Dementia & Alzheimer's
I specialize in those experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as their family and caretakers. Alzheimer’s and dementia pose many unique challenges, but the early stages are also when treatment can be most effective. Unfortunately, the majority of resources are dedicated to older adults and lack sufficient support for others. Working with various materials can counteract many symptoms while art therapy helps navigate areas of loss, including the loss of self-esteem, socialization, and previous life roles.
Do you have a partner or family member who is experiencing early-onset Alzheimer's or dementia?
As you look across the table with them, outwardly they are not changed. You would never guess that moment of confusion, anger, or fear live there. Most of the time, they are okay. Today, they are okay... but more rigid. They're holding onto their routine and familiar places as if they are a lifeline. They may have become increasingly forgetful, their personality may have changed, or they may have become depressed and moody.
You've noticed these changes, but you can almost imagine that nothing has changed. You can ignore the moments of confusion, the outbursts of anger, or the bizarre requests. There are still moments of genuine connection and joy. These moments are what you want more of. Through art therapy, we can work together to find ways to connect with your loved one, and to improve their quality of life.
The journey to being a caretaker for somebody experiencing dementia or Alzheimer's is complex and multifaceted. Loss is felt and so many arenas: loss of a loved one as a person you knew, loss of the relationship, of expectations and dreams for the future... It is difficult to grieve for the person you love when it can be difficult to recognize them some days.
I recognize that caring for a family member or loved one takes a village. Sometimes, you have to create the village yourself. I am here to help you build a strong, healthy support system for yourself and your loved one and to improve your relationship with yourself. I can provide an opportunity to let go, connect, and engage in ways that don't even require verbal communication.