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Living With Alzheimer's

Living With Alzheimer's

Living With Alzheimer’s is a podcast about living with dementia from the perspective of Ginger, an octogenarian with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and Christoph, her son and full-time caregiver.

Their conversations with each other and with a variety of subject matter experts provide listeners with heartfelt stories of Ginger’s journey as well as best practices for other caregivers who are providing support for friends or family members living with the impacts of dementia.

Ginger, a former English teacher and retired librarian, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2019. Her daily life has been impacted by dementia in a way that gives her a unique perspective on life and living. Christoph, Ginger’s son and full-time caregiver, is a former journalism teacher and amateur radio host. He has been learning from dementia care experts and started the
podcast as a way to share insights from subject matter experts with the many families impacted by dementia.

Subscribe to the podcast to follow Ginger’s story and to learn more about available resources for dementia care.

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Recent Episodes

What families can do if they notice signs of dementia during the holidays

Jan. 8, 2023

In this episode on the Living with Alzheimer's podcast, Christoph interviews Kathryn Ribant Payne, Communications Director for Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter. They discuss how call volume for Alzheimer’s Associatio…

The Life Story Project - Helping provide dignified care for people living with dementia

Nov. 17, 2022

In this episode, Ginger and I speak with Beth Mastel-Smith , professor of nursing at The University of Texas at Tyler, about the Life Story project she is conducting with Michelle Kimzey , professor of nursing at Texas Chris…

Research and insider tips about self-care to help caregivers be more successful

Sept. 23, 2022

In this episode, I speak with Amanda Leggett, Ph.D. , Assistant Research Professor at the University of Michigan, about her research studying caregiving styles that help reduce stress and increase success for caregivers. Dr.…

What the heck is sundowning and how can caregivers help when it occurs?

July 19, 2022

In this episode on the Living with Alzheimer's podcast, Christoph discusses sundowning with Claudia Schwenzer , a Care Counselor for Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. Care counselors help families develop individuali…

Volunteering opportunities with Alzheimer's Association & sharing memories of Ginger's volunteering history

May 9, 2022

In this episode on the Living with Alzheimer's podcast, Christoph interviews Sarah Lewan, Alzheimer's Association Volunteer Program Manager, about current volunteer efforts and the many volunteering opportunities to help sup…

Alzheimer's Association Helpline resources and Ginger has a birthday!

March 13, 2022

In this episode of Living with Alzheimer’s , I speak with Caitlin Goyer, Helpline Program Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter, about Alzheimer’s Association’s call-in helpline and the resources it provid…