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Shreveport – – Laura Gauthier, program director for The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is interviewed this week for Jeffrey Goodman’s podcast, “Shreveport-Bossier: My City, My Community, My Home.”

In this podcast, Gauthier and Goodman discuss the services of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the importance of caregiver self care, caregiver support groups, ways to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s, normal aging vs dementia, and other topics related to dementia and caring for someone with dementia.

Gauthier is a licensed professional counselor and a certified dementia practitioner.  She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She obtained a master of arts in clinical mental health from Louisiana Tech University.

Goodman’s podcast series focuses on: Where are we as a community? Who do we want to become in the future? Each week he interviews a resident of Shreveport-Bossier about the community from that person’s lens and perspective.  He is the director of marketing and development for the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.

The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center provides education, resources, and support services for those in our community diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, as well as to their family members and caregivers and to promote awareness. The organization was created due to the lack of information and support for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Programs are now available to benefit clients by providing a comprehensive support system with the needed education, local resources, and services. The organization’s outreach extends to the 9 parishes in Northwest Louisiana.

The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All funds raised by the organization are used to provide services in Northwest Louisiana community. Their vision is to create a community where no one affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia makes the journey alone. For more information on their services, call 318-656-4800 or visit

Programs of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center are supported by the Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation, Community Foundation of North Louisiana, First Presbyterian Church-Shreveport, Alta and John Franks Foundation, Powers Foundation, and the Thomas H. and Mayme P. Scott Foundation.