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This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist Stephanie Muskat takes you through real-life caregiving stories from her own therapeutic experience and gives you the raw and personal on her own caregiving experiences as a young caregiver. Plus hear from tons of incredible experts and caregivers who are living through their day-to-day journeys. It's all here at Caregiver's Compass.
 
The Knowledge for Caregivers Podcast will provide practical tips from a geriatric nurse's perspective on how to help your aged love one. The world is experiencing an explosion of people living longer. At some point though, an aged person begins to need help. Most of that help is provided by family members. Family members usually begin a steep learning curve on how to help their aged loved ones. Every week I will provide practical tips that I use with my own family to help you navigate the ca ...
 
We Support Caregivers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that encourages and empowers individuals who take care of their elderly loved ones to cultivate and focus on self-care. Self-care development is accomplished by offering support, information, and resources caregivers need. WeSupportCaregivers.org Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wesupportcaregivers/support
 
A caregiver community hosted by an Consuela, Occupational Therapist and former caregiver to my mother. I know that providing for the daily needs of your elderly parents or disabled spouse can have its daily challenges. You often feel alone and often risk injury to themselves and your loved ones as you struggle to assist them with daily personal care and mobility tasks. I understand what you are going through and understand that you just need answers. The Caregiver's Finding A Foothold podcas ...
 
Leah is the cancer insider. Tina is the science-y one. Have questions about cancer? Chances are good they'll be talking about it from an integrative medicine point of view. Chocked full of just enough science to keep things interesting. They take a subject and break it up into three (or four) episodes. These episodes make up a pod, which is where we get our name, The Cancer Pod. Disclaimer: This podcast is for education, entertainment, and informational purposes only. Do not apply any of thi ...
 
"Care for Caregivers" explores the unexpected odyssey of caring for a loved one in the final stages of life. Produced by Inez Odom, the podcast features Laura Mary Robinson and Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a gerontologist. Join them as they discuss a personal experience and offer advice to others. The podcast is presented as 17 short chapters, organized to enable easy searching for topics.
 
Caregivers are a very under-represented group. They work hard for their loved ones without pay or much recognition. They also under-value their own health because they're so involved in ensuring that their loved ones get everything they need in order to be comfortable. This podcast aims to open up the floor to the people who feel like they're not being heard. To bring them all together in a space where they can talk about their experiences.
 
Hope Through Knowledge with Zoë A. Lewis, M.D., is Talk Radio For Caregivers. This dynamic thirty minute talk show brings the experts on care giving right to you. Dr. Zoe Lewis interviews the top authors and experts from around the country. Guests are recognized for their contributions to care giving, aging, eldercare, and alternative wellness strategies that you can't afford to miss. 65 million Americans are caregivers and with more than 16 years of hospital-based medicine, a private practi ...
 
This is not that heartwarming, touchy-feely podcast about the joys of being a caregiver, this is the exact opposite. Caregiving has never been something I wanted to do long-term, however, it is something that I have done for the majority of my life. In this podcast I share the different caregiving situations, including the one that has been the most difficult for me. I also talk about how hard it is to be a caregiver and how we tend to neglect ourselves and our needs for the sake of those we ...
 
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Daughter works from home. She is grateful for that because she is the primary caregiver for her mom who lives with her. Since home from the hospital after a hip fracture, mom with weakness and needs help with all task. Daughter very concerned that she may jeopardize her ability to remain a remote worker due to mom constantly calling her. Today's qu…
 
In this episode, guest Marie (name changed for anonymity) discusses her responsibilities as a caregiver for her parents who are emotionally and physically isolated. She touches upon how supporting their social needs and trying to protect her high risk parents from illness has impacted her marriage, caring for her two young children and trying to ba…
 
Sammy Peterson, RD, CSO (Certified Specialist in Oncology), talks about an approach to diet and wellness that won’t leave you stressed out. Join us in this engaging chat. Guaranteed you’ll be ready to take action. We all want to feel our best, no matter who we are or what our condition is. There is so much conflicting info out there though! Ultimat…
 
Compassion fatigue - as caregivers we’ve heard the term, but what does it mean and how can we prevent it from happening? Today my guest is Patricia Smith a certified compassion fatigue specialist with 20 years of training experience. As founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© www.compassionfatigue.org, she writes, speaks, and facilitat…
 
Join Executive Director and Healthcare Professional, LaSheena McBride as she discuss Blurred By Burnout. Listen as she defines What is burnout, The signs and symptoms of burnout, How to handle burnout, and more! Caregivers, join our Self-care Support Text! Text “Caregivers” to 31996 to join. Also Sign up for our Self-care Support Kit for the opport…
 
The Importance of Sleep on Mental Health and Maintaining Overall Balance, with Sleep Consultant Andria Gordon (Episode 52) We have all heard that sleep deprivation impacts our overall lives. But when it comes to caring for others, waking up in the middle of the night and managing mental health issues, sleep can truly mean the difference between pos…
 
Join us as we chat with naturopathic physician, teacher, author, and cancer survivor Dr. Amy Rothenberg. Dr. Rothenberg had been a naturopathic physician for 30+ years when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her story is one of incredible resilience (two separate cancers in the same year!). In keeping with her career of sharing her knowledge and experi…
 
