month. It is a month to make sure that you are doing what you need to do to stay healthy, including brain health. Our friends in New York, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America can help you to st... Read more
When you hear, “football player”, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Is it “a caregiver”? It will be after you listen to this podcast. Toula’s special guest in this podcast is former Jacksonville Jaguar defensive back Donovin Darius. Donovin was a first-round draft pick for the Jaguars in 1998, and played nine seasons with the team. He retired from football in 2013. More importantly, Donovin has been a c... Read more
Are you afraid that you could lose your home, and all of your hard-earned savings? If you don’t plan ahead, you someday could be facing financial catastrophe. You Do Not Have To Lose It All! Toula's special guest on this podcast has the answers you need. As a long term care specialist for over thirty-five years in Jacksonville, FL, Kim Magdalein has been offering financial plans to protect caregivers' assets during their retir... Read more
Why is everyone talking about caregiving? As former first lady Rosalynn Carter, founder of The Caregiver Institute, said, "You either Are a Caregiver, Will Be a caregiver, Have Been a caregiver, or will be a Care Receiver." This podcast is replay of Toula Wootan's presentation to the Caregiver Workshop in March 2018 in Jacksonville, FL. In it, she talks about being in all four phases of caregiving.
This is a difficult topic for Toula. I expect it is for you, too. Death is a natural and important part of our life cycle, yet end of life care is often misunderstood and ignored. In fact, one in three Medicare dollars is spent on people who are in their last 6 months of life. On this podcast, Toula talks with Dr. Sebastian Sepulveda, author of a new book, "At Death’s Door: End of Life Stories from the Bedside". Dr. Sepul... Read more
Caregivers do have friends in Washington D.C., who are looking out for you. In this podcast, Toula talks with one of those friends, Dr. Marian Grant, Senior Regulatory Advisor for The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (or, C-TAC). C-TAC is dedicated to the ideal that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is c... Read more
Did Hurricane Irma disrupt your life? Or, Harvey, or the fires in California, or any of the other major natural disasters that have hit the USA this year? Have you put off doing other important things because of it? If you put off applying for Medicare (for you or your loved one), or updating your plan, you have had some little relief – but now is the time to act fast. Your deadline is December 31st. Sometimes a different... Read more
Advanced Illness Care is a topic that most people avoid. In this podcast, Toula interviews Bill Novelli, Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), at their national Summit on Advanced Illness Care. Learn what is being done to help caregivers and their loved ones.
Toula shares her own caregiver story with her friend and fellow caregiver-expert Chris MacLellan, the Bow Tie Guy.
In May 2017, MSNBC Weekend Anchor Richard Lui spoke to an audience of over 800 caregivers at the Caregiver Expo of Northeast Florida (which I (Toula) organized. He told about his experience as a caregiver for his father, with Alzheimer's disease. Richard works weekends for MSNBC in New York so that he can fly back and forth from San Francisco to help care for his dad during the week. Richard's caregiving story has been highlight... Read more
Interview with Dr. Eloise Stiglitz, owner of Embrace Your Aging. She is a life coach who helps Seniors and their Adult Children. Toula interviewed Dr. Stiglitz at the American Society on Aging conference in Chicago.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is a network of over 2,600 member organizations throughout the United States who provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. In this podcast, Toula interviews Charles Fuschillo, CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to learn how the AFA can help you.
It hurt. Didn’t it? Sometimes it still does. It was a turning point in your life. I understand. We all have had (more than one) time when something happened that changed us. Was it a mistake? Or, an accident? Was it “that diagnosis”? Did you lose someone close to you? But look at you. You survived. You have grown stronger. The worst is behind you. Do you want to feel better? Do you want to continue your healing process? My two... Read more
You do not need a doctor to tell you that you or your loved one is getting old. The aches and pains, the slow reactions, and the full medicine cabinet already tell you that. (I almost forgot – there also may be memory loss.) But you do need a special doctor – a Geriatrician – to make sure that your loved one is getting the proper care. As we get older, and our minds and bodies change, our systems react differently to treatments a... Read more
Does it really feel like a “NEW” year? Or just more of the same? It can be different. You can find strength. You can be a better caregiver this year. I can help you to step into your power. That is why I have asked my good friend, and now a life coach, Carol O’Dell, to be my guest on this podcast of Toula’s Tips for Caregivers. Carol will help us to make this a real “new” year. Carol was a caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’... Read more