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Caregiver Crossing

Caregiver Crossing

By Joy's House
Caregiver Crossing is a Podcast to Embrace Family Caregivers of Today and Tomorrow. Brought to you by Joy's House, a not-for-profit in Indianapolis committed to exceptional adult day services & caregiver support.
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Introducing The Hau'oli Project!
Terri Stacy and Tina McIntosh catch up on The First Day on WIBC, and Tina talks about The Hau'oli Project, a new initiative from Joy's House! Caregiver Crossing is now a video series to support caregivers during this unprecedented time. Find videos at, or find our Caregiver Crossing YouTube channel!
April 27, 2020
3-12-2020 Episode 24: Dementia & Intimacy
This week’s episode of Caregiver Crossing the Podcast covers a sensitive but very important subject for the millions of couples affected by a dementia diagnosis. Dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses bring many changes to people’s lives, including changes to intimacy between partners. These changes can be overwhelming, difficult and hard to discuss with others. Jenni Muncie-Sujan, a licensed social worker with Just Friends Adult Day Services in Columbus, IN, sits down with us to discuss how to give a voice to these frustrations and be supported, and how to navigate the changes and this new season in a relationship. (A gentle disclaimer that this podcast does candidly discuss a sensitive topic, and listener discretion may be advised.)
March 12, 2020
3-5-2020 Episode 23: What is an Area Agency on Aging?
On this week's episode of Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we sit down with Mindi Winnie (try NOT singing that beautiful name aloud!), Community Programs Coordinator for CICOA, Indiana's largest Area Agency on Aging (AAA), covering Marion County and the seven surrounding "donut" counties. We talk about what exactly IS an Area Agency on Aging, how they serve our community of aging adults and caregivers, and why you should absolutely utilize this amazing resource.
March 05, 2020
2-27-2020 Episode 22: Loneliness, Isolation and Aging
On this week's episode of Caregiver Crossing, we chat with Lauren Guynn, Executive Direcotr of Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County, about the wonderful programming and services they offer to Seniors in their community. Not only are their programs free to anyone 55+ living in Hamilton County, but they include programs like "Together Today," which provides an excellent opportunity for older adults to get together on a regular basis, make new friends, and socialize in an informal environment. An important side benefit is that the participants develop a very caring attitude toward each other and look out for each other’s welfare. The goal of this program is to prevent isolation, one of the greatest risks to the aging community. You can learn more about the Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County by visiting
February 27, 2020
2-20-2020 Episode 21: The Early Stages of Alzheimer's
On this week's episode of Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we're joined by Lisa Phillips, Program Manager for the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter, to talk about the early stages of Alzheimer's: the signs, the conversations and the benefit to an early diagnosis.
February 20, 2020
2-13-2020 Episode 20: Navigating the Next Chapter
On today's episode of Caregiver Crossing, a Podcast, we're joined by the wonderful Mr. Dave Holder of Assisted Living Locators. Dave works to guide individuals and families through the next chapter of assisted living and long-term care options, helping narrow down choices and help with decisions in what is otherwise typically a very stressful and overwhelming situation. Best of all - his services are FREE to the individuals and families he helps! He's also just an overall lovely human being, and we really enjoyed our time with him at Joy's House. 
February 13, 2020
2-6-2020 Episode 19: Music First Hearing Recovery Study
On this week's episode of Caregiver Crossing, a podcast, we're joined by Dr. Tara Lineweaver, Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Minor at Butler University, and Butler Senior Tori Casaburo, a Communications Sciences & Disorders major, to talk about a fascinating study they have been conducting right here at Joy's House! It's called the "Music First Hearing Recovery Study" and it's all about play lists and music and ear wax and oh...they explain it much better. 
February 06, 2020
1-30-2020 Episode 18: New Year, New Board Members!
On this week's episode of Caregiver Crossing, a Podcast, we're joined by one of Joy's House Board of Directors' newest members, Stasia Demos Mills! Stasia is one of those people that makes you feel like an old friend the minute you meet her. She's warm, funny, and cares deeply for the people she serves at her law practice. She's sharing that warmth and care by joining us as our newest Board Member, and we just cannot wait to see what the future holds! Learn more about Stasia and her vision for the future of Joy's House.
January 30, 2020
1-23-2020: What is an Adult Day?
On this episode of Caregiver Crossing, the Podcast, we're asking the question: What is an Adult Day? Many of us - who, statistically, are either currently a caregiver, will become a caregiver, or will be in need of a caregiver on day - do not even know exactly what this service is and how it can serve and keep families together longer. Sarah chats with Leah Jones, Family Care Manager at Joy's House UIndy, about what Adult Day is, how it serves families, and the question that's so hard for us all to understand: Why isn't there an Adult Day Center on every block?!
