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What is Dementia?

Dementia is not a single disease but rather a term for loss of memory, language, problem solving, and other cognitive abilities that interfere with daily life. There are many types of dementia. A common type is Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for 60-80% of patients diagnosed with dementia. Vascular dementia is the second most common form. As the name implies, vascular dementia is caused by conditions that block or limit the flow of blood to regions of the brain, depriving those areas of oxygen and nutrients. A patient with vascular dementia may have had a stroke which blocks major blood vessels in the brain.

Dementia Diagnosis

Regardless of the type of dementia, it is possible to live a positive and satisfying life even after diagnosis. Diagnosis is typically confirmed by neurocognitive testing which evaluates the patient’s ability to reason, plan, problem solve, and remember. Minor cognitive decline may go undetected as the decline is very gradual, but anyone considered to be at risk should consider screening. With proper medication, support, and psychotherapy, you can slow the progression, improve symptoms, and live a fulfilling life.

Symptoms of Dementia

Dementia is a progressive cognitive deterioration characterized by loss of memory and a decline in a learning capacity, thinking, and language abilities. Symptoms may also include emotional and behavioral changes, including aggression, anxiety, and wandering.

After a diagnosis of dementia, most people go through immense sadness. Without the right support and engagement, dementia can lead to depression, anxiety, and other issues in both patients and caregivers.

Counseling for Dementia Caregivers

While coping or caring for a loved one with dementia, it is essential to understand its progression and the impact of its unpredictable symptoms. If you are a caregiver of an aging adult who suffers from dementia, there are many benefits from dementia counseling. The most important benefit of counseling for dementia caregivers is the flip in attention – from you providing all the care to someone caring for you and your needs. Until you have experienced the stress and burnout a dementia caregiver can experience, you can not underestimate the power and significant of this support.

Finding the Time for Dementia Counseling

While it may be difficult to find the time to pursue counseling help, there are resources to help you get the break you need. Respite care is an excellent resource, allowing you to step away knowing your loved one is in capable hands. That break or respite is so essential for you to have some space to experience and express the feelings that arise from the immense burden of caring for another person.

Online Dementia Counseling

Psychotherapy helps patients and caregivers understand the condition and the positive ways to live with it. Professional counseling effectively counteracts the emotional, behavioral, and psychological impacts of the disease, including depression and anxiety.

Psychotherapy is the key to maintaining a good quality of life for both dementia patients and caregivers.

Teletherapy sessions are more advantageous. There is no traveling involved, so patients and caregivers can talk to a professional from the comfort of their home. The therapy sessions are conducted via phone, video, text, and there are no commitment requirements.

Let us help you with the emotional challenges of dementia. Find understanding and coping mechanisms to help you communicate with your loved one. Find ways of minimizing the stress and anxiety over his or her care. At ACT Teletherapy, we provide dementia counseling sessions personalized to the specific needs of patients and caregivers. Contact us at 833.928.1430 to learn more.

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Video/Voice Counseling

$65 per 30 minute session

Our weekly video and voice plan allows you to schedule a video chat or a call with your personal therapist.  Pick the method that works best for you (or do both!).

 

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$99 per 30 minute session

You and your spouse or significant other can set up a call or video with your personal counselor.  You can be in your home or office, together or separate.  Get the relationship you deserve!

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