The ‘baby boomers’ generation, the people who were born during the demographic post-World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964 are aging. Cognitive impairment is a big problem.
The Helicopter Story
Some 2 years ago, my friend and her Alzheimers-stricken husband asked me to join them and spend a weekend in La Jolla, a distance of approximately 112 miles from Los Angeles, where all three of us resided.
On Sunday of that weekend, my friend and I took off to do some shopping while we left the [Alzheimer stricken] husband to enjoy a cold beer in a bar next door to our point of shopping venue, a bar that was packed with world cup soccer game enthusiasts.
My friend and I were busy shopping for no longer than half an hour. We then stepped outside the store to pick up the husband to be told that he left the bar already. My friend realized that his cell phone was in her bag and she could not figure out where he could have wandered to.
We drove up and down the street for a short ten minutes looking for the husband and then called the police. Within a few minutes, two officers were taking from my friend all the pertinent information of the her wandering husband. No longer than a few minutes from the time the offices gathered all the information they needed, a helicopter was deployed to seek the man from above. The helicopter circled the skies in the neighborhood of the bar that the Alzheimer case husband left while a police officer was describing the man from the helicopter, through very loud speakers that everyone on the ground could hear.
While this was all happening my friend and I were laughing nervously at the surreal situation we found ourselves in, grasping each others’ hand and hoping for good news.
In no time the police called us to tell us that the lost husband was found. An alert from the helicopter’s repetitious announcements resulted in a woman, who was driving to the nearby supermarket, spotting the man wandering the street.
When my friend and I got to the police vehicle that picked up her husband, she asked him where he was planning to go and he said: “home.” Home was 5 miles away in the other direction.
Upon our return to Los Angles from the ‘adventurous’ weekend, my friend started to make arrangements to put her husband under medical supervision in a home specializing in dementia and Alzheimers care. He has been in the home since.
Dr. Drorit [Dee] Gaines
My friend, Drorit [Dee] Gaines is a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist. More so, Dee is an adventurous and curious type and a go-getter with the deep flavor of spiritualism and the responsibility to bring to the world the essence of positive bliss.
Her name, Drorit, in Hebrew, comes from the Hebrew language root ‘dror,’ meaning, freedom.
Born and raised in Israel to an orthodox Jewish family, Drorit, or as many call her, Dee, served as a paramedic in Israel’s national services corps. She is the daughter of a military lieutenant and a former chief of the homicide division in Jerusalem, Israel, police force. Dee attended UCLA where she received her Bachelor degree with a scholarship and graduated in business, economics and accounting. In 2012 she received her Ph.D from Fielding Graduate University and completed her post-doctoral experience at Veterans Affairs and UCLA.
Dee’s practice is located in Beverly Hills, California. She is married to a young and vibrant rabbi, who is an expert in martial arts and the couple have three children.
Dr. Dee’s world is fully taken by motherhood and her profession and her goals’ trajectory is aiming high. And she is busy, and is getting busier because the crisis has already begun.
Today, Dr. Dee Gaines is an award winning neuropsychologist, scientist, clinician, and a leader in her field.
We sat down together and went over her most distinguished project she has just completed, which she is ready to share with the world. This is especially for the millions who do not know it but have been impatiently waiting for such information to become affordably available to them.
A diagnosis of dementia or a dementia-causing illness is a shocking and life-altering moment for a person. Our aging population is dealing with these diagnoses at an accelerated rate. A study out of Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago estimates the number of people living with Alzheimer’s will triple by the year 2050. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that in the next 30 years, 28 million members of the baby boomer generation will develop dementia, or will be living with the disease.
These men and women and their family members need to have a comprehensive approach to dealing with what comes next.
In order for a medical team to know which dementia a person is likely to have, along with the extent and specific cognitive deficit, the person needs to be qualified by the insurance to have full neuropsychological evaluation. This evaluation costs thousands of dollars. The evaluation confirming the diagnosis is only the first step in the process.
The basic first evaluation of the case costs approximately $150.00.
If the figures are right, how could the medical insurance companies handle these dollar numbers?
Today, insurance does not cover education for the families whose member was stricken with a cognitive impairment. This education does not teach the family what to do next, all the important issues they need to address right away and it also does not cover the exercises needed to keep one’s brain sharp.
Everyone deserves to have access to the right knowledge.
Dr. Dee took 30 topics crucial to families and bundled them in a purchasing price that costs less than one diagnostic session. She made it affordable for everyone in need. Her cutting-edge scientific knowledge about making the brain healthy, active and sharp, even with cognitive decline, due to aging, is now available and affordable to those who need it now and beyond.
Help Is Here
Knowing what dementia is and what can be done to treat it takes years of learning. For patients and their families, it often takes many private sessions with a doctor and many out-of-pocket expenses. The sad reality is that most people cannot afford that. So Dr. Gaines developed a comprehensive but affordable system accessible to everyone. Her 30 heeding video series and easy-to-follow manual takes you through the process of understanding cognitive aging and what you can and should do about it.
Introduction to Combating Dementia in 30 Days
Drorit [Dee] Gaines, Ph.D is a combat soldier in her field. She is taking on a mission to fight the cognitive decline epidemic at a price that allows everyone to afford it and should have at home.
To learn more about Dr. Dee, check out her website at: www.DrDeeGaines.com
The Combating Dementia video series is the first of its kind, making all of the relevant information attainable so people can plan their aging with dignity. It also allows busy doctors to educate their patients. Dr. Gaines made it her mission to carefully introduce to you what science teaches us, and how to practice it in day-to-day life.
As an orthodox Jew, though not the orthodox type, Dr. Dee claims that spirituality helps mental health. Her program gives light, tools and strength to the needy.
Get educated, know what to do, and plan your aging right with Dr. Dee!