“Conversation is a way we build community.“
Our desire with this podcast is to create a welcome listening space for you…the caregiver. Your listening space may be your kitchen table, a patio, front porch or fire pit. Your best listening space may be found while taking a walk, running an errand, or sitting beside a loved one. Welcome to our community!
We want to…connect with you, encourage you, offer resourceful suggestions to equip you, inform you, answer your questions, and educate each other from our own life experiences by sharing concerns and laughs.
Most of all, to communicate to you, the caregiver…we understand, and we care.
We share a common bond in this community…we are caregivers to individuals living with dementia.
Listen to all the episodes here, or click below to find the Dementia Caregivers Community on your favorite app:
Episode 6: A Caregiver’s Journey: Al and Ellen
Al first saw Ellen beautifully playing a piano with no white keys. For more than 40 years they were husband and wife as well as best friends. Today, Al is caring for Ellen who is living with dementia.
From the first signs "something was wrong" to the tough decisions dementia forces on families, Al bravely shares his "Caregiver's Journey."
Our hope is to bring a sense of community and togetherness for those on their own journey. We hope through these stories you will feel empowered and know you are not alone.
Episode 5: Difficult Discussions and Difficult Decisions - In the Doctor’s Waiting Room
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia affect the caregiver as well as the person with the disease. The beginning of the dementia journey begins before getting a diagnosis. Marketta and Tracey discuss how a caregiver might know when it's time to see a medical professional.
Contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 4: Sincerely #1 – A Letter from a Caregiver
The Dementia Caregiver Community brings you a letter from a family caregiver, Carol to her sister Sandy, who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease. We hope this letter and others like it will help you connect with each other and find comfort and inspiration from the community of caregivers.
If you have a letter to share or want to learn more about this podcast and Alzheimer’s Tennessee, please use the contact form below.
Episode 3: Dementia A-Z - Normal Aging vs Dementia
Research shows that two out of three people in the United State believe dementia is a normal part of aging. It is not. Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia is a medical condition.
In this episode, Tracey Kendall Wilson with Alzheimer's Tennessee and experienced family caregiver, Marketta Puckett discuss the differences between Alzheimer's and normal aging. Listen and learn when to know when to get help.
Episode 2: Marketta’s Musings - Managing Expectations
Our second episode is the first of "Marketta's Musings." Co-host Marketta shares the "heart blisters" earned on her journey as a caregiver. As Marketta's father was passing from complications due to Alzheimer's disease, her husband had just been diagnosed. In this episode, she looks back at her expectations of being a caregiver of two loved ones at the same time.
Episode 1: Welcome to the Dementia Caregivers Community
You will meet our hosts in this first episode. Tracey Kendall Wilson has more than two decades of experience as a professional working with individuals living with dementia, their families and their caregivers. In addition to her work with Alzheimer's Tennessee, Tracey has also traveled along with five members of her own family on their dementia journeys.
For Marketta Puckett, this podcast is a labor of love. Both her father and her husband had Alzheimer's disease. Marketta sincerely hopes to educate and inspire family caregivers by sharing what she discovered while caring for her loved ones for 15 years.