I Help Family Caregivers and Your Care Partner on Your Journey with Alzheimer's and
Collaborate with Your Support Team
Hi, I am Bill Cohen.
Whenever I look back at my professional careers, there is one attribute I employed consistently: I helped people. To make something easier to do. To bring someone happiness. To help somebody perform their job better. To create a memory.
Not all of life's events are 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. For almost 10 years, I was her primary care partner and advocate, not just her elder son. Now I provide caregiving support and help you, or your clients, handle and navigate the caregiving journey with a loved one living with dementia.
I also lead a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, facilitate caregiving support groups, volunteer and advocate for a cure for Alzheimer's disease, and am available as a guest speaker.
My professional and academic background and courses through the Alzheimer's Association include:
CARES® Dementia Basics™
CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior™
Teepa Snow's GEMS
My degrees and past experience include:
BS, Business Administration--Boston University
International MBA--Portland State University
Financial services, investments and insurance
Government, including laws, regulations and policies
I am a multi-lingual speaker in Spanish and Mandarin, and am cross-culturally aware:
Hablo un poco de español.
Originally from New England, I have lived in Oregon for over 30 years with my wife, Lori, and various furballs.
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.
Since I experienced all the issues and stages first-hand with my late mother, and know what a caregiver endures, I am a navigator for family and unpaid caregivers like you, or your clients. I advise you and provide guidance, support, 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.
I will advise you on a 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 for an affordable fee.
You don't have to go it alone. I can help.
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 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 advisors. You can rest assured that you will be working with someone looking out for 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 in a difficult, emotional situation.
Therefore, I 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.
I want to help you with your care partner and reduce your stress.
I am flexible in my hours and for locations to meet or talk, so please get in touch.
PO Box 3361, Tualatin, OR 97062
Anytime, by appointment