Misunderstanding Dementia Podcast With Erika Graham

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With Erika Graham

Our special guest today is Erika Graham who is a full-time caregiver for her mother.

Her mother has an early onset dementia.

Erika used to be an awesome truck driver. She competed in a lot of competitions and was also awarded “Truck Driver Of The Year.”


In this podcast:

01:30 – Erika tells us about herself and being fortunate for having a lot of family in the area

04:00 – How did Erika end up being a caregiver?

07:00 – What were Erika’s struggles?

09:00 – Mike and Erika talk about physical activity and rest

11:00 – Why does Erika think other caregivers experience burnout?

15:00 – What helped Erika in this journey and how is she coping with it?

22:00 – What is the one thing that Erika wished she knew before all of this happened?

25:00 – What advise can Erika give to caregivers who are going through the same situation as hers?

Below is an example of a guided meditation video Erika talked about.

Here’s the weighted blanket we were talking about.

Get the Caregiver’s Freedom Journal here.

Enroll in our new course – MisUnderstanding Dementia here.


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About the author 

Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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