PHOENIX (July 27, 2021) – Banner Health’s “Dementia Untangled” podcast is returning for a second season to provide expert guidance and support for millions of family caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The new season’s first episode will be available Wednesday, with further episodes launching weekly for 10 weeks.
The project is produced by Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute, which are designated Centers of Excellence by Banner Health for the care, support and research of memory and movement disorders.
“Dementia Untangled” brings prominent experts together to help caregivers learn ways to better navigate their complicated roles and provide informed care to their loved ones. The hosts, Heather Mulder from Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Janice Greeno from Banner Sun Health Research Institute, offer an upbeat and conversational podcast that blends research, science and real-world caregiving experience.
More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and these caregivers provided an estimated 15.3 billion hours in 2020, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“When we started this project, we had no idea how accepted and appreciated these conversations would be, not only in our local communities, but across the country,” said Amber Ayers, ”Dementia Untangled” editor and producer. “To hear directly from listeners about how these conversations have helped them on their caregiving journey, or allowed them to better understand their loved one’s perspective, motivates us to continue bringing important and useful topics to our audience.”
“Dementia Untangled” explores the topic of dementia through conversations with physicians, experts and community leaders. These discussions focus on innovative ideas, practical strategies and proven methods to guide caregivers along a supportive path. Topics in the second season will include resilience through mindfulness, sundown syndrome and collaboration in research.
Listeners will hear from experts such as Katie Brandt, director of caregiver support services and public relations in the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Angela Lunde, co-director for the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic. Additional guests will include people who are currently living with early onset Alzheimer’s, and other experts in the dementia community.
Since its inception in 2006, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) has sought to find effective Alzheimer’s disease prevention therapies without losing another generation, establish a new model of dementia care for patients and family caregivers, and forge new models of collaboration in biomedical research. It has made groundbreaking contributions to the unusually early detection, tracking, diagnosis and study of Alzheimer’s, and aims to find an effective prevention therapy by 2025. It includes the pioneering Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API), an extensive profile of research studies and clinical trials, comprehensive clinical, family and community service programs, a leading brain imaging research program, and strategic partnerships with public and private research organizations around the world. Learn more at www.BannerAlz.org.