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Supporting Someone With a Heart Condition

Caregiving for a person after a heart attack or stroke can be a stressful time. You may need to schedule and drive to medical, physiotherapy, and speech therapy appointments, arrange home care visits and do more tasks around the house.

Depending on the severity of the condition, the level of support may increase, or decrease over time.

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Caring for Parents
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Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Rani Sinanan who speaks about her experience caring for both her parents and what this looked like for her.

S4 E3 | 48 min
Balancing Being a Caregiver and a Young Working Professional
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Join our discussion into the challenges of juggling different roles and identities while pursuing a career, along with valuable insights on making time for emotions and utilizing mental health resources. 

Being a Caregiver and Advocate for Donor Recipient
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Heather Lannon, the Care and Transitions Facilitator for the Aortic Program, Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital shares her own experience caring for her husband Jamie while he waited for a heart transplant traveling all the way from St. John’s, NL to receive care.

S1 E1 | 38 min
Becoming a Caregiver
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Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Mieko Ise, Program Advisor for The Ontario Caregiver Organization, to talk about the realities of becoming a caregiver.

S2 E1 | 34 min
Healthcare System Navigation
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Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Suzanne McKenna, a System Navigator for Acquired Brain Injury to talk about her lived experience as a caregiver for her son and share some advice.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
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Alanna McGinn, author, fellow podcast host and lead sleep expert at Good Night Sleep, shares her studies on how a healthy lifestyle can affect sleep, and how important sleep can be for a caregiver.

PTSD in Caregivers
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Dr. Patrick McGrath, a Clinical Psychologist and an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. In this episode, he talks about medical and psychological treatments for PTSD, and resources caregivers can access to help with this.

S3 E4 | 37 min
Caring for a Terminally Ill Spouse
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Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Chris Rosati to touch upon his journey caring for his beloved wife of 37 years after she got diagnosed with cancer.

S2 E5 | 34 min
Dealing with Dying, Death, and Grief as a Caregiver
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Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Susan Kendal, founder of Evolve Beyond Grief, to talk about normalizing conversations around death and grief.

I’m a caregiver

Andrea
Caring for: Husband

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Andrea’s Story

Andrea was a full – time employee, mother, and wife. She never expected she would take on the role of a caregiver so early in her life. On December 21st, 2015 Andrea’s life changed suddenly when her husband was injured at work after suffering a heart attack and going into cardiac arrest. Her husband was later diagnosed with post – concussion syndrome.

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