D-CAN to Offer Dementia-Specific Therapeutic Counseling
Addressing the Unique Challenges of Dementia and Neurocognitive Decline
Saint Cloud, Minn. – July 14, 2022 – Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN), a dementia and memory loss clinic, will begin offering a new therapeutic counseling program for patients, caregivers, and family members affected by dementia.
The dementia-specific therapeutic counseling program will address the unique challenges of dementia and neurocognitive decline. The program will take a holistic approach that involves medical recommendations and mental health support.
“Thanks to a generous grant provided by United Way of Central Minnesota, D-CAN will be offering this much-needed counseling program to the community at our clinic located in Saint Cloud,” stated Patrick O’Rourke, Executive Director of D-CAN. “The program will include one-on-one support for those living with dementia as well as caregiver support through couple and family sessions. Individuals can sign up for counseling upon completing the new patient evaluation process with D-CAN.”
The program will be overseen by Brandon Jensen, an experienced therapist who has seen first-hand the struggles of individuals and families walking through various stages of dementia. Mr. Jensen is an adjunct faculty member at Saint Cloud State University teaching graduate students, in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, about emotional grief felt by caregivers and loved ones. Mr. Jensen will be developing the program for D-CAN as well as providing counseling.
“Our vision for this program is to bring hope, insight, and better mental health care for the individuals, caregivers, and families impacted by dementia,” stated Mr. Jensen. “The program will begin this month at D-CAN.”
Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN)
Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (DCAN), a dementia and memory loss clinic located in St. Cloud, Minn., provides a new approach to dementia care focused on personalized care. D-CAN collaborates with a patient, their family, and their dementia clinician to slow the progression of dementia symptoms leading to more life to live. Personalized recommendations for diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, personal connection, health habits, and therapeutics can be effective in slowing progression. D-CAN is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity and is funded through generous private donors, a grant by the Minnesota Board on Aging, and a grant from United Way of Central Minnesota. Visit www.dcan-mn.org to schedule an evaluation and to learn more about D-CAN.
Patrick O’Rourke, M.P.A./C.F.R.M.