Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease, a degeneration of the brain, typically occurs in late middle or old age, and is the leading cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is irreversible and progressive – meaning that it gradually destroys a patient’s memory, ability to perform common tasks and thinking skills. People living with Alzheimer's disease may experience a wide range of feelings including grief, depression, confusion, frustration, anger and fear. Additionally, caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s can bring up feelings of stress, worry, grief, resentment, and guilt, among others. If you or someone close to you is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a qualified mental health professional can help. Contact one of our specialists today.

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I specialize in memory assessment, aging and neurological disorders. I assess function of cognitive skills to provide answers to major questions. I also provide therapy for to help adjust to these diagnoses for yourself or caregivers.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

As a clinical neuropsychologist I have expertise in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. I help families understand the diagnosis, prognosis and the next steps to getting comprehensive support. Through psychotherapy or consultation, I also work with family members needing support as they witness changes in a loved one.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA
 

Through my experience working with the geriatric community, I came to specialize in issues related to Alzheimer's Disease and memory issues. Caregiver stress, sundowners syndrome, agitation and anxiety surrounding the illness are all issues I have become familiar with.

— Lauren Riddles, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

For more than 15 years, I have conducted research related to dementia, and have worked with clients coping with a dementia diagnosis (either their own or a loved one's). I have a deep understanding of the challenging behaviors associated with dementia and how to manage them, as well as techniques to decrease caregiver stress.

— Natalie Regier, Clinical Psychologist in Bethesda, MD
 

I specialize in helping families coping with all the dementias. I provide an online support group on the 3rd Saturday of each month at no cost. I will provide support for those facing the onset of dementia, and the entire family as you make decisions, explore options, and grieve the multiple losses involved in dementia. I teach courses for therapists and the community about dementia and what needs are involved, as well as what resources.

— Jill Johnson-Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Riverside, CA

I have worked with Dementia patients and caregivers for over 20 years in various job roles. My grandmother, grandfather, & father all had Dementia. I will help caregivers with dealing with anticipatory grief, dealing with day to day life and also how to see the person underneath the disease. For patients with Dementia, I will give them a safe place to process their feelings while helping them with the depression and anxiety that often comes with Dementia.

— Brandi Brittain, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate
 

Disorientation, memory loss, mood changes are all associated with Alzheimer's disease and for those individuals and families impacted, the grief and sense of loss can be extreme. I work with individuals and families to accept the diagnosis, focus on strengths and ability to cope with changes, process feelings and emotions related to change and loss, and helping families and care-givers focus on self-care, coping and necessary life changes.

— Shannon Henry, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis Park, MN

I specialize in Alzheimer's and dementia after working in the aging field for several years. I work with both individuals with memory loss and individuals caring for someone with memory loss. Someone with Alzheimer's or dementia can still participate in therapy in the early stages and I am to be a support and encouraging force during many unknowns.

— Dawn Gross, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kirkwood, MO
 

My family has a multigenerational relationship with Alzheimer's disease. My most recent experience is being a caregiver to my mother. I realized then that there is a lack of support for caregivers be it spouses, children, or friends. I became a therapist for my community of caregivers and it is my greatest gift to be of service to those who share this journey. With education and tools for self care this is a journey that can be supported with love and empathy and a safe space to grieve.

— Dena Schwimmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am a Master's leveled Social Worker with a Clinical and Macro specialty as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. I have 13 years of experience in providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, assessments and interventions aimed at improving your overall mental health and/or challenges in maintaining recovery from substance abuse.

— Latasha Shannon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southgate, MI
 

I have personal experience with this devastating disease.

— Devora Lomas, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Jose, CA