Professional Insights is a monthly video podcast hosted by DAA Advisory Board members living with dementia. An expert will be invited to speak each month in topic areas of interest to people and families living with dementia such as “Disability Eligibility and Benefits Process,” and “Brain Health and Nutrition” among many other interesting topics.

Current Episode

Gwenyth Johnson shares the impact Tai Chi can have on balance, stability and general attitude.  Tai Chi has been used for centuries to reduce stress, Improve Moods, Improve Sleep and much more.  Join host, Laurie Scherrer and Gwenyth Johnson as we explore this ancient exercise program and how it can benefit people living with dementia.

Jayne Clairmont, a renowned dementia support specialist, joins us in this podcast to discuss factors to consider when selecting an assisted living community for someone living with dementia.  DAA Board Member and host, Paulan Gordon, interviews Jayne for this engaging and informative discussion. Jayne recently joined the DAA’s Board of Directors and is the former owner and operator of English Rose Suites, a care community for those living with dementia, and b.home Home Care.

Anger is a normal emotion for everyone from time to time. But how does one know when the anger is a normal part of living vs actual symptoms of dementia?

In this Professional Insights Podcast, Dr. Al Power, board certified internist and geriatrician and Schlegel-U Waterloo Chair in Aging and Dementia, discusses new ways to look at dementia related anger and compensating strategies for those affected. Join Dr. Power and our host Barney Nelson to discover some new ways to view this subject.

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Join host Laurie Scherrer and care partners Brenda Roberts and Erin Wallace as we explore how people living with dementia can help their care partner embrace the dementia journey with a smile!

Helping Your Care Partner Through Grief & Anger:  Many people living with dementia express concern for their Care Partner.  We often feel the hurt, frustration and sometimes anger that our condition causes them.  We may even experience periods of guilt over the “burdens” we have placed on them and our family.  As we sense our Care Partners working through their emotions surrounding the challenges of our dementia symptoms, we may feel hopeless to help them

Previous Episodes

The benefits of mutual collaboration between care professionals and people living with dementia and how to make it work. In this joint interview with DAA Board member, Jessica Luh Kim and Mary Beth Wighton, a person living with dementia who Jessica partners with, we explore the importance of communication and collaboration to build a better understanding of dementia.

You suspect that a vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected – – Who do call? Should you file a report? In this podcast, Cynthia Farrell discusses who should make a report, why and under what circumstances. Cynthia also discusses the possible outcomes of such a report and how it can be beneficial under certain circumstances. Join our host Paulan Gordon to explore the function and importance of Adult Protective Services.

This is a part 2 of a Special Edition of the Dementia Action Alliance Professional Insights podcast. This time our host Laurie Scherrer welcomes our guest Dr. Susan Wehry. Dr. Wehry is the Chief of Geriatrics at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. The topic is what we can do to cope better concerning the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it impacts those living with dementia as well as their care partners and families.

This is a Special Edition of the Dementia Action Alliance Professional Insights podcast. Our host Laurie Scherrer welcomes our guest Dr. Al Power. They both lead a conversation with a large group of individuals concerning the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it impacts those living with dementia as well as their care partners and families.

In this very enlightening and frank Professional Insights Podcast, Teepa Snow and host Diana Blackwelder discuss the sensitive and important topic of how dementia impacts personal hygiene routines. How does dementia impact the regimine we’ve attended since childhood and why is it so difficult for some people to shower/bathe? What are the best practices to assist with personal hygiene concerns?

Real Estate Broker Gregory Herb discusses many issues of downsizing and moving, including pricing, tax implications, what to look for in a new home and tips to prepare your current home for sale. Join our host, DAA Advisory Board Member, Laurie Scherrer as Greg shares suggestions on what you should consider.

Dementia is a broad term for a variety of diseases. How do symptoms vary between types of dementia? Is it important to understand the specific symptoms of each type? In this podcasts, we are honored to have Teepa Snow share her expertise on these and other questions. Advisory Board Member, Laurie Scherrer will be your host as we explore the many facets of dementia.

