Inspiring Approach to Alzheimer’s Care
After a dementia diagnosis and heart surgery, Tony Copeland-Parker and his partner, Catherine, aka “Cat,” traveled for years worldwide to run marathons and half-marathons. Now, due to the progression of Cat’s early onset Alzheimer’s, they’ve recently settled down in an assisted living facility. Tony and his memoir, Running All Over the World: Our Race Against Early Onset Alzheimer’s, first came to AlzAuthors in January, 2022. He has appeared on our podcast and in a virtual panel discussion, Love Stories: Keeping Romance Alive in Dementia Care. Tony is an expert on traveling with a loved one with dementia, and now speaks about the intricacies involved in finding a suitable place to settle down for the duration of Alzheimer’s.
On the podcast, Tony shares how he initially struggled to accept Cat’s diagnosis and find a way forward. He eventually realized that focusing on making the most of their time together was a more constructive approach than searching for a cure. By dedicating their energy to activities they love, Tony and Cat have been able to maintain their connection and find solace amidst the challenges posed by Alzheimer’s.
In this episode, you will:
- Delve into Tony’s enlightening journey as an Alzheimer’s caregiver and the lessons he’s learned
- Discover how to develop a balanced approach to caregiving that preserves your self-identity and allows you to follow your passions
- Uncover essential strategies for hassle-free traveling with a cognitively impaired loved one
- Learn the art of maintaining your own identity while caregiving without sacrificing your passions
- Discover the crucial aspects of selecting the perfect care facility for Alzheimer’s care and why it matters