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The dementia diagnosis process, Part 4: Understanding the diagnosis and what comes next

When someone shows symptoms that may indicate dementia, families are often unsure how to to prepare for the doctor visit to get a diagnosis, what the doctor may ask, and what will happen during the visit. In this interview series, Dr CT Sudhir Kumar, a Consultant Psychiatrist with several years of experience in dementia and elderly mental health services, explains the diagnosis process and gives practical suggestions for families to prepare for and handle the diagnosis process effectively. Part 4 below, the final part of this interview series, focuses on getting clarity on the diagnosis and any prescribed medicines, getting some important information for ongoing treatment and care. There are also some tips on handling review appointments. …

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The dementia diagnosis process, Part 3: Meeting the doctor and getting a diagnosis

When someone shows symptoms that may indicate dementia, families are often unsure how to to prepare for the doctor visit to get a diagnosis, what the doctor may ask, and what will happen during the visit. In this interview series, Dr CT Sudhir Kumar, a Consultant Psychiatrist with several years of experience in dementia and elderly mental health services, explains the diagnosis process and gives practical suggestions for families to prepare for and handle the diagnosis process effectively. Part 3 below focuses on the doctor visit, such as how to explain the situation, and what sort of things the doctor may ask during the visit, and about tests, scans, etc. …

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The dementia diagnosis process, Part 2: Preparing for the doctor consultation

When someone shows symptoms that may indicate dementia, families are often unsure how to to prepare for the doctor visit to get a diagnosis, what the doctor may ask, and what will happen during the visit. In this interview series, Dr CT Sudhir Kumar, a Consultant Psychiatrist with several years of experience in dementia and elderly mental health services, explains the diagnosis process and gives practical suggestions for families to prepare for and handle the diagnosis process effectively. Part 2 below discusses how families can prepare for their meeting with the doctor, such as the type of symptoms and other information to tell the doctor about and preparing the medical history file for the doctor. …

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The dementia diagnosis process, Part 1: Getting started and selecting a doctor

When someone shows symptoms that may indicate dementia, families are often unsure how to to prepare for the doctor visit to get a diagnosis, what the doctor may ask, and what will happen during the visit. In this interview series, Dr CT Sudhir Kumar, a Consultant Psychiatrist with several years of experience in dementia and elderly mental health services, explains the diagnosis process and gives practical suggestions for families to prepare for and handle the diagnosis process effectively. Part 1 below discusses basics of how families can start the process of selecting a doctor and preparing for a visit, and some important terms related to dementia. …

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Use “Active Ageing” to age better and reduce dementia risk: part 2

Many people worry about how their physical and mental abilities will reduce as they grow old. Dementia caregivers also worry about their risk of getting dementia.

Ramani Sundaram, a neuroscience research scientist working at Nightingales Medical Trust, has designed and managed the “Active Ageing” program at the Nightingales Trust Bagchi Centre for Active Ageing (Bangalore). It is a holistic program that uses a multi-modal activity-based approach. It is based on the ThinkingFit study conducted in the UK, and aims to bring lifestyle modification and ensure health and happiness of the elderly, thus making ageing a positive experience. The focus is on minimizing the risk of dementia, controlling hypertension, diabetes, and depression, and preventing falls.

This interview series shares information and suggestions for persons interested in ageing well. In part 1, we talked about program and its context and objectives, how participants are assessed before they join, and also listed the three components of the program. The first component, physical activity, was discussed. Below, in Part 2, we discuss the mental and social components of the program and talk about how homebound persons like many caregivers can adapt and use these. We also talk about the use of the program for persons mild cognitive impairment or early dementia.

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Use “Active Ageing” to age better and reduce dementia risk: part 1

Many people worry about how their physical and mental abilities will reduce as they grow old. Dementia caregivers also worry about their risk of getting dementia.

Ramani Sundaram, a neuroscience research scientist working at Nightingales Medical Trust, has designed and managed the “Active Ageing” program at the Nightingales Trust Bagchi Centre for Active Ageing (Bangalore). It is a holistic program that uses a multi-modal activity-based approach. It is based on the ThinkingFit study conducted in the UK, and aims to bring lifestyle modification and ensure health and happiness of the elderly, thus making ageing a positive experience. The focus is on minimizing the risk of dementia, controlling hypertension, diabetes, and depression, and preventing falls.

In this two-part interview, Ramani explains the program’s concepts and components, shares the benefits seen in participants, and discusses how some elements of the program can be used by homebound people (like many caregivers).

Part 1 below introduces us to the program and its context and objectives, how participants are assessed before they join, and the three components of the program. The first component, i.e., physical activity, is also discussed.

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Home care for late stage dementia, Part 6: Tube feeding and related decisions

Home care for persons in late-stage dementia is very challenging. In a series of interviews, Dr.Soumya Hegde, Bangalore-based Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist, discusses various aspects of home care for advanced dementia, and provides useful information and several practical suggestions. Part 6, the concluding part, discusses tube feeding and related decisions and their consequences. …

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Home care for late stage dementia, Part 5: Eating/ swallowing problems

Home care for persons in late-stage dementia is very challenging. In a series of interviews, Dr.Soumya Hegde, Bangalore-based Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist, discusses various aspects of home care for advanced dementia, and provides useful information and several practical suggestions. Part 5 discusses a very common area of concern: when someone with dementia starts having eating/ swallowing problems. …

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Home care for late stage dementia, Part 4: Constipation, Catheter use, Dental Care, Improving the Quality of Life

Home care for persons in late-stage dementia is very challenging. In a series of interviews, Dr.Soumya Hegde, Bangalore-based Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist, discusses various aspects of home care for advanced dementia, and provides useful information and several practical suggestions. Part 4 discusses some more specific care topics – constipation, use of catheters, dental care, and improving the person’s quality of life. …

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Home care for late stage dementia, Part 3: Bruising, skin care, exercise, massage, bedsores

Home care for persons in late-stage dementia is very challenging. In a series of interviews, Dr.Soumya Hegde, Bangalore-based Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist, discusses various aspects of home care for advanced dementia, and provides useful information and several practical suggestions. Part 3 discusses some specific care topics – bruising, skin care and circulation, exercise, massage, and bedsores. …

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