Gary Joseph LeBlanc (Personal/Family Caregiver, Dementia Expert, Author, Speaker)

Gary Joseph LeBlanc (Personal/Family Caregiver, Dementia Expert, Author, Speaker)

Gary is a true advocate and expert within the Dementia/Alzheimer's field. His Personal/Family Caregiver experience(s) began while caring for his father for almost 10 years at home and then after a brief reprieve he then cared for his mother. Along the way he began to develop his Common Sense Caregiving approach and writing articles for local papers which ultimately led to him being a truly international though leader in the area of Dementia Awareness and many other awe inspiring and industry leading efforts.

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Kelli Casto (Founder of Saving Our Seniors; Non-Profit Organization)

Kelli Casto (Founder of Saving Our Seniors; Non-Profit Organization)

Kelli is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant that provides home health services to the elderly by day; by night she is a swashbuckling super-hero that started a non-profit organization that delivers hospital beds in tropical storms/hurricanes to home-bound people in need. She is a true personality... a Caregiver Personality and this episode was ridiculously fun!

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Pamela Renee Whitmore Urnowey (PRO-PER Caregiver, Home Health)

Pamela Renee Whitmore Urnowey (PRO-PER Caregiver, Home Health)

Pam is the kind of gal… little girl, that at the age of 9 started as a volunteer visiting nursing homes with her church youth group; would later see her grandmother move into that same nursing home and then she herself would pursue a multi-dimensional career in business offices, business development and general operations and management all with health-care and Caring organizations. She is now the Director of Business and Resource Management with Home Instead Senior Care in Annapolis, a mother of three boys and grandmother of 4 (or 5?) grandchildren but most of all… she is a Caregiver.

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Matt Balaker (Comedian, Author)

Matt Balaker (Comedian, Author)

Matt Balaker, born premature and grew up with Cerebral Palsy offering him a unique perspective of Caregivers. Now a successful Comedian, a husband, father and caring man he has co-authored a book: "Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's Story" that serves as an excellent parallel and backdrop for many "Caregiver Stories" I've heard over the years of constantly feeling that you are failing in your duties of pleasing others; leading to depression, self-medication, and isolation partially due to a phenomenon known as the "impostor syndrome"

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The Dream Team (Nursing Home PROfessional Caregivers)

The Dream Team (Nursing Home PROfessional Caregivers)

This is a very heartfelt episode and reunion with four very special women who enjoyed (and suffered) long and successful careers in the Skilled Nursing industry. Nancy (Director of Nursing), Pat (Admissions Director), Peggy (RN, Unit Manager and Staff Development) and Kathy Bradley (LPN and Nature Caregiver) took in a young Administrator (ME, Lon Kieffer, your host) and taught him how to slow down and get in touch with his inner Defender Of Caregivers.

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Dr. Daniel C. Potts (Neurologist/Dementia Expert)

Dr. Daniel C. Potts (Neurologist/Dementia Expert)

Dr. Daniel Potts is a Neurologist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is affiliated with the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. That’s his PROfessional Caregiver resume that he carried with him into his PERsonal/Family Caregiver experience while helping to care for his father with dementia.

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Tim Wambach of HandicapThis - (Caregiver, Actor, Advocate)

Tim Wambach of HandicapThis - (Caregiver, Actor, Advocate)

Tim is the kind of guy that, as a young man looking for direction, accepted a job that no one else wanted; as a Caregiver for an elementary school kid with Cerebral Palsy and a laser sharp comedic personality. Little did he (they) know that this would turn into a new direction in their lives, a mission, and a message known as HandicapThis... together, Tim and Mike Berkson share their message of tolerance and inclusion in over 300 performances, traveled more than 77,000 miles and performed for more than 100,000 audience members and in this episode Tim tells us his Caregiver Story.

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Adam Ferrara - (Actor/Comedian/Caregiver Personality)

Adam Ferrara -  (Actor/Comedian/Caregiver Personality)

Adam Ferrara is an American actor and comedian known for playing the roles of Chief Needles Nelson on Rescue Me… Sargent Frank Verelli opposite Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie… he was the co-host on the U.S. version of Top Gear… He has had three comedy central specials and his new album “Unconditional” has received comedy album of the year recognition... He is currently launching the Adam Ferrara Podcast… "30 minutes you’ll never get back" and in my mind, he is a Nature Born Caregiver… and I am so grateful that he spent 30 minutes with us in this episode...

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Mary (Stewart) Chaput - (PROfessional/PERsonal/Family Caregiver - Advocate)

Mary (Stewart) Chaput - (PROfessional/PERsonal/Family Caregiver - Advocate)

Mary is the Program Director for Caregiver Support with the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the coordinator of a highly successful annual Caregivers Conference. As we all do, Mary brings with her to this role a robust personal story and a true “Caregiver by Nature” personality and perspective.

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Coffee Tea and Me with Shirl Parnell - (PERsonal/Family Caregiver - Support Group)

Coffee Tea and Me with Shirl Parnell - (PERsonal/Family Caregiver - Support Group)

This LIVE podcast was a heck of a good time with the members of the Coffee Tea and Me Caregivers group started by Shirl Parnell, a Personal/Family Caregiver that found out just how unprepared she was to be a Caregiver after her mother's health had a serious down turn. After receiving training and the support of others she started her own support group and invited DOC, the "Defender Of Caregivers" to a recent meeting.

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-caregivers/id1472081405

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Don Wendorf and Lynda Everman - (PERsonal/Family Caregivers - Advocates)

Don Wendorf and Lynda Everman - (PERsonal/Family Caregivers - Advocates)

Don and Lynda were Caregiver's for multiple members of their respective families... and their individual Caregiver Journey's crossed path with the writing of a book. Now, several years later they are some of the leading advocates working tirelessly to StampOutAlzheimer's and I am so happy they shared their story with us in this episode.

CLARIFICATION: All proceeds from sales of the semipostal stamp go directly to the the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency that funds Alzheimer’s research, and are designated for research at the National Institutes of Health.

The proceeds from Seasons of Caring, Dementia-Friendly Worship, and Stolen Memories go directly to #UsAgainstAlzheimer’s to advance the work of the Faith United Against Alzheimer’s Coalition.

No funds go to “Help Stamp OUT Alzheimer’s.”

Thank YOU for Caring!

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-caregivers/id1472081405

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