The New York Times recently published an article titled Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate. The article discusses ongoing research on how to best treat Alzheimer’s disease, and a few enlightening approaches from different programs.
The article states “There’s actually better evidence and more significant results in caregiver interventions than there is in anything to treat this disease so far,” said Lisa P. Gwyther, education director for the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University.
At the Beatitudes Campus of Care in Phoenix, AZ the program allows Alzheimer’s patients to do what they want, when they want, without a lot of restrictions. Whether it involves eating, bathing, even drinking, everything is acceptable.
Unusual? Yes, but according to the article, Beatitudes is actually following some of the latest science. Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer’s patients diminishes distress and behavior problems.
Our caregivers are highly trained in the many aspects of dementia, as well as given many appropriate ideas to use as a means to provide care at home that is meaningful, keeps our clients out of harm’s way and provides respite for family members. Working together – support services, families, home care and residential living environments, we continue to learn and share how best to allow this very special population to live their life as they wish with dignity and safety.