Life on Repeat: A Dementia Caregiver Podcast

Laura Vaillancourt

Life on Repeat is a podcast for those caring for someone with dementia. Join Laura Vaillancourt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach as she explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.

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Finding the Right Words with Cindy Weinstein
Nov 14 2022
Finding the Right Words with Cindy Weinstein
Join us as we talk with Cindy Weinstein, author and English professor, about her experience with her father's Alzheimer's diagnosis, as a distant caregiver and her new book. Cindy's goal in writing her book, Finding the Right Words, was to equip readers with knowledge by sharing terms, basic neurology, graphs and images weaved throughout her story of her family's journey with her father's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.In this episode, we talk about:Cindy's inside view into neurology and dementia as a student Depression and dementiaThe importance of supporting family caregiversThe importance of sharing your story with your doctor or neurologistHow she forgot that her father was dying as her life adjusted to being a distance caregiverCindy Weinstein is the Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English at California Institute of Technology. She has written several books on U.S. Literature and most recently wrote Finding the Right Words, a Story of Literature, Grief and the Brain. You can find out more about Cindy's book here: Finding the Right WordsCindy's account on Mastodon: @CindyWeinstein@zirk.usFOLLOW THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comRATE & SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Finding the Right Words with Cindy Weinstein
Nov 14 2022
Finding the Right Words with Cindy Weinstein
Join us as we talk with Cindy Weinstein, author and English professor, about her experience with her father's Alzheimer's diagnosis, as a distant caregiver and her new book. Cindy's goal in writing her book, Finding the Right Words, was to equip readers with knowledge by sharing terms, basic neurology, graphs and images weaved throughout her story of her family's journey with her father's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.In this episode, we talk about:Cindy's inside view into neurology and dementia as a student Depression and dementiaThe importance of supporting family caregiversThe importance of sharing your story with your doctor or neurologistHow she forgot that her father was dying as her life adjusted to being a distance caregiverCindy Weinstein is the Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English at California Institute of Technology. She has written several books on U.S. Literature and most recently wrote Finding the Right Words, a Story of Literature, Grief and the Brain. You can find out more about Cindy's book here: Finding the Right WordsCindy's account on Mastodon: @CindyWeinstein@zirk.usFOLLOW THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comRATE & SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver with Gretchen Staebler
Oct 31 2022
Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver with Gretchen Staebler
You'll love this episode with Laura and Gretchen as we talk about Gretchen's experience caring for her mother.Gretchen left her job and friends on the East Coast in 2012 and returned to her childhood home on the West Coast to companion her 96 year old mother from whom she had been 'comfortably distanced' for 36 years. Her degree in counseling didn't help with this gig! Gretchen is the author of Mother Lode: Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver.We discuss what helped Gretchen remain sane:Maintaining her old habits/tapping into her old selfHer weekly writing group: "writing saved me"YogaListing 5 things she is grateful for dailyKeeping a list of what happened, what she did about it and the outcomeGretchen has a fabulous website with pages I had fun exploring such as recipes, reading lists, and an encouragement page: gretchenstaebler.comShe is also known for her amazing blog and welcomes your stories, too: THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comRATE & SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
How a Speech Language Pathologist Can Lighten the Load of Caregiving with Adria Thompson
Oct 12 2022
How a Speech Language Pathologist Can Lighten the Load of Caregiving with Adria Thompson
You will love this episode with the amazing Adria Thompson! I was so excited to interview her, as she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in getting creative with challenging situations that caregivers face. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) do so much more than assist with swallowing and speaking. I personally follow her Instagram account and learn so much! In this episode, we explore:The differences between Physical, Occupational, and Speech TherapistsAddressing behavior challenges with dementiaHow to access SLP services and how to get a referral3 areas of expertise an SLP provides:Communication: comprehension and body languageCognition: thinking skills, problem-solving, organizing thoughtsSwallowing: safety in oral, feeding, and swallowing skillsIf you care for someone with dementia, you know these three areas can present challenges in providing quality care.Adria is deeply passionate about the large and ever-growing population of people with dementia in this world. She has the experience, creativity, and heart to help solve the most challenging problems.Adria is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Dementia Consultant, Certified Dementia Practitioner®️, and Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional®️ You can find out more about Adria and her services on her website: belightcare.comFollow Adria on social media for creative caregiving tipsInstagram: @belightcareFacebook: @belightcareconsultingTikTok: @belightcareFOLLOW THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).
