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Finding Laughter and Resilience in Caregiving: Stories of Hope with Leah Stanley

  1. Finding Laughter and Resilience in Caregiving: Stories of Hope with Leah Stanley Rayna Neises 33:08

When life handed Leah Stanley a caregiving role she never anticipated, it led her down a path filled with challenges, humor, and profound lessons. At twenty-nine, Leah's life took a sharp turn after a phone call pulled back the curtain on her grandparents' struggles with dementia. She bravely stepped into the Caregiver role, navigating the twists and turns of a disease that often feels like a maze without an exit. Through our candid conversation, you'll hear how Leah tackled the steep learning curve of dementia care and the ways in which maintaining dignity and purpose became her guiding principles.

Leah's journey wasn't just a solo trek; it underscored the vital need for a supportive community and the irreplaceable role humor plays in the healing process. If you've ever wondered how laughter can still find a place in the midst of the tough times, Leah's personal anecdotes serve as a beacon of light. As we explore the transition of dementia patients into nursing homes, the emotional weight it carries, and the challenges that come with it, you'll find solace in the shared experiences and the reminder that each caregiving story has its unique set of trials and triumphs.

Closing our episode, the narrative takes a turn towards the spiritual and encapsulates a message of hope and Resilience. Leah's story of unexpected help during a snowstorm will remind you of God's work in our lives. Her social media presence and books are not just resources; they are lifelines for fellow caregivers wading through similar waters. Remember, as a Caregiver, you're not expected to chart these waters perfectly, but rather to navigate them with love, self-compassion, and the knowledge that you're never alone.

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.

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