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Understanding.

Answers.

 

For individuals and caregivers.

When families watch their loved ones struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias along with other chronic health conditions, the road to treatment and long-term care can seem filled with twists and turns. When the path forward is complicated, Aging Resources & Counseling Services is here to assist individuals, families and caregivers with resources and counseling to help them navigate through a difficult journey.

Services

Resources
Resources
Understanding a disease is one of the first steps in facing it. Aging Resources & Counseling Services offers information, educational materials, experience and practical advice to help individuals, their families and caregivers understand the wide array of conditions, symptoms, side effects and more that aging brings.
Counseling

Counseling
The aging process is inevitable for every human being, but it’s something many of us have never taken the time to prepare for. People who have reached this stage of life, and their loved ones, may need the guidance of an experienced, objective voice to help them make this transition and chart their course through the storm.

Focus

Aging Resources & Counseling Services specializes in the following disorders to assist individuals, families and caregivers.

Alzheimer's

Memory fades. Hope remains.

Memory, cognition, behavior, health – all will be impacted by the progressive development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the majority of people with Alzheimer’s will already be in the aging community, younger individuals can be affected as well. Families, in particular, will face challenges as their loved ones struggle. We are here for everyone involved with our experience and resources creating a map through the labyrinth that is Alzheimer’s.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

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We accept most insurances.

Frontotemporal Dementia

Everyday life seems shattered. Put your peace back together.

It can chip at a person’s simplest skills, robbing them of their ability to think clearly, to speak easily, to move steadily or to interact comfortably with friends and family. Such conditions may strike people at the end of their lives or in their prime, and those dealing with these losses will benefit from a knowledgeable, experienced and sympathetic counselor who can help them and their families come to understand and move forward in their new reality.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

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We accept most insurances.

Lewy Body Dementia

When mind and body face new struggles, rely on a guiding hand.

Most of us take for granted the simplicity of our everyday tasks, but time and age often bring new challenges to even the most basic functions. As the symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia and similar conditions take hold, we are here to help families and their loved ones process a diagnosis and develop a path forward that ensures the best quality of life possible.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

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We accept most insurances.

Vascular Dementia

As obstacles cause the mind to stumble, get help back to the path.

Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to your brain.

You can develop vascular dementia after a stroke blocks an artery in your brain, but strokes don’t always cause vascular dementia. Whether a stroke affects your thinking and reasoning depends on your stroke’s severity and location. Vascular dementia can also result from other conditions that damage blood vessels and reduce circulation, depriving your brain of vital oxygen and nutrients.

Symptoms may be most clear-cut when they occur suddenly following a stroke. When changes in your thinking and reasoning seem clearly linked to a stroke, this condition is sometimes called post-stroke dementia.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

We accept most insurances.

Dementia

The term itself has become confusing to most. Find your answers here.

A good analogy to the term dementia is “fever.” Fever refers to an elevated temperature, indicating that a person is sick. But it does not give any information about what is causing the sickness. In the same way, dementia means that there is something wrong with a person’s brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties. Dementia is not a disease; it is the clinical presentation or symptoms of a disease.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

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Parkinson's

The road may bring challenges, but it keeps moving forward.

A diagnosis is life-altering, a bend in the road, and people will need time and direction as they come to understand Lewy Body and Parkinson’s Dementia as well as other similar dementias and health conditions. We are here with counsel and with a wide variety of resources to assist individuals, their families and caregivers as they plan their path forward.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

DOWNLOAD Parkinson’s PDF

We accept most insurances.

Cancer

Find light and warmth when the path ahead seems dark. Find shelter in the storm.

The majority of people who have cancer are 65-or-older. It’s a reality many of us will face as we grow older, but that makes it no less jarring for the individuals, of any age, who must come to terms with this disease and live their life through it. We are here to assist – through treatment, care, hospitalization or hospice – wherever we can bring comfort and guidance.

Call to schedule an appointment. 903.330.9592

We accept most insurances.

Guidance

Luanne Harms

Your Guide

Luanne Harms, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an academic concentration in Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body and Parkinson’s Dementia, Frontotemporal Chronic Encephalopathy (CTE), as well as alcohol- and drug-related dementias.

An East Texas native, Luanne Harms studied social work at Stephen F. Austin State University, earning both her bachelors and masters in the field.

Professionally, Luanne has served individuals in the midst of the aging process and other phases of life as well their families and caregivers, guiding them and helping them to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias, as well as other chronic health conditions, at home, in the hospital, in long-term care, memory care and hospice.

Luanne opened her private practice to fill a need, to assist people, to provide resources, counseling and guidance to individuals, families and caregivers as they navigate the often difficult and complex journey of aging.

Certifications & Affiliations

Certifications in Dementia Care

  • Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care Master Trainer
  • Teepa Snow Engagement Leader
  • Dementia Caregiver specialist
  • Texas Oasis Dementia Trainer
  • Dementia Advanced Care, HealthCare Interactive
  • MoCA Memory Assessment

Professional Outreach

  • Field Instructor & Liaison, Stephen F. Austin State University (undergrad/graduate instruction)
  • Field Instructor, University of Arlington, Cappella University
  • Training of EMS first responders, law enforcement and peace officers
  • Training of UT Tyler Nursing Students
  • Workshops for caregivers, church groups, public/private organizations

Affiliations

  • The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County
  • The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Member, Board of Adult Protective Services
  • Volunteer, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Volunteer, Behavior Health Leadership Tyler
  • Volunteer, City Service Behavioral Health
  • Member, Tyler Executive Women’s Network

Workshops

Please Contact Us for more details regarding any of these wokshops.

Normal vs. Not Normal Aging
Understanding the difference – Is it just a “senior moment” or something more serious

GEMS (R) More than Just Loss
Dementia Progression Patterns

It’s All in the Approach
Making Positive Connections, how can I have a positive relationship with my loved one who is living with dementia?

Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care
Recognizing Unmet Needs

Dining with Dementia
Techniques to bring joy to the table

End of Life Care & Letting Go
Providing the Best Care in the final Stages of Dementia 

Contact Us

903.330.9592