Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease, a degeneration of the brain, typically occurs in late middle or old age, and is the leading cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is irreversible and progressive – meaning that it gradually destroys a patient’s memory, ability to perform common tasks and thinking skills. People living with Alzheimer's disease may experience a wide range of feelings including grief, depression, confusion, frustration, anger and fear. Additionally, caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s can bring up feelings of stress, worry, grief, resentment, and guilt, among others. If you or someone close to you is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a qualified mental health professional can help. Contact one of our specialists today.

Meet the specialists

My family has a multigenerational relationship with Alzheimer's disease. My most recent experience is being a caregiver to my mother. I realized then that there is a lack of support for caregivers be it spouses, children, or friends. I became a therapist for my community of caregivers and it is my greatest gift to be of service to those who share this journey. With education and tools for self care this is a journey that can be supported with love and empathy and a safe space to grieve.

— Dena Schwimmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I specialize in helping families coping with all the dementias. I provide an online support group on the 3rd Saturday of each month at no cost. I will provide support for those facing the onset of dementia, and the entire family as you make decisions, explore options, and grieve the multiple losses involved in dementia. I teach courses for therapists and the community about dementia and what needs are involved, as well as what resources.

— Jill Johnson-Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Riverside, CA
 

Through my experience working with the geriatric community, I came to specialize in issues related to Alzheimer's Disease and memory issues. Caregiver stress, sundowners syndrome, agitation and anxiety surrounding the illness are all issues I have become familiar with.

— Lauren Riddles, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

My family has a multigenerational relationship with Alzheimer's disease. My most recent experience is being a caregiver to my mother. I realized then that there is a lack of support for caregivers be it spouses, children, or friends. I became a therapist for my community of caregivers and it is my greatest gift to be of service to those who share this journey. With education and tools for self care this is a journey that can be supported with love and empathy and a safe space to grieve.

— Dena Schwimmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

My family has a multigenerational relationship with Alzheimer's disease. My most recent experience is being a caregiver to my mother. I realized then that there is a lack of support for caregivers be it spouses, children, or friends. I became a therapist for my community of caregivers and it is my greatest gift to be of service to those who share this journey. With education and tools for self care this is a journey that can be supported with love and empathy and a safe space to grieve.

— Dena Schwimmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I specialize in Alzheimer's and dementia after working in the aging field for several years. I work with both individuals with memory loss and individuals caring for someone with memory loss. Someone with Alzheimer's or dementia can still participate in therapy in the early stages and I am to be a support and encouraging force during many unknowns.

— Dawn Gross, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kirkwood, MO
 

My family has a multigenerational relationship with Alzheimer's disease. My most recent experience is being a caregiver to my mother. I realized then that there is a lack of support for caregivers be it spouses, children, or friends. I became a therapist for my community of caregivers and it is my greatest gift to be of service to those who share this journey. With education and tools for self care this is a journey that can be supported with love and empathy and a safe space to grieve.

— Dena Schwimmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I specialize in memory assessment, aging and neurological disorders. I assess function of cognitive skills to provide answers to major questions. I also provide therapy for to help adjust to these diagnoses for yourself or caregivers.

— Kristen Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Lafayette, CA
 

I am a Master's leveled Social Worker with a Clinical and Macro specialty as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. I have 13 years of experience in providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, assessments and interventions aimed at improving your overall mental health and/or challenges in maintaining recovery from substance abuse.

— Latasha Shannon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Canton Township, MI

Alzheimer's and other dementias have an immense impact on the individual and family. Efficient and thorough assessment of strengths and weakness and differential diagnosis can help guide you in the right direction for treatment and long-term care planning. Neuropsychological evaluations can help provide those essential insights and answer the many questions you may have.

— Alexandria Perle, Clinical Psychologist in Wheaton, IL
 

In her professional working career in long-term care, NaTasha has over 15 years experience working with the elderly population diagnosed with major and minor neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

— NaTasha Bailey, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chula Vista, CA

Alzheimer's and other memory issues affect everyone in the family. Caregiver mental health is just as important as the health of the person living with dementia. I have worked extensively with both.

— Julie Kenworth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA