Ep. 55 The Journey of Alzheimer's and Dementia Advocacy and Insights with Marianne Sciucco
The Beauty in The MessMay 29, 2024x
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Ep. 55 The Journey of Alzheimer's and Dementia Advocacy and Insights with Marianne Sciucco

The Journey of Alzheimer's and Dementia Advocacy and Insights with Marianne Sciucco


In this episode, Michele interviews Marianne Sciucco, a nurse, author, and podcaster with a strong advocacy for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Marianne shares her personal story of how her Aunt Gilda's battle with Alzheimer's inspired her career in nursing and eventually writing. She discusses her novel 'Blue Hydrangeas', which centers on a couple dealing with Alzheimer's, and the importance of accurately diagnosing dementia. Michele and Marianne explore the benefits of heart-healthy diets, social engagement, and the critical role of self-care for caregivers. Additionally, Marianne introduces her collaborative initiative, 'AlzAuthors,' which promotes books, films, and events related to dementia care. The discussion reveals Marianne's dedication to supporting caregivers and individuals affected by dementia, offering resources, community, and hope for those on this challenging journey.


00:00 Introduction to the Guest: Marianne's Multifaceted Career

00:16 Marianne's Personal Connection to Alzheimer's and Dementia

02:14 The Unexpected Journey into Nursing

03:52 Discovering a Passion for Dementia Care

04:41 Transitioning to New York and Embracing Nursing

05:13 Rekindling the Writing Dream: From Newsletter to Novel

06:06 The Inspiration Behind 'Blue Hydrangeas'

10:16 Exploring the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's

19:47 The Importance of Diet, Exercise, and Social Engagement in Brain Health

21:47 Learning New Skills and Staying Socially Active

24:42 The Impact of Stress on Health and Well-being

25:48 The Importance of Self-Care in Dementia Caregiving

26:21 Sleep: The Unsung Hero of Brain Health

27:05 Strategies for Improving Sleep in Older Adults

32:06 Creating a Supportive Community for Alzheimer's and Dementia

40:09 The Power of Art, Music, and Community in Dementia Care

42:02 Connecting and Supporting Through Alzheimer's Authors

44:50 Personal Reflections and How to Connect


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