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Parenting UP! Caregiving adventures with comedian J Smiles

Get engulfed in the intense journey of a caregiver who happens to be a comedian. J Smiles use of levity reveals the stress and rewards of caregiving interwoven with her own personal journey.  Almost 10 years ago, she was catapulted into caregiving overnight when the shock of her dad's death pushed her mom into Alzheimer's in the blink of an eye. A natural storyteller, her vivid descriptions and impressive recall will place you squarely in each moment of truth, at each fork in the road. She was a single, childless mechanical engineering, product designing, lawyer living a meticulously crafted international existence until she wasn't. The lifestyle shift was immediate. Starting from scratch, she painstakingly carved out useful knowledge and created a beneficial care plan for her mom.  J Smiles will fly solo and have expert guests. You will get tips, tricks, trends and TRUTH.  Alzheimer's is heavy, we don’t have to be. All caregivers are welcome to snuggle up, Parent Up!

Recent Episodes

Nov. 21, 2022

THOR is 10x more likely to get ALZ!

When Superhero, SUPA-hunk Chris Hemsworth finds out each parent gave him the rare gift of APOE4, J Smiles is blown away. How can …

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Nov. 12, 2022

Floating in The Deep End a Conversation with Patti Davis

Patti Davis, US President Ronald Reagan's daughter, joins J for an in-depth conversation about her new book, Floating in the Deep…

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Nov. 1, 2022

Surprise a Caregiver, Shock yourself!

A quick text turns into a caregiver support session. J thinks she is surprising a "brother-cousin" caregiver yet she is the one l…

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Oct. 17, 2022

Zetty is a Nap Nazi!

J Smiles is a self-proclaimed master napper. This super skill has saved her countless times throughout life. J expects to utilize…

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Oct. 1, 2022

I'm a snitch!

J Smiles, hired to perform an entire 60 minute comedy set on caregiving content feels slimy when the audience demands juicer joke…

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Aug. 30, 2022

So stressed, vacation didn't work!

J Smiles cannot believe that her tried and true girlfriend get-a-way failed to rejuvenate her. She planned, packed and even peele…

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Recent Blog Posts

Give Your L.O. Independence for a Better Quality of Life

As a caregiver, you may be wondering how you can give your loved one independence and a better quality of life. Follow these tips and tricks, and join ou…

Recognizing Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Is something going on with your loved one, and you're not sure what it is? These early signs of Alzheimer's may help you decide to seek further medical a…

7 Steps to Take when You Become a Caregiver

Becoming a new caregiver, tips for learning how to be a family caregiver when you don't know where to start.