Why do I need coaching? Isn’t there a book I can read that’s a lot cheaper than hiring you?

Books, articles, etc. are “layers for your informational cake”. They are no substitute for connecting one-on-one with someone with personal experience of the dementia caregiver journey. I understand the fear, anxiety, challenges and difficulties you face day in and day out. I have walked in your shoes!

I have knowledge, tools and strategies that we will tailor to your unique and personal caregiver journey.

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

As described by the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability – such as memory loss – severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% to 80% of those diseases where dementia symptoms are present, so it is most certainly the most widely known.

As a caregiver I feel I need all the help I can get. The rest of my family, however, is in complete disagreement on what to do!

It is very common that spouses, siblings, other family members – even close friends – are not on the same page around next steps. A diagnosis of dementia is a hard pill to swallow, and can impact everyone differently. That’s where family mediation –  where a neutral professional steps in and facilitates difficult conversations around the care and support of your loved one – can be extremely helpful, especially when started early on.

I just can’t get my spouse to open up to his friends about his illness, and get their love and support!

For many months after my wife’s initial diagnosis, I thought the best thing for Nancy to do was to reach out to her friends for support, and so I encouraged her to do so. She simply would not do that. This seemed a logical thing for her to do, and I just didn’t understand her reluctance! I gradually came to realize it was not Nancy’s job to open up to her friends. It was up to me, as her spouse and caregiver, to reach out and let friends know what was happening, and help them understand how to best support her.

So, know that your loved one may embarrassed, afraid, fearful and depressed around what is happening to them, and simply cannot be that vulnerable and open to family and friends.