An episodic approach to Alzheimer's

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Anna Fisher
Anna Fisher

For so many of us working in senior care, we are often approached by family members and caregivers with questions about the uncertainty of the dementia journey.

“I have a loved one at home that I can no longer care for, now what?”…“My loved one has Alzheimer's disease, and I can't afford to place him in a secured community, now what?”… “Our family argues about the care for mom and her finances, now what?” 

Not knowing where to go or what to do can be challenging for caregivers and can leave them asking, “Now what?” on a daily basis.

In Hillcrest Health Services' ongoing effort to provide answers and education for caregivers and the communities serving those with dementia, we partnered with the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives and Nebraska's public television station, NET-TV, to produce a series of programs called “Now What?” 

With eight episodes under our belt, we've established a solid foundation of resources to share with caregivers, family members and professionals to help guide their care. 

We discuss the role of the caregiver and offer advice on what to expect and how to manage stress in this role. Our experts provide guidance on tackling financial and estate issues as well as understanding Medicare and Medicaid.  

We are fortunate to feature leading experts in geriatric neurology and dementia presenting the latest research and treatments along with leading clinical and administrative professionals offering their perspectives.

The “Now What?” series can be viewed on-demand at http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/television/now-what and descriptions of each episode listed below are available online. 

  • Living with Dementia
  • The Dementia Journey
  • A Holistic Approach to Care
  • The Caregiver
  • Dementia Types and Diagnosis
  • Rural Health in Aging Populations
  • Eldercare and Dementia
  • Approaches in Elder and Dementia Care

Produced by NET-TV, the series was recognized by the Nebraska Broadcaster's Association with bronze and silver “Service to the Community” awards in 2012 and 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about the “Now What?” series or if you would like to explore developing this type of an initiative in your area, I would be happy to visit with you about it and share my insight and resources. You can reach me at afisher@hillcresthealth.com.

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