BY: Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC
President Elder Connections
An Introduction to Peter
While Elder Connections focuses on issues related to aging, a part of our practice involves younger people who arechallenged by chronic conditions. It was about six years ago, that we met Peter.
Living with Asperger’s Disorder
Peter is a man diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. When Peter was born 63 years ago, this diagnosis was not yet defined. Asperger’s Disorder is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) that involves delays in development, particularly social development. These individuals have normal intelligence and usually normal language skills. But, it is in the area of relating to others, that this disorder expresses itself. The symptoms include: problems with social skills, eccentric or repetitive behaviors, rituals, communication difficulties, a limited range of interests, and coordination problems. Many children with this disorder exhibit exceptional talent and skill in a particular area.
A Team of Caregivers
Childhood was challenging for Peter. He was often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. So, when his sister, Abby contacted Elder Connections, she was anxious to seek some kind of help to make Peter’s life turn around. She knew that she could not go it alone. And, that’s when we created a team around Peter. Peter’s team consists of me, a nurse, a nutritionist, a chef, excellent health care practitioners and an amazing sister. There are also specialists who are called upon at various times for a specific purpose (more on that later). Our goal is to support Peter in living the life he deserves in the community.
As his “quarterback”, I have brought the people to him to provide the support and expertise he requires. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I have watched all the contributors help Peter emerge as an individual with a life worth living. I am proud to be on Peter’s team!
Who is on your team for better senior care or for a special needs individual? Call us for a free consultation. We can help!