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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.

Useful Resources

  • A palliative approach to dementia care

    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...

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  • 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

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