ANCHOR LEAD: KEEPING OLDER PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AT HOME MAY BENEFIT EVERYONE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Mind at Home is the name of a Johns Hopkins study attempting to keep people who develop Alzheimer’s disease at home rather than an institution. Dierdre Johnston, the study’s leader, says early diagnosis helps everyone develop new skills to deal with manifestations of the condition as well as awareness of what to expect.
JOHNSTON: We believe its of benefit to them to know early on in the illness so they can learn to deal with it and so that their families can learn to deal with it. Hopefully we can reduce the occurrence of crises that result in hospitalizations, that result in unforeseen difficulties for family members, so that they can plan to deal with the unexpected and try to prevent it where possible. We know that one of the big health care costs right now is for people who are suffering from dementia. :28
Cost is a big issue when it comes to choosing an institution to provide care as well, with many families simply unable to afford it. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.