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MisUnderstanding Dementia Podcast

Author: Michael Chua

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Are you having a hard time taking care of your loved one that has Dementia?
Do you feel stuck on how and what to do with your loved one that has Dementia?
Are you ready to take care of yourself and your elderly loved one?
Ready to be the best caregiver for your loved one?
Then this podcast is for YOU!
155 Episodes
Minute with Dr. Mike. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” -Babe Ruth Who is Babe Ruth and what did he mean when he said, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”? In This Podcast: 00:20 – “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” 00:55 – More fails and struggles will make you closer to your goals. iyLA48F9QD5a2otKNHvu
Minute with Dr. Mike Let's talk about the "F" word Let’s talk about the good “F” word! In This Podcast: 00:18 – What is the “F” word? 00:37 – Keep the faith! 01:36 – Write down your goals.
Tuesday Dementia Training: Q and A Do you have questions about your loved ones that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Dr. Mike gives sound advice and suggestions on how to take care of your loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In this episode: 02:55 – Question: How can I take care of my wife who is in a nursing home and they cannot go in? 04:10 – Question: My mother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s following brain chemo, what advice and suggestion could you give in terms of taking care and activities to keep her busy? 05:00 – It is very important to identify what stage of Alzheimer’s your loved one is in to determine what activities are helpful. 05:25 – Movement matters to your brain matter. 07:45 – Question: Any suggestion for a loved one who is on stage 4 Alzheimer’s? 10:15 – Kubler-Ross stages of grief. 12:45 – Dr. Mikes shares 3 important things to do in order to move on from that depression stage. 12:55 – Coaching and counseling (which includes the family.) 15:35 – Medication management (should be balanced.) 17:40 – Be creative with giving medications but you need to ask the nurse or doctor first. 19:35 – Question: My mom is more difficult now, she cannot feel if she is urinating or wasting, is she numb or what? 19:40 – Dr. Mike talks about different brain functions. 22:25 – Pelvic floor muscles exercise can help with urinary control. 23:50 – Always remember the word – FAST.
Q and A with Michelle Eliason, OTR on Alzheimer's and Dementia How to help your patients decide where to stay? Michelle Eliason talks about her mission on how to help patients be able to make the choice where they live throughout their lifespan. In This Podcast: 01:37 – Introducing Michelle 02:10 – What can we learn from her? 03:53 – What is ‘aging in place’? 10:28 – How does taking a weak camping trip affect your loved ones? 20:02 – Learning and identifying which part of the brain is affected are very important. 21:16 – Three tips that we can learn on how to take care of our Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients 33:08 – Is epilepsy and dementia the same thing? 36:36 – Last parting wisdom from Michelle. 38:03 – Self Care is not selfish 39:49 – Where can you reach out to Michelle? 41:34 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T! Website: /
Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group: Q and A with Dr. Mike Chua Do you have a couple of unanswered questions about your loved ones that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Dr. Mike answers and gives advice on how to deal and take care of our loved ones having Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In this episode: 02:10 – Q: Why is my loved one always angry and on that denial stage? 02:40 – Identify what stage using the Kubler-Ross model. 04:20 – 90-second rule (it takes them 90 seconds to process the info). 03:20 – Kubler-Ross model (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) 04:35 – Ask questions that are answerable by Yes or No. 05:25 – 3 things you need to do when your loved one is in the Depression stage. 07:05 – Why do they keep on jumping from one stage to another (Kubler-Ross)? 08:45 – Q: What information to put on a Medical ID bracelet? 11:25 – Q: My mother wanders all day and repeats the same words, what should we do since we cannot visit her? 13:10 – Q: My mom is fixated on anything negative, what should we do? 15:10 – Q: Admit to a nursing home or just take care of a loved one at home? 17:30 – Q: Did I do the wrong thing by sending my mom to rehab? 18:55 – Always remember the word FAST. 19:10 – You can download Dr. Mike’s book at for FREE at
Tuesday Dementia Training with Lanisha Martin How do we provide care to patients who have Dementia? Lanisha Martin is a COTA, CDP, and Author of “Providing Care with Dementia”. Today, she will talk about her book and what can you learn from it. In This Podcast: 01:13 – Introducing Lanisha Martin. 02:43 – It takes special skills to take care of a patient who has Dementia. 03:18 – What is COTA? 04:55 – Lanisha’s book. 08:10 – The goal is to LEARN. 09:17 – What can we learn from Lanisha’s book? 13:32 – Sundowning. 15:06 – Caregiver burnout. 16:06 – Good rapport. 17:31 – Music is very important to your memory. 18:16 – Sleep is important for people who have Dementia. 20:01 – Vision can also change the behavior. 24:48 – Sometimes, we don’t need lecturing, we just need a reminder. 28:41 – Where can you reach Lanisha and where can you find her book? 30:26 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T!
