Caring Together Podcast (Season Two)
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B has released a second season of the Caring Together podcast. This season features Jill Gafner Livingston. In addition to her two decades of personal experience, Jill is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Trainer through the International and National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She is the founder of Global Training Experts, through which she has trained thousands of formal and family caregivers throughout the world. Jill also authored “Personal Positioning for the Caregiver”, a motivational guide on staying mentally healthy while caring for your patient.
Episode One: Kicking off the Caring Together Podcast!
Caregiving is hard. But, according to Jack, it also can be one of life’s greatest privileges. In this episode, Jack shares his caregiving journey, along with the strategies and resources that helped sustain him. If you’re a caregiver on the journey, you’ll learn a lot from Jack. If you want to better understand what family caregivers deal with, he’s also the guy to learn from.
Episode Two: Caregiving + Dementia
In Episode 2 of the Caring Together Podcast, hosts Jack Baker and Amy Smyth interview Colleen Beauvais about her long history with caregiving. They discuss her years working in adult day programs, caring for her sister and most recently caring for her mother while she battles Alzheimer’s disease. They get into the challenges of relocating loved ones, wrestling with feelings of guilt, and the changing dynamics of mother-daughter within a caregiving role.
Episode Three: Millennial Caregivers
In Episode 3 of the Caring Together Podcast, we hear from Becky Carlisle. It is estimated that 25% of all family caregivers are Millennials, like Becky. She shares her journey of “becoming a nurse overnight” for her grandma, balancing her new caregiving role in the midst of raising a family, and how she recharges.
Episode four: Long-Term Caregiving
In Episode 4 of the Caring Together Podcast, Shirley Hoskins shares her amazing story of caring for her husband, William, a stroke survivor for over 17 years. She shares some of the many successes that they had, the importance of support group communities and about the struggles of a long caregiving journey.
Episode 5: The Gift of Caregiving
On episode 5 of the Caring Together podcast, Lisa Jacques shares what it was like transitioning her mother into her house. Lisa candidly addressed her hesitancy about taking on this new role, but also acknowledges the gift it has been and how her relationship with her mother has transformed as a result of her caring for her. Enjoy this beautiful story!
Episode 6: Online Support Options for Caregivers
The Caring Together Podcast Season One finale features Judy Morton. Judy is the founder and moderator of an online support group for caregivers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeniorCaregivers/). In this episode she discusses her long caregiving journey as well as her work with supporting hundreds of other caregivers. She has a wealth of knowledge for caregivers and the unique things that come up along the way