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Bre'anna Wilson Certified Dementia Practitioner, Author, Podcaster

Bre'anna is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, the founder of Bambu Care LLC, the host of the What the Dementia podcast, and the author of "With Intent: A Practical Guide to Navigating Behaviors Along the Dementia Care Journey" and "Grow With Gratitude: 100-Day Gratitude and Self-Care Journal".

She has been in the field of dementia care for over 5 years now as of 2022. Her background is in occupational therapy, specifically in the home setting: home, independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Along her journey, she realized just how big the gaps were in dementia care and just how much our system was failing caregivers. Not just the family Caregiver who received no real information, guidance, or education after their partner’s diagnosis, but also the professional Caregiver who received very little training (if any) and was often completely at a loss for what to do — which ultimately impacted both the Caregiver and the person living with dementia. Consequently, she decided to take a direct step into the dementia care realm so that she could help more people in a more meaningful and impactful way.

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131 | Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome — Blame It On The Alcohol? &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
131 | Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome — Blame it on the Alcohol?

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, a lesser-known form of dementia that is often underrecognized and underdiagnosed. This episode will cover: —…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, a lesser-known form of dementia that is often underrecognized and underdiagnosed. This episode will cover: — An overview of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome and its symptoms. — The connection between alcoholism, thiamine deficiency, and dementia. — The progression from Wernicke Encephalopathy to Korsakoff Syndrome. — Diagnostic challenges and the importance of timely treatment. — Care needs and support for individuals with this syndrome. REFERENCES: Isenberg-Grzeda E, Kutner HE, Nicolson SE. We…

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130 | When A Person With Dementia Doesn'T Meet Hospice Criteria &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
130 | When a Person with Dementia Doesn't Meet Hospice Criteria

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss why some individuals with dementia may not meet the criteria for hospice care, despite facing significant challenges in their condition. We …

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss why some individuals with dementia may not meet the criteria for hospice care, despite facing significant challenges in their condition. We explore a real-life scenario to illustrate the complexities of hospice eligibility and highlights the importance of understanding these criteria for dementia caregivers. Clarification Statement for Listeners: While some hospices use a patient's eating status to determine eligibility because it's easier to predict death, it's important to note that if a person with dementia stops all eating, they …

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129 | The Ugly Side Of Hospice &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
129 | The Ugly Side of Hospice

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss some of the critical issues and unethical practices within the hospice system that can directly impact those with dementia and their caregiv…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss some of the critical issues and unethical practices within the hospice system that can directly impact those with dementia and their caregivers. This episode aims to equip listeners with the knowledge to navigate these challenges and effectively advocate for their partner with dementia. This episode will cover: — The controversial side of hospice services and its potential impact on patients and caregivers. — Strategies for caregivers to ensure their partner qualifies for hospice and how to advocate for proper care. — The fin…

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128 | Dispelling 5 Hospice Myths &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
128 | Dispelling 5 Hospice Myths

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the common misconceptions surrounding hospice care and debunk five prevalent myths that often misguide dementia caregivers. ‍MENTIONED IN …

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the common misconceptions surrounding hospice care and debunk five prevalent myths that often misguide dementia caregivers. ‍MENTIONED IN EPISODE: Episode 126 | Hospice Readiness in Dementia: Eligibility & Signs Treehouse | ⁠⁠⁠https://letsbambu.com/treehouse⁠⁠⁠ CONNECT, GET RESOURCES, LEARN MORE, + SIMPLIFY YOUR CARE JOURNEY: LinkTree | ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.bambu.care⁠⁠⁠⁠ MUSIC CREDIT: Listen To SpillageVillage - Tropical Landing Pop Songs At Looperman.com DISCLAIMER: The information contained in Bamb…

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127 | Hospice Care: Addressing Treatment &Amp; Comfort Concerns (Q&Amp;A) &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
127 | Hospice Care: Addressing Treatment & Comfort Concerns (Q&A)

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss a Caregiver's concern about hospice care conflicting with dementia treatment. This episode will cover: — The Caregiver's role in contin…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss a Caregiver's concern about hospice care conflicting with dementia treatment. This episode will cover: — The Caregiver's role in continuing care and the additional support offered by hospice. — How to communicate the necessity of addressing treatable dementia symptoms in a hospice setting. — The importance of understanding hospice goals and medication management. — Advocating for therapy services and comprehensive care within hospice for individuals with dementia. MENTIONED IN EPISODE: Simplifying Dementia Care Worksho…

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126 | Hospice Readiness In Dementia: Eligibility &Amp; Signs &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
126 | Hospice Readiness in Dementia: Eligibility & Signs