January 23, 2020
1-16-2020 Episode 16: Joy's House is a Family
Happy New Year!! It's our first episode of 2020, and we are joined by four of our favorite women in the world: Miss Mattie, her daughter Theresa, and her two wonderful granddaughters, Erricka and Mackenzie. These four amazing women are obviously family among themselves, but they also beautifully represent exactly what Joy's House is: one big forever family. All four of them have been part of our journey since the very beginning! They talk about what Joy's House means to them (warning: grab the tissues), but really, we cannot imagine Joy's House without them. 
January 16, 2020
12-19-2019 Episode 14: Winter Safety
We're joined by the always delightful Mindy Balka once again for our final podcast episode of 2019! As all of us Midwesterners know, the winter months can be brutal. They can be especially dangerous for our aging neighbors and loved ones that may have memory loss, live alone, or live with a diagnosis. Today we talk about winter safety tips and plans to make sure we are all taking care of each other, especially during these cold and snowy weeks ahead!
December 19, 2019
12-12-2019 Episode 13: Gift Giving
On this week of Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we're once again joined by the wonderful Mindy Balka of American Senior Communities! While Mindy and Sarah both love to give gifts this time of year, they also both agree that the greatest gift of all is time. Thank you to our podcast sponsors: American Senior Communities, AARP, Bethany Village, and Severns & Howard
December 12, 2019
12-5-2019 Episode 12: Holiday Food
This week on Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we're joined by Mindy Balka with American Senior Communities to talk about food during the holidays and how it can become a rich and meaningful tradition and experience with loved ones. You can learn more about American Senior Communities at
December 05, 2019
11-21-2019 Episode 11: Caregiver Support
It's the week before Thanksgiving and we have FOOD on the brain! Joy's House Caregiver Support Services Coordinator, Julie Walker, joins us on today's episode of Caregiver Crossing to talk about holiday meal prep and all of our upcoming events made just for caregivers in our community.
November 22, 2019
11-14-2019 Episode 10: Music Therapy
On this episode of Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we chat with American Senior Community's Melanie Perry about music therapy and the power of music for all, especially those living with dementia. A special thank you to our Caregiver Crossing sponsors: American Senior Communities, AARP Indiana, Bethany Village, and Severns & Howard
November 15, 2019
11-7-2019 Episode 9: National Family Caregivers Month
This week on Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we're joined by Jennifer Towbridge and Emily Arent with Caregiver Homes to talk about National Family Caregivers Month!
November 07, 2019
10-31-2019 Episode 8: Happy Halloween!
Nothing spooky and everything lovely when Melanie Perry with American Senior Communities stops by for a visit! Happy Halloween, everyone!
October 30, 2019
10-17-2019 Episode 7: Tina's Diagnosis
Joy's House Founder and President, Tina McIntosh, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her second journey with this diagnosis has just begun, and she shares her story on this episode of Caregiver Crossing, the podcast.
October 16, 2019
10-10-2019 Episode 6: Talking about Fall Activities with Melanie Perry of American Senior Communities
This week on Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we're joined by Melanie Perry of American Senior Communities to talk about why we love the people we serve, and some fun Fall activities!
October 10, 2019
10-3-2019: Light the Night Walk & Walk to End Alzheimer's
This week on Caregiver Crossing, we talk about two wonderful upcoming events! Trish Clark with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society talks about Light the Night on October 5th, and then we're joined by Julie Moore, Director of the Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association's upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 12th.
October 04, 2019
9-26-2019 Episode 3: Indy Do Day + Riding the Red Line
On this episode of Caregiver Crossing the Podcast, we're joined by Zack and Andrea, co-chairs of Indy Do Day, to chat about this great event in our city! Then Sarah chats with our co-worker Margie about their recent rides on the brand new Red Line.
September 26, 2019
Episode #3: Downtown Living
This week on Caregiver Crossing, we chat with listener Lisa Lobdell, who has lived downtown for over 35 years! Lisa tells us why she prefers city life, and why aging downtown has its pros, but also needs improvement for long-term care options. Thank you for joining us, Lisa!
September 19, 2019
9-12-2019 Episode 2: Caregiver Crossing Welcomes Mindy Balka with American Senior Communities
Tina and Sarah sit down in the home studio with the wonderful Mindy Balka from American Senior Community to chat about why we love old people and society's view on the aging population across different cultures. Thank you to our sponsors: American Senior Communities, AARP Indiana, Bethany Village, Severns & Howard
September 12, 2019
9-5-2019 Episode 1: Welcome to Caregiver Crossing, the PODCAST!
We can't believe it: we have a podcast! After seven years as a weekly Indianapolis radio show, we are taking Caregiver Crossing into the world of podcasts. It's a new sound and a new format, but our mission stays the same: to reach, support and embrace family caregivers of today and tomorrow. We hope you'll join us, whether you're a new listener or a longtime Caregiver Crossing fan, on this next adventure. Thank you for listening!
September 05, 2019