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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

Recent EPISODES

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…

Sudden Falls and Rapid Changes

June 29, 2022

Alzheimer's degrades a person slowly over a period of years. When a downturn comes, symptoms can escalate suddenly. As a dementia family caregiver, you need to know what that downturn could look like. Knowing can help you su…

Mistakes and Dementia Self-Care Rituals

June 19, 2022

Studies show that how the dementia family caregiver interprets her stress is key to her survival.  I'm sharing 3 rituals I created that have helped me.  I also share 3 mistakes I made in the early years of caring for my husb…

Our Loved Ones - The Power of the Dementia Stories We Tell

May 9, 2022

Zita Christian shares three personal stories about her husband who has late-stage Alzheimer's. She talks about the importance of telling the stories of our loved ones before they are seized with dementia. She talks about why…

Alzheimer's and Vision Changes

April 10, 2022

Even if a patient with Alzheimer's has healthy eyes, the brain can distort what the patient sees. Depth perception changes, too, as does the ability to recognize common items. For an 81-year-old man whose mind tells him he's…

Recent Blog Posts

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.

Getting Comfortable Using the Word Alzheimer's

CT podcaster and caregiver Zita Christian couldn't bring herself to talk about her husband’s diagnosis: Alzheimer’s. When she finally faced the power loa…

Getting the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease brings stress to a happily married couple.

Host Zita Christian