Learn to Love Your Sleep with Dr Kim Dwyer
Sep 12 2022
Learn to Love Your Sleep with Dr Kim Dwyer
What do humans beings spend more time doing than anything else? Sleep! Dr. Kim was so kind to share about all things sleep with us in this episode. Caregivers often struggle with sleep whether it is due to increased stress, worry or needing to be awake and alert to care for loved ones. Did you know that what you do in the morning has a direct impact on the quality of your sleep that night? Or that being up for 19 hours will impair you at the equivalency of being intoxicated?We learn about:The ramifications of not getting good sleepWhy total sleep is not the same as quality of sleepWhat good sleep hygiene looks likeNew science about sleepWhy we are poor historians of our sleepSleep aids and sleep supplementsCreative ways of addressing insomniaDr. Kimberley Dwyer is a clinical psychologist, author and business coach. She has over two decades of experience working with adults, teens and children, and excels at the treatment of anxiety, stress and managing transitional times. Her most recent book release fore adults, Mindful Mondays: Transforming the Everyday to Claim Calm and Reduce Stress, supports people with everyday strategies for mindfulness during daily living. Learn more about Dr. Kim Dwyer at www.drkimdwyer.com. Dr. Kim wrote a great article about sleep here: A Good Night's SleepDr. Kim also recommends checking out: Why we Sleep, a book by Matthew WalkerNational Sleep Foundation.org and their Sleep DiaryCBT-I, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for InsomniaFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).
A Mile at a Time: It's All Good Training with Travis and Mark Macy
Aug 22 2022
A Mile at a Time: It's All Good Training with Travis and Mark Macy
This is a special episode with two participants, father and son, of the Amazon Original World's Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. Mark and Travis Macy have life-long experience training and participating in Eco-Challenges all over the world and are intimately familiar with uncertainty and resiliency. You will appreciate hearing their perspective on Mark's Alzheimer's diagnosis and how their family is moving through this together. Mark talks openly about the importance of not hiding his diagnosis and the value in talking and sharing about it. The cross-over of skills needed to master surviving challenging environments while pushing ones body/mind/spirit to its limits and navigating life with Alzheimer's are not to be lost on their journey. Some advice:Make it a team thingStay engagedGo as fast as we can and as slow as we mustTravis and Mark are co-authors of the upcoming book: A Mile at a Time, which is about the experience of the Eco-Challenge race and of the bond Mark and Travis share. The book releases on March 14, 2023 and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold:IndieboundAmazonB&N.com You can learn more and follow Travis here:Facebook: @travis.macy.7Twitter: @TravisMacyInsta: @travismacywww.travismacy.comwww.amileatatimebook.comwww.thetravismacyshow.com Follow Mark here:Instagram:  @mmacy146Facebook: @mark.macy.5283And check out Imagine Publishing:Twitter: @Imagine_CBInsta: @Imagine_cbFacebook: @ImaginePublishing FOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may
Loving Your Caregiving Life with Charlotte Bayala
Aug 8 2022
Loving Your Caregiving Life with Charlotte Bayala
Is it possible to love your life as a caregiver? Many caregivers do not have a choice in their role as a caregiver and can sometimes feel as if they are failing no matter how hard they try to control, fix things, or prevent a crisis. Charlotte Bayala shares that in crisis, we have an opportunity to tap into the deep parts of ourselves that can teach us self-love and how to listen to our inner-knowing. We discuss:Why it is so hard to make yourself a priorityEasy, accessible and actionable ways to focus on your own care each dayThat you can find ways to enjoy your life in spite of caregivingCharlotte Bayala is the creator of the Love Your Caregiving Podcast and the Caregiving Confidential Magazine. She is a Youga and Meditation teacher, Caregiver Coach and is a caregiver for her husband since 2013.You can find out more about Charlotte on her website where you can download a free issue of Caregiving Confessions and find her podcast episodes: LoveYourCaregivingLife.comCharlotte can also be found on social media: @loveyourcaregivinglifeFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Tapping Into Inner Wisdom using SoulCollage® with Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom
Jul 25 2022
Tapping Into Inner Wisdom using SoulCollage® with Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom
What is SoulCollage® and how can it be used to help burnout and compassion fatigue with caregivers? Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom joins us to talk about how this modality can help people process, honor and connect with all parts of themselves and their greater community. In this episode, we talk about:The process of SoulCollage®How SoulCollage® taps into inner wisdom and intuitionThe variety of ways to use SoulCollage® throughout your dayJennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker working with clients online in New Hampshire and Vermont. Jennifer is a certified SoulCollage® facilitator and brings this method into her work with therapy clients and the general public.You can find out more about Jennifer's work including counseling, trainings and workshops on her website: Kindnesscorner.comFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Cooling the Flames of Burnout with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani
Jul 18 2022
Cooling the Flames of Burnout with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani
