This short and not-too-sweet post is an addendum to my guest editorial that was published here in McKnight’s on Friday, July 24th.
People who continue to teach about “managing problem behaviors” in people living with dementia are akin to doctors teaching medical students how to do lobotomies.
It is 2015, and the perpetuation of outmoded concepts for supporting people living with dementia is inexcusable. Sadly, much of this stigmatized attitude continues to reside with those who are “leading the way”—in research, education, and advocacy.
Every day we hear about cutting edge research into the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s and the exciting new frontiers that may soon open up to us. But to talk about cutting edge biomedical research without evolving one’s understanding of the experience of Alzheimer’s is like performing 21st century open-heart surgery with 19th century unsterilized instruments. And the “patient” will suffer equally in either case.