1. How Care Partners Can Use Technology, Coping Skills, and Support Groups to Empower Themselves in Their Care Ben Biddick 15:48

Please enjoy this episode of The Resilient Caregiver Podcast where we empower those who serve people diagnosed with dementia by providing unbiased information and the encouragement necessary to maintain Caregiver wellness. This podcast is brought to you by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin.

Today our guest is Carla Berscheit. She’s a Dementia Care Specialist for the Aging & Disability Resource Centers serving Chippewa and Dunn Counties in Wisconsin. Prior to joining the ADRC Carla worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years, primarily working with older adults in a short-term rehabilitation setting, when they were recovering from an injury or surgery. Often, the people she worked with had varying stages of dementia too, which required additional evaluation and coordination to ensure a safe return to their prior living environment.

Carla also cared for her mother that lived with dementia for 6 years. Carla understands the challenges, concerns, and isolation that can accompany being a Caregiver of someone living with dementia. She has a passion for reaching caregivers and empowering them with education and resources to do their personal best as they serve as care partners. Carla, thank you for joining me on the Resilient Caregiver podcast!

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Music: Star Night by Wonderland, New City by Josh Leake, Forest by the Sea by Beneath the Mountain

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After attending the University of Wisconsin, Ben Biddick enlisted in the United States Army following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. He served as a combat medic and military policeman in Iraq and performed Emergency Management Operations for the State of Wisconsin. Following military service, Biddick served as a civilian law enforcement officer focused on the prevention of domestic violence, the exploitation of children in the form of human trafficking, and criminal gang membership. He also served as a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator and has nearly 20 years of experience of serving others in civilian, military, and correctional healthcare environments. His most recent endeavors include performing crisis intervention during the COVID19 Pandemic and service as a Dementia Care Specialist in the State of Wisconsin.

He is an author, public speaker, and consultant who strives to transform the effects of trauma into power bases of positive change, recovery, and empowerment. As the owner of Ideal State Consulting LLC, he uses his Master’s Degree in Performance Improvement and experiences to assist individuals and organizations create a more just and noble America worthy of the honorable men and women who built it and continue to build it every day.

Ben is also the Creator and Host of the www.getupnationpodcast.com where he helps individuals, organizations, and societies develop and sustain resilience and perseverance and https://anchor.fm/theresilientcaregiver podcast where he empowers those who serve people diagnosed with dementia.