Feb 21, 2015

Are the Needs of Alzheimer's Patients and Caregivers Being Met at Home?

This study found that 99 percent of people with dementia, and 97 percent of caregivers have unmet needs.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Are the Needs of Alzheimer's Patients and Caregiver Being Met? | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Most people with dementia who live at home have multiple unmet health and welfare needs, any number of which could jeopardize their ability to remain home for as long as they desire, Johns Hopkins research suggests.

A disturbing finding of this study is that 60 percent of people with dementia needed medical care for conditions related or unrelated to their dementia. A big big problem considering that those with dementia are more likely to have other serious illnesses for which they may eventually be hospitalized.

One aspect of this study that did not surprise me was the finding that
More than half of the patients had inadequate meaningful daily activities at a senior center or at home, and one-third still needed a dementia evaluation or diagnosis.

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