When People Question your Abilities as a Caregiver (episode 51) You are doing your absolute best as a caregiver and you have poured all of you into what you do for your loved one. But yet you continue to receive comments from others about what you are doing, how you are approaching your caregiving and how you are supporting your loved one on a dail…
 
In this episode, Stephanie shares the real and raw experience of her mom’s diagnosis and how her father responded to the changes and ultimate FTD diagnosis of her mom. Stephanie discusses what it can be like when a family member is not at a place of acceptance, or is at a different stage of accepting a loved one’s diagnosis when it comes to a degen…
 
Being in the hospital for several days would result in most of us wanting to go home. We would be ready to sleep in our own beds and eat food that we enjoy. And this is also often the case with many elderly patients who are being discharged from the hospital, they are ready to go home! I know this all too well, because after one of my mother's hosp…
 
Curcumin is what makes turmeric orange. It is also a very popular supplement. What does it do exactly? How should it be taken? How is it used in integrative oncology? Can you take it with chemo? Tina & Leah answer these questions and much more in this episode of The Cancer Pod. Want to support the show? Just buy us a coffee! Buymeacoffee and THANK …
 
In this episode, social worker and hospice executive director, Nadine Persaud discusses,in detail, the differences between palliative care, comfort care and hospice care and the philosophies behind palliative care. The accessibility and barriers to accessing palliative care are additionally explored in this eye-opening episode. About Nadine: Nadine…
 
Mushrooms are a valuable food and medicine, but which ones are best? Are they safe during treatment for cancer? What’s the proper dose? Do they really affect immune function? Tina & Leah discuss all of this and more from a practical- and as always-naturopathic perspective. The use of mushrooms dates back thousands of years. As a food, mushrooms add…
 
When you are caring for an aging parent of the opposite sex, things can get a little awkward -- when it comes to modesty with toileting and other aspects of care. This is the case with Jenna, with a question of how to address concerns that her dad may have fall risks in the bathroom, difficulty with toileting. Question: Jenna indicates dad goes int…
 
Have you ever felt guilty as a caregiver? You are NOT alone. Guilt in caregiving is so common. In this episode, caregiver (to her husband, son, daughter and mother) Wendy Williams, dives into the guilt she has felt as a caregiver and how this has impacted her and how she has managed these feelings over time. About Wendy: Wendy is a wife, mother, da…
 
L-glutamine is a "conditionally essential" amino acid. What's that? Tune in & find out: what glutamine is, what it does, and when you shouldn't be taking it. Tina & Leah discuss generalities and then delve into specifics, particularly for those who have (or had!) cancer. Glutamine is one of those supplements that many people take…. willy-nilly. Tha…
 
Am I a caregiver? People tell me I am a caregiver but I don’t think I am one. Society tells me I’m not a caregiver but I feel like one. Have you ever had any of these thoughts? What does being a ‘caregiver’ even mean? In this episode Stephanie talks about the perceptions of what the definition of ‘caregiver’ is and whether or not you have to be cal…
 
Miya Adout is a graduate of Concordia University where she received a Master of Arts in creative arts therapies after having completed a BA in cultural studies. Maya works with individuals of all ages and abilities and specializes in dementia care. Miya opened her private practice Miya Music therapy in 2015. With the purpose of empowering and enric…
 
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Maintaining your health and well-being while caregiving is a must. Unfortunately most caregiver learn this the hard way. (I know I did!) As a caregiver, if your number one focus is to only be concerned that your loved one has everything they need, that they have a good quality of life but you forget to take care of yourself in the process, you are …
 
In this episode Stephanie talks about the (several year long) process and journey to her mom’s diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. Stephanie speaks in detail about the clinicians she saw, the barriers and obstacles she faced on the way, complications she faced along the way given her mom’s behavioural expression and how she finally felt once a ne…
 
Have you ever wondered what to look for or even where to start when searching for a therapist? Have you felt confused and lost when it came to locating allied health supports including art therapists for your loved one? In this episode, Stephanie and therapist Erica Curcio discuss the education and regulation requirements in the United States and C…
 
Hair changes from treatment for cancer are common. Listen as Tina & Leah discuss what to expect, including which drugs lead to hair loss, how to reduce your risk, nutrients involved in hair regrowth, and ways to support hair recovery after treatment. Hair loss, also called alopecia, can be a challenging side effect for many people undergoing treatm…
 
In this episode, Learning Specialist and Behaviour Consultant Cori Stern discusses the difficulties many parents in the sandwich generation face when balancing their children and their parents. Some topics discussed include: navigating one’s own emotions and anxiety when uncertain how to expose their children to a declining family member or a famil…
 
Skin & nail changes can happen with chemotherapy, radiation, oral drugs, and immune-directed therapies for cancer. There are ways to lower your risk with natural agents and simple measures. Tune in to hear two naturopathic physicians, Tina & Leah, discuss what you can do. Changes to your nails and skin are more than merely aesthetic. If left untrea…
 
