People living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing forms of dementia are arguably the most in need of patient-centered approaches to health care.
RealCareNowTV’s Dr. Bill Thomas talks to Lori La Bey, an independent health care consultant focused on spreading understanding, compassion and person-centeredness in dementia and Alzheimer’s care.
With no cure available, Alzheimer’s is the single largest unaddressed public health issue facing the nation. An estimated 10 million baby boomers are expected to face Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia already affecting more than 5 million people.
Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that gradually impairs memory, thinking and behavior over time. In the late stages, people living with Alzheimer’s lose the ability to speak and recognize loved ones and their surroundings. This causes profound challenges to caregivers.
As the number of people living with Alzheimer’s doubles and perhaps triples in coming years our healthcare system must adapt to the unique challenges and needs of Alzheimer’s patients.
Lori shares her experience learning how to put aside her ego to care for her mother, who has lived with Alzheimer’s for 30 years and is now in the end stages of the disease. You can learn more about Lori’s work at AlzheimersSpeaks.com.
RealCareNowTV invites you to share your experiences and efforts to promote patient-centered care. Please join the conversation.
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease visit the Alzheimer’s Association.