THIS EPISODE OF GROWING OLDER LIVING YOUNGER focuses on living a full life despite the diagnosis of dementia.
Today’s Featured Expert is Dr. Susan Wehry, Board Member of The Dementia Action Alliance, a non-profit advocacy and educational organization of people living with dementia, care partners, dementia specialists and other advocates, The Alliance has released a manual, “Pathways to Well-Being with Dementia” as a resource for those who are struggling with dementia or supporting someone in need of care .
We discuss common myths and misconceptions about dementia, whether temperament predicts affect in dementia, the new manual, as well as 7 key areas to promote healthy aging.
[0:11] Introduction to this episode.
[4:02] Medical journey that inspired a career working with older adults
[10:15] Common myths and misconceptions about dementia.
[12:54] Personality, character and dementia.
[17:42] How did it start and where did it start?
[19:50] What does dementia have in common with disabilities?
[23:56] How to find the manual?
[28:33] The seven pillars of healthy aging.
Susan Wehry, MD is the Director, AgingME, Maine’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and Associate Clinical Professor, at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a physician board certified in geriatric psychiatry, educator and passionate advocate for promoting healthy, meaningful aging, and a member of the Dementia Action Alliance’s Board of Directors.
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