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Psychiatric Concepts

Navigating Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or Memory Loss

Psychiatric Concepts

By Gene Pickett, Co-Founder of the Center for Memory Management

While you may have only been impacted indirectly, sooner or later, Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, will strike your family. Although there seems to be greater awareness today of dementia and memory loss, which affects an estimated 5.1 million Americans, most of us know very little about this debilitating and progressive disease that eventually leads to death in its victims.

But what is oftentimes worse is the negative impact this disease can have on family members who are often faced with becoming caregivers for their loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s. Totally unprepared, they frequently make decisions that can have long-term consequences on both themselves and the patient, without fully recognizing the significance or potential negative consequences of their well-meaning decisions. But it is also not easy to know who to turn to for assistance when you’re confronted with the reality of the dreaded disease. Decisions related to medical and psychiatric care coordination, insurance filings, legal and financial advice, care center placement, and home health services are just a few of the essential issues you will have to address.

Knowledge is power, which is why I have assembled a group of knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate caregivers who can help guide you through the many decisions that will be required as you prepare to help a loved one with this disease. But as important as knowledge is, timing is also critical. Early diagnosis, treatment, and well-coordinated planning can result in far less stress for both the patient, designated caregivers, and family members, assuring that your loved one receives the optimum treatment and care.

At the Center for Memory Management, I have combined my 26 years of experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner and more than 10 years of psychiatric private practice experience with the vast resources of Elder Advocates founder and president, Carolyn Neil. Carolyn’s 28 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, as well as her other licenses, certificates, memberships, and community activities, has provided her with the necessary expertise needed to provide family members and caregivers with the expert guidance, planning, services, and care navigation required to meet the needs of an Alzheimer’s patient or an elderly loved one in need of care.

We are also pleased to announce the newest member of our team, Kristi Osborne, who has her master’s degree in nursing and is now board certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

If a family member or loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, or at the first sign that they may be exhibiting any of the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s, I encourage you to contact us here at the Center for Memory Management. Our team can provide you with all the necessary resources, support, and guidance, including:

» Screening and evaluation
» Lab testing
» Physician and Psychiatric care
» Medication management
» Insurance approvals
» Legal and financial advice
» Nursing home or facility admission
» Home health services and hospice

At the Center, we will provide you with the comprehensive approach needed when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory loss conditions. Help is just a phone call away.

Center for Memory Management
2620 Mineral Springs Avenue, Suite A
Knoxville, TN 37917
865.686.0508

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