Dementia Care (dementia + care)

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    Professionals' Shared Competences in Multidisciplinary Dementia Care: Validation of a Self-Appraisal Instrument

    JOURNAL OF AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY, Issue 9 2009
    Marisol E. Otero MSc
    No abstract is available for this article. [source]


    Quantifying Dementia Care in Japan: A Discussion on the Long-Term Care Insurance

    PSYCHOGERIATRICS, Issue 2 2001
    Shivani Nandi PhD
    Abstract: The Japanese government mandated the kaigohoken, or Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) in December 1997. In view of the pressures faced by Japan as an aged society, the aim of the LTCI is to alleviate the burden of providing care for frail older people by ensuring good quality and readily available services to everyone over 65. The LTCI is thus a high profile, age-based entitlement program,age based for persons 65 years of age and above, and age related disability based for ages 40 to 64. Individuals 40 years and above, including foreigners living in Japan for more than a year, are responsible in bearing a part of the financial responsibility by having to pay the mandatory premium. The benefits that the insured person receives are decided after evaluating the care requirement. Care is quantified by being categorized into six levels of increasing requirement, starting from support required, through five levels of increasing care. As is well known, caring for a person with dementia is further complicated by accompanying psychiatric disturbances which in turn increase caregiver burden. Thus the fundamental difficulty in dealing with the care of persons with dementia such as Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common form of dementia, is the evaluation procedure preceding entitlement. We find that the statistical program of the LTCI employed in the initial stage of the evaluation contains discrepancies, and tends to overemphasize bed ridden patients over people with dementia. This paper is a study of the status of people with dementia in Japan, the mechanism of the assessment method, and the problems associated with it. [source]


    Staff opinions about the leadership and organisation of municipal dementia care

    HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, Issue 5 2002
    L. Albinsson MD
    Abstract The present study describes the opinions of experienced staff providing direct care to patients with dementia in municipal units in Sweden. The focus is mainly on leadership and other organisational factors. A purposeful sample of 31 staff members employed in municipal dementia care in both urban and rural areas in mid-Sweden were selected. Data were collected within a qualitative paradigm using semi-structured interviews which were tape-recorded and analysed using a modified phenomenographical approach. The nearly unanimous opinions of the interviewees indicated that there was a great lack of daily leadership in the units. Thus, few units had clearly formulated goals and few had regular care planning for their residents. Poorly developed teamwork was reported in the care of people with dementia especially regarding doctors, whose visits to the unit were too infrequent and too short, and did not include a direct exchange of information with other staff. In addition, little or no staff education and guidance/supervision was provided on a regular basis. In conclusion, without any unreasonable increase in cost, measures such as introducing clear leadership at the care unit level, concentrating on multi-professional teamwork, and providing education and guidance/supervision to the staff would probably result in better care for patients with dementia and their families. [source]


    Dementia services in Canada

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 9 2010
    Kenneth Rockwood
    Canadians with dementia have access to Medicare, a universal, single payer healthcare program. Implementation of Medicare is through the provinces and territories, giving variation in the level of care available. At present, there is no national strategy for dementia, although a recent report from the Alzheimer Society of Canada is expected to catalyze one. Most dementia care is provided by primary care practitioners, with three specialties (geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine and neurology) providing consultant expertise. Primary care reforms are aimed at developing a more coordinated approach to the complex needs of people with dementia, and have especially emphasized education of providers. Any national strategy is expected to underscore prevention and research, the latter building on Canada's strong contribution to this international undertaking. Copyright 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Alzheimer's disease in real life , the dementia carer's survey

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 5 2008
    Jean Georges
    Abstract Background Informal care from relatives provides the foundation of care for people with Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is important to understand the conditions under which carers perform their, often neglected, task. The dementia carer's survey aimed to identify carers' needs, differences between countries with regard to dementia care and the level of satisfaction of carers with utilised services. Methods The survey was conducted through Alzheimer Europe's member organisations in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and UK (Scotland). The survey was in the form of a questionnaire, and topics addressed included: demographics of carers and people with AD; time spent caring; disclosure of diagnosis; symptoms prompting diagnosis; diagnostic process; current and most distressing symptoms; carers' information requirements; evaluation of services. Results Each country had ,200 responders. Time spent caring increases with disease severity, and 50% of carers of people with late-stage dementia spent more than 10,h/day caring. Activities of daily living and behaviour were cited as the most problematic symptoms, reported by 68% and 50% of carers, respectively. Provision of information on all aspects of AD was felt to be inadequate, with key services such as home support not available to the majority of carers. Only 17% of carers considered the level of care for the elderly in their country as good. Conclusions Further development of services and information provision are required to help carers in their everyday caring, including coping with problematic symptoms influencing areas such as activities of daily living and behaviour. Copyright 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    The economic costs of dementia in Korea, 2002

