Episode 169: Choosing Joy

Transcript for EP #169: Choosing Joy: How One Couple Reframed Alzheimer's.  A few months after their 50th wedding anniversary, Helene Berger's husband Ady was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She vowed to find creative ways to make their lives as joyful as possible for as long as possible. How she did it and what she learned, is captured in her book, "Choosing Joy; Alzheimer's: A Book of Hope".  In this  interview Helene shares hard won tips and tools such as how to communicate in a positive way, allowing both caregiver and care recipient to feel empowered. She shares coping mechanisms for trying times and explains how she went from giving unpleasant aides the benefit of the doubt to sending them packing. We all have the power to respond to mental or physical decline in a positive way. This interview will inspire you to respond with grace and courage.