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My Spouse Has Dementia

A free, bi-weekly podcast that uses personal stories, occasional interviews, and simple rituals to support dementia caregiving spouses


My First Holiday Season Alone

March 6, 2023

My husband died last summer. He had Alzheimer's. I’ve experienced a lot of “firsts” without him: his birthday, my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and most recently, Valentine’s Day. Some of those day…

Not Feeling Festive? Light a Solstice Candle

Dec. 21, 2022

Not feeling festive? No surprise. For those of us caring for a spouse with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia, December can be a cruel month. While much of the world is joyful. We're sad. It's part of the journey we're on…

Alzheimer's and Hope - A Gift or A Curse?

Dec. 4, 2022

Are you caring for a spouse with Alzheimer's?  You need to know that hope, like optimism, can strengthen your resilience or distort your reality. Hope can also be the key to your surivival.  My husband died four months ago. …

The Power of Grief, Community, and a Tree

Oct. 23, 2022

When tragedy reshapes your life, having a supportive community is key to your survival. Since my husband died of Alzheimer's three months ago, I've been in a cave of sorts, rarely leaving the house. My neighbors drew me back…

Death and the Funeral

Aug. 27, 2022

From the time my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, my goal was to care for him at home. He died last month, at home, in my arms. This episode shares deeply personal details about the changes in our relationship…

Hospice - Help When the End is Near

Aug. 1, 2022

My husband died at home on July 19. From steady decline to dramatic drop to sudden nosedive, to death -- that was the pattern. I was prepared for some steps. Others blindsided me. Hospice helped both my husband and me in way…

Recent Blog Posts

My Spouse Has Dementia featured on WTIC AM 1080 "Saturdays…

Recently, I was the guest on "Saturdays with Steve Parker," a community-based show on WTIC 1080 AM Radio, part of the network. Because Novemb…

The Power of Grief and Community to an Alzheimer's Caregiv…

Thanks to my neighbors, I was able to care for my husband at home until he died. He had Alzheimer's.

My Spouse Has Dementia to air on KPFA 94.1 radio March 13

"My Spouse Has Dementia" by CT podcaster Zita Christian airs on March 13 on KPFA 94.1 radio in California in the 24/7 programming for Int'l Women's Day.

Host Zita Christian