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 8 2006
    Guk-Hee Suh
    Abstract Objective To estimate the economic costs of dementia in 2002 using an economic evaluation model for dementia care. Methods Data were from the Korea National Survey of the Long-Term Care Need (LTC survey) (n,=,5058), two prospective 1-year studies [one clinical trial (n,=,234), one naturalistic community cohort study (n,=,107)], and two epidemiologic community studies for prevalence of dementia (n,=,1037,+,1481). Daily costs and proportions of different levels of institutional service provided were collected from the LTC survey. Resource use in the community included health care services, social care services, out-of-pocket purchase for self-support, caregiver time and missed work of caregiver. Costs in community were calculated based on resource utilization multiplied by the unit costs for each resource. Results Total annual costs of dementia were estimated to be over 2.4 billion US$ for 272,000 dementia sufferers. Costs in community represent 96% of the total annual costs, while costs of informal care and missed work of caregivers were 1.3 billion US$, or 55% of total annual cost. Average annual costs of full time care (FTC) and pre-FTC in community LTC were 44,121 US$ and 13,273 US$ per person, whereas cost per patient who did not need community LTC was 3986 US$. Conclusion Given that the number of dementia sufferers is projected to increase in the near future and that larger part of the costs are subsidized by the government, the economic and social costs of dementia is significant not only for dementia sufferers and their caregivers, but also for society. Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Dementia in primary care: the first survey of Irish general practitioners

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 4 2006
    Suzanne Cahill
    Abstract Objective To investigate General Practitioners' (GPs) attitudes and practices in relation to screening, diagnosing, and disclosing a dementia diagnosis to patients. Design National postal survey. Participants A random sample of 600 GPs from a national database of 2400. Results Of the 600 GPs surveyed, 60% returned questionnaires of which 50% (300) were useable. GPs reported diagnosing on average four new cases of dementia annually. A multivariate analysis revealed that females diagnosed significantly fewer cases annually (t,=,5.532, df,=,289, p,<,0.001). A large majority of GPs reported performing thyroid function tests (77%), B12 (75%) and Folic acid tests (75%) to out rule reversible causes of cognitive impairment. The most reliable signs and symptoms of dementia identified were memory problems (58%). Main barriers to diagnosis were difficulty differentiating normal ageing from symptoms of dementia (31%), lack of confidence (30%) and the impact of the diagnosis on the patient (28%). GPs' age (,2,=,14.592, df,=,3, p,<,0.005) and gender (,2,=,11.436, df,=,3, p,<,0.01) were significantly associated with barriers to diagnosis. Only 19% claimed they often or always disclosed a diagnosis to a patient. Over one-third of GPs (38%) reported that the key factor influencing their disclosure patterns was their perceptions of the patient's level of comprehension. Most GPs (90%) had never undergone any dementia specific training and most (83%) expressed a desire for this. Conclusions GPs experience difficulty diagnosing and disclosing a diagnosis of dementia to patients. To improve dementia care in Ireland, there is an urgent need to develop an active and more systematic approach to GP training in dementia care. Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Satisfaction with dementia care,giving in Nigeria,a pilot investigation

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 3 2006
    Richard UwakweArticle first published online: 27 FEB 200
    No abstract is available for this article. [source]


    The recognition of dementia in ,non-EMI' nursing home residents in South East England

