- Unforgettable Echoes: Unraveling War, Alzheimer's & The Quest for Belonging Alzheimer's Caregivers 1:04:30
Join us for a candid heart-to-heart with EM Liddick, the author of ‘All the Memories That Remain.’ As a former Marine with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment, Liddick shares his intimate battles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his experience caring for his father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Today, he leaves no stone unturned as we delve into the complex world of mental health.
Imagine what it’s like to find similarities between PTSD and Alzheimer’s. We dig into these similarities, particularly the resulting loss of identity and the fear it can induce. We also engage in a thoughtful discussion about memory, sleep, and their profound influence on PTSD and Alzheimer’s. Liddick opens up about the arduous journey of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, highlighting the critical balance between providing care and preserving the individual’s identity and autonomy.
Our conversation, however, doesn’t stop there. We examine the raw emotions that erupt when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness and the delicate balancing act of helping them maintain autonomy while providing necessary care. We reflect on the power of memories, the often-overlooked bond between military siblings, and the impact of humor and sorrow on one’s journey dealing with PTSD and Alzheimer’s. Tune in to navigate the emotional terrain of PTSD and Alzheimer’s, foster compassion, and affirm the importance of making people feel seen and heard.
(0:00:01) – Author’s Journey With PTSD and Alzheimer’s
(0:08:44) – Memory and Sleep Issues in PTSD and Alzheimer’s
(0:16:20) – Similarities Between PTSD and Alzheimer’s
(0:22:27) – Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s
(0:31:25) – Compassion in Aging, Caring for Each Other
(0:35:17) – Coping With a Parent’s Absence
(0:44:45) – Alzheimer’s Caregiving and the Power of Memories
(0:57:01) – Marine Brotherhood and Appreciation
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