1. Connections of the Heart: Stories of Hope for Tryn Rayna Neises 24:45

Rayna Neises, your host, talks with Tryn Rose Seley.  Tryn is an award-winning author and a master teaching artist.  Through her experience with the creative arts, she has witnessed profound transformations in people living with dementia.  Tryn wrote about what she has learned to teach others to bring out the best in each other, to develop positive relationships, and to build trust between care partners.  She plays guitar and mountain dulcimer and enjoys the beautiful world around her through gardening, bird watching, and photography.   Tryn shares the following insights:

  • [3:26]  People are what they love.
  • [7:26]  Just because they don’t recall it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
  • [9:01]  If you know about rituals and special things important in the person’s life, do those things, and the person will respond and come back to the surface.
  • [12:43]  Give them a chance to show what they have and what they can do.
  • [14:10]  Magic can happen when you make that connection of the heart.
  • [17:10]  Using music, stories, and art includes almost everyone because different people respond to different things.
  • [20:35]  Lead from the heart and from the joy of what we can expect in a day.
  • [22:23]  Tryn’s Caregiver book titled, “15 Minutes of Fame: One Photo Does Wonders to Bring You Both Back to Solid Ground”, can be found on her website, www.caregiverheart.com.  She also contributed a chapter in a book, “Dementia-Friendly Worship,” which is available on Amazon.
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Rayna Neises A Season of Caring

Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for everyone caring for aging parents.

Rayna is the author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, an ICF certified coach, the host of “A Season of Caring” podcast, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC)Independent Certified Trainer and speaker who is passionate about offering encouragement, support, and resources for regret-free caring aimed at preventing family caregivers from aimlessly wandering through this important season of life.

Rayna lives on a farm in southeast Kansas with her husband, Ron, and small pack of adorable dogs. She is the baby of her family, but most would never guess that. She is a former teacher who enjoys crafts of all kinds and spending time with her grandkids most of all.