Alzheimer’s Disease and Family Caregiving Strategies

Alzheimer’s Disease and Family Caregiving Strategies

  No one ever wants to get the diagnosis for Alzheimer's Disease.   When my dad was diagnosed in 2016 for frontotemporal dementia, it was a mixture of overwhelm (we have been caring for our mom since 2001 who had a stroke and now has Parkinson's), sadness, anxiety and frustration.   But there was also some relief since we were able to…
What is Palliative Care?  (Hint: It’s not Hospice)

What is Palliative Care? (Hint: It’s not Hospice)

I think many of us have heard of palliative care but there seems to be a lot of confusion on what it is exactly. That’s what we are going to clarify in today’s episode.  Dr. Heather Sung is a palliative care physician in Connecticut and shares what it is, how it differs from hospice and how we can incorporate palliative care in our treatment plans that can result in better outcomes and better quality of life.
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Life as a Millenial Caregiver

My Story - In 2012, I landed my first "real” job after graduating from college. I experienced not only the nervousness of entering into the workforce, but also the harrowing process of attaining a diagnosis for my mother, who was exhibiting symptoms of behavioral changes and memory loss. In 2013, my mother was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, the leading form…
My Mother’s Cancer Journey

My Mother’s Cancer Journey

My Story - My mom was diagnosed with cancer in the September of 2015. It all started on vacation in California, playing with her grandkids when they discovered she couldn’t see out of her right eye. At first we were surprised and amused how funny grandma didn’t noticed that. Her eye doctor had diagnosed that she had cataracts prior so…
The Powerful Value of Ending Well

The Powerful Value of Ending Well

My Story - In March 2010, when my partner Graham turned 50, he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. At the time I was living in NYC, he lived in San Francisco. As a fiercely independent person, he refused to change his life or routine due to cancer. So for most of 2010, despite undergoing a round of aggressive…
What’s a Hospital in Japan Like?

What’s a Hospital in Japan Like?

I got to visit a hospital in Japan and it's called the Watanabe New Heart Hospital in Tokyo.  Wow.  This is the kind of hospital I wish we had here in the States.  The doctors and nurses treat you as though you are royalty.  The accommodations are fit for a 5 star hotel.  And the food?   Wow...the cafeteria food is like eating at a Michelin star restaurant!  I was certainly impressed and inspired.