Joanne Koenig Coste, Family Therapist


Joanne Koenig Coste is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's care and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care. She is author of the award-winning Learning to Speak Alzheimer's. She currently is in private practice as an Alzheimer's family therapist. Ms. Koenig Coste also serves as President of Alzheimer Consulting Associates, implementing state-of-the-art Alzheimer care throughout the United States.


Recently Published on Caring.com

How does one deal with someone who's memory is declining and insists nothing is wrong or has changed? — Oct 29, 2014
It is truly difficult to handle obvious declining memory and denial from the person who is showing cognitive decline. The difficulty is compounded when the elderly person i...
What 's the best way to travel with dementia? — Dec 02, 2013
Getting from place to place with a person who is pleasant but cognitively impaired is difficult enough but traveling with an abusive dementia patient has an abundance of ad...
What's the life expectancy of a late-age Alzheimer's diagnosis? — Aug 06, 2013
Ah! How I wish we could help families and patients plan better for the final days but unfortunately the length of the disease process remains 'from 2 - 20 years' according...
I'm really concerned that my husband's behavior isn't from normal decline that comes with age, what should I do? — Oct 30, 2011
Get a new doctor! The symptoms your husband is demonstrating are not usually associated with natural aging but are commensurate with a dementia such as Alzheimer's (AD), P...
How do we get my mom with dementia to stop trying to walk when she can't? — Oct 21, 2011
Your mom sounds quite typical of most dementia folks in the mid-stage of disease. I'm sure each time you remind her that she can't walk, she immediately forgets what you've...
How can I balance my life and my fear of my mother passing away without me with her? — Oct 21, 2011
It often feels like an eternity while living with anticipatory grief and waiting for a loved one to die. We experience many of the stages of grief that have been written a...
What kind of floor covering would be best for an Alzheimer's patient who spills things every day? — Oct 21, 2011
I would definitely install 'fake' or laminate hardwood floors for two reasons: 1. they are very easy to care for and wipe clean with a little soap and water. 2. hardwood ...
What can I do to minimize the negative atmosphere that my uncle creates when he visits my aunt with Alzheimer's? — Oct 21, 2011
It must be so disheartening to be doing so much for your aunt and to have your uncle be so negative toward you. I hope you have folks who do know how much care you give and...
How necessary is an eye exam for someone with dementia? — Oct 18, 2011
I have such mixed emotions answering this question. My first response relates to having the eye exam to rule out problems that could cause discomfort. Since it is sometime...
How can I get additional caregiving help for someone who doesn't like stranges in her home? — Oct 17, 2011
It sounds to me as if your friend is more work than you can handle. She needs a great deal of nursing care related to her multiple medical conditions that seem beyond what ...