Often, we see caregiving responsibilities fall to family members who are learning as they go. And for people with dementia, even more, challenges are presented. Meet Jennifer Fink, producer and host of Fading Memories Podcast, a show dedicated to helping Alzheimer’s caregivers navigate their journey. After experiencing the difficulties of being a caregiver for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s, Jennifer struggled to find the necessary resources that catered to her needs. Thus, the ambitious Jennifer decided to create her podcast to guide those dealing with a similar situation.
If you are a caregiver or have a loved one dealing with memory loss, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Together, Kirsten and Jennifer go over the challenging emotions and difficulties that Alzheimer’s caregivers and caregivers in general face. They cover a variety of techniques, tools, and support available. Jennifer also shares insights on the things that she found most helpful in the journey with her mother. Oh, and don’t forget to visit Jennifer’s website for access to her podcast as well as a host of other FREE resources, everything from blog posts to recipes. Start listening now and share this episode with your friends. It’s time to put a caregiver’s mind at ease.
Big Three from Episode #073:
- As a caregiver, even having just ten minutes of your own free time can feel like gold. To properly care for someone else, make sure you are taking care of yourself first!
- If you are a caregiver for someone dealing with dementia, you must visit www.FadingMemoriesPodcast.com, a FREE resource SPECIFICALLY targeted toward those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia can affect people very differently. While some people may have a slower decline in memory loss, it can be much steeper for others. If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you need to start planning now! You don’t want to wait until things get too out of hand.
Time-stamped Show Notes:
2:13 – Ever feel like you want to start over? Jennifer discusses why she chose to abandon her career as a portrait photographer and start her podcast, Fading Memories, to help support fellow Alzheimer’s caregivers.
5:31 – If there’s one thing we learned from Elaine Sanchez in our last episode about caregiving, it’s that the act of caregiving comes along with a whirlwind of emotions ranging from stress to guilt. Jennifer expands upon those experiences in the dementia journey here.
8:22 – Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and tired of trying tools that just aren’t working? Listen here as Jennifer goes over the most effective techniques she’s discovered and the ones that have backfired – while creating her podcast.
9:16 – It can feel incredibly sad and disappointing when your closest loved ones begin losing their memory of you. Jennifer explains what strategy she uses to overcome these emotions.
13:56 – Listen here to hear to discover what episodes of Fading Memories have been the most surprisingly helpful for caregivers.
15:27 – If one of your loved ones has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—or you suspect that they may have it—you need to hear Kirsten’s best advice on how to plan ahead here.
17:29 – Do you ever have moments where you feel like you’re just going to explode? Then, you HAVE to listen to rJennifer share this AMAZING tool that will ultimately alleviate your anger, even when you feel like your whole day has been horrible.
21:43 – You’re not going to want to miss this. For her 200th episode, Jennifer has a beautiful surprise in tune! Listen now to learn more details!
23:16 – If you find the advice from Jennifer’s podcast helpful so far, you’re going to LOVE hearing about the other fantastic resources she has in store on her website, www.fadingmemoriespodcast.com. Did we mention that they’re all completely FREE?
26:08 – Jenn addresses how she deals with the toxic positivity often seen in the caregiving community.
28:44 – Listen here as Jennifer goes over how you can access her episodes on her website, www.fadingmemoriespodcast.com!
31:17 – If you are a caregiver, but not for someone specifically struggling with dementia, this is a list of Jennifer’s podcast episodes with general caregiving tips.
Resources from this Episode:
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