Many with a loved one facing memory issues ask themselves this every day. Not knowing where to go or what to do can be challenging for caregivers. The NET Television series Now What?, co-produced with the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives and sponsored by Hillcrest Health Services, helps identify memory issues in the elderly and work toward finding solutions to the problems families encounter every day.
Interviews with some of the region’s leading experts and advocates on medical care, financial and estate issues, elder and caregiver resources, inform viewers on the latest information on dementia and related issues. Now What? also examines developments in new methods of treatment and research. The thirteen episodes include:
Episode 13: Now What? Ounce of Prevention
While there may be ways to slow the progression, there is no sure way to prevent dementia itself. However, there are ways to improve quality of life throughout the progression for the person with dementia, for caregivers and loved ones. Click here to watch.
When we notice symptoms of memory loss, mood changes or cognitive impairment in the elderly, we often think first of dementia. But those can also be symptoms of delirium or depression, and have different causes. Accurate diagnosis and treatment is essential. For families and caregivers, understanding the differences between dementia, delirium and depression can vastly improve outcomes and quality of life for all involved. Click here to watch.
Episode 11: Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome & Other Disorders
Researchers in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia continue to yield greater understanding. Dr. Anna Fisher discusses the most common types of dementia and explores other brain disorders, such as Mild Cognitive Impairment, Down Syndrome, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which can lead to memory problems and dementia. Click here to watch.
Episode 10: Clinical Research & Trials
Clinical trials are a key research tool for advancing medical knowledge and patient care. The practice of medicine has been visibly transformed in recent years by research advances. But even greater benefits are possible in the future if we capitalize on the many profound achievements in fundamental science. Click here to watch.
Episode 9: Understanding the Brain & Behaviors
The profound social and economic impact of an aging population highlights the need to understand the factors that influence cognitive health and the decline that occurs with age. Now What? Understanding the Brain & Behaviors examines the hallmarks of aging in the brain, the mechanisms underlying brain aging and the implications for brain function and disease susceptibility. Click here to watch.
Episode 8: Approaches in Elder & Dementia Care
It is increasingly recognized that pharmacological treatments for the elderly, especially with dementia, should be used as a second-line approach. Non-pharmacological options should, in best practice, be pursued first. Click here to watch.
Episode 7: Dementia Types & Diagnosis
Through studio panel discussions and personal caregiver stories, Dr. Anna Fisher explores four of the most common types of dementia. Those are Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia and Vascular Dementia. Dr. Fisher also visits National Research Corporation In Lincoln, Nebraska, to learn about patient experience data collected there, and how that information is helping to shape the future of health care. Click here to watch.
Episode 6: Rural Health in Aging Populations
Rural communities face some particular challenges in caring for the elderly. While general population in many areas is declining, the elderly population is increasing, and along with that the need for medical care, nursing, and assisted living facilities. Rural Health in Aging Populations explores what some communities are doing to address these challenges, and what resources are available to residents and caregivers in rural areas. Click here to watch.
Episode 5: Eldercare & Dementia
Now What? Eldercare and Dementia discusses eldercare issues that arise for people when they are entering the latter stages of life including the needs that occur after a patient has been diagnosed with Dementia. Among the topics are services for eldercare, financial and estate issues, living wills, power of attorney and understanding Medicare and Medicaid. In this episode the panel of experts answers questions presented by the studio audience to address the many different areas of eldercare. Click here to watch.
Episode 4: The Caregiver
The Caregiver discusses issues surrounding the caregivers of dementia patients. The panel, featuring Dr. Deborah Hoffnung and Michaela Williams, will define the word caregiver as well as examine the burden and stress put on the family. They will give resources available for caregivers such as support groups and respite services and also discuss advocacy importance as caregivers continue on their journey. Click here to watch.
Episode 3: A Holistic Approach to Care
A Holistic Approach to Care discusses, with a panel of experts, end-of-life planning and includes discussion about hospice and palliative care. There are so many misconceptions about end-of-life care. These treatments take a holistic approach in the care of the patient, treating all the needs of the individual. A team will care for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient, with their needs front and center. Click here to watch.
Episode 2: The Dementia Journey
The Dementia Journey discusses eldercare issues that arise after a patient has been diagnosed with Dementia. The topics include, but are not limited to, services for eldercare, financial and estate issues, living wills, power of attorney and understanding Medicare and Medicaid. Click here to watch.
Episode 1: Living With Dementia
Living with Dementia is the first installment of the series. In this episode, experts explain the different types of dementia, including the most common type, Alzheimer’s. The panelists also give viewers advice on the next steps to take when there has been a noticeable change in behavior of a loved one. Click here to watch.