Dementia Beyond Disease
Care providers need to offer residents with dementia meaningful roles in creating their own care plans, experts advised Monday at the Pioneer Network Conference in Rosemont, IL.
It is true that I began speaking out about the misuse of antipsychotics drugs long before they came to national attention. But as I applaud the efforts of our providers and regulators around this important initiative, I would like to make two cautionary points.
I set out to re-examine dementia from a different framework — one that takes us beyond "interventions" and "programs" to a proactive, strength-based approach.
The emerging literature on "nonpharmacological interventions" has not succeeded in providing long-term solutions for many people, such that expressions of need continue to recur on a regular basis.