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 2 2003
    A. J. D. Macdonald
    Abstract Objectives To estimate the agreement between nursing staff's recognition of dementia and results of MMSE assessment in a probability sample of non-specialist nursing home residents in South East England, and to identify correlates of disagreement. Methods Prospective survey. The most senior nurse on duty was interviewed about each resident sampled, and optionally about their own training and experience. Residents were interviewed using the MMSE, and assessed using the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia, the Barthel ADL index, and the Behave-AD scale for behavioural problems. Results 135 nurses were interviewed about 445 residents,116 reported on of the 291 residents scoring 23 or less on the MMSE,34% of these were acknowledged to have dementia. 46.4% of those with MMSE scores of 15 or less were acknowledged to have dementia. ,Missed dementia' was associated with higher MMSE and lower Behave-AD scores, and inversely associated with RMN training and private home ownership for profit. It was not associated with training or duration of staff employment. Conclusions Most cognitive impairment in non-specialist nursing homes appeared to be unrecognised. This has implications for the prospects of good dementia care in these homes. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Care management, dementia care and specialist mental health services: an evaluation

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 4 2002
    David Challis
    Abstract Objective To evaluate a model of intensive case management for people with dementia based in a community-based mental health service for older people. Method Quasi-experimental design. Individuals in one community team setting received case management and were compared with those in a similar team without such a service. Fortythree matched pairs were identified. Eligible older people and their carers were interviewed at uptake and again at 6 and 12 months. Results The impact of the scheme upon placement occurred in the second year at the end of which 51% of the experimental group remained at home compared with 33% of the comparison group. For the experimental group significant improvements in the social contacts of older people were noted; a decrease in the stress of their carers was observed, together with a reduction in their input to the care of the client; and there were significant improvements on ratings of overall need reduction, aspects of daily living and level of risk. Differences between the two groups based on service receipt showed higher costs for the experimental group. Discussion The benefits to older people and their carers confirms previous findings that the most effective case management interventions are those targeted on a highly specific client group. Issues which influence the cost-effectiveness of intensive case management are discussed. The benefits of locating this service within a specialist mental health team are explored in the context of current initiatives to promote greater service integration between health and social services. Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Risk management dilemmas in dementia care: an organizational survey in three UK countries

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OLDER PEOPLE NURSING, Issue 2 2009
    Charlotte L. Clarke PhD
    Aims and objectives., The overall project aimed to understand the variability of the construction of risk in dementia care from the perspective of the person with dementia, family carers and practitioners with the intention of developing negotiated partnerships in risk management. This paper focuses on the objective of identifying the understandings of risk by practitioners. Background., Risk management can result in a ,safety first' approach to care practices, but this may be disempowering for people with dementia. Design., This paper describes the results of the first stage of the study: a survey to service managers or equivalent in health, social and voluntary sector care organizations in three countries of the UK. Methods., Data from this stage was collection by postal questionnaire (n = 46). Results., Risk was portrayed as a multidimensional concept and clustered around three themes: (1) Risk and Independence, (2) Risk and Resource, and (3) Organizational Risk Management. Conclusions., Very wide understandings of risk are identifiable, ranging from avoidance of physical harm through to managed risk taking to improve quality of life, and to an appreciation of the impact of organizational and professional patterns of behaviour resulting in harm to the person with dementia. Relevance to clinical practice., Obtaining information about the perspectives of others may help to illuminate some of the dilemmas experienced by staff in this study, and the development of risk assessment frameworks may assist staff to resolve some of these. [source]


    Personhood and dementia: revisiting Tom Kitwood's ideas

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OLDER PEOPLE NURSING, Issue 1 2008
    Dip N, Dip N Ed, Jan Dewing BSc
    Person-centred care is often cited as an aim of gerontological nursing and promotion of personhood is said to be the basis for person-centred care. As such, it forms a cornerstone value for many gerontological nurses, particularly those working in dementia care. Tom Kitwood's ideas and definition of personhood are widely referred to in the literature and used in the dementia care field. More recently, there is a move to critique and partially reject Kitwood's ideas on personhood. This paper has three aims: (i) to explore some central ideas around key theories of personhood (ii) to critique Kitwood's work on personhood. (iii) To summarize current critiques of Kitwood's ideas and provide a response that outlines why Kitwoods' ideas are still relevant. It is suggested many critiques ignore Kitwoods' ultimate purpose; that of moral concern for ,others'. However, the main criticism put forward in this paper is that, rather than completely rejecting personhood theories, Kitwood locates his work on what it means to be a person within a traditional Cartesian personhood framework, albeit from a revised or pragmatic viewpoint. Finally, it is suggested that definitions of persons and personhood need to take account of the body and time (corporeality and temporality) and gerontological nursing may want to reassess how much allegiance is given to basing nursing frameworks on the concept of personhood. [source]


