Join me as I talk with Casey Corbin and Dr. Debra Tann about dementia, brain health and Alzheimer's. This episode is full of great information if you are finding someone you love with a diagnosis involving dementia.
My mom is in her late 70s and is experiencing dementia, as is my Aunt Elaine, her older sister who just turned 80. I love both of these women with all of my heart, and it is difficult to watch them lose cognitive abilities. They are not alone. As Americans continue to live longer, dementia is poised to become the biggest health challenge of the next few decades. The CDC expects the number living with Alzheimer's to more than double from 5 million to 14 million by 2050.
I had the opportunity to speak with my cousin, Casey (my Aunt Elaine's son) and his friend and one of the individuals helping provide support to him and his mom, Dr. Debra Tann. Dr. Tann specializes in brain health in Valdosta, Georgia, where my cousin and Aunt live.
Dr. Tann has an impressive background. For the past seven years, she has committed her life’s work to the advocacy of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Her calling is to educate, empower, and encourage those in our community and at-large.
Reminiscent (debraondementia.com) is the name of her business located in Georgia that is focused upon enhancing and advancing the knowledge and dialogue concerning dementia. Reminiscent strives to dismantle myths, illuminate the truths about the disease, and destigmatize those who are living with dementia, and usher uncompromised support for caregivers.
She is an advocate, educator, stigma-buster and has a long list of accomplishments. She has written a book called, The Race of Dementia(Amazon, $15).
And Casey helps so many people through his counseling services and year of experience.
Show Notes & Resources:
Check out Dr. Debra Tann's business and website full of great information, REMINISCENT
Get Dr. Tann's Book, The Race of Dementia (Amazon, $15)
Find Counselor Casey Cole Corbin at caseycolecorbin.com
The Alzheimer's Association is one of the most trusted resources for information, education, referral and support:
Dementia Society of America'ssite is full of great information
dementiadownthehall.com is a site that provides support for care partners who are helping someone who has dementia.
Listen to NPR's report on Leqembi,the drug that has been approved that slows Alzheimer's