APRIL 19 NEWS IN DEMENTIA
Association of Mature American Citizens
Surveys conducted over the past several years suggest that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease sparks terror in the hearts of patients, families and friends more so that just about any other fatal or chronic illness. In fact a Marist Poll conducted in 2012 concluded that AD was America’s most feared illness.
Unfortunately, this has spurred the development of a new class of scammers who target seniors with concoctions that claim to cure or even reverse the disease.
But the news is encouraging. Progress is being made in the medical community on ways to deal with the disease. For example there is work in the area of blood flow to the brain, there is work in regeneration of damaged neurons using a drug cocktail working on glial cells.
University of Waterloo
Challenges of dementia diagnosis can be compounded by feeling of isolation and loneliness when families and friends stop visiting because they don’t know what to say or do. This social isolation has negative health outcomes including depression.
Experts recommend that you try not to make assumptions about what they can and cannot do. Too often control is taken away from a person once they have a diagnosis of dementia. Patients should be involved in decisions where possible. They should be treated with dignity and respect. Many people are suggesting we shift our languet=e to say a person is living with dementia rather than suffering from dementia. We need to learn to accommodate the individual’s change in perception instead of asking them to navigate our world and do things the way they used to do.
COMPASSIONATE, EFFECTIVE, AFFORDABLE CARE