Seeing Beyond Alzheimer’s: Guidance for Patients and Caregivers with Andrew Budson MD and Patti Davis

Original Air Date Wednesday, October 27, 2021 

Becoming a caregiver for aging parents or someone you love can be a reversal of roles for you and the person you care for.

Plus, if the person you care for has any form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, you will need to look at things differently. There will, most likely, be challenges and opportunities in relationships that may have never been addressed before. To gain a better understanding of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual demands managing dementia can present, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors about their in-depth knowledge and personal experiences.

Seeing Beyond Alzheimer’s

Professor of Neurology, Andrew Budson discusses his latest book, Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: A Guide for Families. His straightforward research and clinical information serves to keep those in the caregiver role healthy. He also shares basic strategies to help stave off memory loss and dementia for all of us. Patti Davis is the author of Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer’s. She shares a warm, personal account of caring for her formerly estranged father who lived with dementia long-term.

Andrew Budson MD — Guidance for Caregivers:

  • Andrew Budson describes common causes of the varying types of dementia. [2:09]
  • Andrew’s book, Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, is an in-depth look at the challenges of dementia for the patient and their family. [3:07] ]
  • Identifying the different types of dementia and caregiver roles. [6:
  • Living longer means higher instances of dementia in society. [9:13]
  • Basic lifestyle interventions to stave off memory loss and dementia. [22:57]

Man with beige jacket and blue shirt with colorful tie smiling, image of new podcast about Alzheimer's with Andrew Budson and Patti DavisAndrew E. Budson, MD, majored in chemistry and philosophy at Haverford College before receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Budson is Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. His career combines education, research, and clinical care to help those with memory disorders.

Book: Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: A Guide for Families


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Patti Davis — Seeing Beyond Alzheimer’s

  • Caregivers of dementia patients have an exorbitant amount of stress that erodes the body. [28:50]
  • Patti shares her experience as a long-term caregiver of her father. [33:14]
  • The tools and strategies Patto developed during the 10-years of caring for her father. [41:42]
  • Sometimes, when things get out of control, you just have to laugh. [49:34]
  • How to reclaim an independent life after the loss of the person you cared for. [51:37]

Woman with brown hair and green eyes, guest of new podcast about Alzheimer's with Andrew Budson and Patti Davis Patti Davis is the author of many books, including The Long Goodbye. Her support group, Beyond Alzheimer’s, is now licensed at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania and Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Book: Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer’s



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“It is early lifestyle intervention that helps prevent or recover our health if we have challenges.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We know we can help prevent, or slow down the trajectory of dementia with basic lifestyle changes.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The business of caretaking is an intimate, deep journey.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“In normal aging, as long as information has gotten into our memory stores it should be able to be retrieved even if it takes a little bit of time to do so.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Early on in dementia, the family should partner with the individual who is having mild memory problems. As memory declines the role of partner changes to caregiver.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A healthy lifestyle can prevent the early onset of diseases of memory.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We need to move from a disease model of healthcare to a health model of healthcare.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The social isolation caused by the pandemic has been particularly hard on the older adults in our society.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“COVID is a virus that does affect the brain and the nervous system.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“As caregivers, we all have to work to fill up our cups so we can pour and give to our loved ones.” @abudson on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Caregivers of people with dementia are very likely to get ill and even die before the person they are caring for due to stress-related conditions.” @patti_davis on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I gave up being the daughter that wanted more from her father. I had to show up as an adult. You never know how someone will manifest the disease.” @patti_davis on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We have to train ourselves to do things that we sometimes resist.” @patti_davis on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We all have a tendency to push grief away because it hurts.” @patti_davis on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet



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