1. Connecting through Art Alzheimer's Caregivers 1:01:21

Art has been used for centuries to help people express what they cannot put into words. Increasingly art is used  to help people with Alzheimer’s disease. By encouraging participation in the creation process we may be able to unlock inner thoughts and feelings. Expressing what they’re feeling may be easier on paper than verbally. Freeing these emotions will help both those living with Alzheimer’s and those caring for them.
My Life and Art
Art is part of my everyday life. As a professional photographer I spend my days creating beautiful images for my clients. Appreciating photography from around the world via Instagram is another way to keep my creative spirit alive. One evening I stumbled upon an account called Alzheimer’s Art, and had to lean more.  As a result I discovered this account belongs to a young man with a Mother with younger onset Alzheimer’s and a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s. This knowledge made me even more interested. We chatted a bit via private message which led to asking him to tell his story on my podcast.

Using creativity, Adam helps his Mom and Grandma express what they’re feeling. These interactions give all three of them a relaxing way to connect to each other.  These connections are priceless and Adam decided to share the artistic results with the world.

In the very short time with his Instagram account Adam has talked to people on every continent. These communications has made Adam realize there was more to what he was doing than just helping his family members. Needless to say, this has caused quite a shock.  His is a touching story you won’t want to miss!

Listen to this episode, you’ll find Adam’s story interesting and compelling. You can find his Instagram account here.
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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.