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Fall is just around the corner.  Soon we’ll be spending more time indoors due to shorter days and less daylight. The sun is a perfect antidote for a positive mood.


The articles for this month focus on dementia, depression, and being a family caregiver. Many of our elders diagnosed with dementia also suffer from mental illness or depression.  On a similar subject, many individuals are surprised to learn that heavy alcohol use may also result in a diagnosis of dementia.


Family caregivers, whether the caregiver is caring for the elderly or for children, experience judgment from other family members and from society. Others on the outside looking in think that the caregiver should be fulfilling his or her role in a different manner.  If providing care was integrated into family life, the role might be more commonplace, yet many of us don’t think about caregiving until the role is thrust upon us due to an unexpected.


In this newsletter are 3 articles to share with colleagues and those you serve:

    •    Caregiving Involving Children in Family Relationships

    •    Controversial Diagnosis Alcohol Related Dementia

    •    Old and Under Medicated: Mental Health and Memory Loss, the Complications of Receiving Appropriate Medical Care

More FREE articles, videos, and podcasts are available on my caregiver support website at The Caring Generation. Please share this website with other caregivers you know who might benefit from a library of information relating to caregiving.


If you are a caregiver looking for a single source of information, my book,  The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life's Unexpected Changes offers helpful advice and recommendations.


If The Care Navigator has been of assistance to you, we sincerely appreciate other individuals and caregivers you send to us for assistance. We do our best to make sure that your confidence in us is returned. Please email me at [email protected] or call me (303) 810-1816 if you have questions about how The Care Navigator might assist you or those you know.  You may also review our list of Frequently Asked Questions


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We look forward to being of service.
Pamela D. Wilson, The Care Navigator


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AnchorCaregiving: The Benefits of Involving Children in Family Relationships

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Many adults find themselves raising children and caregiving for aging parents or grandparents. When I was young, my mother was very good about taking me to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members who were aging and already in need of care. In many families this activity does not occur because parents feel the need to shield children from sickness and end of life. I attended my grandfather’s funeral when I was 5 years old. Aging family members were a part of my life that I enjoyed, not feared.

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AnchorControversial Diagnosis: Alcohol Related Dementia

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

The relationship between alcohol and a diagnosis of dementia remains somewhat a conundrum. While research has been ongoing, there remains a gap in conclusive data reporting that long term excessive alcohol use alone results in dementia. Long term excessive alcohol use has been proven to result in cardiac disorders, strokes, nutritional deficits, liver, and digestive diseases.

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Old and Under Medicated:  Mental Health and Memory Loss, the Complications of Receiving Appropriate Medical Care

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Many older adults, because of the stigma of being diagnosed as mentally ill or depressed, never mention these concerns to a physician or totally refuse medical treatment until a situation veers out of control and treatment becomes a necessity. These individuals recall that grandma or grandpa exhibited similar behaviors and were called “crazy.” Grandma and grandpa’s children, who may now be your aging parents, are fearful of a similar label known by other names as depression, bi-polar disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety, or one of many types of personality disorders.

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AnchorThe Care Navigator - Frequently Asked Questions:
  • How do I decide if services of the Care Navigator can help me?

Pamela D. Wilson of The Care Navigator offers a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to allow you to present the details of your situation, to ask questions and to determine if The Care Navigator is able to provide support that is a good fit for your situation. The Care Navigator offers as little or as much support as desired -- ranging from a one hour in office consultation to the services of care navigation, care advocacy, care oversight and care coordination, assessments and service as a guardian, power of attorney or personal representative. We tailor our services to meet your needs.

  • What if I don't know the questions I should ask?

The fact that you are asking this question proves that you are aware of the benefits of asking the right questions and the importance of this aspect in arriving at a positive outcome. During the FREE 15 minute phone consultation and throughout our work with you, you will be asked questions to help you understand the complexities of situations so that you become more educated and informed and better able to advocate for your situation.

  • What if my loved one has a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, accessing the services of The Care Navigator is even more important. Understanding the effects of the diagnosis on daily life and making plans for the future are critical to ensure that a loved one's wishes will be fulfilled. Some individuals with dementia experience significant changes in behaviors that threaten or frighten loved ones. Others refuse care. By having a better understanding of the disease process and the options for support you will be able to support needed care for your loved one.

  • How do we decide what support is beneficial?
  • Are you able to work within my budget?

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AnchorHow to Access Information in the FREE Family Library 
To visit and check out the FREE information (without subscription) in the Caring Generation Library Click Here.  If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe and to share this website with co-workers, members of your community, friends and family.  
To access the articles in this newsletter, click any of the “Click here to read the entire article" links above. If you want to read entire articles in the family library, take the next steps:.
To become a Family subscriber of The Caring Generation library, Click Here. Your information remains secure and allows me to publish articles, podcasts and video content specific to family caregiving situations.
Thank you for allowing me to be of service,

Pamela D. Wilson
The Care Navigator, The Caring Generation, and author of the book, The Caregiving Trap

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(303) 810-1816

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