Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians aged 65 years or older and the second leading cause of death in Australia. This is a terminal condition as currently there is no cure. On average symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made.
The main concerns for patients with advanced dementia as they approach the end of life are:
- under-treatment of symptoms that may be distressing, and
- over-treatment with burdensome interventions that do not produce benefit.
A palliative approach to the care of people with dementia is appropriate.
Professor Jenny Abbey proposes that an optimal approach to caring for people with dementia must be based on acceptance that dementia is a terminal illness. She highlights the importance discussing how people with dementia wished to be cared for during the terminal stages of their illness with...Play Podcast
- Talking about dementia and dying - a discussion tool for residential aged care facility staff
- Dementia - Palliative Care Resource Nurse - Resource Kit
- Caring for LGBTI people with dementia