Managing dementia related cognitive decline in patients and their caregivers

Strivens, Edward, and Craig, Denise (2014) Managing dementia related cognitive decline in patients and their caregivers. Australian Family Physician, 43 (4). pp. 170-174.

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Abstract

Background: There are over 332 000 Australians living with dementia. On average, families notice symptoms 3 years before a firm diagnosis is made. These symptoms are chronic and typically progressive and terminal.

Objective: To address some key aspects of providing person-centred care for a patient diagnosed with dementia, including considerations for family and caregivers, from a general practitioner's (GP) perspective.

Discussion: GPs play a crucial part in managing the needs of people with dementia and caregivers by providing ongoing support and by facilitating access to evidence-based care. Scheduled, regular reviews of people with dementia and their caregivers should become standard practice, and psychosocial interventions that can assist both parties should be offered.

Item ID: 38710
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 02:40
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing @ 100%
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