Through my blog today, I am giving my perspective on how to decrease the cost burden of dementia care. There is nothing scientific about this blog. It is simply my perspective.
My emotional state is often affected by that of my loved one. Let me be clear. I did not choose to have dementia; neither, did the loved one chose to be in the position they are in. My perspective is that our country is far behind on education and understanding of the best methods of interacting and communicating with someone with dementia.
My feelings are that most loved ones probably feel, that what they think is best for the person with dementia, may not be the best route in solving many issues. Unless some one lives with dementia, there is not any way possible for them to know what it is like inside the person's body and mind that is living with dementia. There intentions are honorable. They want what is best for their loved one.
As strong as my family structure is, I have found times when events would have been less stressful for all, if there had been a different response. A different response would most likely have produced a better outcome.
I feel the question that must be asked is, "What can we change to produce a better outcome?". I first think about the statistics that have been projected as to the number of people who will have dementia in the future. Looking at statistics, there are several different estimates. I think that I would be safe to say, in 2025, there will probably be around eighty-one million people in the world with dementia. Fast forward to 2050. Based upon some of the projections that I have read, there might be about one-hundred-forty million people with dementia.
The cost burden of this will be devastating. In my opinion, we are so far behind in preparation. We must accelerate the education and understanding of how to communicate and interact with a person with dementia. When this is done, I feel we can greatly decrease the cost burden. It is much like the path that our society follows in alcohol and drug addiction. I feel that placing people in prison with alcohol/drug problems does not solve the problem. It produces repeat behavior. We can improve, by better education and treatment programs, along with recovery groups. Dementia is no different from my perspective. When we provide better education and understanding, we will have better outcomes.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.