Dr. Marian O. Hodges is a practicing geriatrician at Providence Portland Medical Center, part of Providence Health & Services, where she has been on the teaching faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program since 1992. She also is a physician ethicist at the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics. She is board certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine.
Anne P. Hill is a retired lawyer who cared for her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Anne brought her mother to see Dr. Hodges. Before each visit, she would fax Dr. Hodges updates with questions about her mother’s condition, which helped Dr. Hodges support Anne and her mother. Soon a bond was forged between the doctor and the daughter.
After her mother died nearly 10 years later, Anne met Dr. Hodges for coffee and explained that when she had undergone treatment for breast cancer, every doctor she encountered gave her a notebook describing what to expect during her treatment. She wondered why she never received a notebook about what to expect with her mother’s dementia. After Anne described how isolated family caregivers can be, Dr. Hodges and Anne decided to write a book about dementia for doctors to give to family caregivers. "Help is Here: When someone you love has dementia" was born.
Listen to Dr. Hodges talk about “Help is Here” and how caregivers can cope: