Episode 17

Pillars of Personhood with Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN

Published on: 9th August, 2021

A wonderful episode with an amazing human being and dementia specialist, Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, neurologist, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and the University of Alabama, Founder and President of Cognitive Dynamics Foundation.

Dr. Potts explores the Pillars of Personhood: learning to honor, validate, and build relationships around the innate personhood of those who are living with dementia.

He shares with us about his own father, Lester, and his watercolor art, and how his practice and interactions with his patients and their families have changed because of his care partnership with this father.

We explore the importance of art and creativity in dementia care and touch on Dr. Pott's personal experience with faith, spirituality and dementia care.

Resources:

Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-C.-Potts-M.D./e/B078PYPWR8%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share?tag=askcom05deals-20

Cognitive Dynamics Foundation: https://www.cognitivedynamics.org/

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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.