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will delve into the eligibility criteria for hospice care and the specific signs indicating when it may be time to consider hospice for people with demen…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will delve into the eligibility criteria for hospice care and the specific signs indicating when it may be time to consider hospice for people with dementia. This episode will cover: — The eligibility requirements for hospice care, particularly for those with dementia. — Signs indicating when someone with dementia may be ready for hospice care. — The importance of not waiting for active signs of dying to involve hospice care. MENTIONED IN EPISODE: Simplifying Dementia Care Workshop | ⁠https://letsbambu.com/events⁠ Episode 23 | Pall…

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125 | Late Stage Dementia Vs. End Of Life &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
125 | Late Stage Dementia vs. End of Life

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the crucial differences between late-stage dementia and the end-of-life phase, clarifying misconceptions and providing insights for caregive…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the crucial differences between late-stage dementia and the end-of-life phase, clarifying misconceptions and providing insights for caregivers. This episode will cover: — The distinction between late-stage dementia and end-of-life signs and symptoms. — How to recognize the progression of late-stage dementia and its impact on daily functions. — Identifying the signs that a person with dementia is transitioning to the end-of-life phase. MENTIONED IN EPISODE: Simplifying Dementia Care Workshop | https://letsbambu.com/events Ep…

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124 | Housekeeping: Exclusive Content, Puzzles, &Amp; New Workshop! &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
124 | Housekeeping: Exclusive Content, Puzzles, & New Workshop!

In this housekeeping episode for What the Dementia, we update you on everything happening in the world of Bambu to help support dementia care partners on their care journey. Is there anything that mee…

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In this housekeeping episode for What the Dementia, we update you on everything happening in the world of Bambu to help support dementia care partners on their care journey. Is there anything that meets your needs? This episode will cover: — The latest resources and content available for dementia caregivers in the Treehouse. — Information on the Bambu Dozens seasonal puzzle release for individuals with dementia. — An introduction to the upcoming live workshop, "Simplifying Dementia Care," and its objectives. — Details on how to access the workshop, including the early bird special …

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123 | Choosing The Best Jigsaw Puzzle For Someone With Dementia &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
123 | Choosing the Best Jigsaw Puzzle for Someone with Dementia

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss how to select the best jigsaw puzzles for individuals with dementia and how to create an environment that supports puzzle engagement. Plus, …

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss how to select the best jigsaw puzzles for individuals with dementia and how to create an environment that supports puzzle engagement. Plus, announce our Seasonal Release for Bambu Dozens! This episode will cover: — Factors to consider when choosing jigsaw puzzles for someone with dementia. — How to establish a supportive environment for puzzle activities. — A reminder of the primary goal of puzzle engagement for individuals with dementia. MENTIONED IN EPISODE: Bambu Dozens (Puzzle Collection) | ⁠https://bambudozens.com⁠ …

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122 | Q&Amp;A: Dealing With Aggression &Amp; Rude Behavior In Dementia &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
122 | Q&A: Dealing with Aggression & Rude Behavior in Dementia

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will answer three questions on how to handle aggression and rude behaviors in individuals with dementia.  This episode will cover: — Approaches to un…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will answer three questions on how to handle aggression and rude behaviors in individuals with dementia.  This episode will cover: — Approaches to understanding and addressing aggressive behaviors in dementia care. — The importance of identifying the triggers that lead to aggression or rudeness. — The role of Caregiver and staff approaches in influencing a person with dementia's behavior. MENTIONED IN EPISODE: Bambu Dozens (Puzzle Collection) | https://bambudozens.com Blog Post | Top 6 Tips to De-Escalate a Person with Dementia's Behavior…

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121 | Getting A Person To Believe They Have Dementia &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
121 | Getting a Person to Believe They Have Dementia

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the often-asked question, "How do I get my person to believe they have dementia?" We offer a perspective on why convincing someone of their …

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the often-asked question, "How do I get my person to believe they have dementia?" We offer a perspective on why convincing someone of their dementia diagnosis may not be necessary or beneficial and share alternative approaches to introduce support without confrontation. This episode will cover: — The challenges and potential pitfalls of trying to convince someone they have dementia. — Understanding why acceptance of the diagnosis may not always lead to acceptance of help. — The concept of anosognosia and its impact on a person…

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120 | Housekeeping: Hiatus, Panda Pocket, Bambu Dozens, And Initiative Pause &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
120 | Housekeeping: Hiatus, Panda Pocket, Bambu Dozens, and Initiative Pause

In this housekeeping episode for What the Dementia, we update you on everything happening in the world of Bambu to help support dementia care partners on their care journey. Is there anything that mee…

