Newark, N.J. – The Center for Geriatric Health Care (CGHC) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and the Alzheimer’s Association recently held a seminar – Living with Early Stage Dementia: Accepting, Adjusting and Adapting to Change – for individuals and families faced with the diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease.
Theresa M. Redling, DO, FACP, Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at NBIMC, along with Gerald Tramontano, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Research at Exodon and Neuropsychologist for CGHC, discussed a variety of issues during the seminar including the disease process, current treatments, and research developments.“
The seminar focused on early diagnosis and treatment, in order to help the patient and family make educated decisions about their treatment and future directions in their care,” said Dr. Redling. “Medications at this time can provide delayed progression of Alzheimer’s, but are limited, because they provide no cure for this disease.”
Mary Sinton, LCSW, of the CGHC, and several professionals of the Alzheimer’s Association discussed how the disease affects families, and what they can do to overcome challenges that occur with dementia.“
The family dealing with early stage dementia is at a point when they must do some long range thinking,” said Ms. Sinton. “Now is the time to think about practical things like Advance Directives, Healthcare Proxies, estate planning and long term care preferences because later, families in crisis often make poor choices.”
Ms. Sinton said the family of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease should focus on their loved ones’ numerous remaining talents and abilities, and not on potential deficits and losses. A positive attitude is extremely important for both the patient and their family.
According to Dr. Redling, Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for up to 50-60 percent of all dementias. Other types include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Parkinson’s disease-related dementia.
The Center for Geriatric Health Care
The Center for Geriatric Health Care at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center offers geriatric assessment, primary medical care and specialty services for the older adult. Staffed by a team of specialty-trained physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care professionals, the Center provides services in one convenient location. To arrange an appointment or obtain further information, please contact The Center for Geriatric Health Care, (973) 926-8491.
Date: August 22, 2008
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