Please join our host, DAA Advisory Board Member Chuck McClatchey to view his discussion on Clinical Trials with Dr Ritter. Dr. Ritter is the Director of Clinical Trials at The Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health. He currently directs 50 different clinical trials.

Are you ready for your doctor visit? Although I’m sure most of us are taking along our meds and other things the doctor needs, are we REALLY bringing what is best to help the doctor provide the best prognosis for our care? Are there things we could be doing to help the doctor to help us?

Our host Laurie Scherrer will be talking with Dr. Ed Shaw will be sharing his knowledge and experience as a Doctor, Care Partner and Care Provider on How to Best Prepare for Your Doctor Visit.

This week we are excited to have John Wood join us to talk about the The Benefit of Art Through Dementia. John’s beautiful art has been an inspiration to many people exploring ways to calm the frustration of living with dementia.

Enjoy this very insightful discussion on Spirituality with our host DAA Advisory board member Laurie Scherrer. Laurie and Rev Kathy Fogg Berry. Rev. Berry has offered the “When Words Fail” seminar for clergy and lay leaders throughout Virginia and she speaks regionally and nationally about spirituality and dementia.

Join our host Chuck McClatchey as he has a conversation with Lori La Bey about the Dementia Friendly Movement and more. Lori is the host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and the webinar series Dementia Chats™ Lori connects people to best practices and facilitates conversations regarding needs for dementia care worldwide. – See more at:

This episode of DAA’s Professional Insights is hosted by DAA Board member Mike Belleville. Mike and Dr. Richard Fenker discuss a somewhat untalked-of subject, end-of-life rights and issues. Dr. Fenker is an author, photographer and entrepreneur.

Please join our host Mike Belleville as he talks with DAI Board Chair and Co-Founder of Dementia Alliance International, Kate Swaffer about the importance of blogging and telling your story. Kate is also the author of two books, one of which is entitled “What in the Hell happened to my Brain.”

Please join our Host Chuck McClatchey as he speaks with Kim Mosley. Kim is an Integrated Health Life Coach. Kim explains exactly what that is and why it is important to people who are living with dementia and their care partners.

Please join our host Laurie Scherrer as she has a wonderful conversation with Elaine Eshbaugh, PhD. They discuss stigma and other common misconceptions related to dementia.

Join our host Laurie Scherrer as she talks with Becky Watson. Becky is a retired Navy Captain and a Certified Music Therapist and is also the Owner/Founder of Music for Wellness in Norfolk, Va. They will hear why Becky believes why music is so important for people living with dementia.

In the second episode of Professional Insights our host Paulan Gordon talks with Phyllis Fehr about rights for people living with disabilities.

Wondering where to start with that Social Security Disability claim? Wondering what to include or not include when it comes to your medical records? What is a ‘compassionate allowance’? Join host John Richard Pagan in this informative interview with Attorney John Tucker as he shares his experience in helping others file and get their benefits resolved with the least possible frustration.

Medicare questions? In this Professional Insights Podcast, Michigan Medicare Coordinator, Jo Murphy discusses many aspects of Medicare, Medicap, and Advantage Plans. What are the major components? Possible benefits to help pay for Medicare, Difference between plans. Join our host Paulan Gordon uncover some of the Medicare mysteries.

Do your symptoms match the type of dementia you were diagnosed with? Have your symptoms changed, causing you to question your original diagnosis? In this podcast, Matt Sharp from AFTD (The Association for Fronto-Temporal Degeneration) discusses the importance of confirming a diagnosis. Please remember to like our video and subscribe to our channel.

In this podcasts, Elder Law Attorney, Rosemary Buhl, and host Laurie Scherrer explore some important questions regarding documentation needed after diagnosis, including: When am I considered no longer competent and who declares this? How do I protect myself and my family? What documents are imperative for me to have while I am still competent? What happens if I DON’T make these decisions myself?

Our host Paulan Gordon has a very educational conversation with our guest speaker, Rebecca Hobbs, Esquire, CELA. In this podcast, Rebecca explains the role and importance of an Elder Law Attorney for people living with dementia. What is an Elder Law Attorney? I’m not old, why do I need an Elder Law Attorney?