Q and A with Dr. Mike Chua: Is falling a common thing with Dementia? Is falling a common thing with Dementia? In This Podcast: 00:55 – Is falling a common thing for Dementia? 01:18 – Your basal ganglia. 01:41 – Your blood pressure. 03:33 – Your eyes. 06:42 – Your inner ears. 08:30 – Your reflexes. 10:03 – Dehydration.
Tuesday Dementia Training with Nikolay Zuyev of Clinical Selfie Tuesday Dementia Training with Nikolay Zuyev of Clinical Selfie In This Podcast: 01:42 – Introducing Nikolay Zuyev 02:50 – Mini Cognitive Test. 08:14 – The purpose of Clinical Selfie 09:30 – Nikolay’s App. 10:53 – Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to your score. 15:02 – Where can you download his app? 15:53 – What made him lead to this path? 18:45 – Where can you reach out Nikolay? 20:29 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T! 22:45 – Last parting words from Nikolay. Website:
Tuesday Dementia Training with Jason Heidel of Tuesday Dementia Training with Jason Heidel of In This Podcast: 01:02 – Introducing Jason Heidel. 02:22 – Getting to know him more and what he does for a living. 05:00 – What kind of entertainer was he in WCIU? 10:57 – What is MakeGrandmaSmile Program? 16:41 – Samples from his Program. 29:08 – “Celebrating the wins” 34:18 – Caregiver versus Engagement. 38:14 – The hole in the Wall project. 42:33 – Jason Heidel’s website. 47:59 – Last parting wisdom from Jason. 50:40 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T! Website:
Tuesday Dementia Training with Christine Henderson How can puppet therapy help our loved ones with Dementia? Christine Henderson talks about the efficiency of incorporating puppet therapy into a Dementia patient’s plan of care. This also creates a reconnection among patients and their families. In this episode: 02:10 – Introduction of Christine Henderson. 02:30 – How does puppet therapy help seniors in their fight against Dementia? 04:50 – Christine also does interactive storytelling via Zoom. 05:50 – A true story on how puppet therapy helped a Dementia resident. 09:20 – Incorporating puppets with exercises. 10:25 –The interactive storytelling programs create a reconnection with patients and their families. 13:00 – Catch Christine on the FB Dementia group -- Monday tips and Wednesday storytelling time. 17:30 – Useful tip when using puppet therapy – reminisce together. 21:20 – Always remember the word FAST. Check out Christine’s website:
Tuesday Dementia Training With Christina Macauley, MS-CCC, SLP, CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner How SLP help improve the quality of life for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients? Christina Macauley gives out 3 essential and helpful tips from a speech therapist’s plan of care. In this episode: 02:10 – What SLPs can do with Dementia? 02:50 – Introduction of Christina Macauley. 04:00 – How can speech therapists help improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients? 05:15 – What are the tests conducted to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients? 06:20 – Christina explains SLUMS and MoCA tests (Cognitive tests). 09:30 – Christina shares 3 essential tips on taking care of our loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. 09:45 – TIP #1 Maintain a steady routine and keep clear expectations for them. 10:00 – TIP #2 Provide a lot of visual support. 10:45 – TIP #3 Making a memory book. 13:30 – Question: How do you deter someone who wants to go on car rides for several hours 3x a day? 17:30 – Repeat key information to help them stay focused. 17:40 – Speak slowly and clearly to them. 18:00 – Give choices and not just open-ended questions. 19:45 – Give reminders. 20:00 – Be receptive and give them the best and happiest attitude. 21:00 – Active listening. 23:30 – Change your approach and behavior towards taking care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. 27:55 – Your words are powerful for your loved ones. 28:25 – Recognition memory is better preserved than the recall memory. 31:15 – Always remember the word, FAST. You can reach Christina:
