Dementia, Caregivers, and Christmas

December 12, 2017
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Although many families feel stress during Christmas, caregivers of loved ones with dementia often feel increased heartache and tension. Due to that added anxiety many feel, dementia-care specialist Tracey Maxfield called the show to offer much needed help.

On Sunday's show (12/10/201),, Tracey provided a checklist of tips learned from her 35 years as dementia care nurse.

When you're with a person with dementia, everyone keeps thinking,"Oh well, let's do this Christmas—let's do this one the best ever.' But I think what caregivers need to do is really take a step back and look at what the significance of the holiday is for them and for their loved one.

Tracey shared that many caregivers tend to overdo it for Christmas because of fear it may be their last one with their loved ones.  Instead of accepting that undo pressure, Tracey recommended several ideas for a calmer, but more meaningful holiday season.

Don’t Judge It’s Autism

December 1, 2017
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For families dealing with autism, they journey is often filled with tears, fear, and bone-weary days and nights.  Caregivers come from every walk of life, and while the circumstances may be different for all of us, we share a common bond of heartbreak and stress.  Together, however, we can strengthen and empower each other.  Babs Tierno, Executive Director of Autism TN called the show and discussed her family's journey with Autism, and how Autism TN helps other families. 

Aaron(39) and his father, Greg, discuss their journey with Down Syndrome

October 17, 2017
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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and Aaron Tornquist (39), along with his father Greg, joined me in the studio on our show for family caregivers.  In the interview they discussed a wide variety of relationship issues, Aaron's aspirations to be an Elvis Tribute Artist, and briefly touched on Aaron's job at Chick-Fil-A.  Watch and listen to the entire interview at https://caregiverswithhope.com/father-son-discuss-down-syndrome/

Gov. Martin Schreiber shares insights as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.

October 8, 2017
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Former Wisconsin Governor, Martin Schreiber shares his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, through Alzheimer's in his book, "My Two Elaines."

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.

Why Regions Bank Branches Are Autism Friendly Places

July 10, 2017
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Did you know our branch is autism-friendly?—Regions Bank

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During a recent trip to my local bank, I noticed signs displayed stating the branch is autism friendly. Displaying a message so prominently indicated a story behind the campaign.  With that in mind, I invited a representative from Regions Bank to appear on my show for family caregivers. Kathy Lovell manages the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program for Regions, and she called the show from Birmingham to share the story. (Click the play button to hear the interview)

As the ADA manager, I look for ways that Regions can enhance the banking experience within the disability community. Recognizing the growing need for improving Autism awareness, because 'You don't know what you don't know' about Autism, we developed a company wide initiative aimed at better accommodating the needs of individuals on the spectrum, as well as their family members and caregivers. -Kathy Lovell

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According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 68 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Regions incorporates special training for employees, as well as an identified "quiet area" for families.  These quiet areas become havens for families in the event of an episode. Furthermore, Regions also provides "sensory packs" containing stress balls, sunglasses, and noise-cancelling earbuds.

"This goes beyond customer service, this is a gift."

The fear of an episode causes many families dealing with autism to dread public places. Lights, noises, and other environmental factors can all contribute to an episode. With a trained and prepared environment, Regions clearly communicates a sensitivity to the needs of their customers.  According to Mrs. Lovell, Regions isn't stopping there.  From working with the hearing impaired to the visually impaired, Regions continues exploring additional ways to assist customers with disabilities and their families with innovative ways to conduct their financial business.  As a result of these efforts, more individuals, and their caregivers, enjoy a smoother, safer, and friendlier banking experience.

"These initiatives support two of our core values:  'Doing what is right and making life better!'"  Kathy Lovell, ADA Manager, Regions Bank

For more information on Regions' accessibility programs, click here.  


Peter Rosenberger, a thirty-year caregiver, is the author of Hope for the Caregiver.  In addition, Peter hosts a weekly radio show for caregivers on 1510 WLAC, Broadcast Sunday's at 3 PM CST.  Furthermore, the program is streamed through IHEART, and the Podcast can be accessed here.e president of Standing With Hope.  

The non-profit ministry has two program areas:  a prosthetic limb outreach to amputees in West Africa, and an outreach to family caregivers.

In addition to his books, Peter also recently release his new CD, SONGS FOR THE CAREGIVER.  

Liz Hernandez shares her family’s experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease

June 11, 2017
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"My Mom has Alzheimer's and has lost 95% of her speech."