Caregiving in the sandwich generation is becoming more and more common. Individuals are living longer and requiring support as they age while parents are having children at later stages in life than in previous decades. The demands and stress involved as a caregiver in the sandwich generation are extreme- it can feel as though you are being pulled …
 
Today my guest is Dr Buffy Lloyd-Krejci one of the foremost authorities on infection prevention and control in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Her Phoenix-based practice, IPCWell, is devoted to reducing infections, antibiotic resistance, re-admissions, and death in healthcare settings across the country and around the world. She is a f…
 
Nerve damage from chemotherapy can lead to lingering effects after treatment. There are several natural agents that can help. But, some can actually make it worse too! Listen in while Tina & Leah discuss how to prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and what to (safely) do if you already have it. Chemotherapy drugs are designed t…
 
Stephanie details how difficult it can be to care for a parent that was abusive and/or who was the instigator of traumatic experiences with the caregiver. She also provides her top techniques to managing this specific situation. Please note: when it comes to trauma it is extremely important to speak to a licensed mental health professional as all s…
 
In this episode Stephanie discusses the concerning changes she started to see in her mom that eventually led to her seeking out a neurological diagnosis. Stephanie details physical and verbal changes in addition to problem solving, ‘logic and reasoning’ shifts she saw her mom experiencing. Visit us on our website: www.compassionincaregiving.com Joi…
 
Can anything really be a “cure-all?” What a concept! There are things this 100-year-old herbal formula can do, and there are things it can't. Tina & Leah chat facts about Essiac & Flor-Essence teas. Herbal medicine, plant medicine, botanical medicine, whatever you like to call it, there’s evidence for its use dating back thousands of years. We love…
 
The terms “antioxidants” and “free radicals”- what do they mean exactly? Are antioxidants safe to take as a supplement? Tina & Leah tell you the truth, even if it is inconvenient. (Don’t blame the messengers!) Antioxidants only do good, right? The theory is that antioxidants prevent cancer by limiting damage in and around our cells. Truth: Foods hi…
 
As caregivers, we are often reminded of the importance of being an advocate for our care partners, asking questions, understanding the situation and being their voice. Today, my guest is Phyllis Ivey, a social worker, consultant and life coach with over 30 years of experience in the mental health field, and a lifelong advocate for her parents. In t…
 
Ketogenic diets are all the rage these days, but what is ketosis? Should you try to achieve it? If so, how? Tina & Leah talk facts about the ketogenic diet, what it is and what it isn’t. What does it mean to be in a state of ketosis? And, most importantly, does the ketogenic diet have anti-cancer effects? There are studies out there on the ketogeni…
 
As a caregiver, if your loved one has had a stroke, how much help they will need can vary greatly. It can range from them requiring no assistance with care, to requiring more care than one person can offer. Do your homework by learning about your loved one’s strengths and weaknesses. Be realistic about what you can do. Just because you can’t do it …
 
Vitamin C: so simple, so necessary... but what is it used for exactly? And what does deficiency look like? Is vitamin C deficiency linked to cancer incidence? Recurrence? Are there times when it should not be taken? Tina & Leah answer all of these questions and more! Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen, immune cells, and energy from fa…
 
Caring for your parents is honorable but also challenging. You want to do all you can to make things easier for them, so you put all your energy and effort into trying to meet their every need. When you do this, you often do it at the expense of your own mental and physical well-being, and this can have dire consequences. Family caregivers often ne…
 
Ironically, this podcast release date coincides with the one year anniversary of my Mother’s death. While we can all acknowledge the emotional aspect of grief, our brains are very much a part of the process. Today my guest is Dr Mary-Frances O’Connor, author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss. Dr O’Conn…
 
What exactly is collagen? Does it really support skin and joints? And, most pressing: IS IT SAFE to take (in general? if you've had cancer?) Tina and Leah answer all of this and more as they discuss one of the most popular functional foods available today. Did you know there are at least 28 different types of collagen in the human body? It is by fa…
 
Vitamin D may be the most pivotal nutrient in all of cancer care. Tina and Leah talk about this hormone masquerading as a “vitamin.” How much is ideal? Do you need to take it? Can you get what you need from the sun? Is it even safe to take? There is a tremendous amount of information on vitamin D and cancer, so there is a lot to sift through to fig…
 
Personal accounts of cancer can be inspiring, and this documentary about renowned film critic Roger Ebert is no exception. Tina and Leah discuss the man, his career, his cancer, and how he lived life to its fullest, right until the end. FYI: You don't need to have seen the movie to partake in their discussion. Life Itself the documentary is based o…
 
In this episode Stephanie summarizes the top 5 episodes from season one of Caregiver’s Compass- trust us, you don’t want to miss these. 1) Episode 14: My 27 Year Caregiving Journey'- balancing care for a bipolar husband, two special needs children and a mother with complex medical needs 2) Episode 4: The INTENSIVE Caregiver: Caring for a Spouse, Wo…
 
I speak with Dr. Leslie Kernisan about her book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician's Step-By-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety and More. This book is the ultimate guide in respectfully engaging your parent with a practical plan to get help for the most common worries, including safety concerns and memory loss while respe…
 
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