WHAT IS PSYCHOEDUCATION?
Psychoeducation enables recipients to receive educational information in the context of a supportive psychotherapeutic environment. A memory disorder—such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia—can cause a surge of strong emotions in those diagnosed, as well as in their loved ones and caregivers. While psychotherapy is an important part of managing those strong reactions, so is an informed understanding of what is happening and what to expect. That’s where The CRCNJ’s psychoeducational intervention comes in.
At The CRCNJ, we have developed a unique psychoeducational series for patients, family members and caregivers dealing with a diagnosis of dementia or mild cognitive impairment. While psychoeducation elsewhere often occurs in a group setting, our series is private for each patient and family.
The goal is to equip our patients and their families with the knowledge they need to stay focused on treating and managing symptoms. Through this process, they can feel more prepared and less overwhelmed by the conditions, emotions, and changes they’re experiencing, and begin to develop a repertoire of skills and resources to aid them as needed.
COMPONENTS OF PSYCHOEDUCATION AT THE CRCNJ
Our psychoeducation series is comprised of three general topics:
Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders
Finding the right resources and assistance
Coping with emotional changes for patients, family members and caregivers
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE EDUCATION:
The CRCNJ clinicians and staff members have dedicated their professional lives to understanding and treating memory loss and related conditions.
The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not fully understood, but most researchers believe the buildup of certain abnormal proteins in the brain contribute heavily to this condition. Symptoms include confusion, forgetfulness, and changes in mood and personality, among many others.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, researchers—including those at The CRCNJ—are working diligently to understand the condition better, develop new ways to treat it, and, eventually—hopefully—find a cure.
WHERE TO GET HELP AND RESOURCES:
When you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or another memory disorder, it is easy to feel isolated. We want you to know that you’re not alone. You have The CRCNJ and many other resources at your disposal. Our psychoeducational series will give you a comprehensive rundown of where to get help. Through the series and individual interaction, we will make recommendations for local, community-based resources available to you.
Here are a few online resources:
COPING WITH EMOTIONAL CHANGES:
Dementia and other memory disorders may result in emotional and personality changes. Furthermore, watching a family member go through these changes, or being a caregiver to someone with a memory disorder, can also result in emotional changes. In our psychoeducational series, we explore the causes of these emotional and personality changes and suggest individual solutions to coping.
At The CRCNJ, we recognize that each case is unique. The CRCNJ’s psychoeducational series is a service to help provide you with support and clarity, and to help you navigate a difficult diagnosis. Call us today or request an appointment for compassionate and personal support.
Click here to make an appointment or call 973-850-4622 to learn more about how The CRCNJ can help.