Tuesday Dementia Training with Dr. Lorena Hawkins, OTR How to be an advocate for your loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s? Dr. Lorena Hawkins, OTR, author of Advocating for Seniors, shares some tips on how to become an advocate for our loved ones. And tells us her personal experience which inspired her to write the book. In this episode: 00:40 – Introduction of Dr. Lorena Hawkins. 02:50 – OTs are strong advocates. 04:00 – What inspired her to write her book, Advocating for Seniors Hospital? 06:30 – US Medicare/Insurance admission system. 09:05 – You need to advocate for your loved one’s health. 12:00 – Medically stable vs Functional patient. 13:00 – We need to learn to negotiate for our loved ones with the healthcare system. 13:00 – Dr. Hawkins shares her personal experience with the system. 15:20 – “I dispute the discharge.” 18:15 – What does CMS mean? 19:00 – How to order Dr. Hawkins book, Advocating for Seniors. 27:10 – A reminder from Dr. Hawkins – learn how to negotiate, increase your negotiating skills. 28:00 – Always remember the word, FAST. You can reach Dr. Lorena Hawkins: Website email FB group Advocating for Seniors
Tuesday Dementia Training with Rachel Wiley, OTR Dr. Rachel Wiley, OTR, shares with us about her practice and about Dementia. Here are her 3 Quick Tips on taking care of our loved ones with Dementia. In this episode: 02:55 – Introduction of Rachel Wiley. 05:10 – 3 Tips on taking care of our loved ones with Dementia. 06:05 – TIP #1: Communication. Being careful with the words you use when communicating. 07:30 – 1 negative word counteract with 7 positive words. 09:20 – TIP #2: Use the environment to your advantage. 12:05 – Words are powerful. Change your words to change your world. 12:35 – TIP #3: Allow the patient with Dementia to feel that they are still in control in some aspects of their life. 14:45 – Open-ended question vs. Close-ended question. 18:15 – Question: Why do people with dementia love to talk? 20:40 – Alzheimer’s and Dementia gets worsts over time – important to reminisce. 22:25 – Do reminisce therapy. You can get in touch with Rachel Wiley: (MediCare and Telehealth practice) (Videos and training)
7 Stages of Dementia

7 Stages of Dementia


7 Stages of Dementia What are the Seven Stages of Dementia? In This Podcast: 01:49 – Stage One: No Cognitive Decline. 02:09 – Stage Two: Very Mild Cognitive Decline. 02:41 – Stage Three: Mild Cognitive Decline. 04:40 – Stage Four: Moderate Cognitive Decline. 06:01 – Stage Five: Moderately Severe Cognitive Decline. 06:58 – Stage Six: Severe Cognitive Decline or Middle Dementia. 08:12 – Stage Seven: Very Severe Cognitive Decline or Late Dementia. 09:04 – Five Stages of Kubler Ross. 09:08 – The Denial Stage. 10:35 – Anger or Humor Stage. 11:30 – How long do the stages last before the next? 12:10 – Advancing the Stages. 13:24 – The Depression Stage. 14:21 – Meditation Management. 17:33 – Coaching and Counseling. 19:35 – Therapeutic Activities or Exercise. 23:33 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T!
Tuesday Dementia Training with Dr. Michele Rigel, PT, DPT, CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner  How are we managing our Dementia patients during this Covid-19 pandemic?  Dr. Rigel talks about managing her facility, the extra precautions that they took in handling their Dementia residents during this pandemic.  In this episode: 00:35 – Introduction of Dr. Michele Rigel 03:00 – How is Dr. Rigel managing her facility with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis? 04:15 – Infection control is the key. 04:45 – What are the necessary procedures or tips carried out with patients/residents during this pandemic? 08:05 – Demonstrate to dementia patients proper handwashing (this is a very good therapeutic activity.) 09:30 – Additional tips from Dr. Rigel with managing Dementia residents during this pandemic. 11:45 – Remember the word FAST. 11:50 – Find friends/group that will push you to your next level. 12:35 – Take Action. 13:10 – Shoot for the moon. 13:55 – Teach it.  Contact Dr. Michele Rigel: 
Tuesday Dementia Training with Lizette Cloete, OTR We have a special guest today, Lizette Cloete, she’s an Occupational Therapist based in South Carolina and she has her own business called Innovative Therapy Services and we’re here to ask her some questions. In This Podcast: 02:11 – Introducing Lizette Cloete. 03:10 – What brought her to States? 04:29 – What can we learn today from Lizette? 09:06 – How can you manage medication in a patient’s house? 10:17 – The Pill Pack. 13:34 – How can we help transition to having help at home? 16:13 – The Denial Stage. 16:51 – The Anger or Humor Stage. 17:46 – The Bargaining Stage. 18:09 – The Depression Stage. 18:45 – Medication Management. 20:30 – Coaching and Counseling. 22:07 – How do you find a Coach? 24:00 – Last parting wisdom from Lizette. 25:52 – Why is it called “Care Giver”? 27:09 – Mike and Lizette answers Questions! 33:29 – Where can you find Lizette? 34:47 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T! Email: Website:
