Patricia Mitchell, RN, CMHN Announces a New Model of Online Counseling and Nursing Support for Adult Children Who Fear Their Aging Parents May Be Encountering Dementia

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Mitchell's new form of counseling offers the opportunity for qualified counseling available to clients, in-home, at times that fit their schedules.

It has become my goal to assist lay people or non-medically trained people in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively and lovingly provide for their aging parents.

The World Health Organization highlights the need for this support. Data demonstrates that as the Baby Boomer population grows and ages, there will be an ever increasing need for dementia counseling. Currently, globally, 35.6 million people are afflicted with dementia. By 2030, this number is expected to more than double, then quadruple by 2050.

Dealing with Dementia is a program designed to offer an alternative to the current practice of face-to-face counseling in an office with a health care practitioner. The no-cost program will offer a one-hour seminar (webinar) full of specific knowledge and strategies to help families who are struggling with aging parents who exhibit signs of dementia. A program will be available for individual sessions following this seminar. Families dealing with an aging parent who has dementia are exposed to incredible challenges that can leave the care giver feeling frustrated, alone, ineffective and struggling, unsure of which interventions will be best for their parent, and overwhelmed and confused by an unresponsive medical system. These problems can be diminished by an effective counseling and practical support service, which brings harmony and hope back into the family.

Ms. Patricia Mitchell has a long history of assisting individuals with mental health issues, specializing in dementia. She states: "My personal struggles with my own parents led me to the firm conviction that there had to be a better way. It has become my goal to assist lay people or non-medically trained people in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively and lovingly provide for their aging parents. This is one of the most difficult challenges a family will have to endure within their lifetime. Providing the help and support needed without the huge cost of in-office counseling and the contemporary technology available to now reach more people is what motivated me to create this program."

One benefit of the program is the affordability of receiving qualified help. Another benefit is that the program is available to those living too far away to conveniently see a counselor. They will now have qualified counseling available to them, in-home, at times that fit their schedules, thereby greatly reducing the cost of long-term in-office counseling sessions.

Ms. Patricia Mitchell is a credentialed mental health nurse based in the Gold Coast, QLD and is the founder of the organization Dealing with Dementia. She is an expert in the area of dementia and works daily with individuals and their family members to support them in their struggles with dementia.

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