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‘The Recovering Caregiver’: A Podcast About Life After Loss

"The Recovering Caregiver" is a four-episode podcast series about life after dementia. This podcast is geared toward caregivers who have entered the final phase of caregiving: life without their loved one. Each episode focuses on different aspects of life after dementia, from the dying process to dating and sex.

This podcast was inspired by Kathy Ritchie's own journey.

KJZZ's aging coverage is supported in part by AARP of Arizona.

Episode 1
Life After The Long Goodbye:
Debbie’s Story


This podcast explores something we don't often talk about — life after dementia. This is "The Recovering Caregiver," with host Kathy Ritchie. In this episode, we’ll talk about what it’s like to be with a person as they begin the dying process and what comes after — and it’s weird.

Episode 1: Life After The Long Goodbye: Debbie’s Story

recovering-caregiver-episode-1-preroll.mp3

Episode 2
Mentoring The Next Caregiver:
Don’s Story


In this episode, we talk about ambiguous loss, which describes a complicated type of grief where one is physically present but psychologically absent. We also talk about what some caregivers are doing with the experience they’ve learned during their own caregiving journey.

Episode 2: Mentoring The Next Caregiver: Don’s Story

recovering-caregiver-episode-2-preroll.mp3

Episode 3
Careers In Caregiving:
Suzette And Sidnee’s Story


There have been a lot of stories lately about how Millennials are becoming family caregivers. But younger caregivers have always been around. In this episode, we meet two women who were once younger caregivers and how their experience can now go on their resumes.

Episode 3: Careers In Caregiving: Suzette And Sidnee’s Story

recovering-caregiver-episode-3-preroll.mp3

Episode 4
On Dating And Dementia:
Carol And Walt’s Stories


In this episode, we talk about how women and men are sexual beings until the day they die. (Oh, and they might have more than one sexual partner in their lifetime.) But what happens when dementia enters the relationship?

Episode 4: On Dating And Dementia: Carol And Walt’s Stories

recovering-caregiver-episode-4-preroll.mp3

Hear more KJZZ podcasts at podcast.kjzz.org.

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Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.