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"Don't You Remember?"

"Don't you remember?" They are three common words. Yet, when spoken too often, they’re cause for alarm. When your loved ones begin their journey into dementia, your own life-altering pilgrimage is set in motion. The path holds countless challenges including grief, despair, and joy: often all in a single day. The fear of not knowing what to do first can be overwhelming. For me, being proactive instead of reactive was empowering. Through these podcasts, I hope to give you tools in the form of resources and shared experiences, so you realize you’re not alone. I’m Theba. For the past 25 years, I have worked in TV News. I’m also the daughter of parents who lived in two different states, Illinois and Arkansas, when each were diagnosed with dementia in the same year. I entered into a season of intense anxiety and helplessness. I’d seen a few movies about older adults having memory problems and the sadness and difficulties their families faced, but I felt far removed from that reality. In my family cancer and old age claimed my relatives. The word dementia was new to me until an aggressive form of the disease took my father. Today I am the sole caregiver for my mother who is living with Alzheimer’s. Though very difficult, the struggles of caring for parents with dementia have also revealed great joy! I started sharing my experiences on television during the pandemic of 2020. In my heart, I knew there were many just like me trying to understand and adapt to caring for a loved one. The people I’ve met along the way have offered life-changing advice and support. My mission now is to encourage you on your own journey. I know God has been my strength and hope along the way and has led me to this new season of sharing so that you too can find comfort from those who do remember.

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Don't You Remember? | Respite, could help save your life!

#30. Carolyn Berry currently serves as the Executive Director at Alzheimer’s Arkansas.   Her passion to work with “seasoned” adults arose from her childhood and the senior adults from her community. Her experience has been shaped through working with aging adults in various capacities, including as a Community Educator at an intensive outpatient program for seniors.  Carolyn also worked as an Intervention Specialist with adults living mental illnesses. Carolyn is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She serves on the Telecommunication Access Program advisory board.  Her formal education includes a Master of Education in Adult Learning and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She understands the beauty and challenges of aging.  Carolyn BerryExecutive Director (501) 224-0021info@alzark.orgalzark.org

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24 Jun 2022

Rank #1

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Don't You Remember? | Medicaid is complicated, Part 2

#029. Brandie Bland is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and Certified Alzheimer’s Caregiver. She has over a decade of experience in patient advocacy, medical billing and coding, health insurance navigation, durable medical equipment utilization and is an integral part of VP Medical Consulting since 2005.vp-medical.comPhone: 501-778-3378Fax: 501-315-3378Cell: 501-317-1276Facebook

48mins

9 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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Don't You Remember? | Medicaid is complicated, Part 1

#028. Brandie Bland is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and Certified Alzheimer’s Caregiver. She has over a decade of experience in patient advocacy, medical billing and coding, health insurance navigation, durable medical equipment utilization and is an integral part of VP Medical Consulting since 2005.vp-medical.comPhone: 501-778-3378Fax: 501-315-3378Cell: 501-317-1276Facebook

1hr 1min

13 May 2022

Rank #3

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Don't You Remember? | Christina's faith gets her through it all

#027. Christina Muñoz is the co-owner and co-founder of Munoz Pugh, a strategic marketing and communications firm. Before starting her own company, she was the Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing for the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to joining UCA, Christina spent 9 years as evening newscast anchor for KATV Channel 7 in Little Rock Arkansas.  Christina and her husband Dave have two daughters.Her passion for quality storytelling has brought her back to the news world as she has recently launched the Natural State Update, a digital news platform offering relevant information that impacts Arkansans by former journalists who are still passionate about informing the public. Christina’s mom, Lelia, who is originally from Chile, still lives in Christina’s hometown of Yankton, SD as do her two sisters. Although only 72-years-old, Lelia has severe Alzheimer’s and no longer knows who Christina is. While the Alzheimer’s journey has been incredibly difficult, it is her faith and hope in Christ that gets her through. Theba's websiteTheba's Youtube 

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28 Apr 2022

Rank #4

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Don't You Remember? | A sensitive process, needs a sensitive touch

#026. Mike Cude is a licensed, Registered Respiratory Therapist and healthcare professional for 23 years, and a General Manager in the home care sector for 18 years.  He is a Certified Senior Advisor® and Certified Dementia Practitioner who specializes in senior living options and transitional care. He has been advising and working directly with seniors since 1999. A native of Arkansas, Mike has worked around the state throughout the duration of his professional career and is familiar with the offerings and amenities of the majority of the senior living communities, facilities, and agencies within the service area.Mike spent 20 years in the home care industry; specifically, the DME/Home Medical Equipment industry, as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. During this time, he noticed families who had reached this transitional phase with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. Such as:What types of care options are available?What can I afford?Am I eligible for financial assistance?Which communities provide the levels of care that I require?Where do I even start?Mike Cude - +1 501-650-3013Senior Living Solutions

58mins

12 Apr 2022

Rank #5

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Don't You Remember? | Chattin' with author Jackie Parker again, but this time with a disclaimer!

