The National Center for PTSD, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, has two sections or portals for help. One is for Vets Family and Friends and the other for Professionals. I can open either door .
As I have said in my blog, I am a daughter of a PTSD Vet. I am also a geriatric care manager who just included a chapter on the VA for Aging Vets in the 4th edition of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management. Dr. Len Kaye edited the chapter graciously.
I wanted the chapter added because as a GCM I know how hard it for professionals is to access VA care and unravel the many times cloaked VA services . As a daughter a PTSD Vet, whose Dad went untreated for 50 years, I know the magic of the VA in turning VA PTSD vets and their broken families around- and the work that desperately must to be done by the VA to save these vets and their fractured kin.
The effects of War on a PTSD family includes avoidance. It was verboten in our family to talk about my Dad’s time in a prison camp. We joined him in denial thus never learned his pain .
Anger and guilty- my brother and I were angry at his drunken rants at our Mom, our never having the support we needed in school and the loving family we lost and were never sure why. We both felt guilty about our parents and our Dad’s PTSD but never understood either that or even why- we just felt the pain.
Depression-Stevie and I were were depressed although we had no idea we were. We just knew we were failing in school and failing to be a normal family like Donna Reed’s.
The VA Vets of WWII experienced this but it spilled out in the open with Viet Nam Vets and now splattered all over the media with Iraq and Afghanistan veteran vet family misery, suicide and lack of care.
As a geriatric care manager, read PTSD and The Family and get help for Korean, Viet Nam, WWII or any Vet family that needs care.
The New York Times ran an article yesterday about financial elder abuse and how families can see the early signs of dementia leading to financial decline and exploitation. The one professional it does not mention is the aging life or geriatric care manager who is a a health professional and can actually assess cognitive decline in an older person.
The next step is to always an assessment by a physician but by that time many have already been preyed upon by sweetheart scams , mentioned in the article and or been subject to undue influence . The most vulnerable age group are folks in their 80’s and 90’s, the age group with the least protections.