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Episode 180: Overcoming Dementia Anxiety with Emerson Lee

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Have you ever had a memory lapse and felt a sense of dread, wondering if it's a sign of something more serious?


Do memories of family members with dementia make you anxious, wondering, "Am I next?"


Are you constantly seeking information on prevention, cures, and risk reduction strategies, hoping to regain a sense of control over memory loss?


Our guest this week is Emerson Lee, a dementia readiness coach and life enrichment specialist.  If you’re afraid of getting dementia, Emerson offers ideas to help you prepare for the best possible life whether you get it or not. You really can feel less afraid.

In this episode: 

  1. Gain insights into coping strategies for memory lapses and anxiety surrounding dementia.
  2. Discover how to navigate emotional preparedness for potential cognitive health challenges.
  3. Explore the concept of dementia readiness and how it can empower individuals to live fully.



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Emerson's Favorite Resources:

  • The Reimagining Dementia Coalition  
  • Let’s Reimagine (Song and Video) 
  • Live Oak Project: an "unprecedented, multi-level initiative to transform the long-term care system" 
  • Gray Panthers: a "series of multi-generational local advocacy networks in the United States which confront ageism and many other social justice issues", including injustice in long-term care
  • Artists 4 Long-Term Care: "a social action initiative that uses art and storytelling to raise awareness of the crisis facing residents and staff of long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic" 


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