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The Alzheimer’s Podcast:
Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa
Welcome to Episode 82 of The Alzheimer’s Podcast, where we’re all about bringing The Good Stuff (that’s respect, kindness, love, empathy, and compassion) for people living with dementia, their families, and the professionals who support them.
I’m Christy Turner, AKA The Dementia Sherpa. I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with over 1,500 people living with dementia and their families so far, including multiple experiences in my own family.
In the course of my career, I’ve transformed from total trainwreck on my first day as a professional, to local go-to expert, speaker, trainer, and consultant. And if I can go from scared spitless to confident care partner, I promise you can too!
In This Episode
Dr Alzheimer discovered what is now known as Alzheimer’s disease in 1906. He’s best known for this research, although he made other significant contributions in his workplace.
These include the groundbreaking idea of talking to his patients and banning their restraint; requiring staff to treat patients humanely; to interact with them; and to assist them with personal care.
Although he introduced practices to reduce stigma and improve quality of life for those he directly affected, stigma and shame around dementia still exists today.
In this episode of Navigating Rough Terrain with the Dementia Sherpa, we’ll take a look at the stigma cycle, its direct effect on people living with dementia, and what we can do to get past it 113 years later.
Mentions & Links
- Episode 82: Transcript (pretty much word for word, but written article-style)
- Join the Dementia Sherpa tribe & grab your complimentary Communication Tips for Dementia Care Partners download bundle.
- Belong to a community of people who’ve been there, done that, and get it. Join the private Dementia Sherpa Facebook group Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Dementia Care Partners and/or find a support group near you.
- Guide:How to Know When It’s Time for Memory Care
Dementia can last for up to 20 years or more. That's a long time to fly by the seat of your pants, struggling through trial and error! If you're ready to step into the life you and your loved one deserve, schedule your complimentary Dementia Caregiver Strategy call with Christy.