From the Coordinator Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised at the number of people I know whose parents are suffering from dementia. I am aging, after all. The most surprising thing to me is that none of these well-educated, intelligent, resourceful people (who are, albeit, not health care professionals) have been given ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   September 01, 2012
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Coordinator's Column   |   September 01, 2012
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SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, September 2012, Vol. 17, 77. doi:10.1044/gero17.3.77
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, September 2012, Vol. 17, 77. doi:10.1044/gero17.3.77
Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised at the number of people I know whose parents are suffering from dementia. I am aging, after all.
The most surprising thing to me is that none of these well-educated, intelligent, resourceful people (who are, albeit, not health care professionals) have been given truly relevant information. Over and over, I hear sentences like “my parent has Alzheimer's Disease. They did that test with the clock drawing. He takes ‘x’ medication now. It isn't doing any good. I don't know what to do.”
What an opportunity we have as a profession to provide resources and education to our clients and their families! But how do we help spread information to people who are not already our clients? How do we tell them about things that can be done and meaningful activities that allow for communication to happen despite a cognitive loss? Unfortunately, we are still wading through the myth that people with dementia cannot learn and therefore are beyond help.
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