1. Medications & Memory with Dr. Elena Alzheimer's Caregivers 53:00

Medications often help maintain health and well-being, studies have repeatedly shown that many older adults suffer from medication problems.

As caregivers to an older person, the chances are they are taking a number of prescription medications.

Have you ever wondered if they are on the proper medications? Do you worry about how side effects and interactions may contribute to other health problems?

These are practical concerns to have. Although medications often help maintain health and well-being, studies have repeatedly shown that many older adults suffer from medication problems.

In this episode, I am joined, once again, by Dr. Elena. She and I discuss common medications prescribed to older adults and how we should evaluate them for effectiveness versus side effects. Many medicines have side effects that can cause memory issues, balance issues, many of the symptoms we commonly shrug off as normal aging. A thorough evaluation at least twice a year is ideal, allowing you to avoid potential problems.

This episode is a little shorter than others, so be sure to listen to the end, where Dr. Elena tells us how she has had success slowing dementia progression. It’s a great story to end the episode.

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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.