Parkinson’s Psychosis: Daniel Classen, MD

March 23, 2018
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Dr. Daniel Claassen is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University and a neurologist specializing in the care of patients with neurodegenerative disorders, with particular interest in patients with cognitive dysfunction and movement disorders. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his Neurology residency training at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN and postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. He is a past recipient of the American Academy of Neurology clinical research training grant. Dr. Claassen’s research focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in the context of the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative disease. 

 

HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER hosted by Peter Rosenberger.  Airs LIVE Nationally On Sundays at 3 PM (Central)  HOPEFORTHECAREGIVER.com

 

How Can You Tell If It’s Dementia?

March 21, 2018
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Author and Dementia Care expert, Tracey Maxfield, RN, called the show to answer the question MANY families have about an aging loved one:  Do They Have Dementia?

Losing your car keys doesn't mean you have dementia (I AM SO GLAD FOR THAT!!!), but the ability to manage money, and other higher brain activities may indicate a problem.  Tracey brings her 35 years of experience to bear on this tough issue.  The author of the soon to be released book ESCAPING THE RABBIT HOLE, offers a wealth of guidance for families struggling with a loved one with dementia. 

Email Tracey infirmier @ Outlook.com 

About Peter Rosenberger

A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the journey of a caregiver as few do.  His experience led to him to author four books including Hope for the Caregiver, and 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them.  

Peter Rosenberger’s radio show for family caregivers airs each Sunday at 3PM CDT on Newsradio 1510 WLAC.  In addition, the show is also syndicated through the Truth Network.

A 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido, Peter is also an accomplished pianist.  He recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.  

Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.

Struggling to Take Your Loved One With Dementia To Church?

February 18, 2018
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"I Still Want To Attend Church, But I'm Caring for Someone With Dementia!"

When caring for someone with dementia, isolation develops as an increasing challenge for family caregivers.  A number of frustrating and embarrassing mishaps can await most caregivers and their loved ones, so the seclusion increases.

Yet, pushing back against that isolation benefits not only the caregiver, but the loved one with dementia as well.  Churches and places of worship provide great comfort, strength, and community to a family living with a member suffering from dementia.  Attending those places for a long as possible helps both the caregiver and the loved one with dementia.

Dementia Care expert, Tracey Maxfield, RN, serves as a regular contributor to the our radio show for caregivers.  She recently provided several tips when taking a loved one with dementia out in public—and specifically to church.

 

Prescription Safety In Senior Living Centers

January 17, 2018
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How important is prescription drug safety and protocols for your loved one living in a senior living center?  

The folks at Morning Pointe understand the challenges of this issue, and joined the show to discuss the ways they implement multiple levels of checks and balances.  Debbie Fields (RN) called the show ...and ...we even let her have the coveted opportunity to introduce the "Caregiver Tip of the Day!" 

At least John and I think it's coveted. 

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An Expert on Dementia Shares Valuable Insights

October 2, 2017
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"Soul-Crushing" describes the way caregivers feel while caring for someone with dementia. Expert Tracey Maxfield, RN, provides helpful tips and insights.

Dentistry Isn’t Expensive—Neglect Is!

July 24, 2017
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In my book, 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them, the first landmine is Ignoring Personal Health Needs.  Sadly, all too many caregiver put off preventive care services as they care for a vulnerable loved one.  Dentistry care is one of those important health needs for caregivers.

It's not just about a pretty smile

While a lovely smile is important for self-image, healthy gums are critical for the health of the body.   For a host of reasons, people put off proper dental care, and caregivers are no exception. It not simply the caregivers dental needs that neglected.  Taking loved ones with special needs or illnesses to the dentist can become traumatic events.  Yet, with all that, a trip to the dentist can prevent serious and expensive issues down the road.

"Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you!"  —Soupy Sales

Byron Bush, DDS

Dr. Byron Bush joined me in the studio for this show to discuss dental hygiene for caregivers and their loved ones.  Practicing dentistry for three decades, Dr. Bush brings a wealth of understanding to the discussion. Furthermore, Dr. Bush is my family's dentist.  Over the years, he's shown great care to Gracie and he and his staff work hard to help make dental trips easier for her. According to Dr. Bush, and from a report from the Mayo Clinic, below are only a few of the issues that can result from a lack of proper dental care.

