Keeping the Well in Well-thy

Keeping the Well in Well-thy

Supporting a Loved One Diagnosed with Dementia with Susy Murphy, BA, CMC (Ep. 32)

December 07, 2023

Dementia manifests in a variety of ways. In its early stages, it can be easily mistaken for mere forgetfulness or the natural aging process. However, understanding its root causes can empower you to better support your loved ones should they face this challenging diagnosis.

In this episode, Barbara Archer is joined by Susy Murphy, a renowned expert in dementia care. Susy overviews the different types of dementia, challenges faced by individuals with dementia, and strategies for effective communication and engagement. They also emphasize the importance of patience, understanding, and normalizing behaviors associated with dementia.

Barbara and Susy discuss: 

  • The significance of legal documentation, the value of professional care, and the importance of self-care for caregivers
  • Strategies for navigating situations with those living with dementia and identifying early warning signs
  • Holistic approaches to enhance the quality of life for dementia patients
  • The emotional and psychological impact on families and how they can find support.
  • Misconceptions surrounding dementia and ways to raise awareness in the community
  • Technological advancements aiding in dementia care and patient monitoring
  • The role of diet, exercise, and lifestyle in potentially slowing the progression of the disease
  • And much more.



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About our Guest: 

Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC graduated from the University of Michigan and is the owner of Aging Well Eldercare located in Maryland after having been the Director of Care Management for 20 years.

Susy is a Certified Care Manager, accredited by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. She is member and past- president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Aging Life Care™ Association. Currently, she is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Aging Life Care Association and of the American Geriatric Society and co-chair of programming for the metro Washington, DC chapter.


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