Currently I am working on a piece titled “What is dementia?” which I have decided to turn into a short series of blogs. So often, I am asked questions that I had imagined health practitioners would (and should) actually know the answers to if they are working in the field of dementia, but even some of the educated ones are operating under a lot of myths and misperceptions. Only last week, yet another registered nurse who has been working in a dementia specific unit for more than 20 year, asked me is Alzheimer’s disease dementia.
What this means, I think, is although I realise there is a lot of upskilling of medical and nursing staff going on in many countries, it cannot come quickly enough! Imagine if I worked in ICU, and didn’t know how to insert a cannula or resuscitate someone, a very simple procedure in an area like that. We would all, quite rightly, be outraged…
So, today I am adding an image produced by my BUB (who did not wish to take the credit for – sorry darling!!!) for the book I co authored with Lee-Fay Low, released only this week by New Holland Publishers Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia (2016, p 17), as it gives a simple picture of how the word dementia is not a disease itself, but an umbrella term for a large number of different neurological disorders or syndromes. Lee-Fay and I decided what text to use in the boxes, but he did the design and formatting for us.
Somewhere this week, I read that believing dementia is simple to understand, simple to diagnosis or to treat, is done at your peril, and I am sure this is true!