Episode 3

Advocacy and Support with Gail Weatherill, RN

Published on: 17th April, 2021

Laura and Gail discuss the importance of advocacy such as important things to know about advocating during the pandemic. She shares practical tools and language that can be helpful to use as you act as your loved ones voice. We discuss the concept of 'brain-failure' and the helpful perspective this can have when caregiving.

Gail wrote a fabulous book called "The Caregiver's Guide to Dementia: Practical Advice for Caring for Yourself and Your Loved One". We explore topics in the book and how easy it is to navigate.

You can find out more about Gail here: https://www.thedementianurse.com/

Find her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Caregivers-Guide-Dementia-Practical-Yourself/dp/1646113926

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Life on Repeat
A Podcast for Dementia Caregivers
Life on Repeat is a podcast for those caring for someone with dementia. Join Laura Vaillancourt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach as she explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.

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Laura Vaillancourt

Laura has a unique perspective of dementia. She grew up spending time in the nursing home wing of the hospital her mother worked at in a rural community in the Pacific Northwest. She learned from a young age the importance and impact that connecting with those that have memory impairment can have. This early exposure shaped her perspective and fostered her passion and love of working with those who experience and live with dementia.

Laura is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach. She owns a group practice that specializes in serving the aging population and she has extensive experience as a consultant providing counseling, coaching and care management to families that are in the midst of making difficult decisions related to their loved one’s care and health transitions.

Laura's passion and professional experience has been working with individuals and family members that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. She is a passionate speaker and educator on topics related to dementia and caregiving. She is the host of Life on Repeat: a Dementia Caregiver Podcast.