I am a clinical psychologist specializing in working with older adults who are dealing with changes in mood, cognition, & life circumstances
Clinical Psychologist in Bethesda, MD
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.
Although I am trained to work with clients across the lifespan, I received advanced training in working with older adults (60+). I sought out specialty training in Geropsychology because I recognize that older adults encounter life transitions and challenges that are often dramatically different from young- and- middle-aged adults.
I have significant research and clinical experience in working with informal (i.e., family) caregivers, particularly caregivers of persons with dementia. Caregiving can be associated with a unique type of stress and, in the case of dementia, anticipatory grief. I am well-equipped to help caregivers navigate the challenges of their role and the unique stressors that can accompany it.
Many older adults experience a degree of change in certain cognitive domains as they age. However, marked changes such as significant memory loss are not a part the normal aging process. If you or someone you care about are experiencing concerning changes in areas such as memory, attention, language, visuospatial skills, and/or executive functioning (i.e., higher-order thinking skills like planning, organizing, and multitasking), it is advisable to schedule an evaluation.