Do you know the best steps to improve or maintain your brain health? In this insightful interview, Advisory Board member, Chuck McClatchey joins Katurah Hartley to examine the Six Pillars of Brain Health and the importance of each. Katurah is the Project Manager at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Her interest in dementia began when “Kat” was six years old and spent time with her grandparents who had dementia.

Please join our host DAA Advisory board member Paulan Gordon as she welcomes Brenda Roberts. Brenda is the Director of Quality Assurance and Education for the Michigan Assisted Living Association. Brenda talks about her involvement in helping to establish the state of Michigan’s Dementia State plan.

Physical and/or Verbal abuse is a problem for many people walking the dementia journey.  Dementia can cause people living with dementia to become agitated and angry and may lose their filters of right and wrong – these and other psychological changes may lead to verbal and/or physical abuse. Care partners often feel stressed, lonely and perhaps depressed, some Care Partners feel they need to control their care recipients life.  These factors can also lead to verbal and/or physical abuse. This week we are privileged to have James Moorhead join us to discuss Physical & Verbal Abuse.  After we view the podcast with James, we will open the session for questions and discussions.  “J.R.” Pagan will be your host as we explore the symptoms, causes and some solutions to abusive behavior.

DAA Board member Mike Belleville has a terrific discussion with Tammy Pozerycki about the Dementia friendly movement. Tammy is the owner and trainer of Alternatives in Alzheimer’s care. Her inspiration is her Grandmother Ruth is the inspiration for what I do today. Ruth lived with Alzheimer’s disease. The quality of life of the person living with dementia depends upon the caregiver. The mission of Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care is to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by educating, teaching, and inspiring compassionate and competent personal and professional caregivers.

This week we are excited to have Gary Joseph LeBlanc join us to take about the Dementia Mentors Program.  This program is essential for people newly diagnosed to be able to chat one-on-one with someone who is also living with dementia.  Beginning in the Dementia Mentors Program has inspired many people living with dementia to reach out to others socially and get involved with other forms of advocacy.  

Please join our host DAA Advisory board member Laurie Scherrer as she discusses Banning Psychotic Drugs for dementia care with Dr. Al Power. G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and newly named Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel—U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, New York, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

Our host Chuck McClatchley has a wonderful discussion about the importance of exercise with Cathy Ciolek. Cathy Ciolek has been a physical therapist for 30 years and board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist since 1996. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Our host DAA Advisory Board member Chuck McClatchey is joined by the Dr. Daniel Potts. They talk about “The Voice of People Living with Dementia at Conferences” and why it’s so important and how it changed Dr. Potts life and career! Dr. Potts is a Coauthor of A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver and one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, neurologist Daniel C. Potts champions life-affirming care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease/Dementia and their care partners.

Please join our host Laurie Scherrer as she has a very informational conversation about “Medicare” with Howard Gleckman. Howard is a Senior Fellow at the Urban and Brookings Institute, author of the book “Caring for our Parents”, a columnist for, and serves on numerous boards.

Please join our host Laurie Scherrer as she has a wonderful discussion with Jayne Clairmont, Owner/Care Consultant of English Rose Suites. They discuss what is important to look for and ask about when looking into a Care facility for a loved one. There is extremely helpful information, so don’t miss this episode! Please remember to like the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Enjoy this Professional Insights Podcast with our host Paulan Gordon. Paulan has a very interesting conversation with Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo about the importance of Cognitive Health and Nutrition. Dr. Emerson Lombardo is the Founder and President, HealthCare Insights, LLC and Brain Health and Wellness Center® Developer of Memory Preservation Nutrition® and an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Neurology.

Our host Laurie Scherrer interviews Associate Attorney Rebecca Hobbs who will be sharing her expertise in Special Needs Trust and Custodial Accounts.

Professional Insights is a monthly video podcast hosted by DAA Advisory Board members living with dementia. Today our guest speaker is Jaqueline Garrick discussing benefits available to veterans living with Dementia.