It is not easy to take care of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Quality of life for both patients and caregivers usually deteriorate as the disease progresses. This issue also has an economic side: the care provided by family members is valued at nearly $144 billion. What would happen if caregivers could not carry on anymore? As this article from the Huffington post reminds us, there is no pill to help families stay together longer, and have happier lives. However there are a growing number of non-pharmacologic interventions that could achieve this. [Read more…] about Alzheimer’s: Non-drug Interventions to Improve Quality of Life
Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, and Ellen Clegg, authors of a recent book on Alzheimer’s Disease prevention and treatment, forcefully propose a new framework and model for brain care: What about setting up “cognitive shops” as “a sort of one-stop shopping for everything from Alzheimer’s disease prevention to guided care for mild or moderate disease”. What follows is the thought-provoking conclusion section from their book “The Alzheimer’s Solution. How Today’s Care Is Failing Millions and How We Can Do Better” (reproduced with permission), not very different from the “brain fitness center” model we have talked about in the past.
Chapter 10. CONCLUSIONS
Just as the idea of hospice care revolutionized death and dying in America, the idea of bundling many aspects of Alzheimer’s care under one roof in a cognitive shop could change the way we approach this dire disease—one that has no cure and leaves no survivors. Certainly, the scope of the problem poses medical and economic risks for the country. These risks, and potential steps for a solution, were charted by the bipartisan Alzheimer Study Group in the spring of 2009. The report, issued by the Alzheimer Study Group co-chaired by former congressman Newt Gingrich and former senator Bob Kerrey, minces few words. [Read more…] about Rethinking Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment: The Cognitive Shop/ Brain Fitness Center