General / Health – Fading Memories: Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support by Jennifer Fink
If you’re unhappy with the podcasts out there on the subject you’re interested in, make one yourself. Jennifer took the initiative some years ago and has been on a roll ever since.
Thank you Jennifer for joining us this month!
Tell us about yourself
An artist & entrepreneur at heart I am a portrait photographer, podcaster, wife, Mom & dog Mom. We just moved to a new county with plans to start a new chapter of our lives. We fell in love with a community of active, friendly people and we’re excited to see what the second half of life has to offer.
What inspired you to do your own podcast?
I have been an avid podcast listener since podcasts began. I got into them more in 2016 after podcast players replaced having to listen via a web browser. Trying to stream a podcast & run Photoshop doesn’t make for a happy computer. In 2017, after my Dad passed away, I became responsible for my Mom who had advanced Alzheimer’s. Dad did 99% of the caregiving which left me with a lot of questions. I went looking for a podcast for Alzheimer’s caregivers and there was one. For better or worse, I just didn’t connect with that show so I decided to create my own. I figured if the only show available didn’t resonate with me, there must be more people like me needing a supportive podcast.
How do you prepare for an episode?
I am blessed at having more guest requests than I can handle so my preparation process is pretty simple. Do they have a unique take on a problem that most caregivers face, do they have a solution/product and does their topic interest me. I generally have a chat with people beforehand to determine the answers to these questions, then we record. Since I am a one-person show, I try my best to keep things easy and hassle free for all of us.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out?
Creating a show takes a lot more time than most people would believe. If you want to grow and monetize, you’re likely going to need help or plan to work a lot. Don’t let people convince you that you have to have thousands of downloads per episode before. You can monetize. I have sponsors – still looking for the perfect one – and I get hundreds not thousands of downloads. I have a very unique niche that advertisers want to get in front of but it takes more work for me to find those advertisers and to make their investment worthwhile.
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