Medical issues that gum disease can cause  (Source Colgate.com)

  • Cardiovascular disease: In a nutshell, this means heart disease. The bacteria from inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream.  Once there, it can travel to the arteries in the heart and cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Atherosclerosis causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries which thicken and this decreases or may block blood flow through the body. This can cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The inner lining of the heart can also become infected and inflamed—a condition known as endocarditis.
  • Dementia: The bacteria from gingivitis may enter the brain through either nerve channels in the head or through the bloodstream. As a result, this might even lead to the development of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Respiratory infections: The Journal of Periodontology warns that gum disease could cause you to get infections in your lungs, including pneumonia. (Breathing in air passing over infected gums and teeth over a period of time.)
  • Diabetic complications: Inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar and make your diabetes symptoms worse. Diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to periodontal disease, making proper dental care even more important for those with this disease.

For more information, visit www.promisedental.com or call Dr. Byron Bush for all your dentistry needs at 615 401-1103  

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About Peter Rosenberger

Peter Rosenberger, a thirty-year caregiver, is the author of Hope for the Caregiver.   He recently release his new CD, SONGS FOR THE CAREGIVER. Songs for the Caregiver7 Caregiver Landmines

Dr. Michael Christie and the Walk Strong Foundation

March 20, 2017
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Dr. Michael Christie, of the Southern Joint Replacement Insitute in Nashville, called the show today to discuss their work with hips, knees, and shoulders ...as well his passion for helping provide medical care for underserved countries through the Walk Strong Foundation. 

 

Reliable Mobile Labs

March 13, 2017
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Listen to the clip by clicking above.

 

One of the best resources for ME ...as a caregiver, has been Reliable Mobile Labs.  Like clockwork, Reliable Mobile Labs send a technician to our home to draw blood from Gracie.  She has to have regular lab work, and I used to have to help her get her prosthetic legs on, drive her to the lab ...wait there ...and then fight Nashville traffic to get her home.  She was exhausted ...just from all of that. 

Now, Reliable Mobile Labs personnel come out early in the morning (so that the results can be coordindated with her doctor on the same day).

Often times, Gracie doesn't even wake up ...and they are done within ten minutes. 

If your loved one requires regular lab work, ask your doctor if this option is available to you.  It's not just for the patient ...it HELPS THE CAREGIVER!

www.reliableml.com 

 

 

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December 15, 2014
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Guest:  Dr. Mike Courtney giving special tips to deal with stress for caregivers ( and even for non-caregivers) during the holidays. 


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Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia

July 10, 2014
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Part 3 of my interview with Daniel Claasen, MD 


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Dr. Daniel Claassen is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University and a neurologist specializing in the care of patients with neurodegenerative disorders, with particular interest in patients with cognitive dysfunction and movement disorders. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his Neurology residency training at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN and postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. He is a past recipient of the American Academy of Neurology clinical research training grant. Dr. Claassen’s research focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in the context of the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Since 2009, he has focused his research efforts on behavioral studies in neurodegenerative disorders, evaluating the influence of medications on behavior and cognition. His current studies address cognitive changes that account for impulsive compulsive behaviors. Furthermore, he maintains an active clinical and research interest in the utility of functional neuroimaging. Clinically, his expertise in FDG PET quantitation enables improved recognition and diagnostic certainty of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease

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Parkinson’s Disease

July 10, 2014
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Dr. Daniel Claassen is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University and a neurologist specializing in the care of patients with neurodegenerative disorders, with particular interest in patients with cognitive dysfunction and movement disorders. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his Neurology residency training at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN and postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. He is a past recipient of the American Academy of Neurology clinical research training grant. Dr. Claassen’s research focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in the context of the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Since 2009, he has focused his research efforts on behavioral studies in neurodegenerative disorders, evaluating the influence of medications on behavior and cognition. His current studies address cognitive changes that account for impulsive compulsive behaviors. Furthermore, he maintains an active clinical and research interest in the utility of functional neuroimaging. Clinically, his expertise in FDG PET quantitation enables improved recognition and diagnostic certainty of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease

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Huntington’s Disease

July 10, 2014
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Do you or a loved one deal with Huntington's disease?

This is part one of my interview with Dr. Daniel Claassen, asst. professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Daniel Claassen is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University and a neurologist specializing in the care of patients with neurodegenerative disorders, with particular interest in patients with cognitive dysfunction and movement disorders. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his Neurology residency training at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN and postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. He is a past recipient of the American Academy of Neurology clinical research training grant. Dr. Claassen’s research focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in the context of the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Since 2009, he has focused his research efforts on behavioral studies in neurodegenerative disorders, evaluating the influence of medications on behavior and cognition. His current studies address cognitive changes that account for impulsive compulsive behaviors. Furthermore, he maintains an active clinical and research interest in the utility of functional neuroimaging. Clinically, his expertise in FDG PET quantitation enables improved recognition and diagnostic certainty of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease