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Life on Repeat: A Dementia Caregiver Podcast

Laura Vaillancourt

Life on Repeat is a podcast for those caring for someone with dementia. Join Laura Vaillancourt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach as she explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.
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What do humans beings spend more time doing than anything else?

Sleep!

Dr. Kim was so kind to share about all things sleep with us in this episode. Caregivers often struggle with sleep whether it is due to increased stress, worry or needing to be awake and alert to care for loved ones.

Did you know that what you do in the morning has a direct impact on the quality of your sleep that night? Or that being up for 19 hours will impair you at the equivalency of being intoxicated?

We learn about:

  • The ramifications of not getting good sleep
  • Why total sleep is not the same as quality of sleep
  • What good sleep hygiene looks like
  • New science about sleep
  • Why we are poor historians of our sleep
  • Sleep aids and sleep supplements
  • Creative ways of addressing insomnia

Dr. Kimberley Dwyer is a clinical psychologist, author and business coach. She has over two decades of experience working with adults, teens and children, and excels at the treatment of anxiety, stress and managing transitional times. Her most recent book release fore adults, Mindful Mondays: Transforming the Everyday to Claim Calm and Reduce Stress, supports people with everyday strategies for mindfulness during daily living.

Learn more about Dr. Kim Dwyer at www.drkimdwyer.com.

Dr. Kim wrote a great article about sleep here: A Good Night's Sleep

Dr. Kim also recommends checking out:


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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

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This is a special episode with two participants, father and son, of the Amazon Original World's Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. Mark and Travis Macy have life-long experience training and participating in Eco-Challenges all over the world and are intimately familiar with uncertainty and resiliency.

You will appreciate hearing their perspective on Mark's Alzheimer's diagnosis and how their family is moving through this together. Mark talks openly about the importance of not hiding his diagnosis and the value in talking and sharing about it.

The cross-over of skills needed to master surviving challenging environments while pushing ones body/mind/spirit to its limits and navigating life with Alzheimer's are not to be lost on their journey. Some advice:

  • Make it a team thing
  • Stay engaged
  • Go as fast as we can and as slow as we must

Travis and Mark are co-authors of the upcoming book: A Mile at a Time, which is about the experience of the Eco-Challenge race and of the bond Mark and Travis share. The book releases on March 14, 2023 and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold:

Indiebound

Amazon

B&N.com

You can learn more and follow Travis here:

Facebook: @travis.macy.7

Twitter: @TravisMacy

Insta: @travismacy

www.travismacy.com

www.amileatatimebook.com

www.thetravismacyshow.com

Follow Mark here:

Instagram: @mmacy146

Facebook: @mark.macy.5283

And check out Imagine Publishing:

Twitter: @Imagine_CB

Insta: @Imagine_cb

Facebook: @ImaginePublishing

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Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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Is it possible to love your life as a caregiver? Many caregivers do not have a choice in their role as a caregiver and can sometimes feel as if they are failing no matter how hard they try to control, fix things, or prevent a crisis. Charlotte Bayala shares that in crisis, we have an opportunity to tap into the deep parts of ourselves that can teach us self-love and how to listen to our inner-knowing.

We discuss:

  • Why it is so hard to make yourself a priority
  • Easy, accessible and actionable ways to focus on your own care each day
  • That you can find ways to enjoy your life in spite of caregiving

Charlotte Bayala is the creator of the Love Your Caregiving Podcast and the Caregiving Confidential Magazine. She is a Youga and Meditation teacher, Caregiver Coach and is a caregiver for her husband since 2013.

You can find out more about Charlotte on her website where you can download a free issue of Caregiving Confessions and find her podcast episodes: LoveYourCaregivingLife.com

Charlotte can also be found on social media: @loveyourcaregivinglife

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Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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What is SoulCollage® and how can it be used to help burnout and compassion fatigue with caregivers? Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom joins us to talk about how this modality can help people process, honor and connect with all parts of themselves and their greater community.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The process of SoulCollage®
  • How SoulCollage® taps into inner wisdom and intuition
  • The variety of ways to use SoulCollage® throughout your day

Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker working with clients online in New Hampshire and Vermont. Jennifer is a certified SoulCollage® facilitator and brings this method into her work with therapy clients and the general public.

You can find out more about Jennifer's work including counseling, trainings and workshops on her website: Kindnesscorner.com

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Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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Caregivers are likely all too familiar with the reality of burnout. In this episode, Gabrielle Juliano-Villani discusses how to pay attention to signs such as feeling as if every day is a bad day, feeling numb or apathetic and living with a sense of isolation (even when you're with others). We discuss the importance of connection and appreciation- and you'll love her metaphor of glass/plastic balls!

