When Is Memory Loss Something To Be Concerned About?

Dementia is an umbrella term that covers a variety of diseases that involve memory loss and other problems with thinking that interfer with a person living his day-to-day life.

Forgetfulness and confusion used to be considered a natural part of aging. Perhaps you can recall a grandparent who became forgetful or as we used to say senile.

Today we know that memory loss may mean something is wrong. There are many causes of memory loss. We know that changes in the way your family member thinks, remembers or behaves may be signs of disease and can be treated.

Because people are living longer, more families find themselves facing dementia, memory loss or Alzheimer's Disease.

Whether you are beginning your journey or an experienced care giver, you've come to a place where you can find the answers and support you need.

Worried about dementia symptoms?
Learn key dementia symptoms that signal the need for a doctor's appointment
Dementia behaviors
Dementia Behaviors or Normal Aging? Learn more.
What is the definition of dementia?
Knowing the definition of dementia is the first step to helping your family member.
Find the best dementia doctors for your family member.
The best dementia doctors have experience and up to date clinical knowledge.
The three stages of dementia, what to expect.
Knowing the stages of dementia can help you prepare for the future.
Support for an adult child of aging parents
The challenge of caring for aging parents is stressful.
Alzheimer's Disease - The Leading Cause of Dementia
Learn about Alzheimer's Disease and its treatment.
Early Alzheimer's Symptoms
Learn early Alzheimer's symptoms and get help
Alzheimer's disease video - 3 minutes to better understanding
Take 3 minutes to watch this Alzheimer's disease video and come away with a much better understanding of how AD affects the brain
Seven Stages of Alzheimer's disease
Seven stages of Alzheimer's disease: What you need to know.
Alzheimer's disease research updates
learn about the latest Alzheimer's disease research updates
Diagnosis Vascular Dementia (Multi Infarct Dementia) - What You Need to Know
Vascular dementia (Multi Infarct Dementia) is a little known side effect of strokes and high blood pressure.
Diagnosis Lewy Body Dementia - What You Need to Know
Learn about Lewy Body Dementia and its treatment.
Frontal Lobe Dementia, how does it differ from Alzheimer's Disease?
Frontal Lobe Dementia can be hard to diagnosis because it strikes at a younger age.
Diagnosis Pick's disease: What you need to know.
Pick's disease is the best known of the Frontotemperal dementias.
Caregiver stress affects the health and wellness of family caregivers
Beat caregiver stress by taking time for you.
Learn the Warning Signs of Stress
The warning signs of stress every caregiver should know.
Anticipatory grief is a common emotion for families caring for someone with deme
Dealing with anticipatory grief can reduce caregiver stress.
An elder care attorney is an important member of your family's team.
Your elder care attorney can help you make sure that your family member's wishes will be followed.
Why create advanced directives?
Control your health care with advanced directives
The cost of long term care for dementia patients is tremendous.
The cost of long term care for dementia sufferers falls primarily to savings and family members.
Keys to applying for Medicaid.
Applying for Medicaid: What you need to know.
What does Medicaid spend down mean?
The Medicaid spend down is more complicated then in past years.
Locate Medicaid nursing homes in your area.
Medicaid nursing homes are key long term care resources.
A Meaningful Holiday Visit
A holiday visit that give you much needed insight into your aging parents needs.
Changes to emotion processing in Alzheimer's disease and dementia
How to cope with difficult behaviors from changes to emotion processing in Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Long term care facts that can prevent caregiving mistakes
Long term care facts: What you need to know.
Dementia help for your family
Get the dementia help you need to care for your family member.
Meet Janice Wallace, The Eldercare Coach
I became The Eldercare Coach to help families like mine who are struggling to cope with a family member with dementia.
Upcoming Elder Care Events
Elder care events from The Eldercare Coach
Burn Out to Balance Self Study Course Transforms Family Caregiving
Transform burn out to balance by following our step-by-step process for caregiving success
Burn Out to Balance Intensive for Family Caregivers
The Burn Out to Balance Intensive gives you the tools and knowledge to stay strong as a family caregiver

What Clients are Saying

"Working with Janice made all the difference in how we handled a series of frustrating, bang-your-head-in-the-wall set of family eldercare issues.

If you have an elder in your life that is looking to you for love and care, especially a parent, long distance or local, give yourself the gift of peace of mind - talk to Janice."

Jeannie S.-San Mateo, CA


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My brothers and I noticed that my Dad was exhausted from taking care of my mother.

We had a family meeting and hired Janice to lead it. She was there for us, put in a very difficult position, on short notice and on a Sat. night (it happened to be the only time all of us could meet) and she handled it very well. She really got us started/focused on the right track and framed things in a way that worked for all of us. We now meet monthly without Janice, but know that she is there any time we need her. I have recommended her to every one and anyone I know dealing with the issues of caring for our elders."

Mary A.-Redwood City, CA


Janice Wallace was able to provide excellent guidance and suggestions that helped break down the communications barriers and facilitated a calmer, more constructive dialog between my brother and myself about the care for our parents. Janice is an excellent listener, generous with her time and is willing to go the extra mile to overcome the complex interpersonal issues that are so often associated with elder care concerns."

Jeff F.-San Francisco, CA