Erythra Thalassa, Brain Disrupted with Annette Berkovits_102

You never know when you might become a family caregiver. Annette Berkovits never thought she would be in that role. In fact, at this point in her life, as a woman in her 70’s, she thought someone might be needing to care for her. Her story is one of resilience and support for her family. And exemplifies the importance of Advance Care Planning conversations for adults, at any age. She has written several books in various genres. In her most recent book, Erythra Thalassa, Brain Disrupted she shares her journey, via poetry, through her son’s devastating hemorrhagic stroke.

Listen today and hear Annette talk about:

  • The importance of books, music, fresh air, and most importantly, human interaction
  • Why the title, Erythra Thalassa
  • How important hope can be
  • Why it’s important to put yourself in the shoes of the patient
  • The importance of enjoying the little things

And check out the song her son, Jeremy wrote for his wife and daughters:

The Time I Spend With You

Find Annette on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest

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When I’m 64 with Ken Stern_101

Ken Stern is not only the host of a new podcast aiming to help family caregivers, he is a member of the Sandwich Generation. The new podcast, When I’m 64, is produced by The Longevity Project, an offshoot of the Stanford Center on Longevity. By sharing family caregiver stories, they hope to help other family caregivers understand that there are many ways to provide care and help our aging loved ones and the family caregivers.

The Stanford Center on Longevity is the world’s leading think tank on longevity. They understand that greater longevity brings greater challenges, especially because our society is not set up to assist with the needs of a larger, aging population. When I’m 64 is hoping to help.

Listen as I talk with Ken to hear:

  • How many family caregivers there are in the US
  • Why you should NOT feel alone if you are a family caregiver
  • What is needed to support family caregivers in longer-term roles as our society ages and lives longer
  • Why employers must support their employees in their family caregiving roles
  • What is needed to optimize longer lives
  • How conversations about this can help you and your family come up with solutions that work for you

And check out When I’m 64 to hear some beautiful caregiver stories that may help you in your journey!

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Aromatherapy Use in Palliative Care with Denise Joswiak, RN_100!

Denise Joswiak, RN Certified Aromatherapist

I’m sure you’ve heard of essential oils. A lot of people think they’re witchy or woo woo-ey. But the reason they can be so effective is they are made up of chemical compounds and work at a cellular level. As in science! Denise Joswiak is not only a certified aromatherapist, she is also a registered nurse. And she uses evidenced based research to guide her aromatherapy practice. But she also says that most people who share essential oils have a personal story to share. Denise shares her personal experience and her professional expertise with us, discussing the use of oils as palliative care options.

Remember, that palliative care is defined by the Center to Advance Palliative Care as specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from symptoms and the stress of illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Something essential oils can, and do offer.

Listen to today’s episode to learn:

  • How essential oils can be used in the palliative care space
  • What oils can help
  • Things to consider when choosing essential oils
  • What the difference is between essential oils and hydrosols (science!)
  • What her research showed regarding the use of essential oils for nausea, anxiety, and pain
  • How to find a certified aromatherapist
  • How to earn CEU’s and become certified yourself
  • How to get aromatherapy in your healthcare workplace
  • some great suggestions for home made gifts!

You can find Denise here:

Essential Health MN, Instagram, and Facebook, or email her at

Other resources:

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy Alliance of International Aromatherapists

Essential Oil Nurses; EORN

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Mettle Health with Dr. BJ Miller_099

Life is inevitable. And there are moments in life that define the path you take. BJ Miller had one of those life defining moments in college. He became disabled after an electrical injury. It was his experience as a patient that led him to become a physician. He was ready to give up on medicine after becoming disillusioned by our healthcare system, when he became aware of, and began practicing, palliative care.

BJ Miller, MD

On today’s episode, you’ll hear what BJ has to say about:

  • Mettle Health–online palliative care and coaching–how to work with your doctor to achieve YOUR goals of care
  • How medicine can work together with other disciplines to improve the things that can’t be fixed
  • How a crisis can move you (patient and family caregivers) to a place of new invention
  • Why he thinks Covid has created an opportunity to help more patients and families decrease suffering
  • Why it is important (on so many levels) to support family caregivers

And check out these resources:

A Beginner’s Guide To The End The Center for Dying and Living

Follow BJ on Twitter

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098_Jaime Think Say Do with Jaime Robbins

What happens when you are a woman who is finally figuring out her life, in a committed relationship, about to have a baby, and then diagnosed with cancer? Jaime literally lost her voice for months while undergoing treatment for throat cancer, so she began writing. blogging her experiences and feelings.


JaimeListen today to hear Jaime’s story and find out:

  • Why being authentic is important (or should be) to you
  • Why you need to know what palliative care is
  • Why (if you are a parent) you are an aging parent, no matter how old you are

And maybe start asking yourself:

  • How are you showing up for your life?
  • When do you feel like you are happiest?
  • Conversely, when do you feel at your worst?

Find Jaime here:, Instagram

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