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October 07, 2010

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Marty

Richard Taylor would love to see this! This is in line with what psychologists are pushing for in Alzheimer's treatment. See this piece in Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201008/medicalization-the-mind
Thanks

richard taylor

Hello, yes this is a step ion the right direction. Why we need to "prove" to others that psycho social interventions work, and work better than drugs, are are less costly than drugs, and have fewer short and long term side effects than drugs escapes me. What about you?
Richard

Mona Johnson

Hi Richard and Marty,

Richard, I guess the problem is that psychosocial interventions take more effort than swallowing a pill, and are not always "one size fits all." And there's no easy way to make money from them.

Also, it seems to me that some promising interventions, including cognitive rehabilitation, need more research, and it's worthwhile to try to prove that they work.

Karin Gatch

Hello all,
My father and I used very few meds. over the nearly 9 year journey of Alzheimer's with my mother. We did keep her very active and stimulated right up until her journey ended on Jan. 3, 2011. The "experts" gave her 1 to 2 years. We certainly showed them and chose to be very active in her journey even when we used adult day care and during her 2 years and 3 months in a home designed for Dementia and Alzheimer's care only. Her eyes and smile lit up right up to the last five days of her life by knowing how to stimulate her positively each and every day. This method also gives the caregiver the strength and joy needed to join their loved one's journey.

Diane

Thank you for the positive comments. I was diagnosed with MCI 9 months ago. I'm socially active with friends and in my church. I plan to do all I can as long as I can. I've worked as a nurse in care centers and enjoyed the dementia patients very much. I plan to enjoy my life. I'm physically healthy and will probably outlive my spouse. I'm 70 and I don't wish to worry over something I can't change.

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