Caregiving is certainly not an easy job. Often, caregiving responsibilities are given to family members who are learning as they go—especially with the case of dementia. While caregiving for someone struggling with dementia is no easy task, Jennifer Fink understands and has created many resources to help. After experiencing the difficulties behind being a caregiver for her mother dealing with Alzheimer’s, Jennifer struggled to find a podcast that catered toward her needs as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Thus, the ambitious Jennifer decided to create her podcast, Fading Memories, to provide support, advice, and resources for those dealing with a similar situation. On Jennifer’s website www.fadingmemoriespodcast.com, you have not only access to her wonderful podcasts, but also an array of other helpful resources—such as blog articles and recipes. And yes, they’re all completely FREE! Jennifer’s podcast and website offer many significant and valuable techniques, even if you are just a general caregiver.
In this episode, Kirsten and Jennifer go over the challenging emotions and difficulties that Alzheimer’s caregivers face. 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 cover a variety of techniques, tools, and support available for those dealing with a loved one suffering from memory loss. Listen now to hear the episodes that listeners—and even Jennifer herself—found the most helpful in their care-taking journey.
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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 instead start her podcast, Fading Memory, 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 (link for this here if you haven’t watched it yet), it’s that the act of caregiving comes along with a whirlwind of emotions ranging from stress to guilt. Jennifer goes into those experiences 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 Jenn goes over the most effective techniques, she’s discovered due to creating her podcast—and the ones that have backfired.
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 best.
13:56 - Listen here to hear what episodes 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 advice on how to best plan ahead here.
17:29 - Do you ever have moments where you feel like you’re just going to explode completely? Then, you HAVE to listen to Jennier 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 - If you love Jenn’s advice on caregiving, listen here as she 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 Jenn’s podcasts with general caregiving tips that you won’t want to miss.
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