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Medical Care

Comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a person's physical health.
  • The ability of an adult with cognitive decline to function normally during a doctor's appointment, then revert back to their impaired state once they're home is a common (and frustrating) phenomenon.
  • Hospitalized elders sometimes experience trauma that may trip the dementia trigger. "Hospital delirium" occurs when an elderly person suffers extreme cognitive decline after a hospitalization.
  • While Alzheimer's disease and dementia progress differently in each and every person, it is important for both the patient and their caregiver to remember that a diagnosis isn't an immediate death sentence.
  • The way we deal with difficulties and failures says a lot about how we live our lives. But when these things are caused by something out of our control, like dementia, should we just accept our limitations or fight them tooth and nail?
  • So many people consider sharing a diagnosis publicly to be an act of courage. Yes, this does help to lessen the stigma against diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. But are we making too much of this simple deed? Shouldn't we all be able to share our true selves without fear of abandonment or embarrassment?
  • Cognitive decline is difficult to definitively diagnose, but like other diseases, it can be awkward to talk about this elusive prognosis. Most people don't wish to get detailed updates on others' health, but assumptions can be especially frustrating.
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