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Supporting Someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease

Neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are disorders of the brain. Caring for someone with Alzheimers’, dementia or other neurocognitive disorders can be challenging as the needs of the person you’re caring for evolve as the disease progresses.

People in the early stage of a neurocognitive disorder may understand that they are changing and be able to talk about it. At this stage you might:

Caring in the Middle Stage

People in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease or a neurocognitive disorder will need more help with daily tasks as impacts on thinking and memory progress. At this stage:

Caring at the Late Stage

During the late stage of a neurocognitive disorder, individuals become unable to communicate verbally or look after themselves. Eventually they lose the ability to eat, walk or use the restroom unassisted. At this stage you might:

Read more about the early stages in the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Progression’ series below.

S3 E2 | 48 min
Caring for Someone with Dementia
What’s in this podcast:

Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Bhavini Patel exploring her journey on becoming a full-time caregiver for her father.

S1 E1 | 38 min
Becoming a Caregiver
What’s in this podcast:

Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Mieko Ise, Program Advisor for The Ontario Caregiver Organization, to talk about the realities of becoming a caregiver.

S3 E1 | 40 min
Walking Alongside Indigenous Peoples who are Seriously Ill: Education for Community Caregivers Curriculum
What’s in this podcast:

How Michelle Jobin is joined by Holly Prince and Jessica Wyatt to discuss CERAH, a Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health at Lakehead University and discuss their experiences with caregiving and why this is so pivotal to Indigenous communities.

S3 E10 | 31 min
Caring for Parents with Siblings
What’s in this podcast:

Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Rick Lauber, a former co-caregiver who shared caregiving responsibilities with his two sisters to his aging parents.

S4 E4 | 43 min
Using Technology to Assist People with Dementia
What’s in this podcast:

Host Michelle sits down with Ron Belano to discuss his caregiving journey and the role of technology and community support in caregiving.

I’m a caregiver

Jeanne
Caring for: Mother

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Jeanne’s Story: Navigating the Healthcare System

Caregiver Jeanne shares a few tips she’s learned while providing care for her mother who has dementia.

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