Caregivers are likely all too familiar with the reality of burnout. In this episode, Gabrielle Juliano-Villani discusses how to pay attention to signs such as feeling as if every day is a bad day, feeling numb or apathetic and living with a sense of isolation (even when you're with others). We discuss the importance of connection and appreciation- and you'll love her metaphor of glass/plastic balls! You'll hear us discuss:The differences between stress and burnoutHow to recognize burnout in yourself (we are often the last to notice!)Tools and tips to ease burnoutGabrielle Juliano-Villani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Consultant and founder of GJV Consulting and Training. Her focus is on consulting and training with other professionals on how to work with clients who struggle with chronic pain and chronic illness. She specializes in burnout prevention, training other professionals and companies on how to manage burnout in the workplace and create a culture that encourages employees to thrive.You can find out more about Gabrielle here on LinkedIn.Reach out to Gabrielle via her email to schedule a consult: leadingwithGJV@gmail.comFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Grief and the Path to Healing with Beth Luwandi
Jun 27 2022
Grief and the Path to Healing with Beth Luwandi
Most of us have not been taught how to grieve. This is a great conversation with Beth about taking care of yourself around your loss, avoidance of the pain, and changing our coping mechanisms.My favorite quote from Beth: "We are made to heal" In this episode, we talk about:Why it is so important to do the work around lossApproaches outside the common "talking to friends"Types of loss What people can expect after they do the workNormalizing the processLearning to grieve and gaining perspectiveBeth is a success coach and licensed professional counselor, specializing in relationships and healing after loss. She loves working with mid-life women who are ready to break old patterns and find more satisfaction and purpose.You can find out more about Beth here: Beth LuwandiHere is Beth's online course: Successful GriefHere is a great blog post that Beth wrote: "An Ideal Grief"FOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Soul-Led Self Care with Nicole Burgess
Jun 20 2022
Soul-Led Self Care with Nicole Burgess
Nicole Burgess is one of my favorite people to talk to. I am sure you will enjoy this episode! Are you curious about how your inner critic impacts your relationship with yourself and others? Nicole refers to herself as a "recovering perfectionist" and shares ways to manage stress and promote self care. In this episode, we explore:How stress manifests in the body when you're caring for someone elseMind shifts that can help manage stress/overwhelm/perfectionismSelf care methods...and a fun bonus about Nicole's creative process as a fiber arts tapestry weaverNicole Burgess is a clinically trained Soul-Led Leadership Coach to ambitious, highly sensitive, professional women leaders. She is also the host of the Soulfilled Sisterhood podcast and founder of the Self-Care Summit: Improve Your Bottom Line and Your Persona.You can find out more about Nicole here: Nicole Burgess CoachingFollow her on Facebook: Nicole Burgess Coaching FBAnd her LinkedIn: Nicole Burgess CoachFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website for private consultations: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Death With Dignity and Dementia with Peg Sandeen
May 16 2022
Death With Dignity and Dementia with Peg Sandeen
In this episode, Peg Sandeen, the CEO of Death with Dignity in Portland, OR, and a social worker with 25+ years experience in end-of-life care, talks with us about the Death with Dignity laws, assisted dying and the limits of physicians assisted suicide and dementia. We learned the criteria in accessing Death with Dignity and why folks with dementia currently do not qualify- as well as which countries have legal euthanasia. Peg discusses the importance of the POLST/MOLST forms and having a healthcare agent that knows and will follow your wishes. You can find out more about Peg and Death with Dignity here: Death with DignityFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Sexuality and Dementia with Maggie Syme, PhD
May 2 2022
Sexuality and Dementia with Maggie Syme, PhD
Welcome to this episode with Laura and Maggie Syme, PhD!Maggie is the Project Director at Marcus Institute for Aging Research and specializes in sexual wellness. In this episode, we discuss:How sexual relationships change during the course of dementia progression Ways to maintain sexual wellness as both a caregiver and a person living with dementiaHow to recognize when a person living with dementia is able to give consentStigma related to aging, sex and intimacyMaggie had some great resources: National Institute on Aging (sex and dementia articles)Alzheimer's Association: Changes in Sexuality and IntimacyFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Polyvagal Theory and Caregiving with Teresa Quadres, LCSW
Apr 11 2022
Polyvagal Theory and Caregiving with Teresa Quadres, LCSW
