Podcasts are a convenient way to learn more about any given topic, with medical podcasts as a popular niche genre of this relatively new medium. If your aging parent or relative has Alzheimer’s, here are a number of podcasts to seek out that may offer more insight into his or her diagnosis and/or your role as an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
1. Living with Dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society of the UK hosts a monthly podcast about Alzheimer’s and dementia related topics. The program features updates about the latest research, interviews, and other key information about the process of age and disease related memory loss. Download it at http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/podcast.
2. NPR Health News Podcasts
National Public Radio tags dozens of its Health News podcasts as Alzheimer’s related, ranging from new information and research about the disease to prevention and personal narratives like “How Do I Tell My Kids I Have Alzheimer’s?” View the full list at http://www.npr.org/tags/126951452/alzheimer-s-disease.
3. Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins University
This renowned center has several podcasts available for download, including topics such as how to be an in-home caregiver, risks, diagnosis, and treatment, and determining what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to memory loss. Download them at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/specialty_areas/memory_center/patient_family_resources/podcasts/
4. Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation
These science-focused podcasts feature interviews with the continent’s foremost experts in Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory research, including information about research funding, the role of cultural upbringing, global action against the disease, and much more. Learn more at http://dementiaresearchfoundation.org.au/listen.
5. Brain Science Podcast 68
This episode of the Brain Science podcast features an interview with Dr. Peter Whitehouse, one of the pioneering researchers in the Alzheimer’s field and co-author (with Daniel George) of The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis. Download it at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/2010/4/14/alzheimers-disease-with-dr-peter-whitehouse-bsp-68.html#sthash.SWB7VZR7.dpuf.
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