This Dementia Life is a heartwarming podcast program about living life with dementia.  Hear from inspiring people living with dementia and from those who care about them.  The program is hosted by Chuck McClatchey, who is living with Alzheimer’s.

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey for an energizing and informative interview with Steven Barbieri, a former bank executive who was diagnosed at age 51 with dementia. It took several years for his diagnosis of CTE to be confirmed. But for the past ten years, Steven has been a dynamic advocate: doing research for supplements, exercising, joining groups on Facebook to interact with others, and sharing his positive approach to “Get Out There & Do It”.

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Please join Host Chuck McClatchey as he talks with his vibrant friend, Nancy Nelson, who was diagnosed with dementia eight years ago. Nancy never took the medication prescribed for her as she compiled word and phrases that would come to her before dawn and created three “Books of Inside Feelings” to tell her story: “I write short verses and poignant words.” Nancy speaks to many people as an advocate, is busy creating a play called “Gifts of Hope”, and will be sharing her optimistic journey on Facebook as she confidently proclaims: “Turn around and Face the Fear. What is to happen is UP TO ME!!”

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey in an empowering conversation with Jennifer Carson, PhD, Director of Dementia Friendly Nevada; Kat Hartley, Project Mgr. for Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Brain Initiative; and Nancy Nelson, national dementia advocate, as they describe “The Power and Impact of Participating in Dementia Conversations” that they co-lead on Mondays & Fridays for those living with dementia, family members, and care partners. In this friendly, non-judgmental environment, everyone is encouraged to be authentic and share their hopes and their concerns about living fully with dementia during the Learning Circle. Warm feelings of Human Connection and Hope spread throughout the groups as they get new knowledge and make new friends.

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey in a most informative and uplifting conversation with Dr. Peter Reed, Director of the Sanford Center for Aging and Professor of Community Health Services at University of Nevada Reno about Dr. Reed’s journey as a college student whose grandfather had Alzheimer’s Disease and how it shaped his beliefs and his career.  As a community volunteer, he learned Virginia Bell’s “The Best Friends Approach” to help people with dementia live their best lives.   As CEO of the Pioneer Network, he learned how to enable people to live well with dementia & treated them as community members. As Dr. Reed highlighted:  “Maximize people’s retained abilities” and “Encourage social engagement focusing on what still can be done.”

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey in an uplifting and inspiring conversation with Karen Love, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Dementia Action Alliance, as they share how DAA has expanded and impacted so many individuals living with dementia symptoms, their care partners, and extended families. As DAA’s 25thAnniversary approaches, Karen and Chuck reminisce on how DAA encourages each person living with dementia to be seen as a unique individual and enables each one to participate in ways that matter to them: like hosting Virtual Engagement Programs on Zoom and to be active in the Speakers’ Bureau to change the hearts and minds of people across the country.

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey in an informative and positive conversation with Barney Nelson, DAA Advisory Board Member and advocate living with Lewy Body Dementia.  Barney shares how he and his wife decided to “make the diagnostic process“easier for himself and his doctors by creating and sharing two simple Dementia Symptom Tracking Tools:  1) Completing a Symptoms Screening Aid of specific symptoms and onset date and 2) Keeping a Personal Dated Log of Potential Symptoms.    Barney has made these tools available at no charge on his website https://dementiasymptomstrackingtools.comso others may use them to advance the diagnostic process with their doctors. Please remember to like our vides on you tube and subscribe to out channel. You can also make a donation at DAANOW.ORG/DONATE to help us keep these videos coming.

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey ‘s inspiring conversation with John Gastil, Distinguished Professor in Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science at Penn State University and Senior Scholar at the MCourtney Institute for Democracy. John Gastil shares his personal story about his father who lived with Parkinson’s and Dementia. His novel “Gray Matters” reflects some of that personal journey. He encourages families of those living with dementia to provide Love and Acceptance and to be a caring support network by “Accepting the Diagnosis and the Prognosis” and actively working together to best assist their loved one. His message highlights the importance of Hope & Understanding for this Family Disease & Journey!

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey in an uplifting conversation with Vicki Quick, co-owner of Twiddles with her husband Barney Nelson, an advocate living with Lewy Body Dementia.  Vicki affirms how much it means to both of them to spread these comforting and cozy companions to individuals living with dementia and other sensory-related conditions around the world.  Vicki shares how “doing constructive things for others” makes them feel positive as they choose to live fully.  Vicki and Barney know that laughter is a good elixir; and they are both grateful for what they do have!

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Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey’s energizing conversation with Terry Montgomery, exquisite singer, DAA Advisory Board Member, and uplifting advocate living with early onset Alzheimer’s since 2015. Terry shares her warm, jubilant outlook and infectious positivity to “Have Hope”; “Help Yourself by Helping Others living with dementia”; and “Live All Your Dreams”. She advises those with dementia to enjoy your time and maximize who you are so that YOU can leave A Legacy of Living Fully!!

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