Celebrate National Caregivers Day with Dementia Matters

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National Caregivers Day is February 17, honoring the 198,000 people across Wisconsin and the over 11 million people across the United States who support loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias through personal care and emotional support.

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is committed to supporting caregivers and care partners on their journey in many ways, including by sharing resources and new developments in caregiving strategies and supports. In honor of National Caregivers Day, here’s a selection of Dementia Matters episodes focused on caregiving strategies, tools, and caregiving experiences.

Therapeutic Fibbing: Mastering the Art of Communicating with a Loved One with Dementia
Guest: Martin Schreiber, Former Governor of Wisconsin (1977-1979), Former Lt. Governor of Wisconsin (1971-1977)

Caregiver Strategies and the Importance of Changing the Way We Think about Alzheimer’s
Guest: Suzanne Bottum-Jones, Registered Nurse, Children’s Author, Behavioral Consultant

Caregiver Strategies for Overcoming Communication and Behavior Changes Due to Dementia
Guest: Teepa Snow, dementia care specialist, educator, founder of Positive Approach, LLC

Creative Care: The Power of Imagination in Dementia Caregiving
Guest: Anne Basting, PhD, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, founder and president of TimeSlips, author of Creative Care

Exploring the Lessons Learned as a New Caregiver
Guest: Arthur Kleinman, MD, professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry, Harvard University

Considerations for Caregivers in Indian Country
Guest: J. Neil Henderson, PhD, professor, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Duluth campus; executive director, Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on Health Disparities

Palliative Care and Hospice Conversations for Dementia Patients, Families and Caregivers
Guest: Dr. Kate Schueller, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dementia Caregiver Turns Advocate for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Guest: Paul Braun, radio and sports broadcasting personality

A Glimpse into the National Family Caregiver Support Program
Guest: Jane DeBroux, Caregiver Program Coordinator, Dane County Area Agency on Aging

Apps & Alzheimer’s: Supporting Informal Caregiving Through Mobile Technology 
Guest: Nicole Werner, PhD, Harvey D. Spangler Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison