Helping Family Caregivers and Their Care Partners on Their Journey with Alzheimer's
Hi, I am Bill Cohen, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®, with Cohen Caregiving Support Consultants LLC in Portland. Originally from New England, I have lived in Oregon for over 30 years with my wife, Lori, and various furballs.
I've been a manager, financial advisor, compliance inspector, mentor, and volunteer. Customer service and helping people have been the common thread throughout for life's milestones, even delivering memorable weddings!
Not all of life's events are so joyous. My beautiful and loving mother, Sheila, lost her home due to Hurricane Katrina. Then, her health, ability to create art and, ultimately, her life were destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. I was her primary caregiver.
Now I am a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® and provide Alzheimer's support and caregiving advice in the Portland/ Vancouver and Salem areas and help you handle and manage the caregiving journey with your care partners living with dementia. I speak to organizations and meetings, and facilitate caregiving support groups.
I also lead Team Sheila for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, and am a volunteer and advocate for a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Professional and Academic Background
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
CARES® Dementia Basics™
CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior™
Teepa Snow's GEMS
Degrees and past experience include:
Bachelors in Business Administration--Boston University
International MBA--Portland State University
Financial services, including investments and insurance
Cohen Caregiving Support Consultants is a Limited Liability Corporation, registered with the Secretary of State's office.
When you think of another caregiver or yourself, what feelings come to mind? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? Hopelessness? Loneliness? Don't know where to get help or support?
Imagine if you, or someone you know who is a caregiver, could know in advance how to plan for and what to expect on your caregiving journey with your loved one. And, if you could have someone there with you who has experienced everything you are or will be going through.
Envision if someone could help you minimize the stress, time, and costs of caregiving.
I do that for and with you.
Since I experienced first-hand all the issues and stages with my late mother, and know what a caregiver endures, I am a navigator for unpaid, family caregivers like you, or your clients. I provide guidance, support, resources, and referrals to trustworthy service providers. Using a wraparound approach, I coordinate and collaborate with your care partner's support team to save you time, money, and stress.
Along with other professionals, I will assist you on a wide range of issues, including:
* Elder law
* Financial matters
* Health care, insurance
* Options for housing, home,
palliative or hospice care
* Adult day/respite care
* Patient advocacy
* Mood swings, repeated
* Loss of companionship, intimacy
* Long distance caregiving
* Quitting driving
I will guide you through the difficult journey ahead, and provide this personalized navigation and advice. I am also available to speak to your group, for an affordable fee.
You don't have to go it alone. I can help.
Finding Alzheimer's support is almost as challenging as caregiving itself. Most family caregivers whose loved one has a diagnosis or the first signs of dementia are unaware of the resources, service providers, and options available to them. They may also be wary of working with unknown advisors or professionals, even with apparent credentials and recommendations.
I do the vetting and research for you. I will refer trustworthy, reliable service providers to you and your care partner. This saves you time and money, and relieves you of the stress of looking around and calling random listings online or in a directory. You can rest assured that you will be working with someone looking out for you and your family's best interests.
And, by coordinating and collaborating with your team of providers, particularly regarding Alzheimer's and other dementia, you will feel more confident that you are caring for your loved one as best as possible throughout a difficult, emotional situation.
To sum up, I provide Alzheimer's support and am a nurturing guide for family caregivers like you, or your clients. I help you cope with the "long goodbye" on your journey with your care partner, whether it is your spouse, parent, sibling, or close friend.
My primary areas of advising are in the greater Portland, Vancouver and Salem areas.
My passion is to help and provide Alzheimer's support you and your care partner and reduce your stress.
My hours and meeting locations are flexible to visit and talk, so please get in touch.
My Preferred Location: Marquis Tualatin's Community Cafe at 19805 SW Boones Ferry Rd (across from Skilled Rehab), Tualatin, OR 97062. It is quiet, private and has refreshments available at their cafe. However, I am flexible and can meet anywhere in the greater Portland, Vancouver, or Salem areas.
PO Box 3361, Tualatin, OR 97062
503-522-8320 (Text, Voice, Face TIme, or Skype)
Most days and hours, by appointment: calendly.com/bill-102