The Caregiver Community

Hosted ByFrances Hall

Navigating the frequently mysterious, sometimes frightening, and often humorous world of caregiving. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, volunteer activities and parents and in-laws, this show is for you!

Normal vs Abnormal Aging-Related Memory Changes with Dr. Mia Yang

Are slower thinking and processing time, misplacing keys, trying to remember what was needed in the room just entered, or forgetting familiar names and places, normal parts of aging, or do they point to abnormal changes in memory and cognition? This podcast discusses what is normal versus abnormal aging-related memory changes in older adults, the assessment processes, and how to best work with healthcare providers to ensure a loved one has the most appropriate care.

In this episode host Frances Hall, Founder and Executive Director of ACAPcommunity is joined by Dr. Mia Yang, geriatrician and clinician researcher in dementia care at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Yang is the Director of the Wake Forest Baptist House Call Program, a program that allows home-bound older adults in the community who have complex medical issues to receive medical care at home. Dr. Yang also is a researcher. She is the principal investigator for several National Institute of Health-funded clinical trials within Wake Forest’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. If that were not enough to keep her busy, she also hosts her own podcast called “Ask Dr. Mia: Conversations on Aging Well,” available on all major podcast platforms.

Helpful links from this conversation:

National Institute on Aging: Forgetfulness, Normal or Not?

Ask Dr. Mia: Conversations on Aging Well – What to Do When You Notice Changes in Your Loved One

This episode of The Caregiver Community is made possible by our sponsor, Pace @ Home in Hickory, NC.

While providing care for her mother, Frances S. Hall, Founder and Executive Director of ACAPcommunity began ACAP as a monthly educational support program for fellow faculty and staff on a small NC university campus, then transitioned the program into a nationally unique, community-impact nonprofit model in 2012. With a master’s degree in higher education administration and a 30+-year career in higher education and nonprofits, Frances continues to lead the growing organization as it continues to provide information, resources support, and community for adult children and others who care for older loved ones.