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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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 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.

— Kristen Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

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 have personal experience with this devastating disease.

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

depression due to a loss of independence, anxiety, caregiver stress

— Shelvey Wallace, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC
 

Alzheimer's and other memory issues affect everyone in the family. Caregiver mental health is just as important as the health of the person living with dementia. I have worked extensively with both.

— Julie Kenworth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

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
 

An Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia diagnosis can be heartbreaking for both the Caregiver and the person living with dementia. There is a long road of uncertainty ahead. You are never prepared for this. It may appear like the perosn living with dementia is no longer there. They might not be speaking, moving or participating in things like they used to. There is still hope for them to connect. This is where art therapy can help someone express and process their life using art supplies.

— Erica Curcio, Counselor

For a large part of my career I have been able to work with and support folks with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia as well as provide dementia education to professionals and families in long term care.

— Sivan Perdue, Art Therapist in Salisbury, MD
 

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

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
 

Alzheimer's and other dementias have an immense impact on the individual and family. Efficient and thorough assessment of strengths and weakness and differential diagnosis can help guide you in the right direction for treatment and long-term care planning. Neuropsychological evaluations can help provide those essential insights and answer the many questions you may have.

— Alexandria Perle, Clinical Psychologist in Wheaton, IL