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Thread #150683 Message #3513460
Posted By: Bettynh
09-May-13 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: BS: Dementia tips for carers
Subject: RE: BS: Dementia tips for carers
I'm somewhat ambivalent about using the term "Alzheimer's disease." When I started nursing in the 1970s, it was barely recognized as a diagnosis (insurance companies refused to pay for it). As I understand it, absolutely accurate diagnosis is still only possible by autopsy. I'm not denying that the disease exists or that many people suffer from it, but sometimes dementia results from more treatable illnesses that doctors stop looking for. I don't know if it's a good thing for patients and families to identify the mental decline they're seeing as "a disease" which has no predictable course. For my mother the diagnosis of Parkinsonism led to depression which was as difficult to deal with as her physical symptoms.