Now what? Many families facing memory issues ask themselves this daily. Not knowing where to go or what to do can be challenging for caregivers. The NET Television series Now What?, co-produced with the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives, will help to identify memory issues in the elderly and work toward finding solutions to the problems families encounter every day.
Living with Dementia is the first installment of the series. In this episode, experts explain the different types of dementia, including the most common type, Alzheimer's. The panelists also give viewers advice on the next steps to take when there has been a noticeable change in behavior of a loved one.
The Dementia Journey discusses eldercare issues that arise after a patient has been diagnosed with Dementia. The topics will include, but are not limited to, services for eldercare, financial and estate issues, living wills, power of attorney and understanding Medicare and Medicaid.
A Holistic Approach to Care discusses, with a panel of experts, end-of-life planning and includes discussion about hospice and palliative care. There are many misconceptions about end-of-life care. These treatments take a holistic approach in the care of the patient treating all the needs of the individual. A team will care for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient, with their needs front and center.
The Caregiver, the fourth episode in the series, discusses issues surrounding the caregivers of dementia patients. The panel, featuring Dr. Deborah Hoffnung and Michaela Williams, defines the word caregiver as well as examines the burden and stress put on the family. They give resources available for caregivers such as support groups and respite services and also discuss advocacy importance as caregivers continue on their journey.