The New York Times recently posted an article about mixed results for special dementia units. While improvement in the care of people with dementia has made some progress over the last 20 years, we have a long way to go.
This article speaks to me because I know it is possible to create an outstanding dementia program. In the book, “A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program,” I describe my 25 year experience as the founder and Executive Director of the Alois Alzheimer Center, the first facility dedicated exclusively to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the United States.
The book serves as a resource for providers – in all realms of healthcare – to develop genuine person centered, service-oriented care for individuals with dementia and their families. Using stories and examples, readers develop an understanding of what unique, true special care can and should be. It is possible to create an environment where life revolves around friends, socialization, self-esteem, joy, and love.
Please understand however, that this is not the accomplishment of a single individual, but a committed group of individuals who were dedicated to service, a genuine desire to service people with dementia, their families and one another. People who had a dream and who worked to make that dream-their vision-come true.