Quick Q and A with Melissa Strout, OTR Does our behavior affect our loved ones or patients with Dementia? Melissa Strout, author of Dementia Behavior Journal, talks about a patient’s or loved one’s behavior with Dementia and how our behavior affects them. In this episode: 01:45 – Introduction of Melissa Strout. 03:20 – What are the common causes of behaviors with Dementia patients? 04:40 – Our behavior is the one that affects Dementia patients most of the time. 07:25 – What is caregiver burnout/stress? 08:20 – Melissa talks about her book, Dementia Behavior Journal. 12:50 – It is important to document what behaviors cause negative and positive reaction of our loved ones or patients with Dementia. 14:30 – Make sure that you make a journal of the behavior on the instance that it happened so you would not forget the intensity of the action. 16:55 – Always remember the word FAST. Contact Melissa Strout Dementia Behavior Journal available at Amazon
Tuesday Dementia Training with Occupational Therapist Bre'anna Wilson, OTR How do we take care of our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Bre’anna shares to us 3 important tips to effectively manage and take care of our care partners/loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She also shares about her book, Grow with Gratitude. Gratitude has some healthy benefits like increase happiness, lower stress levels, boost immune system, positive outlook in life, improve relationships with loved ones. In this episode: 00:40 – Introduction of Bre’anna Wilson. 01:45 – Bre’anna’s background. 01:55 – Bambu Care is Bre’anna’s company. 02:55 – What does Bambu stand for? What do they do? 03:50 – With Dementia, it is all about the patient/loved one. 04:10 – Tips on how we can interact and better understand our loved ones with Dementia. 04:15 – Tip 1: Person before tasks. 07:05 – Tip 2: Simplify everything. 08:10 – Dr. Mike: Remember the acronym K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) 09:15 – Tip 3: Spend more quality time with them. 11:45 – Bre’anna’s book (Grow with Gratitude). 12:00 – Book inspiration was from a 30 day challenge. 12:35 – Caregiving can sometimes become overwhelming that is why we need to balance it out with our care partners. 13:40 – Selfcare is not selfish. 16:00 – Grow with Gratitude (100 day gratitude and selfcare journal) available at 16:20 – Dr. Mike reiterates that there is power over writing a journal. 18:20 – Whatever you are focusing on gets magnified (RAS). 19:35 – Benefits of gratitude – increase happiness, lower stress levels, boost immune system, positive outlook in life, improve relationships with loved ones. 20:40 – Bre’anna’s advice is to make sure to have time out for yourself every day. 22:00 – Dr. Mike: MOVE because movement matters to your brain matter. 22:30 – Motion is the lotion to your joints. 24:15 – Always remember the word FAST. 24:20 – Find friends that will push you to your next level. 25:50 – Take Action. 26:30 – Subscribe, share. 26:45 – Teach it. You can reach Bre’anna Wilson thru the following: Website Podcast What The Dementia Facebook Email
Notes on taking ACTION

Notes on taking ACTION


Notes on taking ACTION How do you WOW your patients? Dr. Mike talks about success in taking ACTION. For him, the bigger the challenge, the bigger the victory. In this episode: 01:05 – You have to differentiate yourself. You should have that WOW factor. 01:30 – WOW your patients by taking ACTION. 01:35 – Actively do it. 02:55 – Choose to do it. 03:25 – Team of people – an extraordinary team. 04:45 – I, me. Only you have the power to take action. 05:15 – Open your eyes to opportunities. 05:50 – No means not right now. Rejections pave the way to getting more “Yes.” 06:55 – Setbacks are created for your set ups.
Control the Controllables Take a Pause and Take the Power back. Control the controllables. You got this my friends! In this Podcast: 00:30 – Worrying is just like a rocking chair. 01:00 – Take a pause and take the power back. 01:40 – Always remember the word F-A-S-T!
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