Alzheimer's Support Network of Naples, Florida

VIRTUAL FAMILY MEETING

The Virtual  Family Consultant Meeting with the Alzheimer’s Support Network:

Please note:  this is meant to be a supplemental tool.  Many caregivers cannot come into the office to meet with us.  The challenges of caregiving alone often prevent this from occurring.  Distance is another factor. The Alzheimer’s Support Network serves Collier County, but we are always happy to take calls from across the County.    Please feel free to call us, and we will do our best to serve you over the phone:  (239) 262-8388.  If calling After 4PM or Before 9 AM or on Weekends, you will hear a message that will give you our 24 hour helpline.  This line is answered by a staff member who is on call.  

This Virtual Family Meeting is designed to answer the most common questions and walk you through different areas of advice and support that often come up during our caregiver meetings.

We hope it is helpful and instructive, but in no way does it strive to replace the family meetings and over the phone help that we provide.

 

Greetings.

Just walking through our door, calling on the phone, or clicking on the link that directed you here, that alone is a big step. It means that everything is not fine. All is not well. It means there is a problem and you are willing to take steps to address that problem. Asking for help is one of the toughest things for a caregiver.

Most people like to think they can go it alone, and that they don’t need any help.  The drive and passion of those who work at the Support Network exists in large part thanks to those caregivers who say: "I’m so glad I found you, I wish I had come in earlier." We exist to make your journey through Alzheimer’s a little easier.


How Can We Help?

We spend allot of time in our family meetings getting to know you, and your particular challenges and concerns. Alzheimer’s is a disease that runs its course in its own way in each individual. While there are substantial areas of commonality, each Alzheimer’s story is unique. This is true for the person with Alzheimer’s and it’s true for the caregiver. It is our mission to guide and support the caregivers of dementia patients. To do so, we need to know you and your caregiving challenges.

But first let's try to answer some of your questions.


Common Questions We Are Asked:




What's the difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia?  

Dementia is a general, umbrella term which includes Alzheimer's and many other diseases.  Alzheimer's is one type of dementia.

 
 
 Click on clip below for answer by Keith Foster PhD

        


  



How long?  My husband  has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, how long do we have?

2-20 years after first sympoms appear.

What about me?  I have Senior Moments, am I getting Alzheimer's too?


It could be normal aging, but "Senior Moments" are usually the first sign of a problem for Alzheimer's patients.  Your concern is a reason to be tested. 




Click on clip below for answer by Bill Beckwith PhD  
 
     







How can I convince my wife that she has Alzheimer's? 
Will you tell her?

Instead of getting her to accept she has Alzheimer's we will show you a path where you can accept what this disease is, and how it will impact you both. 


     
 






What's the difference between MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) and Alzheimer's?

  And if someone has MCI will they develop Alzheimer's?






What is the right time for placement in a facility?

There are so many factors and so many variables, it is a case by case determination. But in general, both the wellbeing of the patient and the caregiver must be considered. 


Click on clip below for anwer by Bill Beckwith PhD   

      



     


Questions to be answered soon.

I think something is wrong , what do I do? 

How is Alzheimer's diagnosed?

These repeated questions!  What can I do?



THE HELP CONTINUUM:   This is an overview of options for assistance to caregivers.