Alzheimers - Dementia

If you are visiting here today, to find out more about counselling for Alzheimers or Dementia, whether you have been diagnosed or someone you love has, please know that I am here to offer you compassionate counselling sessions, and that you are not alone.

A diagnosis of Alzheimers or Dementia brings with it, a range of feelings. You may feel like you're in shock, or perhaps anger at what life has dealt you. Maybe there is a great sense of loss and sadness, fear of what's ahead, or even a sense of relief to know what is actually going on.

Sessions are held by telephone or online video sessions using Skype or WhatsApp or Messenger. I can send you a link for Skype prior to your session, and all you need do is to click on the link to join - click here to find out more.

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking abilities, and behaviour. It is the most common cause of dementia, a term used to describe a decline in cognitive function severe enough to interfere with daily life.

In Alzheimer's disease, abnormal protein deposits form in the brain, leading to the gradual destruction of brain cells and the connections between them. This process results in a decline in memory, reasoning, judgment, and other cognitive functions. As the disease progresses, individuals may experience difficulties with communication, mood swings, disorientation, and eventually a loss of ability to carry out basic tasks.

Alzheimer's disease typically affects older adults, although it can occur in younger individuals in rare cases. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, treatments and interventions can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life for both individuals with the disease and their caregivers. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for providing the best possible care and support.

Understanding Dementia: A Comprehensive Guide

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a decline in cognitive abilities that interfere with daily life. It's not a specific disease but rather a cluster of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. As a counselor, understanding dementia is crucial for providing support not only to individuals living with the condition but also to their families and caregivers.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is often associated with memory loss, but it encompasses much more than that. It affects various cognitive functions, including:

Memory: Difficulty remembering recent events, names, or conversations.

Communication: Struggling to find the right words, following or joining a conversation, or repeating oneself.

Reasoning and Judgment: Difficulty making decisions, solving problems, or handling complex tasks.

Visual Perception: Challenges with spatial orientation, recognizing faces or objects, or interpreting visual information.

Focus and Attention: Difficulty concentrating, staying organized, or completing tasks.

Common Types of Dementia

There are several types of dementia, each with its own set of symptoms and progression. Some of the most common types include:

Alzheimer's Disease: This is the most common cause of dementia, characterized by the buildup of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, leading to the gradual loss of brain cells.

Vascular Dementia: Caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, often as a result of a stroke or small vessel disease.

Lewy Body Dementia: Characterized by the presence of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, similar to those found in Parkinson's disease.

Frontotemporal Dementia: A group of disorders characterized by damage to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, leading to changes in behavior, personality, and language.

Impact on Individuals and Families

Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be devastating for both the individual and their loved ones. It brings significant changes to daily life, relationships, and roles within the family. Some of the common challenges faced by individuals with dementia and their families include:

Emotional Strain: Dealing with the diagnosis and witnessing the progression of symptoms can lead to feelings of grief, frustration, and helplessness.

Practical Challenges: Managing daily activities, finances, and medical care can become increasingly challenging as the condition progresses.

Social Isolation: Individuals with dementia may withdraw from social activities due to embarrassment or difficulty communicating, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Caregiver Burnout: Family members and caregivers often bear the brunt of the responsibility for providing care, which can lead to physical, emotional, and financial strain.

Counselling Support for Dementia

Counselling plays a crucial role in supporting individuals and families affected by dementia. Some ways in which counseling can help include:

Emotional Support: Providing a safe space for individuals and families to express their feelings, fears, and concerns about the diagnosis and its impact on their lives.

Education and Coping Strategies: Offering information about dementia, its progression, and practical strategies for managing symptoms and adapting to changes in daily life.

Family Counselling: Facillitating open communication and conflict resolution within families, as well as helping them navigate changes in roles and relationships.

Caregiver Support: Offering support and resources to caregivers, including stress management techniques, self-care strategies, and access to respite care services.


Dementia is a complex and challenging condition that affects millions of individuals and families worldwide. Your counsellor Kareen, has a comprehensive understanding of dementia and its impact, from both personal experience as well as her formal training in order to provide effective support and guidance to those affected. By offering emotional support, practical strategies, and education, I can help individuals and families navigate the journey of dementia with compassion and resilience.

Sessions are held by telephone, video online via Skype or WhatsApp or Messenger. I can send you a link for Skype prior to your session, and all you need do is to click on the link to join. - click here to find out more.


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