1. Creating Sustainable Caregiving Alzheimer's Caregivers 1:02:52

Theresa Willbanks talks to me about how we can create sustainable caregiving.

Creating sustainable caregiving will be something more of us will have to know as our population ages. Caring for another person, especially a parent, can feel like navigating an unpredictable, wild river.

How do we determine when it’s no longer safe for Mom or Dad to live alone? When do we step in to help manage finances and or medications? How do we get our loved ones to stop driving and continue to allow them their independence? These questions demonstrate concern for our parent’s safety and can be juxtaposed against our parent’s fiercely held desire for independence. In addition to being emotionally charged, the answers have enormous ramifications for us as family caregivers.

Caregiving is sustainable when you are realistic. Know your options, have a plan, and are willing to adjust that plan as many times as needed. In this episode, I talk to Theresa Willbanks about these issues and how she managed them.

If you want to learn more about Theresa, her book, and the services she offers to caregivers, please follow this link to her website. https://www.sustainablecaregiving.com

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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.