Memory function declines with increasing age. Most of the time people have more trouble concentrating and find it harder to learn new things. When your memory problems interfere with daily activities and you notice that you have trouble remembering things you knew before, it might not just be “normal” aging.
I provide thorough Neuropsychological assessment. The assessment gives insight into your cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The results of the assessment are presented to you in a clearly understandable report, containing advice for everyday living. I’ll also analyse the results to see if your complaints fit the diagnosis of dementia.
Neuropsychological Assessment is always done in cooperation with your GP, because there might be treatable causes for you cognitive problems.
Neuropsychological Assessment consists of:
- An interview about your background, functioning and complaints (+/- 30 min.);
- An interview with someone close to you (+/- 15 min.);
- The administration of neuropsychological tests, measuring; concentration, memory, orientation, language, visual perception, executive functioning and mood (+/- 90 min.);
- A session in which the results, the report and the advice are discussed (+/- 30 min.).
Behaviour problems / Interaction training
Communicating with your loved one with dementia will need adjustment during the course of the disease. Understanding will get harder over time and your loved one will have more and more trouble expressing him or herself.
Dementia often comes with changes in behaviour and problems like yelling, aggression or apathy. This behaviour puts a strain on people near to the person with dementia and is often a sign of discontent. For both parties there is reason to analyse this behaviour and to implement interventions to dissolve or lessen the behaviour problems.
I can give you advice on communication with your loved one with dementia. The interaction training leads to a customised and personal advice.
Interaction Training consists of:
- An interview with you and your loved one (separate or together, (+/- 30 min);
After the interview you’ll get instructions for the upcoming week to gather more insight into your interaction / the behaviour problems.
- An interview in which we analyse the last week and gain insight into behaviour patterns. Together we come up with an intervention to improve your communication and decrease behaviour problems (+/- 60 min);
- A report of the analysis and intervention. If needed support in applying the intervention;
- A session in which we evaluate the intervention (+/- 30 min).
When analysis makes clear that we cannot influence the cause of behaviour problems, the training will focus on how to cope with the behaviour.
The training can be attended by a group of people, such as the whole family, close friends or a group of professional caretakers.
5 meetings of 1.5 hours
The relationship with your partner will change as dementia progresses. More and more you will have to care for your partner and you won’t be able to share your concerns with him or her. Partners of dementia patients often suffer from chronic stress. They also have a big chance of overburdening and a higher risk of developing depression. Asking for (professional) support is often hard to do, for patients as well as their partners.
The goal of this training is to meet fellow partners with which to share your concerns, to support each other and to learn from each other. We will discuss subjects such as activities for people with dementia, travelling with dementia and how to keep your social connections. You’ll get exercises to create moments of relaxation for yourself and you will get guidance on how to deal with feelings of helplessness and depression.