Ep 22: Experiencing Joy with Dementia
Guest Susan McFadden discusses how people with dementia and their loved ones can still experience joy with a bit of creativity and a shift in mindset.
February 6, 2024
Someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with some form of dementia every 65 seconds, and that number continues to grow as the population ages. Susan McFadden, co-founder of the Fox Valley Memory Project, sits down Lisa Wells to discuss how people with dementia and their loved ones can still experience joy with creativity and a shift in mindset.
It’s not often we hear the words “joy” and “dementia” in the same sentence. Dementia is hard and affects not only the person but their care partner and families – making it easy to find the gloom and doom. In order to find the light, it takes a bit of creativity and a shift in thinking as it pertains to dementia care. Susan McFadden, co-founder of the Fox Valley Memory Project and professor emerita of psychology at UW-Oshkosh, sits down with Lisa Wells to discuss different approaches to dealing with dementia that can make the journey a little less despondent and a bit brighter – starting with something as simple as re-defining the dementia “patient.”