Tuesday Dementia Training with Occupational Therapist Bre'anna Wilson, OTR
How do we take care of our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
Bre’anna shares to us 3 important tips to effectively manage and take care of our care partners/loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
She also shares about her book, Grow with Gratitude.
Gratitude has some healthy benefits like increase happiness, lower stress levels, boost immune system, positive outlook in life, improve relationships with loved ones.
In this episode:
00:40 – Introduction of Bre’anna Wilson.
01:45 – Bre’anna’s background.
01:55 – Bambu Care is Bre’anna’s company.
02:55 – What does Bambu stand for? What do they do?
03:50 – With Dementia, it is all about the patient/loved one.
04:10 – Tips on how we can interact and better understand our loved ones with Dementia.
04:15 – Tip 1: Person before tasks.
07:05 – Tip 2: Simplify everything.
08:10 – Dr. Mike: Remember the acronym K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple)
09:15 – Tip 3: Spend more quality time with them.
11:45 – Bre’anna’s book (Grow with Gratitude).
12:00 – Book inspiration was from a 30 day challenge.
12:35 – Caregiving can sometimes become overwhelming that is why we need to balance it out with our care partners.
13:40 – Selfcare is not selfish.
16:00 – Grow with Gratitude (100 day gratitude and selfcare journal) available at https://amzn.to/2z2rDUR
16:20 – Dr. Mike reiterates that there is power over writing a journal.
18:20 – Whatever you are focusing on gets magnified (RAS).
19:35 – Benefits of gratitude – increase happiness, lower stress levels, boost immune system, positive outlook in life, improve relationships with loved ones.
20:40 – Bre’anna’s advice is to make sure to have time out for yourself every day.
22:00 – Dr. Mike: MOVE because movement matters to your brain matter.
22:30 – Motion is the lotion to your joints.
24:15 – Always remember the word FAST.
24:20 – Find friends that will push you to your next level.
25:50 – Take Action.
26:30 – Subscribe, share.
26:45 – Teach it.
You can reach Bre’anna Wilson thru the following:
Podcast What The Dementia
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