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Jan. 30, 2023

Did he say Zetty doesn't have ALZ?!?

J was traveling, meeting new friends. While describing what she does back home, Zetty came up. Feeling connected and free, J showed videos of Zetty to this intimate group of newcomers to her life. A single voice exclaims, "J,...

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Dec. 29, 2022

Caregivers, let MORE go!

J planned for a nothing Dec 25th. Surely she could at least have a quiet day with Zetty during such a festive time of year. Shortly after breakfast all-hell broke loose. Zilch plan be damned. Z's incontinence had plan of …

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Dec. 18, 2022

The Black Hole: Depth Perception

When Zetty's trainer and hired caregivers tell J Smiles of her reluctance to step up or onto things, J is perplexed. Why? Zetty has the physical strength, she is in good spirits -- are the caretakers exaggerating? Is this rel...

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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 THOR, a god of longevity, be 10x more likely to get Alzheimer's? YES - Chris is an …

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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 End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer's. Patti shares personal stories of caring for her...

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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 left shook. Ever the optimist, Smiles decides to embrace the visit even after a dark start. Join ...

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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 it frequently during caregiving duty. Until... Exhausted from a live comedy performance, Smiles...

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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 jokes. Does telling the dirty truth about Zetty's dark ALZ moments on stage make J a snitch? In a …

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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 peeled off a few pounds for that new swimsuit. The weather - perfect. Crew - solid. Sand and sun stea...

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Aug. 15, 2022

I'm on the edge of quitting caregiving!

J is flying solo in this rare glimpse of her questioning if she can continue caregiving. WOW! She is stunned by the source of her "quitting" stress. Listen to hear what put her on the edge and how she digested …

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July 15, 2022

Zetty's coworker thought she was dead!

J Smiles is floored by an anonymous email inquiring if she is Yvette's daughter. Yvette, Zetty's legal name, is her mom but who is this phantom typer and why are they looking for J? Unable to ask Zetty about the …

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June 23, 2022

Why am I still sleepy after a good night's sleep?

Sleep is bitting your favorite caregiver's butt again. This time, J Smiles is getting ample rest but not reaping the rewards. Unprepared for these moments of exhaustion, listen as J details mishaps with Zetty, work and random...

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June 10, 2022

Zetty keeps using the "N" word!

Zetty, the co-star of the podcast, attempts to lead several groundbreaking conversations but the "N" word continues to arise leaving J Smiles stymied. Snuggle Up to hear another saga of ALZ's favorite DUO. We want to hear you...

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May 20, 2022

Did Zetty just FLIRT with that man?

J Smiles is caught off guard when Zetty initiates a conversation with an unknown, handsome man. Is it flirting? Sounds like it. But how does Zetty remember such social etiquette when she cannot recall her birthday? J shares w...

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May 14, 2022

Can't Even Choose to Die with Dignity

"Dying with Dignity" laws allow what is commonly called assisted suicide. ALZ and dementia do not qualify. J Smiles is not happy about this but as usual she finds away to add sparkle to a sour situation and slides in …

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April 30, 2022

Double Duty: Caregiving & Working at the exact same moment!

What happens when you are doing your REAL income-earning, bills-paying job and unexpectedly you MUST give eyeball care to your LO? This unnerving experience is shared by J Smiles. She secured "help" for Zetty because J had a ...

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April 23, 2022

Taking Zetty on a Date: The Motown Concert

Experts say that Alzheimer's does not erode music memories. Filled with excitement, J Smiles and Zetty prepare for a night out on the town for a concert. Not just any concert, two of Zetty's favorite bands of ALL-TIMES. J get...

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April 15, 2022

Protection or Paranoia: Sharing Your LO's ALZ Diagnosis

Many caregivers coverup or hide their LO's ALZ. J hopes to eradicate the necessity to do that by starting this conversation and continuing to shed light on the facts of ALZ. J Smiles admits it was hard to "go public" …

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April 1, 2022

The Hydration Handbook

J Smiles is back! Winter hibernation made discussing hydration more necessary than ever. Hydration is important for seniors to avoid health complications. J shares the struggle of getting Zetty to consume water. The doctor's...

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Dec. 31, 2021

Caregivers, Celebrate Your Wins!

Do you own being a Caregiver Out LOUD? J Smiles pull apart why many caregivers do not include their CG title in the list of "What I do" in conversations, on social media or resumés. Perplexed, she reflected and found …

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Dec. 19, 2021

The Boo-Boo Faint: Vasovagal Syncope

While sleeping after a long night shift with Zetty, J Smiles is startled awake by the words "J come quick, Zetty has passed out!" J has a matter of seconds to determine what is happening using her foggy brain, wobbly …

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Dec. 1, 2021

Dentures and Dementia are Oral Care Hell!

Zetty had dentures much of her adult life but J never had to get involved -- until now. As a caregiver, J Smiles is learning that it is not as simple as her brain-health mom made it seem all those …

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Nov. 29, 2021

Thanksgiving is just Thursday.

J Smiles gives family caregivers the real, confusing truth about celebrating Thanksgiving when your LO has dementia, ALZ. Yeah, you want to love on them and smother them with food, family and fun. But is it a good idea? J …

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Nov. 6, 2021

Advocating 101: Partner with the Provider - chatting with "Eclectic" …

J Smiles is joined by patient advocate superhero and caregiver, "Eclectic" Dawn (ED). ED shares countless stories of holding the medical team accountable to her mother's care. But she is not arrogant or pushy. Instead she tak...

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