Today, over fifty million people worldwide live with some form of dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple in the next thirty years. Dementia causes a deterioration in cognitive function that is far more significant than what one may experience during the typical aging process. These symptoms most often include disorientation, significant memory loss, difficulty with word recall, and struggles with thinking and reasoning.
If you are caring for a loved one, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information coming your way. As an alternative to sifting through articles on the internet, we recommend listening to a dementia podcast. Podcasts can help you connect to other people having similar experiences and provide insight and recent research from experts in the field.
These are some of the best dementia podcasts that you may want to take a listen to:
Daughterhood, The Podcast
Daughterhood, The Podcast is a monthly podcast hosted by Rosanne Corcoran, who cared for her mother for over twelve years. Rosanne provides insight on navigating the healthcare system and how other caregivers can access resources and support.
Hosted by Christopher MacLellan, also known as “The Bow Tie Guy,” Healing Ties is a podcast based on his experience working as a family caregiver and as an advocate for other caregivers. MacLellan is the author of “What’s the Deal with Caregiving,” the force behind The Whole Care Network, and was featured in a Pulitzer Prize-nominated story “In Sickness and Health: A Couple’s Final Journey.”
Alzheimer’s Society Podcast
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support to those affected by dementia and work towards improving dementia care and funding research. Episodes vary in length from two to forty-five minutes and cover a variety of dementia-related topics.
My Parents Are Now My Kids
My Parents Are Now My Kids is hosted by Dr. Monica Potter and Denise Bailey. Dr. Monica Potter, named one of the top doctors for geriatric medicine, is an expert on dementia research. Denise Bailey has experience caring for both of her parents as they navigated dementia diagnoses. Together, they discuss what to expect and how to manage.
Peace with Dementia Podcast
While new episodes have not been released since January of 2021, Peace with Dementia Podcast has a library of episodes dating back to 2018 that are still relevant and worth listening to. Host Matt Estrade is a dementia care consultant and educator. The podcast is for people living with dementia and their care partners and focuses on practical tips and exploring dementia-related research.
While we’ve just highlighted a few dementia podcasts, there are a plethora more that can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Consider trying one on your next work commute or walk!