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How many of us know someone who does not want to know if they have some form of dementia? Despite all the benefits of an early diagnosis, they either can’t or refuse to be swayed. Getting an early diagnosis, while still devasting, is important, and today we’re discussing how celebrities discussing their risks might help move more people into accepting the benefits of knowing sooner rather than later.

When a celebrity openly discusses their risk of Alzheimer’s disease, it can profoundly impact raising awareness and promoting dementia prevention knowledge. Celebrities possess a significant platform and influence that can reach a wide audience, capturing public attention and generating interest in important health issues.

By sharing their personal experiences and vulnerabilities regarding Alzheimer’s risk, celebrities can break down stigma, normalize discussions about cognitive health, and encourage individuals to take proactive steps in their own lives. Their stories serve as relatable examples, fostering empathy and creating a community around dementia prevention.

A celebrity speaking out about their risk also garners media coverage and public discourse. This increased visibility brings the topic of dementia prevention into the mainstream, leading to greater public education and understanding. It can motivate individuals to educate themselves about risk factors, adopt healthier lifestyles, engage in brain-stimulating activities, and undergo regular cognitive assessments.

That’s the topic of discussion with this week’s guest, Stephen Hunt.

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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.