- Stressed out?
- Worried about the future?
- Feeling frustrated, scared, and down?
- Afraid of being embarrassed in front of friends or family?
- Feeling less sure or confident of yourself?
- Not sure how to respond to the changes in yourself or a loved one?
These are all feelings, thoughts, and concerns someone experiencing cognitive decline and their family may experience.
Therapy, marital/caregiver support, and family counseling can be very important in successful treatment of memory loss and/or cognitive decline. Cognitive decline can be associated with work performance changes, interpersonal difficulties, problems performing certain daily tasks and household responsibilities, family and parental stress, marital stress, and personality change. Counseling can help to decrease depression and anxiety, provide support, bolster self-confidence, and address behavioral problems. In therapy, skills are taught and practiced to manage stress and anger, improve communication, and resolve conflicts. Therapy can also help to reduce marital conflict and enhance the happiness and relationships of everyone in the family.