Ongoing Medical Management to Maximize Health and Well-being for Persons Living with Dementia

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Persons living with dementia have complex care needs including memory loss that should be taken into account by providers and family caregivers involved with their care. The prevalence of comorbid conditions in people with dementia is high and, thus, how primary care, community providers and family caregivers provide best practice care, person-centered care is important. Research Design and Methods: Care providers should understand the ongoing medical management needs of persons living with dementia in order to maximize their quality of life, proactively plan for their anticipated needs, and be as well prepared as possible for health crises that may occur. Results: This article provides eight practice recommendations intended to promote understanding and support of the role of nonphysician care providers in educating family caregivers about ongoing medical management to improve the wellbeing of persons living with dementia. Discussion and Implications: Key among these are recommendations to use nonpharmacological interventions to manage behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia as the first line of treatment and recommendations on how to best support the use and discontinuation of pharmacological interventions as necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S48-S57
JournalGerontologist
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2018

Keywords

  • Caregiving-formal
  • Dementia
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Person-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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