THE CAREGIVER IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL IN HELPING A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER'S, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Staving off the inevitable decline that comes with Alzheimer's disease involves a multifactorial approach, with the person who's largely responsible for providing day to day care playing a pivotal role, several studies at the recent Alzheimer's Association International Conference concluded. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer's disease expert at Johns Hopkins, explains why.
LYKETSOS: Things like if the caregiver approaches caregiving in a way that problem solves as opposed to catastrophizes, can change the course of dementia, or if the caregiver feels close to the patient, that also can change the course of dementia. So developing in the caregivers the appropriate specific kinds of ways of caregiving can make a difference in changing the course of dementia. :27
Caregivers too must be supported in this role and provided with both respite and new information as it becomes available. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.