You'll hear us discuss:

  • The differences between stress and burnout
  • How to recognize burnout in yourself (we are often the last to notice!)
  • Tools and tips to ease burnout

Gabrielle Juliano-Villani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Consultant and founder of GJV Consulting and Training. Her focus is on consulting and training with other professionals on how to work with clients who struggle with chronic pain and chronic illness. She specializes in burnout prevention, training other professionals and companies on how to manage burnout in the workplace and create a culture that encourages employees to thrive.

You can find out more about Gabrielle here on LinkedIn.

Reach out to Gabrielle via her email to schedule a consult: leadingwithGJV@gmail.com

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Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com

SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:

I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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Most of us have not been taught how to grieve. This is a great conversation with Beth about taking care of yourself around your loss, avoidance of the pain, and changing our coping mechanisms.

My favorite quote from Beth:

"We are made to heal"

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why it is so important to do the work around loss
  • Approaches outside the common "talking to friends"
  • Types of loss
  • What people can expect after they do the work
  • Normalizing the process
  • Learning to grieve and gaining perspective

Beth is a success coach and licensed professional counselor, specializing in relationships and healing after loss. She loves working with mid-life women who are ready to break old patterns and find more satisfaction and purpose.

You can find out more about Beth here: Beth Luwandi

Here is Beth's online course: Successful Grief

Here is a great blog post that Beth wrote: "An Ideal Grief"

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

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Nicole Burgess is one of my favorite people to talk to. I am sure you will enjoy this episode!

Are you curious about how your inner critic impacts your relationship with yourself and others? Nicole refers to herself as a "recovering perfectionist" and shares ways to manage stress and promote self care.

In this episode, we explore:

  • How stress manifests in the body when you're caring for someone else
  • Mind shifts that can help manage stress/overwhelm/perfectionism
  • Self care methods
  • ...and a fun bonus about Nicole's creative process as a fiber arts tapestry weaver

Nicole Burgess is a clinically trained Soul-Led Leadership Coach to ambitious, highly sensitive, professional women leaders. She is also the host of the Soulfilled Sisterhood podcast and founder of the Self-Care Summit: Improve Your Bottom Line and Your Persona.

You can find out more about Nicole here: Nicole Burgess Coaching

Follow her on Facebook: Nicole Burgess Coaching FB

And her LinkedIn: Nicole Burgess Coach

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Professional Service Website for private consultations: eldercarecounselor.com

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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In this episode, Peg Sandeen, the CEO of Death with Dignity in Portland, OR, and a social worker with 25+ years experience in end-of-life care, talks with us about the Death with Dignity laws, assisted dying and the limits of physicians assisted suicide and dementia.

We learned the criteria in accessing Death with Dignity and why folks with dementia currently do not qualify- as well as which countries have legal euthanasia. Peg discusses the importance of the POLST/MOLST forms and having a healthcare agent that knows and will follow your wishes.

You can find out more about Peg and Death with Dignity here: Death with Dignity

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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Welcome to this episode with Laura and Maggie Syme, PhD!

Maggie is the Project Director at Marcus Institute for Aging Research and specializes in sexual wellness.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How sexual relationships change during the course of dementia progression
  • Ways to maintain sexual wellness as both a caregiver and a person living with dementia
  • How to recognize when a person living with dementia is able to give consent
  • Stigma related to aging, sex and intimacy

Maggie had some great resources:

National Institute on Aging (sex and dementia articles)

Alzheimer's Association: Changes in Sexuality and Intimacy

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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You will love this episode with the amazing Adria Thompson! I was so excited to interview her, as she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in getting creative with challenging situations that caregivers face. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) do so much more than assist with swallowing and speaking.

I personally follow her Instagram account and learn so much!

In this episode, we explore:

  • The differences between Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
  • Addressing behavior challenges with dementia
  • How to access SLP services and how to get a referral

3 areas of expertise an SLP provides:

  • Communication: comprehension and body language
  • Cognition: thinking skills, problem-solving, organizing thoughts
  • Swallowing: safety in oral, feeding, and swallowing skills

If you care for someone with dementia, you know these three areas can present challenges in providing quality care.

Adria is deeply passionate about the large and ever-growing population of people with dementia in this world. She has the experience, creativity, and heart to help solve the most challenging problems.

Adria is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Dementia Consultant, Certified Dementia Practitioner®️, and Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional®️

You can find out more about Adria and her services on her website: belightcare.com

Follow Adria on social media for creative caregiving tips

Instagram: @belightcare

Facebook: @belightcareconsulting

TikTok: @belightcare

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Professional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.com

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I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.

We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.

You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.

Or simply go to the link below for ease =).

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