In this housekeeping…

In this housekeeping episode for What the Dementia, we update you on everything happening in the world of Bambu to help support dementia care partners on their care journey. Is there anything that meets your needs? This episode will cover: — Bambu Care's upcoming hiatus and how it will affect communication with the community. — The introduction of the Panda Pocket, a new feature in the Treehouse resource library. — Accessing Webinar Replay of "Navigating Sexual Expression in Dementia" — Details about the Bambu Dozens Seasonal Release, including new puzzle designs. — Update on the la…

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119 | 5 Dementia Misconceptions — Uncovering The Truth &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
119 | 5 Dementia Misconceptions — Uncovering the Truth

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss and correct five pervasive misconceptions about dementia that often lead to confusion and misunderstanding among caregivers. This episode w…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss and correct five pervasive misconceptions about dementia that often lead to confusion and misunderstanding among caregivers. This episode will cover: — Debunking the myth that dementia is always a genetic condition. — Clarifying the relationship between memory loss and dementia and the multi-faceted nature of the syndrome. — Addressing the misconception that dementia only affects older adults and is part of normal aging. — Explaining why not all forms of dementia are neurodegenerative and the importance of proper diagnosis. …

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118 | 3 Things You Must Understand About The Stages Of Dementia &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
118 | 3 Things You MUST Understand About the Stages of Dementia

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the three crucial aspects caregivers must understand about the stages of dementia to avoid confusion and provide the best care.  PODCAST E…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the three crucial aspects caregivers must understand about the stages of dementia to avoid confusion and provide the best care.  PODCAST EPISODES MENTIONED: Stages 1, 2, and 3 | https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/dCMwbnK1aHb Stages 4 and 5 | https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/Ob5rmmK1aHb Stages 6 and 7 | https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/AAmJQuO1aHb WEBINAR: Register | ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.letsbambu.com/events⁠ LET’S CONN…

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117 | The Biggest Lie Told In Dementia Care — &Quot;It'S Just The Dementia&Quot; &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
117 | The Biggest Lie Told in Dementia Care — "It's Just the Dementia"

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the common misconception in dementia care that behaviors are "just the dementia." We delve into why this belief is problematic and what care…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the common misconception in dementia care that behaviors are "just the dementia." We delve into why this belief is problematic and what care partners should consider instead. This episode will cover: — The misconception that challenging behaviors in dementia are solely due to the condition itself. — The importance of not dismissing behaviors as "just the dementia." — The reasons why attributing everything to dementia can be problematic. — An explanation of 'THE IMPACTS' approach to understanding behaviors in dementia. WEBI…

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116 | Can You Prevent Dementia? + How To Reduce Your Risk! &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
116 | Can You Prevent Dementia? + How to Reduce Your Risk!

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the highly debated question: Can you prevent dementia?  This episode will cover: — Clarification of what it means to prevent dementia a…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss the highly debated question: Can you prevent dementia?  This episode will cover: — Clarification of what it means to prevent dementia and the current state of research. — A look at modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for dementia. — Insights into the importance of mental health and lifestyle in maintaining cognitive health. — Personal advice from the host. REFERENCES: https://alzres.biomedcentral.com/counter/pdf/10.1186/alzrt104.pdf https://lifestylemedicine.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ACLM-Article-Lifestyle-…

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115 | Housekeeping: 2024'S First Webinar, New Treehouse Feature, &Amp; Custom Puzzles &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
115 | Housekeeping: 2024's First Webinar, New Treehouse Feature, & Custom Puzzles

In this housekeeping episode for What the Dementia, we update you on everything happening in the world of Bambu to help support dementia care partners on their care journey. Is there anything that mee…

In this housekeeping…

In this housekeeping episode for What the Dementia, we update you on everything happening in the world of Bambu to help support dementia care partners on their care journey. Is there anything that meets your needs? This episode will cover: — A roundup of the newest content from Bambu Care. — Details on the new Dementia Care Partner t-shirt — The ultimate resource guide for dementia caregivers with over 100 resources across 20 categories. — A sneak peek at an upcoming feature in the Treehouse. — A reveal of Bambu Care's first webinar of the year. — The announcement of a limited …

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114 | Getting Your Dementia Questions Answered &Raquo; 2637885 1677971291190 34B359435327D Scaled
114 | Getting Your Dementia Questions Answered

In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss strategies for caregivers to get the most out of their queries about dementia care. This episode will cover: — The value of asking detai…

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In this original What the Dementia episode, we will discuss strategies for caregivers to get the most out of their queries about dementia care. This episode will cover: — The value of asking detailed questions to receive practical advice on dementia care. — An introduction to Bambu Care's platforms and resources, including the Treehouse and support options. — Different means of contacting Bre'anna Wilson and Bambu Care for personalized guidance. — The critical role of providing context and clarity when discussing dementia-related issues. — A look at the individualized nature of dem…

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