The Northwestern Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic offers a multidisciplinary team approach. Your care team includes neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and social workers. Clinical social workers are available to discuss your questions and work with you to develop a personal and customized approach to care. Following are some questions you may have:
1. "Do I understand the diagnosis?"Your social worker will:
- Review the diagnosis and provide the opportunity to ask questions and get up-to-date disease information.
- Discuss changing behaviors and other diagnosis-related symptoms, and offer helpful communication strategies.
2. "How do I cope with this now and as it progresses?"Your social worker can:
- Provide counseling regarding changing roles as the disease progresses.
- Help you to assure your own self-care and to strengthen your support network.
- Provide referrals for individual, couples, and/or family counseling.
3. "How can I plan for future care?"Your social worker can:
- Connect you to trusted elder law attorneys for estate planning and to establish powers of attorney for health care and finances.
- Provide counseling regarding advance directives.
- Help you to explore long-term care options and funding sources.
4. "What services are available at Northwestern or in my own neighborhood?"Your social worker can guide you to:
- Specialized support and education groups for newly diagnosed individuals and families.
- Quality-of-life programs designed to offer meaningful and purposeful activity.
- Other community programs in which you can find enriching opportunities.