Dementia is a generic term used for a group of symptoms memory loss, a decline in cognitive status, impaired ability to reason. There are many different types of dementia–Alzheimer’s is just one of them, the most common type of dementia, it accounts for about 70% of dementias. This explains why the two terms are used interchangeably. Vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia is the 2nd most common of the dementias. There is also Parkinsonian dementia, dementia related to excess alcohol or Creuzfeldt-Jacob disease. There are also many dementias which are reversible such as hydrocephalus, brain tumors, medication side effects, and thyroid problems.
Alzheimer’s is the most common and it is a progressive chronic dementia. There are some medications which can slow the rate of the progression of the disease but it is not curable.
Professional Geriatric Health Care Management in San Luis Obispo is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, geriatric care manager expertise provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, fell through reducing worry, stress and time off work for family caregivers through:
Assessment and monitoring
Planning and problem-solving
Education and advocacy
Family and caregiver coaching
Aging Life Care Managers in San Luis Obipso are engaged to assist in a variety of areas such as:
Homecare services — determining types of services that are right for a client and assisting the family to engage and monitor those services
Medical management –attending doctor appointments facilitating communication between doctor, client, and the family, and if appropriate monitoring clients insurance to medical orders and instructions.
Communication — keeping family members and professionals informed as to the well-being and changing needs of the client
Social activities — providing opportunity for the client to engage in social, recreational, cultural activities that enrich the quality-of-life
Legal — referring to or consulting with elder law attorney as necessary
Financial – may include reviewing/overseeing bill paying or consulting with an accountant or clients power of attorney as necessary and as indicated by client
Safety and security – monitoring clients at home; recommending technologies to add to security or safety; observing changes and potential risks of exploitation or abuse
Housing – helping clients, families evaluate and select appropriate level of housing or residential options
When caregiving for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional. If you are to far away to manage the care of your loved one, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional. If you want to step out of the role of caregiver and back into the role of adult children or friend, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional.
Aging Life Care services are offered in a variety of settings. We provide expert assistance in caring for a family member or friend. We are partners to help you make the best decisions and deliver the best solutions for you and your loved one. It’s a holistic approach with the client at the center–that respect your values, preferences, and resources.