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Maureen Callnan, Licensed and board certified therapist/counselor

Memory disorders are challenging for both the person experiencing the illness and for those who are close to or care for someone affected by an illness.

Memory problems and other cognitive challenges — whether slight or severe — can create significant changes in a person’s life to which it can be difficult to adjust. Whether it is the loss of driving privileges, a decline in independence and or diminished social opportunities, life can begin to lack purpose and meaning.

What to look for

Memory disorders are commonly associated with difficulties with mood and anxiety or nervousness. At times, these are the first symptoms, yet mood difficulties can go unrecognized by family, friends and caregivers may mistakenly believe the depression is justified or that treatment can not help.

Treatment Works

Although there is no cure for most memory disorders, there are effective treatments available to help relieve or reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms that may accompany memory loss including:

  • sadness or irritability
  • difficulty receiving care
  • loss of meaning or purpose in living
  • nervousness and worry
  • social withdrawal
  • grief associated with multiple losses

Caring for the caregiver

Caregivers are often the last to know that their needs also matter. Caregivers can struggle with anger, guilt, loss of patience and are vulnerable to depression, anxiety, insomnia and increased health problems.

Treatment works

One-on-one therapy, group work or a combination of the two can help you find relief from the stresses of caregiving.

Putting together your own support team to help you through the journey of caregiving is essential. For some that is tapping into their natural support such as friends and family and others benefit from support groups such as those offered by the local Alzheimer’s Association or The Southern Maine
Agency on Aging, to name just a few.

At times, counseling can help you to work through
emotional distress or the re-emergence of old,
unresolved wounds. This is particularly helpful
when an adult child is caring for a parent.
Counseling can help you learn new
approaches for the challenges of caregiving.

Contact info: 207.773.1966
with questions or to schedule an appointment.