Opening her heart, Liz Hernandez took a break from her TV life and shared her family's personal experiences as caregivers.  Calling the show, the Access Hollywood reporter discussed caring for her mother with Alzheimer's disease. After the diagnosis, Liz didn't speak about it in public for nearly a year.  "Again, the way I was brought up, it was that you handled your family's problem within your family."  Liz also added, "You're on 'denial island' for a long time." When seeing the disproportionate amount of individuals affected by Alzheimer's in the Hispanic community, Liz changed her stance.

I thought, 'No, the right thing to do is to spread the message."  I have to do this in honor of my mother.

In addition, Liz wanted to see purpose in the heartache she and her family continue to experience.

I thought if I don't speak up, all the hurt and all the pain and anguish I have felt, it goes in vain.

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If I can help another family avoid some of the hardships ...please go on Alz.org.  Look at the warning signs and share them with your friends. Don't just assume that it never going to happen to you. I think that was one of the most naive things I've ever done in my life—assuming that something like this wouldn't happen to my family. Liz also offered that one thing she wants to tell others struggling with this disease.

"Focus on what they still have."

Sharing that she, like so many, began this journey by only thinking about the losses.  As her family moved through caring for her mom, she learned to relish what remained. Check out some of the videos of Liz from her new project, WORDAFUL.  Through this new YOU TUBE channel, Liz is strengthening, empowering, and inspiring others—one word at a time! You can also follow Liz on Twitter @lizhernandez

 

 

 

The radio show for caregivers is an outreach of Standing With Hope Drawing upon Peter Rosenberger's more than thirty years of experience as a caregiver for his wife, Gracie, through a medical nightmare, Peter has emerged as an exceptional voice of experience for an unprecedented need. To help sponsor this show or Standing With Hope's prosthetic limb outreach, click here.  

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Caregivers and Dementia Patients With Sheila Welch

April 25, 2017
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Show Guest Shares Tips for Caregivers and Dementia Patients

Sheila Welch called the show to share about a recent Caregiver conference at Due West United Methodist Church (DWUMC) in Marietta, GA.

The Coordinator of DWUMC Caregivers' Ministrand a  Family Support Group Facilitator, Sheila is also a Certified Trainer for Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care. Sheila draws upon her own difficult journey as a caregiver.  Her passion is to provide practical help and encouragement to fellow caregivers. In this interview she shares a bit of what she learned from educator and dementia care expert,Teepa Snow.

Here's a brief transcript from the show interview

Peter: Speaking to a group in Alaska recently, I happened to ask a question, "How many of you all have been grabbed or choked by a patient or somebody you're taking care of?" And every one of them had been grabbed. And nearly every one of them had been choked.  So, I spent a little bit of time showing them how to get out of grabs and chokes, and so forth.  A little bit of what I've learned through marital arts. You don't think about that, but a lot of caregivers are slight women, smaller women, taking care of large men.  These are frightening things.  They are physically hurting these caregivers.

Sheila:  I lead a group of spouses who are loving a husband or wife through Alzheimer's or some related dementia.  Some of those ladies are very small.  Some of the husbands can become violent.

Don't Just Show Up Suddenly To Someone Living With Dementia

There are actually ways to approach people who are living with dementia that are different from approaching a person who is suffering from another illness ...to help reduce the risk of some of those horrible occurrences.  So many times, the person who is living with dementia is terrified when they have some come upon them and they don't even know they're there, because their vision has been impaired to a point where peripherally, they never saw you coming. So, their fight/flight mechanism triggers.  They're terrified. It leaves us as caregivers so at a loss at how we should be treating them. And it leaves that person with dementia in a terrible state.

Peter:You know, we never even think about that.  How horribly afraid these individuals are.  And they don't see it coming. They're sitting there minding their own business, and then all of sudden someone approaches out of nowhere, according to their field of view.  And they don't even know who they are!   I mean, John, look how we are when someone does that to us.

Sheila:  And we can think through it, Peter. We can calm ourselves down and we can think through it, because our brain is still working.  The brain of someone who is living with dementia has at least two areas that are actively dying. And so, they don't have the tools to handle the situation.  So it's up to us to learn how to care for them, and how to best approach them. And all of that takes a great deal education.  And that's what we are trying to do at the caregivers ministry at my church.

Hit the play button above to hear the whole interview and learn tips on how to approach someone living with dementia. 

