Episode 46

Transforming Personal Struggle Into Community Support with Martha Ranon

Published on: 18th March, 2024

In this heartfelt episode of 'Life on Repeat', host Laura Vaillancourt welcomes Martha Ranon, the Executive Vice President of Southern Caregiver Resource Center, based in San Diego.

Martha shares her personal journey from caring for her great aunt, who was living with dementia, to her role in supporting other caregivers through her work.

The conversation delves into the challenges and intricacies of caregiving, highlighting the importance of community support, self-care, and accessible resources. Martha discusses the unique services her organization provides, from support groups to educational programs, all aimed at aiding caregivers of those with cognitive impairments or the elderly needing assistance.

The episode not only provides insight into the valuable work of the Southern Caregiver Resource Center but also offers practical advice and encouragement for caregivers navigating their roles. With listeners from 52 countries tuning in, this episode is a beacon of hope and a source of vital information for caregivers worldwide.

You can find out more about the Southern Caregiver Resource Center here: https://www.caregivercenter.org/


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Life on Repeat: A Dementia Caregiver Podcast
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.