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Podcast - The Positive Brain

Introducing Peggy Breda & Toni Rienhart

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Meet the creators of The Positive Brain, Peggy Breda, Founder & Owner of A Family Tie, LLC and Toni Reinhart, Owner of Positive Dementia Care Training, LLC.  Get to know them and why they started "The Positive Brain"


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Is it Dementia?

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How do we know if the changes in my brain are normal or something more serious?   Peggy Breda, Founder & Owner of A Family Tie, LLC and Toni Reinhart, Owner of Positive Dementia Care Training, LLC, explore that question.

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Nutrition & the Brain

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Is what we eat causing us to have cognitive changes?   Peggy Breda, Founder & Owner of A Family Tie, LLC and Toni Reinhart, Owner of Positive Dementia Care Training, LLC , speak with Julie Wendt, LN, CNS,  Nutritionist & Health Coach, GW Center for Integrative Medicine.  Listen how they discuss a healthy way of eating for our health.


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I have Dementia, Is it safe to Travel?

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Traveling isn't always easy.  When you are traveling with someone who has a dementia it can get really challenging. Listen as Peggy Breda & Toni Reinhart discuss ideas on travel options and traveling safe with Christie Clark, Executive Director of Insight Memory Center.

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The Power of History

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Do you have a story to tell?  Do people really  know your history?  If you get dementia who will tell your tale?  Listen as Peggy & Toni talk about success in care giving through someone's history.

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Transitioning your Loved one to an Assisted Living or Memory Care

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You have decided to move your loved one with Dementia.  How can I make sure it goes as good as it chan?  Peggy & Toni speak with Delores Athey, Community Relations Director with Thrive Senior Living with tips and suggestions to get you started.

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Is it Time to Move?

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How do I know when it is time to move my loved one to a more supportive environment?  When is the best time? Peggy Breda & Toni Reinhart speak with  Amanda Babineau-LaRose, LCSW, C-ASWCM, Owner/Care Manager/Therapist, with We Care Management to share some insight into this very difficult question. 

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Getting Away with Exercise

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Let's face it exercise is one of those things that most of us would rather not do.  But there are true benefits to exercise, especially as we age.  Peggy Breda & Toni Reinhart discuss just what we can get away with but still help to keep us health and strong.

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Brain Games

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Do I really need to exercise my brain?  Does it truly help me stay cognitive?  Peggy Breda & Toni Reinhart discuss with Ellen Clark, PhD Applied Neuro Psychology, what games can help and what ones are just good to stay social.

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Relieving the Caregiver Burden

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Caring for someone with dementia is truly a 24 hour job.  But taking care of yourself is just as important.  Michelle Darwin co-founder of The Windward  Foundation talks with Peggy & Toni on relieving the burden.

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Designing For Dementia

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Staying at home when we age is what would be ideal for many of us.  What can we do when our home is no longer safe? Debjo Wheatly, RN,  Interior Designer speaks about some fun and different things to do to make our home safe.

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LGBTQ Advocacy

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Many challenges come up with we age.  But when we identify as LGBTQ we don't always feel safe sharing this very special side to us.  Peggy & Toni speak with Karen McPhail, RN, MSN, CDP, CCTC who shares some of these special care needs and how we can help.

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What is a Memory Cafe?

So many care partners find it difficult to find things to do with there loved ones with memory loss.

 So many care partners find it difficult to find things to do with there loved ones with memory loss.  The Memory Cafe was designed so that both care partner and Dementia partner have the opportunity to relax and engage in a comfortable and welcoming setting.  
Explore some of the Memory Cafe's in the Northern Virginia area with Nicole McMonigle Knight, owner of Dementia Care Connections and Memory Cafe leader, when Peggy & Toni chat about how they work and why they are important to staying positive. 

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Positive Talk with Peggy & Toni

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 Let's talk about positivity!  Why stay positive?  Can it help your brain?  Can it help keep disease away?  Will staying positive reduce depression, anxiety? Is it possible to train yourself to be positive?  Take a minute to listen to the dynamic duo talk about staying positive! 

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Loneliness - Can it be Positive?

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 Loneliness?  Positive?  What?  Today Peggy & Toni speak with MaryAnn Buckley, Aging Life Care Manager and Director of Care Management for Corewood Care, to speak about how to overcome loneliness and things people can do to help people recognize when their loved one might be lonely.  

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Brain Health As Your Age

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Have you ever wanted to know what we can do to keep our brains healthy as we age?  Peggy Breda & Toni Reinhart speak with Dr. Steve Simmons as he shares some insight from his recently published book Brain Health As You Age

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The Positive Side of Hospice

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 When many of us think of Hospice we are overwhelmed and grieving for someone we love.  But hospice is a positive thing for those going through the dying process. Extra care, love, pain management and supportive services help to make up the many services that hospice can provide.  Listen as Jessica Ford, Area Manager for Patient Advocacy, with Capital Caring,  helps to explain what hospice is and how it can truly help the patient as well as their families at this time in life. 

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The Beat Goes On

Join Peggy Breda, A Family Tie and Toni Reinhart, Dementia Care Training, when they talk to Alan Yel

Join Peggy Breda, A Family Tie and Toni Reinhart, Dementia Care Training, when they talk to Alan Yellowitz and Adam Mason, The Beat Goes On, about how their drumming programs for senior with dementia as well as for all groups of people, are helping to bring memories and positive experience to both young and old alike! 

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