    Tactile stimulation associated with nursing care to individuals with dementia showing aggressive or restless tendencies: an intervention study in dementia care

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OLDER PEOPLE NURSING, Issue 3 2007
    Kirsti Skovdahl PhD
    Aim., This study aimed to describe from documentation both the caregivers' experiences of giving tactile stimulation to five people with moderate-to-severe dementia and who showed aggressive or restless tendencies, and the changes seen in them. Background., Clinical experiences indicate that tactile stimulation can contribute to a feeling of trust and confirmation as well as to improving communication, promoting relaxation and easing pain. There is, however, very little scientific documentation of the effects of touch massage for people with dementia. Design., From caregivers' documentation (28 weeks) of experiences, the giving of tactile stimulation to five randomly selected people with dementia showing aggressive or restless tendencies and the subsequent changes noticed. Method., The documentation was analysed by using qualitative content analysis. Results., All residents displayed signs of positive feelings and relaxation. The caregivers stated that they felt able to interact with the residents in a more positive way and that they felt they had a warmer relationship with them. Conclusion., Tactile stimulation can be seen as a valuable way to communicating non-verbally, of giving feedback, confirmation, consolation or a feeling of being valuable and taken care of. Relevance to clinical practice., Tactile stimulation has to be administered with respect and care, and given from a relational ethics perspective. Otherwise, there is a risk that tactile stimulation will be used merely as a technique instead of as a part of an effort to achieve optimal good, warm nursing care. [source]


    Development and Validation of Quality Indicators for Dementia Diagnosis and Management in a Primary Care Setting

    JOURNAL OF AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY, Issue 3 2010
    Marieke Perry MD
    OBJECTIVES: To construct a set of quality indicators (QIs) for dementia diagnosis and management in a primary care setting. DESIGN: RAND modified Delphi method, including a postal survey, a stakeholders consensus meeting, a scientific expert consensus meeting, and a demonstration project. SETTING: Primary care. PARTICIPANTS: General practitioners (GPs), primary care nurses (PCNs), and informal caregivers (ICs) in postal survey and stakeholders consensus meeting. Eight national dementia experts in scientific consensus meeting. Thirteen GPs in the demonstration project. MEASUREMENTS: Mean face validity and feasibility scores. Compliance rates using GPs' electronic medical record data. RESULTS: The initial set consisted of 31 QIs. Most indicators showed moderate or good face validity and feasibility scores. Consensus panels reduced the preliminary set used in the demonstration project to 24 QIs. The overall compliance to the QIs was 45.3%. Discriminative validity of the set was good; significant differences in adherence were found between GPs with high and low levels of patients aged 65 and older in their practice, with and without PCNs, and with positive and negative attitudes toward dementia (all P<.05). Based on the demonstration project, one QI was excluded. The final set consisted of 23 QIs; 15 QIs contained innovative quality criteria on collaboration between GPs and PCNs, referral criteria, and assessment of caregivers' needs. CONCLUSION: This new set of dementia QIs is feasible, reliable, and valid and can be used to improve primary dementia care. Because of the innovative quality criteria, the set is complementary to the existing dementia QIs. [source]


    Nursing Time Devoted to Medication Administration in Long-Term Care: Clinical, Safety, and Resource Implications

