ANCHOR LEAD: KEEPING OLDER FOLKS AT HOME EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE DEMENTIA MAY BE POSSIBLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Aging in place is one term for a movement to keep older people in their own homes rather than moving them to assisted living or other arrangements, and now a Johns Hopkins study led by Dierdre Johnston and colleagues is attempting to assess whether experts in dementia can help even elders who develop Alzheimer’s disease stay at home.
JOHNSTON: Our study is called Mind at Home, and that stands for maximizing independence at home. Basically we’re trying to find a way to help people who have dementia stay at home and stay well. This is very important because there are more people now in the age group that’s at risk of developing dementia than there ever were before. There’s a growing number of people in this country with dementia, there are probably many more that we don’t know about who are in the early stages and may be experiencing some problems associated with it. :26
Johnston says early assessment and intervention seems to be important in teaching both the older person and family members or caregivers coping skills to deal with manifestations of dementia. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.