#025. Jackie Parker,  Author of Where is Wilma?, writes... "after living with my mother-in-law who had Alzheimer's, I discovered that I needed to understand the emotions associated with her actions. Underneath her certain behaviors lied the various reasons our loved one may be acting out."  Jackie's 48 page book is a concise tender reflection of her journey with Wilma. Each detailed experience is concluded with a thoughtful life lesson. Jackie is 62 yrs old, born in South Bend, Indiana. She has been married for 39 yrs, has 9 children and 17 grandchildren while working as a physical therapy tech for over 20 yrs.  Living her faith, she has shared her God-given gifts both as choir and vocalist...in retirement Jackie enjoys gardening and "swinging of porch."You can reach out to Jackie at lotsoftimeoff@gmail.comOrder "Where is Wilma?" Youtube caregiver testimonyWebsite Don't You Remember?

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21 Mar 2022

Rank #6

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Don't You Remember? | Gigi's early onset dementia family story

#024.  Gigi Gabriel is the Education and Outreach Manager at Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Her caregiving journey began around 10 years ago, when she became a caregiver to her mother with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s. She was a Pastry Chef, under 30 with small children at home. Like many caregivers, she made the decision to leave her career to care for her mother. The past few years, she has been very active with the Alzheimer’s Association, Arkansas Chapter. She has served as Mission Chair for the walk and is currently the AIM Ambassador. She was also chosen to speak about her caregiving experience at their yearly forum in Washington, DC. Through AIM, she was able to testify in front of the Arkansas House and Senate about her experience as a caregiver. The bill passed, and now we have bill HB1434- it creates an Alzheimer’s and dementia advisory council which provides the implementation of a state Alzheimer’s plan. Her passion to help caregivers brought her to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, where she continues to educate and advocate for caregivers.Gigi Gabriel, CDPAlzheimer’s ArkansasEducation and Outreach Manager201 Markham Center Dr.Little Rock, Ar 72205P: 501-224-0021 ext.202Alzark.orgTheba's website Theba's Youtube channel

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1 Mar 2022

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Don't You Remember? | Hiring home care for your loved one

#023. Kayla Bogle has worked in rehabilitation and hospice care, and has managed nursing homes and a senior care agency. She has received several awards for sales and quality achievements in hospice and long-term care.Kayla believes in advocating for and educating seniors and their families on a variety of topics and issues that impact them. Reflecting on the need for an independent home care provider interested in quality over quantity, she chased her dream of building her own company that would make a significant difference in the lives of seniors, providing much-needed senior services in her local Arkansas community.Kayla holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University and is licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Long-Term Care Administrator. She is a Certified Senior Adviser® and Certified Dementia Practitioner®.Kayla Bogle, Executive DirectorFirst Choice Senior Care13616 Kanis RoadLittle Rock, AR  72211www.firstchoiceseniorcare.com501-916-9307 office501-628-1910 cell501-916-9308 fax PAC Videos from Teepa Snow To learn more and reach Theba Lolley

48mins

16 Feb 2022

Rank #8

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Don't You Remember? | Respite Care and Advocacy with David Cook

#022.  David Cook is the Public Policy Manager at the Alzheimer's Association. In this role, he oversees the development and implementation of the Association’s state and federal policy objectives. He also coordinates efforts of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the Association’s volunteer advocacy program. Creating opportunities for those who have been touched by dementia to share their experiences with their elected officials.  His grandmother died of dementia and currently his father is living with the disease.I worked in marketing for a TV news station in Little Rock, Arkansas for 25 years. Towards the end of my career, I became a co-host and storyteller for the TV lifestyle show called The Vine. I also produced a weekly segment called Discover Arkansas. I’m currently a regular guest on The Vine  where I continue to share caregiver tips and issues.24/7 Hotline 1 (800) 272-3900https://www.alz.orgArkansas Chapter Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EndAlzARDon't You Remember? Podcast Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/ThebaTimeDon't You Remember? Website - www.dontyouremember.online 

51mins

21 Jan 2022

Rank #9

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Don't You Remember? | You're Not Alone with Townsend

#021. Townsend is a singer/songwriter, licensed speech therapist, and mental health advocate. She is no stranger to dementia, as she spent 9 years working as a speech therapist in the nursing home/rehab setting, educating and counseling families, staff, and patients about the diagnosis and what steps to take next.  Townsend began her project, called “you’re not alone”, to help use her platform to not only share music but spread the message of love and acceptance. Her long term goal is to help people feel less alone!Like and follow: http://www.townsendtmusic.com/https://www.patreon.com/TownsendTMusichttps://m.facebook.com/TownsendTMusic/?ref=bookmarkshttps://www.instagram.com/townsendtmusic/https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCFyBoiYh1ePwhtD5BM4ZP8Q

59mins

7 Jan 2022

Rank #10