    JOURNAL OF AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY, Issue 2 2009
    Mary S. Thomson PhD
    OBJECTIVES: To quantify the time required for nurses to complete the medication administration process in long-term care (LTC). DESIGN: Time-motion methods were used to time all steps in the medication administration process. SETTING: LTC units that differed according to case mix (physical support, behavioral care, dementia care, and continuing care) in a single facility in Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: Regular and temporary nurses who agreed to be observed. MEASUREMENTS: Seven predefined steps, interruptions, and total time required for the medication administration process were timed using a personal digital assistant. RESULTS: One hundred forty-one medication rounds were observed. Total time estimates were standardized to 20 beds to facilitate comparisons. For a single medication administration process, the average total time was 62.04.9 minutes per 20 residents on physical support units, 84.04.5 minutes per 20 residents on behavioral care units, and 70.04.9 minutes per 20 residents on dementia care units. Regular nurses took an average of 68.04.9 minutes per 20 residents to complete the medication administration process, and temporary nurses took an average of 90.05.4 minutes per 20 residents. On continuing care units, which are organized differently because of the greater severity of residents' needs, the medication administration process took 9.63.2 minutes per resident. Interruptions occurred in 79% of observations and accounted for 11.5% of the medication administration process. CONCLUSION: Time requirements for the medication administration process are substantial in LTC and are compounded when nurses are unfamiliar with residents. Interruptions are a major problem, potentially affecting the efficiency, quality, and safety of this process. [source]


    Using Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders Quality Indicators to Measure Quality of Hospital Care for Vulnerable Elders

    JOURNAL OF AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY, Issue 11 2007
    Vineet M. Arora MD
    OBJECTIVES: To assess the quality of care for hospitalized vulnerable elders using measures based on Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) quality indicators (QIs). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Single academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Subjects aged 65 and older hospitalized on the University of Chicago general medicine inpatient service who were defined as vulnerable using the Vulnerable Elder Survey-13 (VES-13), a validated tool based on age, self-reported health, and functional status. MEASUREMENTS: Inpatient interview and chart review using ACOVE-based process-of-care measures referring to 16 QIs in general hospital care and geriatric-prevalent conditions (e.g., pressure ulcers, dementia, and delirium); adherence rates calculated for type of care process (screening, diagnosis, and treatment) and type of provider (doctor, nurse). RESULTS: Six hundred of 845 (71%) older patients participated. Of these, 349 (58%) were deemed vulnerable based on VES-13 score. Three hundred twenty-eight (94%) charts were available for review. QIs for general medical care were met at a significantly higher rate than for pressure ulcer care (81.5%, 95% confidence interval (CI)=79.3,83.7% vs 75.8%, 95% CI=70.5,81.1%, P=.04) and for delirium and dementia care (81.5%, 95% CI=79.3,83.7 vs 31.4% 95% CI=27.5,35.2%, P<.01). According to standard nursing assessment forms, nurses were responsible for high rates of adherence to certain screening indicators (pain, nutrition, functional status, pressure ulcer risk; P<.001 when compared with physicians), although in patients with functional limitations, nurse admission assessments of functional limitations often did not agree with reports of limitations by patients on admission. CONCLUSION: Adherence to geriatric-specific QIs is lower than adherence to general hospital care QIs. Hospital care QIs that focus on screening may overestimate performance by detecting standard nursing or protocol-driven care. [source]


    Community mental health nursing and early intervention in dementia: developing practice through a single case history

    JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, Issue 2004
    John Keady PhD
    This paper reports on a single case history taken from the ,Dementia Action Research and Education' project, a 15-month primary care intervention study that was undertaken in North Wales in the early part of 2000. The study sought to address the meaning, context and diversity of early intervention in dementia care and employed a community mental health nurse and a psychiatric social worker to undertake early and psychosocial interventions with older people with dementia (aged 75 years and over) and their families. The workers tape-recorded, documented and analysed their interventions with 27 older people with dementia and their families over the 15-month duration of the study. Clinical supervision was also undertaken during the intervention phase. One case history is presented in this paper to illustrate the work of the community mental health nurse and to identify areas of practice development. Greater role transparency, collaborative working and improvement in educational preparation for practice are called for. [source]


    Dementia and risk: contested territories of everyday life

    JOURNAL OF NURSING AND HEALTHCARE OF CHRONIC ILLNE SS: AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL, Issue 2 2010
    Charlotte L Clarke DSocSc
    clarke cl, keady j, wilkinson h, gibb ce, luce a, cook a & williams l (2010) Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness 2, 102,112 Dementia and risk: contested territories of everyday life Aims., The project aimed to understand the construction of risk in dementia care from the perspective of the person with dementia, family carers and practitioners with the intention of developing negotiated partnerships in risk management. Background., This paper addresses a gap in the literature by embedding constructions of risk within everyday events and social contexts, and communicates such constructions through the voices of people with dementia, carers and practitioners. Method., This symbolic interactionalist study involved data collection by interview with 55 people with dementia (sometimes twice), and their nominated carer and practitioner. The sample was drawn from three regions of the United Kingdom. Data were collected during 2004. Conclusions., Five ,contested territories' of everyday living with dementia are outlined in this paper: friendships, smoking, going out, domestic arrangements, and occupation and activity. These contested territories are purposeful and allow for sense making, maintenance of self, claiming and relinquishing decision making, and creating purpose(lessness) in people's lives. Relevance to clinical practice., Assessing and managing risk in a way that respects the dynamics and purposes of contested territories will support care that is person centred, and moreover respectful of the relationships that contribute to maintaining the individual's sense of self and purpose. [source]