I hope you enjoy this episode with Teresa Quadres as she talks about Polyvagal Theory, how our autonomic nervous system works and the "rungs of the ladder": ventral vagal state, sympathetic state and dorsal vagal state. Most importantly, we talk about how to recognize and befriend each of these states. She encourages doing these three things to help yourself:Notice: have awareness to how you are responding in the momentRemind yourself you are human: your response is normalAsk yourself what state you may be in: where are you at on the ladder?What state is your love one in?Teresa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience working in health care, mostly in palliative care and hospice. She currently works part time as a palliative care social worker and has a part-time private psychotherapy practice.Teresa was also a guest in episode #14: Hospice, Palliative Care and Decision MakingYou can find out more about Teresa and her work here: TeresaQuadres.comTeresa has a fabulous blog you can check out here!Deb Dana's work: Rhythm of RegulationDeb Dana's book: AnchoredRobert Sapolsky's book: Why Zebras Don't Get UlcersFOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: @lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: facebook.com/LifeonrepeatpodcastPodcast Website: lifeonrepeatpodcast.comPodcast Email: hello@lifeonrepeatpodcast.comProfessional Service Website: eldercarecounselor.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported, and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise, and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =).lifeonrepeatpodcast.com/listen
Music for Dementia with Grace Meadows
Feb 14 2022
Music for Dementia with Grace Meadows
In this episode, we delve deep into the power of sound and music and explore how music can serve as a bridge to connect us with those who have dementia.Grace Meadows is a music therapist and Campaign Director for Music for Dementia, a UK based campaign with a mission to make music an integral part of dementia care. "Music isn't a nicety, it's a necessity for people living with dementia" We explore:The importance of sound in human beings: did you know we are wired for rhythm pre-birth through the heartbeat of our mother?How to incorporate music into daily tasks to support smooth transitions through the dayHow music can be used as a tool for those resistive momentsHow music can support the caregiver/care partnerWhy music is a conduit for connection and creativityGrace shares a touching story about a man who was resisting care until a music therapist became involvedYou can find our more about the Music for Dementia Campaign here: their "5 Ways to Use Music" pdf here: can also find their links on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedInAND WE INVITE YOU TO FOLLOW LIFE ON REPEAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: ( Website: ( Consultations and Coaching Website: ( TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:Subscribe to this informative podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate. You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =). (
Resourcing and Self-care with Stacy Scheel-Hirsch
Dec 13 2021
Resourcing and Self-care with Stacy Scheel-Hirsch
I love this interview with Stacy Scheel-Hirsch about 'resourcing'. Resourcing is how we access and apply self-care. Imagine all the resources we tap into within to survive and thrive. Stacy talks us through how to access our inner resources, how mindfulness is a helpful tool and the different dimensions of wellness. We explore stories and examples and she also shares with us about her free weekly meditation group that meets online. Stacy is a trauma-informed mindfulness teacher, resilience coach and organizational wellness consultant. She is passionate about helping people find safe and supportive ways to connect with their humanity so that they can live each day with more purpose, empathy, and a greater sense of belonging.Clients describe Stacy as “a deeply rooted person” and “one of those rare knowledgeable, sensitive, and talented individuals” with a “deep capacity for empathy and an ability to cut through foggy thinking with remarkable insight.”She is the CEO and founder of Life Takes Practice™, the creator of Mindful Living at Work: An Eight-Week Mindfulness-Based Skills Program for the workplace, and the Mindfulness-Based Neuro-Somatic Engagement (MBNSE) Program. Stacy is also the co-founder of Cultivate, a writing and meditation retreat for women in beautiful Hood River, OregonYou can find our more about Stacy and her work here: more about her meditation group here: LIFE ON REPEAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: lifeonrepeat.podcastFacebook: ( Website: ( Service Website: ( TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =). (
Music and the Human Connection with Larry Griner
Nov 1 2021
Music and the Human Connection with Larry Griner
You will love this episode with Larry Griner. Laura and Larry talk about his experience as a caregiver for his mother who has dementia. They explore how music brings his mother (and himself) back to life, the many fans his mother has received due to his social media videos, the challenges he has had as a caregiver and what gets him through the hard moments.Larry Griner moved from southern CA to Baltimore to relieve his brother and care for his 90-year-old mother, Norma. This temporary plan eventually turned into a long-term commitment. He began recording videos of his mother singing and posted them on social media which gained a large fan-base for Norma. Larry found that he could help his mother's mood and create some magic in their lives by playing and singing familiar music. Norma has a large following of fans and Larry has expressed that people from all over the world have sent messages of encouragement and gratitude.Follow Larry and Norma on Facebook and YouTube LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Instagram: lifeonrepeat.podcast Facebook: ( Website: ( Service Website: ( TO THE LIFE ON REPEAT PODCAST:I host a weekly podcast where I interview dementia specialists and other professionals to help caregivers feel educated, supported and empowered.We talk about a variety of topics including how to live your best life as a caregiver, how to work with challenges that may arise and how to gain knowledge so you can be your own best advocate.You can also find it by searching “Life on Repeat” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Life on Repeat Podcast” on your Apple device.Or simply go to the link below for ease =). (