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Helene Bergman, LMSW

Helene Bergman, LMSWHelene Bergman, LMSW

Elder Care Alternatives, New York, NY

Alzheimer's Disease

7 Answers10 Followers191 Helpful Answer Votes
 

Bio

Helene Bergman, LMSW, is a certified geriatric care manager and the director of Elder Care Alternatives, a geriatric care management & long term care consultation practice in New York. She and her associate care managers provide comprehensive supportive services to older adults and their families with a specialty in Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.

Following a career in public elementary school teaching and administration, Bergman received a master’s in social work and embarked on a second career in geriatrics. Her initial work with Alzheimer’s was as a social worker in adult day care followed by years as a research associate at the NYU Aging & Dementia Research Center. There she was a family counselor in a landmark longitudinal study on spouse caregiving and co-authored the book Guiding the Alzheimer’s Caregiver: A Handbook for Counselors. She has led many caregiver support groups for the Alzheimer’s Association and served as a consultant to nursing homes and day care programs to develop specialized environments for Alzheimer’s patients.

Credentials

Organization Affiliations:
  • Elder Care Alternatives, New York, N.Y.
  • National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
 

My Answers

A. Families often feel emotional at holiday time especially if a parent is unable to join them to celebrate. You and your sister seem to be aware and...
A. Nutrition is one of the areas that caregivers often must assume responsibility for... even if the person's Alzheimer's is at an early stage. A...
A. Alzheimer's disease often compromises one's independence even at its early stages. Initial symptoms such as short-term memory loss or disorientation...
A. It clearly sounds like your dad needs medication to help with his agitation and psychotic behavior. I recommend you connect him with a local hospital...
A. There are different schools of thought about reality orientation and dementia. Some believe that it is helpful to reorient a person with memory...
A. It is very common for old sibling relationship issues to re-emerge and heighten when as adults they are confronted with caregiving for a parent...
A. Your dad is exhibiting very common symptoms of early dementia: restlessness and impaired communication. Both of these symptoms can be frustrating to...