    Work stress and physical assault of nursing aides in rural nursing homes with and without dementia special care units

    JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC & MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, Issue 3 2005
    D. G. MORGAN phd rn
    Purpose:, This study compared nursing aides (NAs) employed in rural nursing homes with and without dementia special care units (SCUs) on (1) exposure to and distress from disruptive behaviours exhibited by residents, (2) job strain and (3) physical assault. Design and methods:, The data were drawn from a larger study conducted in Saskatchewan, Canada, in which all rural nursing homes of ,,100 beds that had an SCU were matched to same-sized rural facilities with no SCU. Nursing aides (n = 355) completed a mailed survey questionnaire. Results:, Nursing aides employed in nursing homes with an SCU reported significantly less frequent exposure to disruptive behaviours (including aggressive and aversive behaviours) than NAs in non-SCU facilities, less distress when these behaviours were directed toward them, less exposure to aggressive behaviour during caregiving, lower job demands and lower job strain. There was a trend toward increased risk of being assaulted in the last year associated with being in a non-SCU facility. Having a permanent position, increased job strain, and feeling inadequately prepared for dementia care were significantly associated with higher risk of being assaulted. In the SCU facilities, NAs who worked more time on the SCU reported more assaults but less distress from disruptive behaviour, lower psychological job demands, lower job strain and greater work autonomy. Implications:, Providing more dementia care training and reducing job demands and job strain may help to reduce work-related stress and physical assault of nursing aides employed in nursing homes. [source]


    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH?

    BIOETHICS, Issue 1 2007
    ON TRUTH AND DECEPTION IN DEMENTIA CARE
    ABSTRACT Lies and deception are often used in the care for demented elderly and often with the best intentions. However, there is a strong moral presumption against all forms of lying and deceiving. The goal of this article is to examine and evaluate concrete examples of deception and lies in dementia care, while addressing some fundamental issues in the process. It is argued that because dementia slowly diminishes the capacities one needs to distinguish between truths and falsehoods, the ability to be lied to also disappears. When the moral reasons to reject lying are explored, it becomes clear that most of them also hold where demented patients are concerned, though this also depends on the capacities of the patient. Lying, though prima facie wrong, can sometimes be justified with an appeal to well-being. The relationship between well-being and the truth is further explored. Two examples of deceiving demented patients for reasons of beneficence are discussed, from which it can be concluded that although in some cases beneficent lies or deception will not enhance patients' well-being, there are circumstances in which they do. In general, methods that enhance the well-being of the patient without deception or lies should be favored above options that use deceit, and methods of getting the truth across without hurting the patient should be favored above blunt honesty. Finally, it is important to note that not only the patient but also the nursing and medical staff can be affected by the use of lies and deception. [source]


    When late life brings a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and early life brought trauma.

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THEORY & PRACTICE), Issue 3 2003
    A cognitive-analytic understanding of loss of mind
    This paper contrasts the loss of mind from the loss of brain cells in Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions with the threats to one's mind from the mindlessness of others from a cognitive-analytic perspective. Case studies are presented that show how the therapeutic framework of Cognitive-Analytic Therapy (CAT: Ryle 1990, 1995, 1997) can bring containment for both client and therapist for clients facing this dilemma, particularly when past trauma is potentially overwhelming. This is set in a dialogue with the pioneering work of Tom Kitwood (1990, 1995, 1997) in dementia care, in which Kitwood's thesis of the ,malignant social psychology' surrounding people with dementia is re-stated in terms of ,reciprocal roles' developed in Cognitive-Analytic Therapy. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]