Why Share This Dementia Journey?
The short answer is because the four- to eight-year dementia and Alzheimer’s journey after diagnosis really requires a plan. Each person’s journey with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia (aka neurodegenerative disease) is very personal. I’m sharing my journey so that others currently on theirs or about to embark on theirs can benefit from our experiences, mistakes, and lessons.
This website augments my family member guidebook It’s Not That Simple: Helping Families Navigate the Alzheimer’s Journey, a resource full of tips, tools and experiences to help with the myriad decisions those supporting loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s encounter.
Most importanty, I offer family members a customized plan based on the phases of their journey so they can prepare emotionally, physically, financially, and mentally for the changes ahead. In addition, I walk this journey with you through private, one-to-one conversations, text messages, and emails so you have the support you deserve.
My mission is to help family members live their journey without guilt or regret but instead, to be able to look back on the time with their loved one with peace of mind, knowing they did the best that they could. Don’t you and your loved one deserve that kind of support?
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As the last child out of the house, I spent a lot of time with my parents. They were my best friends. When I noticed changes in Mom’s behaviors, I knew it was my time to prepare for what turned into a 14 year journey.
Mom’s journey with Alzheimer’s was long (and yes, exhausting) but it was my honor to help her every step of the way. My dad was her primary caregiver for the first 6 years until they moved to assisted living. I wanted to write a book that covered all of the different elements of our journey, from struggling with when to move to a care community to selecting a community to the emotions that everyone experiences (hello fear, guilt and frustration!).
If you’re looking for someone to help you and your family navigate your Alzheimer’s or dementia journey, working one-on-one with me while also using the other tools I provide, such as this website, my book, and my video recordings, can help you tremendously. Book time with me now to talk specifically about your situation.
Meet Pam Ostrowski
I’ve been a writer and communicator all of my life (lots of time spent after school for talking too much!). LOL! Science and math have always fascinated me and so I combined the two and have both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Scientific and Technical Communications.
I’ve run my consulting firm, Service Organization Strategies, Inc. (S.O.S.), for over two decades. I’m grateful to all of my clients, from small businesses to the Fortune 1000, for the experiences we’ve had. I’ve met so many wonderful, brilliant people in my life as a consultant.
I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to large groups, leading webinars and in-person workshops and helping businesses grow. I was raised with strong ethics and an instinct to help others. Those are my guiding principles in all I do.
My book, It’s Not That Simple is my way of sharing my 14-year journey with my Mom who suffered from Alzheimer’s and my Dad’s much shorter journey with dementia. I’ve written it as a handbook to all those out there wondering what’s happening to their loved one, what to expect, what does it mean long-term, and how to gain insight and perspective from the experience in a healthy way.
If you feel you need the listening ear of a compassionate person who has been on this journey, need some help with moderating family conversations, or are looking for someone who can speak on this important topic affecting 5.8 million people today, please reach out to me.