 

A Conversation With Kim Campbell

April 16, 2017
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Kim Campbell, wife of iconic star, Glen Cambell, joined us on the show to share her journey with Glen and Alzheimer's disease.  From isolation to loss of identity ...to the challenges of a tiny woman with a large husband with dementia, Kim opened her heart and gave us a glimpse into the challenges of caring for a spouse with Alzheimer's

For more information on Kim, visit her blog at www.careliving.org

 

 

About Peter Rosenberger

Serving as a caregiver for his wife for more than thirty years through a medical nightmare has equipped Peter Rosenberger with insights, practical understanding and a deep compassion for his fellow caregivers. Emerging as a powerful voice of experience for an unprecedented need, Peter is equipping fellow caregives to live a calmer, healthier, and even more joyful life.

For more information visit www.caregiverswithhope.com 

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Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

November 16, 2015
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Introducing a seldom discussed topic:  

PARKINSON'S Disease Psychosis.  Joining the show is Diane from Southern California who shares her journey with her husband who suffers from Parkinson's and experiences psychosis, as well.

Also joining the discussion is Daniel Claassen, MD, a neurologist from Vanderbilt University.




The Peter Rosenberger Show is sponsored by Standing With Hope, Inc.  a 501 (c) 3 organization.  

In 2012, Standing With Hope launched an outreach to caregivers of disabled, elderly, or chronically-ill loved ones.  This program is also deeply personal to Gracie and Peter Rosenberger.  Peter, who has served as the caregiver for Gracie for 30 years, draws upon his lifetime of experience to offer a lifeline to those struggling to care for vulnerable loved one.
Your tax deductible gift can help support this work today and help reach caregivers with practical help and point them to Christ.

The new book by Peter Rosenberger HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER

 

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Caregiving Mother of 37 Years Shares Her Journey

October 12, 2015
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Bette Bush of Memphis shares her astonishing (and ongoing) 37-year journey as a caregiver for her son who has Cerebral Palsy. 

The Peter Rosenberger Show is sponsored by Standing With Hope, Inc.  a 501 (c) 3 organization.  
In 2012, Standing With Hope launched an outreach to caregivers of disabled, elderly, or chronically-ill loved ones.  This program is also deeply personal to Gracie and Peter Rosenberger.  Peter, who has served as the caregiver for Gracie for 30 years, draws upon his lifetime of experience to offer a lifeline to those struggling to care for vulnerable loved one.
Your tax deductible gift can help support this work today and help reach caregivers with practical help and point them to Christ.

The new book by Peter Rosenberger HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER

 

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

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His Wife Has MS. He Has A Mission

September 30, 2015
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Joining the show today is David Phillipe, a retired minister whose wife, Carol, has MS.  David shares wisdom gleaned from years of caregiving.


www.standingwithhope.com for more information. 
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Caring for A Loved One With Dementia

July 27, 2015
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With a vast number of caregivers struggling with a loved one who has dementia, Deborah Bier, PhD offers some practical help on the show from 7-26-2015

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ABOUT THE SHOW

The experience and wisdom Peter Rosenberger has gleaned as a caregiver for three decades gives him an astonishing understanding of health care issues facing millions of people. But more than that, Peter has unmatched empathy for the deep heartache faced by his fellow caregivers …that causes even the strongest to falter.

He has spoken/performed at hundreds of events including disability conferences, churches, conventions, association meetings, service organizations.

Catering his message to each audience he works with, Peter offer benefits to two groups of people: caregivers and other people who are in position to help a caregiver.

In addition to speaking to counselors, physicians, pastorssocial workersfinancial planners, and many other groups, Peter also brings a strong understanding of the need of today’s employers as they come to grips with a vast population of working caregivers. Weaving insights gathered from a lifetime of caregiving, Peter extends a lifeline of practical help to not only those caring for vulnerable loved ones, but also to the ones who seek to connect their products, services, and/or support to caregivers. 

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Get the book today for a caregiver you know:  HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER

For more information, visit standingwithhope.com 

Participate in the Music

July 12, 2015
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Helping my niece who has cerebral palsy play the piano, I saw a picture of a greater invitation to participate in God's music.   

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Ministry to special needs children and their families.

June 28, 2015
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Special Guest:  Dr. Julie Lane discussing Christian Ministry to children with special needs ...and their families. 
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The Problem of Pain.  Sharing Gracie Rosenberger's insights pain ...learned from her 32 year ordeal of hurting.