Education and Support Benefit both Individuals with Dementia and their Families

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 was recently held in Boston. While much of the research presented includes studies of very early clinical trial results, the meeting has included some very practical and useful information for family and professional caregivers to help now.

A very nice article posted on the Dementia Today blog summarized recent programs presented at the meeting that center on how to help caregivers cope. My experience over the past 25+ years is in agreement with these recent studies.

When families are informed about dementia, everyone involved reaps the benefit. We must first acknowledge that dementia is a result of physical changes in the brain. It is important to understand that dementia is a progressive disease, and changes will occur. Fully knowing what to expect better prepares family and professional staff to cope with day to day symptoms and changes.

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