1. 241 - The Amazing Zoe & Grandma's Memory Box Alzheimer's Caregivers 58:54

On the podcast this week is Valene Campbell. She calls herself a changemaker for her passions, children’s literature, and Alzheimer’s disease awareness.

After vacationing with her mother in 2016, Valene observed her Mom’s increasing forgetfulness, confusion, and irritability. Valene knew immediately upon their return home that her mother required a physical assessment. This life-altering circumstance led her to write her third children’s book with a lead Black character to demystify dementia and Alzheimer’s within the Black community. The story, The Amazing Zoe and Grandma’s Memory Box, also educate children whose families are impacted by dementia and who often participate in the caregiving of a grandparent or loved one. The Amazing Zoe & Grandma’s Memory box is a heartfelt and touching story designed to help kids understand Alzheimer’s Disease.

Zoe loves to visit her grandma! But this time, she can’t help but feel that something is different. Her grandma has forgotten to bake Zoe’s favorite cookies, and sometimes she forgets Zoe’s name! But luckily, Zoe’s Mom is there to help her learn all about Alzheimer’s Disease. Zoe even devises a clever and creative way to help her grandma remember all her most treasured memories.

You can learn more about Valene and her speaking engagements by visiting her website. https://valenecampbell.com or www.theamazingzoe.co

After helping care for her grandmother who had vascular dementia, Jennifer realized her Mother was showing signs of early onset Alzheimer’s. After the death of her father in 2017 Jennifer went searching for answers to many of the common questions and Alzheimer’s caregiver faces. Being a busy entrepreneur Jennifer realized that a podcast would be the easiest way to learn more about caregiving while completing other tasks.

Sadly, in late 2017 she only found one and it didn’t quite address what she was looking for, so she did the next best thing, and started her own. The Fading Memories podcast is now in it’s fourth year and despite the death of her Mom in March 2020, Jennifer is still talking to caregivers and still learning how to be an excellent caregiver. On the podcast she discusses caregiving, brain health, self-care and how to age well.